I just purchased a new HP Pavilion 15-au062 15.6" with an Intel Core i5-6200U Processor, 8 GB RAM, and 1 TB SATA Drive. It has a backlit keyboard and seems to be a pretty decent build. Not aluminum or titanium, but pretty solid for ~$500.
I wanted to make it dual boot Xubuntu 16.10 Installing Xubuntu went pretty smoothly once I figured out that you have to press esc as soon as you see the screen flash to intercept the bootloader. Too soon and it doesn't read the key press, too late and it's too late.