Your specs are pushing the envelope of laptop design. Not matter who makes the final unit, being this far out on the curve means you are likely to see failures after 2 years.
Need more proof? What warranty are they offering?
If you can accept the short life span that happens from cramming all that into this small space, the Sony WINS hands down because of the BLU RAY. Need proof? Look at the AVATAR fiasco.
Would appreciate your suggestions based on the following parameters.
? Windows 7
? I7 820 or better
? 8gb RAM
? 1gb graphics card; don?t need any exotic configurations, just a relatively high performance single card
? Blu-Ray ROM would be nice but not essential
? 320 gb, 7200 rpm HD minimum; not willing to pay a huge premium for a SSD, though I would consider paying for it if the rest of the system beats other options available.
? Adobe CS5 (working with large RAW photos in Photoshop/Lightroom and complex Illustrator and InDesign files)
? Web Design
? Light 3d rendering, some video editing
? Occasional gaming
? Your standard web & video consumption
? Will use equally at home, office and client sites
? I don?t play games very often, especially networked games but when I do play, I?d like good resolution and framerate even on current games. I?m not looking for bleeding edge gaming performance by any means.
? Would prefer lighter and a bit more expensive over heavier and a bit cheaper, but if a bigger laptop offers significantly better performance potential, I?d definitely consider it. 14-16 inches would be ideal. Will consider a 17? display though.
? Ideally, I?d like this laptop to remain contemporary enough to perform professional design work for about three years.
? Not interested in refurbished/reconditioned machines unless they offer a bulletproof warranty AND clearly superior bang for the buck.
CURRENTLY LOOKING AT:
? Sony F series
? Dell Studio XPS
? HP dv6t Quad
What other manufacturers that compete on reliability, build and component quality?
I?m looking for value, but I don?t want to be cheap. I like to spend money where it makes a noticeable difference under real world conditions.