On Friday, my laptop was broken. Oh, it didn't die on me, it was broken, by me. It slipped from the couch and hit the floor. Usually, that isn't a problem. That laptop has met the floor several times, but this time, there was a usb drive in it and I think the combination of the drive breaking and falling on the floor finally made it decide it had enough abuse. It was my fault and I should really take better care of my computers. Which I will with this new one. It isn't fancy, but it'll do what I need it to do.
Surprisingly enough, it's nicer than the Avaratec laptop and it was several hundred dollars cheaper. It's not ultraportable, but it's portable enough for me at 6 lbs. I don't plan on lugging this thing around all day every day. I bought it knowing that I won't be doing much on it except write and surf the net with the occassional downloading of photos. The salesman tried to sell me the Sony Viao CR version, but I didn't need the .2 mhz nor the extra gig of ram. For what I need it to do, I didn't want to spend another $300 even if it was pink. This is why you go in to the store knowing exactly what you need and why. It's too easy to get convinced that a slightly higher model would be better for you.
I bought the Sony Viao NR version, the base one, which was $599. I'm happy with it and it isn't super heavy nor does it overheat. The Avaratec overheated if I watched a movie and turned itself off. It's never nice to have to buy a laptop because an old one broke, but at least I was able to buy one cheap (relatively). I loved my original Sony Viao that I bought almost 10 years ago. I'm hoping this laptop lasts as long as that one did. (The old one eventually bit it from being so old, it no charges the battery nor uses it and the power cord needs to be placed in just right in order for it to work. If you bump it a little bit, it'll turn off on you. That only just recently happened. I'd say I got a good 5 years out of that thing before it became a bother.)
The only thing I don't like is that it comes with Vista. There are a bunch of programs on it that I don't need and there isn't a way to remove it. It's integrated into Vista. Everywhere I've looked, no one knows how to remove mail, calendar, and several other things. I still need to go through and remove some other Vaio specific software. But that's really minor in the grand scheme of things. So far, I'm liking it. We'll see how long that lasts.