What brand would people recommend for laptops? I would like to get a product without a bunch of garbage on it (AOL, special drivers for proprietary HW, etc.). Dell and other companies (IBM, etc.) are famous for this. Alienware used to be my go-to suggestion but they seem to be having major user support issues right now. Falcon NW (and similar companies) are exceptional but very expensive. Does anyone make a good quality laptop with a clean build anymore? I'm looking for max performance and a $2k-ish budget. Battery life is not a huge issue. Yes, I've looked at Apple but there is proprietary SW that I need to run on a PC. The SW will work on the Apple (with the emulator SW) but its too slow... Suggestions?