I feel like a broken record. I'm not an apple fanboy. I swear to gob. Refurbished Macbook (the white one.) they have a 7 hour battery life, are the industry standard, have amazing screens. But it does have a small screen.....
I hate to admit it, but apple is finally competitive.
Lenovo and Toshiba are nice IMO.
check out this toshiba:http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/cdetland.to?poid=467916
add the 12 cell battery (up to 8 hour battery life...(straight from toshibas mouth)
add the 310 graphics card, or the i5 processor.