I often wonder where people get their opinions about computers, and especially about laptops. Do you ever stop to think that besides the outside cases with the so called "manufacturer's logo", that the internal hardware of them is essentially the same. For the most part the manufacturers such as Dell, HP, and all the others really add little to the computer itself. Yes it has a Dell or HP motherboard, and BIOS but other than that the internals, including the Operating System is the same. So, when you look at computers you really should be looking at it's technical capabilities and not what "logo" it has on it. Oh, and just for your information there is also nothing special about Apple/Mac either. The only thing that made them unique was that about 25 years ago the Apple's became popular as "better than" the other brands simply because they didn't get viruses. The reason they didn't ... there were so few Apple/Mac computers out there that nobody that wrote virus attacks included them in the virus programming. So learn about the hardware and only seriously consider brands when you're comparing similar computers and their capabilities. HP, Dell, etc. all buy their internal hardware from pretty much the same hardware companies. Hope this helps.