You wanted a good "brand" but most brands don't actually "make" a laptop.
The vast majority of laptops on the market are manufactured by a small handful of Taiwan-based Original Design Manufacturers (ODM), although their production bases are located mostly in mainland China. Major relationships include:
Quanta sells to (among others) HP, Lenovo, Apple, Acer, Toshiba, Dell, Sony, Fujitsu and NEC
Compal sells to (among others) Acer, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo and HP/Compaq
Wistron (former manufacturing & design division of Acer) sells to Dell, Acer, Lenovo and HP
Inventec sells to Toshiba, HP and Lenovo
Pegatron sells to Asus, Toshiba, Apple, Dell and Acer
Foxconn sells to Asus, Dell, HP and Apple
Flextronics (former Arima Computer Corporation notebook division) sells to HP
Clevo was the supplier to Alienware pre-Dell purchase and still supplies the chassis and major parts to boutique builders such as Sager, WidowPC, Falcon Northwest etc.
CLEVO is a large Taiwanese computer company specializing in laptops. While the Clevo brand name is perhaps not widely known, their products are re-branded and sold by known boutique brand OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers)… notably Sager, VoodooPC, Falcon Northwest, Eurocom, etc.
They are also considered (by whoever knows about notebooks) to design and manufacturer the best of the best notebooks in terms of superior build quality and innovative designs.
I buy mine, custom built, from "Larry the Laptop Guy" ....
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Three months ago I purchased the Y580 with these specs:
3rd generation Intel Core i7-3630QM processor
Genuine Windows 8
15.6” display ,16:9 widescreen
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 2GB graphics
8GB DDR3 memory,
750GB +64GB SSD HDD storage
high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi
Integrated DVD Drive
Integrated 1.0M (720p HD) webcam
Dolby Home Theatre V4 audio enhancement & JBL designed speakers
HD graphics support
Battery Life : 4 hours
Warranty : 1 Year Limited
Boots up in less than 30 seconds. The construction appears to be solid. I like the feel of the keys. No offensive bloatware pre-installed. Plenty of bells and whistles. Skyrim and MW3 run beautifully with high+ settings.
My only complaint is that the wireless adapter has been hobbled by Lenovo to prevent connection to 5Ghz (2.4Ghz only).
The price on amazin is $999 now, Be worth buying.
See the comparison, http://gaminglaptop1000.com/
you'll like Lenovo Y580.
I hate win8. Tried it today and it was like trying to get out from under a wet parachute. Have you tried Linux? if so what are your thoughts?