just stay away from hp
Having a single bad experience doesn't mean that the brand is bad. HP is one of the best out there.
I would recommend the Sony Vaio VPCF236HA
with an i7 processor, 8GB Ram Memory, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphic card. It only costs $1,500 here.
p.s: I'm buying this the next week, so I still can't give a review now. but it's the best thing I can find.
A Sony VAIO is just like a MBP overpriced. I have the Asus N53SV (i7 2630QM, 500GB, 6GB ram (you can add up to 16GB and the same graphic card) which is only €600 (893,76 dollars). If I add more ram memory and a second SSD harddrive I'm still throwing less money away then buying a VAIO