But if he put it on the Dell credit, it was easier than having two bills (one from Dell, one from NewEgg) and maybe he doesn't have credit cards or something? Heck, I'm just speculating.
Congrats on your new rig, skizzot.
The use of function keys is a specific software from Sony, and most other laptop manufacturers work the same way. Look for drivers from the Sony support site or use the CD that came with the notebook.
I agree on the IBM front. My T-series has a magnesium cover, which is nice feeling and very solid. Even the lesser solid R-series is pretty solid, but with a plastic cover. Yes, the PowerBooks are a nice build design (I know, I've owned...
A laptop isn't necessary in college, but as many others have said, it is really nice to have. I'm going into my senior year and I've had laptops and desktops since I started college, switching off, and finding that I never took my laptop...