This would be a good desktop replacement system for your son. Just be sure to get him a good backpack to store it in for when he does want to take it to class and so forth. It is a little on the heavy side but any desktop replacement model will be. It has a pretty good graphics card for most games but does not do the extreme graphics games. You can custom order this model at HPshopping.com or get great deals at times from places like Office Depot. You should be able to get a good system for less than $1000. I would not recommend getting the Sony Vaio as the reviews for it have not been great and the customer service seems to not be too good. I would definitely get the Dell over the Sony but the best bang for your buck laptop out there right now in my opinion is the HP zv6000 or its twin, the Compaq R4000. Good luck on your purchase!
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We're on our 5th Dell and have always been happy with their products (except for some glitches on a refurbished NB)and especially with their Cust. Serv . My son's about to go off to college. I've said I'll always go Dell but he disagrees.I think he wants the Vaio because it's "sexier" and because his was Dell was the refurbished NB we had issues with.
I've heard so many negatives on Sony's CS. I would like to hear feedback on Sony's support and reliability.Are there also some other good options out there?
He's ultimately the user but I hesitate to give in and buy something I feel won't serve him well.
mid-weight desktop replacement (doesn't see himself carrying it around but.....)
some gaming but not extreme
High speed and capacity