I'm looking at laptops for my son, who will start college this fall, in the $800-$1100 range. I'm currently eyeballing something like the ASUS N55 series - 8GB RAM, Core i7 chip, 15.6" screen, Win 7, hopefully 1920x1080. I'd like to find one with a matte screen, but that's not essential. I like ASUS because I've had good experiences with their equipment in the past.
Any suggestions, ideas, thoughts on a good laptop for note-taking, assignments and general use, including pc games (mostly Steam-based) in this price range? I'm just not familiar enough with Lenovo or the other specialty companies to know whether I'm ignoring better options by focusing on ASUS.