I recently bought a Dell XPS 17 laptop online and have been using it for a week or so now. It is simply the best computer I have ever used, bar none.
Screen = 17.3"
OS = Win 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
Chip = Intel core i7 running at 2.2 GHz with turbo boost to 3 GHz
Ram = 8Gb
Hard disks = 2 X 750Gb
Video card type = Nvidia Geoforce GT550M with 3 Gb ram.
So basically a big screen, tons of grunt and unbelievably cheap for the specs.
This is currently reduced to AU$1,199 (incl. delivery in Australia, perhaps the same in NZ)
See here: http://www.dell.com/au/p/xps-l702x/pd?oc=u510306au&model_id=xps-l702x
Now I did have huge delivery problems a year or two ago with Dell when I bought a desktop for my son. Weeks of problems for not only me but another person at work who bought the same type of computer from Dell on the same day. It took 4 weeks until delivery finally happened and that was after numerous emails, phone calls (you only ever get an offshore call centre) and taking two days off work waiting for a delivery that never came. I even joined a throng of people on Dell's own blog site who were all complaining about delivery issues.
This delivery was another kettle of fish altogether. They emailed me straight after I had ordered it online, specified two weeks or better delivery. They emailed me a couple of days later and gave me an earlier delivery date (with an alternative date if that was unsuitable). They even specified they'd deliver between noon and 5:00pm. Well it arrived on the exact day and at 2:30pm (so right in the middle of their delivery time promise). Looks like they have massively picked up their game in that area (I think they use a different delivery company now).
Oh and if you pay by Amex, you get 2 points for every dollar spent.
So all in all I'd recommend this laptop for anyone.
P.S. That black hole in your 'puter sounds terminal.