the MSI had some very negative reviews on newegg complaining of hardware issues might those problems affect other retailers
I've now worked on a number of the MSI's. (mostly non-hardware related)
I'd say the MSI's are well-built and well-worth the money in most cases.
This doesn't mean I have anything against Sager, Alienware, or ASUS.
All of them have their advantages and disadvantages.
I don't think I'd buy a gaming laptop from Newegg though. Go with the private retailers like gentech, powernotebooks, xoticpc, etc.
They usually have better prices, more options, and better service than newegg could ever offer you.