Sony is known for making some really high performance notebooks, but they are a bit on the expensive side. However, many do not know that they also offer a full 15.6 inch proper notebook called VPCEL22FX/B that is powered by AMD E450 processor. This new APU (accelerated processing unit) also features an integrated ATi Radeon HD 6320 GPU.
Specs include 320GB hard disk, 4GB DDR3 RAM, DVD writer, 15.6 inch display, 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, 4x USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, 0.3 mega pixel webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, LAN and Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.
Another excellent choice is Lenovo 1450ABU that has similar specs and it retails at just 300 dollars plus packs fingerprint reader as well. It retails at just 350 dollars which is pretty low for a 15.6 inch Sony notebook.