OK. I found my perfect machine! I stopped in at Staples just to check out their computer cases, since Futureshop doesn't have much of that stuff. Lo and behold... a 13.3" laptop, with all the specs of my original proposal, PLUS a Radeon 5470 GPU, PLUS 8 hr battery, AND only 4 lbs (I mean it this time
). For $700. Everyone should get one.http://www.staples.ca/ENG/Catalog/cat_s ... e=WW&=&=&=
Acer 13.3" Laptop (AS3820TG-3022)
2.26GHz Intel Core i5-430M processor
500GB hard drive
13.3” LED back-lit display
Windows 7 Home Premium 64
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 graphics card with 512MB dedicated memory
Connectivity: Bluetooth and Acer Nplify b/g/n Wireless LAN
Integrated Media card reader
HDMI port and webcam
Up to 8 hours battery life
Colour: Black Brushed Aluminum
1-year limited warranty
I'm picking it up tomorrow.
thanks again for the input and conversation.