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Lenovo or Asus? Other?

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Greetings OCN, I'm looking into buying a laptop to complement my desktop for when I'm out. I'm looking for something in the $300-$500 range that meets all of the following requirements:

1) 6GB DDR3 1600mhz memory
2) 500GB hard drive or larger
3) Intel core i3,i5,i7 processor and Intel HD 4000 graphics (64-bit)
4) HD Webcam etc.
5) Decent battery life (>4 hours)
6) Manufacturer warranty
7) USB 3.0
8) Good resolution (as good as I can get while meeting the rest of the requirements)

Things I DON'T need / care about at all:
1) Software (including OS)
2) Peripherals
3) Gratuitously large display

I have been looking mainly at Lenovos and ASUS laptops, although I'm very new to the laptop game so I'm not sure which brands are generally good or not. I will mainly be using it for writing papers, SSHing, light computations in Matlab / Mathematica / Maple, as a media player (movies, music), and for general internet browsing. Mainly I want a snappy, reliable machine that I can slap Windows 7 on and not worry about my warranty not being honored if I run into a hardware fault. Open to all suggestions, and much thanks in advance.

edit: I might also play some CS on it
Edited by KraziKarl - 2/15/13 at 12:13pm
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For reliability

Asus, Toshiba,.....Sony. In that order.
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