For what is is worth towards peace of mind, Both Lenovo and Toshiba and Dell are good for warranty work.
Since You don't game you can save money that way.
Is that clerk knowledgeable?
What I would do is go to one or more of the Major Online Sellers of laptops, For example, Newegg, TigerDirect, Amazon and read the User reviews of any models You are looking at.
I notice that this laptop has a touch screen. I use Windows 8 without a touch screen. In fact I gave away a new laptop I had bought that had a touch screen, A touch screen may be fine on a tablet or a phone, On a laptop, Not so good.
What I did before I gave it to Fran was Install "Classic Shell", This All-in-One I'm using, The first thing I did was Install "Classic Shell"
With this in mind, a free program called Classic Shell has been updated to support the ability to add a Start Menu to Windows 8.
At this point Windows 8 Now operates like Windows 7 with the extras from Windows 8.
So You do not really need a touchscreen and could save that money.
FWIW I have used Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer, and ASUS.
They were and are All OK.
Edited by rotor123, 22 September 2013 - 05:55 PM.