My local PC shop said they've never had an ASUS returned faulty in all the time they've been selling them (whereas he had about 6 dead Acer laptops lying around the shop with knackered mobos). I'm sure Japanese manufacturers are superior quality, i.e. Toshiba, Sony, Samsung, but it seems you pay a premium on the price for the extra quality. I didn't really want to go over £500.
So, my question is, am I likely to get a similar spec and quality laptop for a smaller price?