I've been a desktop user for years (building my own) but it looks like I may need to move in with my Mum for a few months and she doesn't have space for my desktop setup so I'm going to have to get a laptop.
Based on budget and required specs I've whittled it down to a choice of two:
Samsung 350V5C 15.6-inch Laptop (Silver) - (Intel Core i7 3630QM 2.4GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
Lenovo Ideapad Z580 15.6 inch Laptop-Gunmetal (Intel Core i7-3520, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
As you can see they both have similar specs and they are both currently £599 on Amazon.
The Samsung reportedly has random build quality issues (but I could always exchange if I get a duff one) also the touchpad apparently feels a bit cheap. The screen though is matt and anti-reflective (big plus) and it has better processor.
The Lenovo reportedly has good build quality and a great keyboard/touchpad but the screen is apparently very reflective.
Does anyone have any experience with Ubuntu on these? I've seen a few posts regarding the Lenovo so I guess the Lenovo is easy enough to deal with Secure boot but I haven't read anything regarding the Samsung.