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One up and coming name is Sager, which seems to have a very loyal following. There are also lesser known brands that offer good machines at a decent price.
Some of the premium brands may appear to cost more, but include much better warranties and service (not to mention reputation) than the discount brands. That doesn't mean one is better than the other. Quite the contrary: many discount brands offer a tremendous features to price ratio and have excellent reputations in service and support.
However, it does pay to research exactly what is offered in terms of features, price, warranty and after-sales service when considering a particular machine. Brand is not nearly as important as finding the best mix of features you want at a price you're willing to pay, knowing that the company will help you for a reasonable amount of time if there is a problem.