Other great vendors for PC laptops include Sony - although they are pricier than others but their quality is quite notorious (in terms of both quality and durability).
I've been using various PC laptops for various years now and in my opinion, the most crucial feature in my list of priorities is the size/weight of the laptop assuming all other features such as battery life, performance specs, etc. are not overly disparate. For example I'd give up 25% battery life for cutting the laptop's closed size and weight 25%. Trust me on this - but life is 10X more easier with laptop as 0.75 inches thick and the size of a notebook compared to a 1.5" laptop with a 15" screen (on top of the fact that you probably would be taking your more portable/compact laptop around with you more often whether that would be from room-to-room or outdoors).
I'm sorry about my outlandish behavior - there's too much blood in my alcohol system.