The Dell D810 that I am looking at wil cost me $2674, including $150 for sales tax and $24 for "handling".
A former colleage has been using and recommending laptops built by a company called Asus. These are strinkingly beautiful notebooks, and according to my friend, are fairly rugged road warriors.
Asus are only sold through resellers. I priced out a system that is similar to the Dell D810, but with an upgrade to an Intel 760 M processor (the D810 that I chose comes with a 750). It was only $1950. Shipping is $14, and they do not charge tax.
I think I will get the Asus Z71V. It seems to be a popular model, and comes recommended on www.notebookreview.com.