I would be using the laptop for both work and play so would require power and functionality, no crappy keyboards please!
i found the ASUS G72GX RBBX05 on Cnet being advertised as within my pricerange but when looking to buy it in the UK could not find it anywhere. if this can be found within my pricerange in the UK i would be thrilled but am aware its probably false advertising pre tax and shipping etc.
My local PC repairer likes Asus and Toshiba for ease of spares etc and reliability. I bought this Toshiba, and can reccomend it. Nothing against Dell but some have found their reliability a small problem. I bought at John Lewis with a 2 year guarantee included. Do look at the Toshiba spec.