Dell E4200 thru DellOutlet can be had for nice pricing. Lenovo Outlet has deals on X200s + X301 occasionally.
X301 is over budget. X200s can be had for around your budget from Lenovo Outlet. Dell E4200 with coupon codes will be under budget.
I haven't bought yet. I don't know what I will do either right now. Am waiting for the next batch of models and full reviews.
Acer is very tempting but I am afraid it will break and support will be non existant which accounts for its very low cost even though they managed to get really nice battery life out of it.
I would have to see it in person before I bought to check the quality of it.
Thanks for your suggestions on the Dell and Lenovo. Both look interesting (especially the X200s), but, they are pretty expensive. I doesn't seem to be a Dell Outlet in Canada. The Lenovo Outlet Canada didn't seem to have anything in the notebook section.
Yeah, I guess waiting until June seems to be the best thing to do at this point and see what gets released and reviewed.
The Acer Timeline is very tempting, but, if their Support is as bad as you suggest, it wont be a very good deal overall.
You didn't mention what you thought of Asus or HP. Any comments about them?
Acer seems to have penetrated the market a fair bit in Future Shop and Best Buy stores up here in Canada, so I hope they will eventually care the Timeline series.