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Suggestions for a performance Laptop and specs

I am looking at purchasing a new laptop for the following:

Visual Studio Development
SQL Server
Heavy Database Queries
Office - Excel, Access, Outlook etc.
Accounting Database Work

All of these are done over a network.

Based on the above I am trying to figure out which laptop would perform the best.  I need at least a 17" and have looked at everything from the HP8730 to the Dell XPS and the Sony AW Series (which only runs 64-bit).  Your help is appreciated.

Thanks
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rindiCommented:
Dell and HP are good quality laptops and as long as you get one with enough RAM (2 to 3 GB should be fine) there should be no problem. What you may also consider is making sure you get one which gives an XP downgrade option, as that OS is usually faster for most tasks than Vista.

Just be sure not to get any sony, as they don't really make quality products, nor is the service worth anything.
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toddpotterAuthor Commented:
Just out of curiosity, what quality issues does sony have.  From looking at the reviews of the AW series it appears that most of them are favorable.  I understand service is no where near the HP or Dell level.
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rindiCommented:
I've just not yet had any positive experience with sony. It is a typical consumer electronics manufacturer where you buy their stuff at a supermarket and you have to expect things to break just after the warranty has expired. Both Dell and HP on the other hand have always built PC's, and even though HP also sells their hardware in supermarkets now you can still expect their products to be of good quality.
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