One word of advice- before you buy anything, go to your local Best Buy, Microcenter, Fry's, whatever and play with different laptops around your price range.
Things like overall construction quality, keyboard layout, keyboard quality, trackpad quality, all make a big difference and vary wildly!
Heck, the Toshiba I'm using has a pretty good keyboard and trackpad, though the screen is the worst I own (and I have a collection of cheap desktop TNs that supplement my 30" IPS). Funny thing is, even with using IPS and SPVA screens at work and at home, the crappy TN on my laptop and its 1366x768 resolution don't bother me much. It's just big enough to be comfortable, and viewing angles are easy to work around.
Otherwise, try and figure out how to get an SSD into your price range, even if it means buying it separately. You really only need 128GB for regular use and a half-dozen games, and if you buy it separately, you can throw the included spinner into a USB3 enclosure, which is perfect for media storage and many older/lower requirement games.
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