My experience with laptops is the opposite. My Dell always had some strange hardware issues, now the function key doesn't work. My officemate's Dell had a motherboard failure for which a Dell tech had to come out. My current IBM Thinkpad has been great, no problems for the 11 months I've had it. Several of my coworkers with Thinkpads have had no problems at all.shredmaster said:and again, no ibm. i work on pc's in a tech lab daily as the day job. we have an ibm repair tech here 1-3 times a week every month! we setup a desk in our lab for them. never had an issue like that with any other brand.