It has the nice i3 CPU, a not too large 16 inch screen which lets it be a laptop and not an anchor.
Windows 7 is 64 bit.
What's not to like?
So I bought a new laptop this past weekend, the Thoshiba Satellite a505 s6005 (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174;+Core%26%23153;+i3+Processor+-+Quantum+Black/9703393.p?id=1218153394199&skuId=9703393).
I spent a while researching laptops, finally got sick of it, went to Best Buy for the 2nd time, and just asked every employee I could find to make a recommendation (I have problem with decisions... obviously). After comparing what was in the store, and passing over a similar Sony that was more expensive, I settled on that one.
The first time I'd gone to Best Buy, one employee had recommended the HP Pavillion dv7-3165dx (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pavilion+Laptop+with+AMD+Turion%26%23153;+II+Ultra+Dual-Core+Mobile+Processor+-+Espresso+Black/9700814.p?id=1218152462714&skuId=9700814). This was no longer in the store when I went back and can now only be found online.
Should I have bought the HP online instead? It looks like (as I can see from my limited computer knowledge and google search) I can get a bigger screen, a slightly better graphics card, blu-ray player, and a faster hard disc with a slower (?) processor and less battery life for $100 more. Do the pros outweigh the cons enough to bother returning the one I got and getting this one online? I should note that I've never been one to buy DVDs and I don't have any Blu-ray, and I'm not interested in gaming or any high end graphics stuff (it takes too much money and energy to keep up with it for me).
Just wanted to get a few opinions from people who were hopefully more knowledgeable than myself.