I have two Dell's here at work (am typing this on a Latitude laptop) and two HP's at home (mine and my daughters). I've had no problems with any of them. My Sony Viao laptop on the other hand died in just under 2 years, first the CD writer (and it was a weird one that we never could find a replacement for), then the modem. After that we threw it out. My wife's work laptop is also a Sony, and has been back to them for new drives etc more times than I can count.