My experience with Asus is the sound is usually where they cheat. Great specs and all, inexpensive... but the catch is the sound is inaudible in decibels or just bad in quality. You shouldn't need to buy external speakers, you can, but the built-in speaker sound should be decent at least. I've heard some HP's have good sound (but I'm always reluctant with HP's...). How about Dells ? What do you guys think about the Lenovo or Huawei in terms of hardware, robustness and quality of the physical hardware (speakers included) ? Share your experiences with those please. Love reading a bunch of different personal accounts.