Got it narrowed down to three options...they are all pretty close spec wise, but I don't have enough know how with brands these days to know what's good and what isn't.
HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Laptop (15-p066us) | StaplesŪ
Lenovo Flex 2 15 Dual Mode Laptop Computer With 156 Touch Screen Display 4th Gen Intel Core i3 Processor 59425111 by Office Depot & OfficeMax
HP 15-r253cl Touchscreen Laptop | Intel Core i3
In that price range, I'd most definitely skip the big 3 and go for an Asus.
ASUS X551CA-XH31 Notebook Intel Core i3 3217U (1.80GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 15.6" Windows 8 Pro - Newegg.com