hmm.. I think dell and hp are prolly both really competitive in the laptop industry.. 2 of the best, no doubt.. although, I have heard many bad things related to HP laptops (break more frequently, customer support terrible, not as good as dell) which is why I went with the dell.. but, it really just comes down to personal preference, and what you want your laptop optimized for.
Yea.. and I'm sure ALL of you would buy dell over hp if you got a $500 discount..
I've heard rumors of a MS computer... you pay for it monthly or something. It will be used in public places where people can come up to the computer and pay a fee for an allotted amount of time; if i remember correctly.