So far, so good
I have wanted a Sony forever, but hesitated because of a lot of so-so reviews. I finally purchased a top-of-the-line HP - i7, blue ray, 17.3" that cost almost $1,100 after a $300 coupon. The blue ray wouldn't work, a couple of other little things were wrong, so I sent it back (I had ordered from HP direct - no hassle returning - I had my credit in 3 days). After I dropped the HP off at FedEx, I stopped at BJ's and saw the Sony Vaio VPC EE42FX on sale for $399.95 ($499.95 less $100 rebate at register). Total with tax - $435. I bought mainly to try a Sony and thought I'd probably return it. I've still got a couple of days to go, but it's a keeper. I hardly notice the difference between my old HP 17.3" and this. I still have my numeric keyboard, which I couldn't do without. I'm not having any trouble adjusting to the alplha keys being slightly to the left. It's as fast as the new HP was. I'm wondering now why I originally spent $1100 for the same thing I got for $435. I would have given 5 stars except for the sound. It's mediocre - not loud enough for me even at full volume. But ear phones easily solve that problem.
Vaio Netbook by Amazon
Toshiba Satellite L655-S5158 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)
I'm typing this just thinking about what I wanted to know before I bought so this will be very back and forth as I'm thinking. For the price this is a great laptop. This one is replacing and older desktop that is close to death so I'm not picky. I like the number keypad but if you don't like having that like some people then don't buy a laptop with the number pad so you can't complain. I can actually type without having to turn off the touch pad unlike other laptops I've used. The lock for the touch pad is below the space bar so it would be easy to turn off if you end up with problems typing. It's also great to have the multi touch touch pad to zoom in and out. I can find the delete, number lock and insert keys easily so that's good. The backup took about an hour and used 3 DVD disk to complete plus one disk for the system repair disk. It has a great screen for watching Hulu unless you are use to extremely large screens. The speakers are good for a laptop. Really do you expect much from laptop speakers? I turned up the volume on both the player and main volume control and could back up where multiple people could watch and hear. They are better than other laptop speakers I have used where you have to hover inches from the screen to