Don't know where the people telling you about problems with Acer are getting their information from, but it doesn't ring true with most other reports. Acer are a leading laptop manufacturer and supply models to be rebadged as well as their own brand. They have a very good track record and supply very good laptops.
There is very little to choose from with Laptops apart from price/spec as most are made by four or five big companies - it is a very different market to desktop PCs.
Any high street name like Mesh, Evesham, Dell, Sony, Hi-Grade, IBM will be able to offer you something that will be suitable.