If you don't need a gaming laptop, you don't need to spend $800.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834157822
here's a laptop that was one of the highest rated on newegg. It would be great for watching DVDs, streaming movies, etc. The Intel integrated graphics aren't going to handle games well but since you won't be playing them you won't care. It will handle videos just fine though. The battery life should be good, since there is no dedicated GPU to power. And if you don't like the battery life you can always get a 9-cell battery from HP to replace the standard 6-cell.