1. First off, recognize that the brands you have heard of don't actually build laptops, they market them.
* Quanta sells to (among others) HP/Compaq, Dell, Toshiba, Sony, Fujitsu, Acer, NEC, Gateway and Lenovo/IBM - note that Quanta is currently (as of August, 2007) the largest manufacturer of notebook computers in the world.
* Compal sells to Toshiba, HP/Compaq, Acer, and Dell.
* Wistron (former manufacturing & design division of Acer) sells to HP/Compaq, Dell, IBM, NEC, Acer, and Lenovo/IBM.
* Flextronics (former Arima Computer Corporation notebook division) sells to HP/Compaq, NEC, and Dell.
* ECS sells to IBM, Fujitsu, and Dell.
* Asus sells to Apple (iBook), Sony, and Samsung.
* Inventec sells to HP/Compaq, Toshiba, and BenQ.
* Uniwill sells to Lenovo/IBM and Fujitsu.
* Clevo sells to all the boutique brands for hi end usage http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=91510
2. Second, Laptops are about compromises. The closer you get to a desktop replacement, the farther you get from long battery life.
3. So, instead of buying from someone who just bought it from someone else...I suggest going directly to the
Looking at your budget, I'd suggest this custom build:
Look Frozen I wasnt Trying to be a JA but If I knew what I was looking for I would of been more specific in my answers, For that matter If I filled it out specific, then I would know what to buy and I wouldn't be here.