11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I was erring towards a Sony vaio or an Asus. I have anecdotally heard of bad stories regarding Dell and HP.
13. What country do you live in?
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
After some research, I had been looking at a customized Sony Vaio (i5,4Gb of RAM, 425m GPU and 500Gb HDD), but I am still unsure and would really appreciate some advice as this will be my first laptop. A laptop that would be able to run Ubuntu without too much hassle would be a huge plus.
Thank you very much for the reply, Maziar. It looks like a good spec for the money and it is certainly a contender for me. The only potential problem I see with that model is that slightly lower screen resolution than I was looking for, I will see if I can get a similar model with a larger screen. Again, thank you for you time.