I have had my Vaio for about 2 years now and never had any issues, until I installed Nero 6 which f*cked up the Firmware for the CDR-DVD drive(but Sony gladly fixed it since i had 2 weeks b4 the warrenty expired)
VAIO =Video Audio Integrated Operation
The only cool thing I like about Vaio is when I purchased my Sony MD player an connected it, I didn't require any addition drivers or software to start transfering music, same thing when i bought my Sony Mini MP3 player.
Another kool thing about Vaio's are they are designed sooooo koool...
but the best thing would be to shop around till u find the right machine for ur needs
Programming it is like sex anyone can do it but only a few of us will ever master it and satisfy all parties envoled :-)