Ummm.... first of all something i'm not "away" of? What does that mean. Second of all that laptop is starting at $745 and doesn't even include the OS. HE said he wanted to spend $800, so that doesn't really work does it????
I know several people with Sager/Clevo laptops and they are really nice.... I would have suggested it if they came in under his $800.
And to the OP, sager is a company that buys laptop shells and assembles your laptop per your specifications. Then there's Clevo who sells the shells and the reseller assembles your laptop in their shop. Pretty much the same thing, so you need not worry about it. They sell high quality and high spec laptops, starting at ~$800 for their current low end sandybridge model (np5160)
I usually recommend sager/clevo as most people are looking for a laptop that plays games or is a graphical work powerhouse, but you didnt say you needed anything powerful cpu or gpu wise, so you really dont need to spend $800. I would look into the thinkpad x120e and hp dmz1. The thinkpad will run you a bit more money for the same specs, but everyone knows the durability of a thinkpad, it's worth it to spend the extra $100 or whatever. And as a plus, you can tell your wife you bought a spill resistant laptop :] (youtube thinkpad+water)