personally, no, its not worth it. its nice looking, but if you need any support through school, none of their software will be for mac and no one will likely be able to help you.
as for brands, its all preference and everyone will say something different, but I've always been happy with my hp's. Sony is over priced IMO
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plus with a good windows 7 pc, you'll get more speed and features for your money.