Work - testing Windows and Linux virtual machines, scripting, etc
best possible battery life (4 hours or better is good)
Weight (around 5.7lbs)
Wireless NIC (anything but Broadcom chips --prefer Atheros)
I enjoy using Lenovo laptops; Iâ€™ve found them to be robust with great performance.
Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 (1024AWU) $649
Asus A53SV-NH51 $599
Acer Aspire AS5755G-6823 $549