got a lenovo a few months back... no complaints.
really? Mine is university issued (bad decision) and this thing has been a complete piece of crap. Battery life is absolutely miserable and I even had to get a new one because the other one couldn't hold a charge for more than 20 minutes after 2 years of use
for reference, mine is a thinkpad W500
Also Hawk, if you already have a desktop I wouldn't suggest a huge screen- really does get to be a pain lugging a big laptop around- I suggest no more than 15 inches with 12-14 being prime, just my opinion of course- but I am a reliable source as I carry mine around every single day in a backpack
final edit: inevitably you are going to get ask/have already decided whether you want to go the Mac or PC route. This is my advice: if you are a noob with computers, aren't looking into gaming, willing to spend an extra buck (or few bucks) and want a reliable, user friendly device- get a Mac. My sister did that and I regret not doing it to this day.