If you plan to carry this around often, you may wish to go with a smaller screen since you are planning to getting the lowest resolution screen anyway. It will be more portable in my experience.
If you aren't planning on gaming I think getting the dedicated card is a waste of money. After three years of use, the graphics cards will be so old that it won't increase the value of your machine very much if any at all. A dedicated card also drains the battery more quickly and runs hotter.
Something like the ThinkPad R61 will offer you better quality and you can get it with a glossy screen though I don't know if you can get it under your budget in Canada.
OMG, th0rbahn, that some crazy deal ! It's OOS online as usual. I can't go to Staples tomorrow because guess what... I am working @ bestbuy this day. I can't enjoy the deals unless I send a friend or a parent to wait for me. They would probably have maximum 2-3 in stock at this price and they would be gone in 2 mins.
I checked the 14.1" and they are rather too small, I found them a bit annoying because I am used to my desktop with my wide 22". 17" are way to huge to carry, so that's why I chose a 15". Thanks for the tip about dedicated graphic card. I'll let it go then.
Could you please check this page : http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/dept.a...EN&catid=20352
and tell me would be a great deal to get ? The Toshiba A-200-12v or the DV6618ca from HP ? They are both listed @ 799$ CAN. Their price could be lower then that ? Also, Bestbuy has also some "hidden" deals in stores that they don't advertize, so maybe other laptops would be on sale.