[from another forum]
Here's a VERY good site:
The forums are hugely useful for research and reading what owners have to say. The thing to be aware of is that there are actually only a few laptop makers:
Quanta, Compal, Asus, MSI, Uniwill and Clevo, and that's basically it (there are others, but these brands have market dominance).
Almost all of the others you hear of, like Dell, Alienware, Falcon Northwest, Voodoo etc are actually made by one of the above names.
Voodoo Envy u:709,
Alienware Aurora m7700,
Hypersonic Aviator FX7
They are basically all the same computer, which means if you buy a high end Sager you get the same innards as a Alienware at about 40% the price!
Falcon Northwest FragBook DR6800,
Alienware MJ-12 m7700i,
Voodoo Envy u:703,
Hypersonic Aviator EX7
Alienware Aurora mALX 19" SLI
Voodoo Envy u:909
Voodoo Envy u:734
Hypersonic Aviator CX7
Compal HEL80 =
Voodoo Envy I:534
Hypersonic Aviator MV6.
IBM's (Levnovo) laptops.
ASUS does make their own laptops, so their support is simply top notch. You are dealing direct with the OEM for support. No one is going to know the product better. Of course they're known for all their other parts as well. Mainboards, video, etc
MSI, similar to Asus, makes their own laptops.
There are a few others, such as FIC, Mitac, ECS, AOpen and Gigabyte, but some of them don't sell direct to you and others are lower end stuff.
The point here, is that if you want a very nice laptop, don't go the way of the Boutique makers or ginormous companies that just slap their label on and then outsource support to India.
Instead, go to the OEMs or one of the smaller online shops and you can get a MUCH better deal on the same equipment.
I currently have a gov't bought Dell XPS M1710. which is very speedy and can play HL2 pretty much completely maxed out at 105fps. So yes, it's fast.
The other side of the coin is, it's 17" laptop and weighs 10lbs or so. Consequently, if you are travelling a lot, you may want to consider other options.
If you are wanting to game, and want to travel a lot, your best bet right now is probably an Asus G1. They can be had for about 2K. It has good resolution, can be used with a larger monitor, and weighs about 7lbs with power supply. 15.4" widescreen style display and an Nvidia GeForce7700. I'm almost certainly buying one later this month.
If you are NOT as mobile, able to leave your laptop someplace for days or weeks, then consider one of the 17" Sagers. It is simply the best bang for your buck.
A couple of US sites (useful for pricing and spec-ing)