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I second the Lenovo. Only if it's of the Thinkpad line, though. But, under $800 is easily doable for a decent machine. Just don't get HP or Dell (Dell business line is 'okay' but they'll be over $800).
I think brand is only moderately important in the consumer lines. But, there are some that are better than others. I think I'd rank something like this:
(from better to good) Lenovo (thinkpad) > Sony > Asus > Toshiba > Acer
I would look at either Sony, Toshiba, Asus or maybe Acer. Acer has usually been pretty poor in the past but I've noticed they have some decent looking ultrabooks. One of those lines should have a half decent laptop for under $800.
Just make sure you go with Intel (cpu/graphics) and try to get the lastest generation if possible. It will be i3-3xxx or i5-3xxx.