No idea if anyone is still reading, but one thing frequently mentioned about the laptop situation is the inability to source cases. However, one wonders how these people manage it: [link]
Unlike other Linux laptop vendors who may give their products new names, but who also identify the original model as being a Sony Vaio or IBM Thinkpad (and so on), these people seem to be building their own. Come to think of it, there are lots of minor vendors in Britain who sell laptops. So is it just a case (yes, pun intended) of those vendors buying complete systems from Taiwan and slapping their name on it, or is it something that the RISC OS manufacturers could have worked with?
Having seen what I'd call "third-tier" vendor laptops, it's tempting to think that some British vendors actually do assemble their own, because I think the Taiwanese original equipment manufacturers would be embarrassed if they found that they'd produced the badly-made models concerned.