Thanks for the suggestions! I haven't heard great things about HP in general, but I haven't seen any concrete evidence that it's any better or worse than other brands. I can't seem to find any good comparisons between brands in general, but I'm mostly debating between lenovo, ASUS, and Acer. Unfortunately NewEgg doesn't have that many ASUS models with the combination of features I'm looking for, so really I'm mostly deciding between an Acer and a lenovo laptop. Luckily I'm not in a rush, because my Mac's trackpad problem stopped on its own.