How about Sony vaio vpceb 44en?
perfomance bot up to the mark of the other brand laptops in the same range
Go for the sony I have had HP's and they are a pain in the backside. Me too go for the Sony I recommend you get a sony vaio, I have had both laptops already and I can tell you that a sony vaio is more convenient. HP had a problem with the USB ports already and it is a common problem. Plus, sony vaio has a faster processor (depending on your model)