The best performing, best value and easiest to get AA NiMHs that I've found are the silver-n-green Energizers. They're up to 2100mAh in their latest batch, make sure you choose the "Made in Japan" ones.
Buy them for ~$10/pr at supermarkets. Heck, even my local Post Office has 'em.
They pump out great current, totally reliable (haven't had a dead one yet) and they charge up to capacity.
For $5 ea, why would I bother with crappy no-name cells??