I'll be attending law school in late August and will need a laptop by then. I know technology keeps changing fast and that I could wait forever to upgrade, but I ultimately want the best bang for the buck and don't need a laptop now. I'm thinking of taking the plunge on a T410s or T410 but they both have their cons (low battery life and thickness, respectively). I'm also interested in some Asus laptops but their keyboards look much worse and they simply don't have the same power. I'd like to, at a minimum, run 1080p movies on my laptop but other than that, I wouldn't be gaming with it. I want a SSD boot-up hard drive and will use an external at home for storage needs. There are sales going on now for the Thinkpads and they're tempting but it's annoying how the T410s is supposed to be a top-of-the-line laptop with only 2.5-3hrs battery life. It's only 14" too. Yet the T410 simply looks massive in comparison to its competitors. Any thoughts? My budget is $1600-1700 MAXIMUM. I don't care about the build quality and apparent security features of a Mac Book Pro. But I do care about having to spend time learning its interface. Its keyboard is the same type as Asus, too, so I might as well buy that one for $600 less. Ultimately, keyboard, battery life, 14" screen and power are what is important to me. In that order.