I'm looking for a 13-15.6" laptop with enough graphics power to play Steam games like TF2 and L4D2 smoothly and a battery that can last at least 6 hours under light use (e.g. surfing the net, typing up a paper). Preferably with matte casing + screen, 2GHz+ processor, 250GB+ HDD, 4GB DDR3. A Blu-Ray drive and an Intel i3/i5 processor would be welcome, too.
Budget: ~$1000 before rebates
Usage: basic word/office processing, watching movies, light gaming, surfing the internet
Preferences: I'm not fond of HP laptops.
Here's your best buy. With a 7 hour battery life, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor, 250 GB Hard Disk Space, and a kick-butt OS, the Macbook with student discount + upgrade to 4GB RAM is pretty much the best you can get for 999 based on your needs. Furthermore, it's scarily thin and light, as well as looking adequately good.
Why I picked this laptop:
-enough graphics power to run Steam for Mac.
-recommended specs fulfilled
-elegant, fast, useful OS
If a Mac doesn't work, there isn't a better option in the market that I know of. Sorry.