I've owned an HP, and currently have a Lenovo
. Both work reasonably well.
EXCEPT.....both of them have had really strange habits of disconnecting different bits of hardware.
On my HP - my CD drive pretty much disappeared. This happened approx 2 years after I bought it. If I go to My computer it only shows my C: Drive. Real pain in the ass. Also the webcam quit working VERY shortly after I bought it.
On my Lenovo (not even a year old yet), it has a real neat little finger reader, I use it for logging into windows....last week - its gone. Device not hooked up it says. Also my USB ports are wonky. I have 3 of them but half the time it wont recognize my phone, sometimes switching ports works.
Also, my webcam just quit on it.
Both laptops see incredibly tame use. They are pretty much couch laptops, no hard use, no bumps, etc. Not sure if its driver issues or some kind of virus but my gosh does it piss me off.