When it comes to computers, I am all about HP. I'm typing from an HP desktop right now, and I own an HP laptop (custom made -- I'm waiting for it to be shipped to me). My husband has an HP laptop, thanks to a generous birthday gift from yours truly, and my mother, brothers and grandfather also have HP computers.
The nice thing about HP computers is that they're built from quality materials. With the exception of a dud monitor that my mother had, we have never *knocks on wood* had a single issue. I've never had to call their technical support, Irvine tech support or any technical support for that matter.
Oh, and the computer I'm at right now? It's four years old. Definitely "old" by computer standards, but still in perfect working order!