Looking to buy a laptop to use mainly for programming and work stuff but would like to be able watch Netflix and play some games (Civ 5, Starcraft, Minecraft mainly) when I need a break. Right now I'm looking at a Vaio S* series or an Ideapad V or Y series.
The last time I bought a laptop (an HP about 5 years ago) it's hdd died within 2 months and within the first year just stopped booting up entirely (guessing it was a mobo issue). So I'm looking for something that can handle some serious use. I've never had either a Sony or Lenovo laptop before so curious if anyone else has used those and what they thought or if they had any issues with them. Other suggestions for decent laptops would be welcome, under $1500, 14" screen preferred.
*A quick note as to why I'm even considering the Vaio S, it's supposed to have a long battery life (even more with a larger capacity) so I'm using that to justify the price compared to others.