... then what would be the next best thing? I've done about 6 hours of research so far and have gotten a really good understanding of IBM's ThinkPad series. After looking at all the options, however, it's just a bit too expensive. What would be the next best manufacturer for business class notebooks? From what i've heard Dell and Compaq offer horribly sub par products that have cluttered operating systems and terrible return rates on their products. So those two are out. That leaves Hewlett Packard, Acer, Sony, and then all the lesser known companies.