Maybe toshiba L series is not the cheapest one if compared with Acer and Dell, but Satellite L510 is not a complete writeoff. This Japanese notebook has additional features which other entry-level doesnt have.
The price itself is S$1,099 (US$796.67). L510 sports 14-inch LED-backlit panel with HD-ready res of 1,366 x 768, also with the 16:9 aspect ratio, offers you the cool movie viewing. The HD content will be supported by Intel graphics chipset.
If you want the better quality of performance, just take within the discrete GPUs and faster processor that available. L510 provides HDMI port to give you facility to see streaming video to big display.
L510 now is equipped also with an eSATA/USB combo port. So it will support the current 3 USB ports (thing-and-light category) and in other side still has a faster eSATA interface for external storage device.
It has multitouch trackpad that supports gesture capability, so your browsing and photo viewing will be much easier.