I am assuming around $1000 because that is ~ the cost of the Elitebook 8440p
Sony Vaio S Series (still overpriced, but it gives you the power for the speed).
Also the Lenovo Thinkpad T Series (and any of the other ones really. If you get one of the faster 3rd gen i5's or i7's you should be able to do a decent amount of mid-low gaming even on the Integrated 4000 HD Graphics).
Also look at the Vizio line of laptops that are just releasing. They seem to fit great for a lot of people.
The Asus U47VC also looks alright but the display isn't great...
Oh and if you're only worried about reasonably light, you could also take a look at the Asus N56VZ (or one of the other ones). If you have a Microcenter in your area this seems like a great deal: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0394503