When lappie hunting, fFirst understand the difference between "Brands" and "Manufacturers"
The vast majority of laptops on the market (94% in 2011) 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 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.
Established in 1983, as an ODM (Original Design Manufacturer), they sell barebones ranging from laptop to portable computing solutions for both AMD and Intel processors. Clevo is one of the world's most preferred ODM partners and markets their products in more than 50 countries, and have established service centers in the USA, Germany, Britain, China, and Taiwan.
Id recommend the Clevo P151SM $1589 customized as below and before discounts
17.3" Full HD LED-Backlit Display with MATTE Surface (1920 x 1080)
Switchable GPU by NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
nVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 770M 3GB GDDR5 Memory w/ Optimus
4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.40 GHz)
Intel® HM87 chipset
IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU
Genuine Microsoft Windows® 8 64-Bit Edition (All 7 and 8 versions are options)
16GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz - 2 X 8GB - FREE Upgrade Special!
750GB Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 7200RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 8GB Solid State Hybrid
6X Blu-ray Reader/8X DVD±R/2.4X +DL Super-Multi Drive - SPECIAL!
Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless-N 1103 - 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module - SPECIAL!
8 cells smart Lithium-Ion battery pack 76.96Wh
Integrated Fingerprint Reader
FREE UPS Ground
High Definition audio interface
S/PDIF digital output
Built-in two speakers made by Onkyo
Built-in one sub-woofer made by Onkyo
External 7.1CH audio output supported by headphone, microphone, S/PDIF and Line-in jack
Sound Blaster X-FI® MB 3
Full size illuminated keyboard with numeric pad
Integrated illuminated touchpad with multi-gesture and scrolling function
1 HDMI™ output Port (with HDCP)
1 DisplayPort 1.2 output Port
1 Mini DisplayPort 1.2
1 USB 2.0 Port
3 USB 3.0 Ports (One powered USB port, AC/DC)
1 eSATA Port (USB 3.0 combo)
1 Mini-IEEE 1394a Port
1 Headphone Jack
1 Microphone Jack
1 S/PDIF output Jack
1 Line-in Jack
1 RJ-45 LAN (10/100/1000Mbps)
9-in-1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/SD/Mini-SD/SDHC/SDXC)
Two MiniCard Slots,
- 1st for WLAN Combo module (Half size Mini Card with PCIe and USB interface).
- 2nd slot for mSATA SSD Full size Mini Card with SATA interface).
Discount info here
If cuctom lappies weren't available from Clevo, I'd prolly get an Asus or MSI