I recommend ASUS.
Having owned 3 of them over 6 years.
Each sold at a decent resell price.
But then again they cost a lot.
That being said.
On MassDrop they have had a few MSI laptops for around 1k. That's beyond your price point.
Yet right now typically Fry's Electronics has deals on MSI gaming laptops for 1k or $800.
If gaming isn't your thing.
Then go with what fits your usage.
Best I got. ;)