Let's just say that through the years I have tried a lot of different brands of computers and while they all worked fine for writing college papers, emailing friends, downloading music and storing photos, I wanted something a little more taylored to me. My first computer was a Gateway laptop, not a bad machine but I just outgrew it quickly. Then I say a special for the new Sony Vaio laptop, this laptop was very highly recommended by a few of my techie friends. So with my first credit card in college I purchased a Sony Vaio and have never regretted it since. The first thing I noticed was that it didn't come with all those pre-installed programs that everyone hates and always ends up removing. The speed of the computer was fantastic and the expanded memory slot allowed up to 2 gb of ram at the time. I was one happy camper. I had that computer for 5 years! Within the last few years I have purchased a new Sony laptop and just like the first one, it is purring like a kitten and haven't had a lick of trouble with it. I love this laptop!