Earlier this year, I was in a dilemma which laptop should I get - Dell or Compaq. Well, I always have a good impression on Dell and Compaq because my aunt's accounting firm is all operating on Dell, and a few of my friends are using Compaq and I have not heard any problems about their laptop from them. My cousin bought an Acer and within 8 months, it just spoilt.
After much consideration, I finally settled for Compaq because of it's light weight and surround sound system. It's not very light, but relatively lighter than Dell. The sound system is also really good - especially if you use your laptop to watch movies!
It's a shame that the memory capacity is only 80GB; however if you are not using it to save like heaps of stuff, that should be more than enough!