lenovo are cool, asus and msi too.
I would stay the hell away from ACER unless you like cheap plastic, loud physical clicks when you touch anything. Dell is average but somewhat good. Better than ACER that's for sure. I used to have a HP laptop, it was great until it crapped out and from what I've heard, it's pretty common from HP to be awesome till they crap out.
There are other brands but I haven't looked at laptops in a serious while so I can't be of much help.