Go to HP's web site and you can customize the laptop to your needs and keep an eye on the cost as you add/subtract features. The thing to keep in mind is, forget about tech support, plan on paying someone local to fix it, or fix it yourself or buy new. As Tech support is no good in my eyes.
For me the price out weights the tech support other wise I would pick someone else.
If you need good tech support, then well, not much out there, maybe Dell, but I have seen laptops that break under normal or almost normal wear and tear. Their laptops must be sent in, but I guess tech support is OK. Never owned a Dell laptop, just seen friends with them.
I have heard rumors of bad tech support from Sony, but thats just rumors, so I can't say how good or bad they really are.
As for a lighter laptop, you could go with a solid state hard drive, they don't hold as much, but they are faster and much lighter than their counter parts.
Get as much ram as you can afford, you will be glad you did, when the time comes. I have already ran out of ram editing a video with 16 GB of ram, so you never have enough.
Anyway, good luck on your purchase, I am sure, you will enjoy it, which ever decision you make.
Thank you Silkrooster. I'm in England and the customisable features aren't on the UK HP website unfortuantely (the American site's much better to be honest). I'm not too concerned about tech support as there are local companies to us.
If you don't mind me asking, in your opinion would the Sony one in my original post suffice if I upgraded to the'128 GB SATA Flash SSD(1 x 128 GB) Solid State Drive' and use an external drive to store my work? Thanks
With a solid state drive, you may be able to go with a slimmer case on the laptop. Which would or should lighten the laptop. As long as you have an external drive that can hold your data, you should be fine with 128GB drive. But if you afford it go next size bigger. In the long run, it should pay. But with the external it isn't as necessary.
But I don't know all the uses you will have for the laptop. As you add programs, games, pictures, video's etc. it fills up quickly. It would be up to you on what needs to be on the internal drive and what can go on the external. Later on, you may want a second external just for back up purposes. When you loose your data, you will be glad you have a spare drive with the data.
Anyway, good luck...
Lightweight would be a Mac but they only go to 8GB for Memory.
Use i7 processors.
You can easily run windows on it and have it configured that way as well.