The Dell Inspiron 1420 (14 inch new model) and the Sony VAIO NR160, recently compared in a review on Cnet, offer different design features, and have consumers asking the following according to Cnet:
"Should you consider a low-end VAIO laptop, or stick with a company that has more experience turning out inexpensive laptops like Dell?"
With reference to design, Cnet's likes the easily accessible media controls above the keyboard, but seems to favor the flat keys of the Sony. The flat keys do make the laptop look ultra modern and have a more "roomy" feel.
Cnet rated the Dell higher (a 6.9) than the Sony (6.6).