If you're still holding out for a good laptop deal but need to make a decision sooner rather than later, Best Buy has a good deal on a 15.6" Asus model worth checking out. Forum user lorenzo1000 has spotted the Asus15.6" Laptop with Intel Core i7-3610QM, 750GB HD and 8GB RAM on sale for a very affordable 569.99. Normally around the $700 mark, this is a good price for what you're getting and should last students and commuters for awhile.
Just because the laptop is cheap doesn't mean there are a ton of compromises. You're still getting a third-generation quad-core i7 processor, 750GB hard drive and 8GB of RAM. Other notable features include integrated memory card reader, HDMI and USB 3.0. We would have liked to have integrated Bluetooth as well but it's not a deal breaker by any means. Gamers will need to look elsewhere as this particular model doesn't come with a dedicated GPU. For the price, though, you can't really ask for more.
The deal is live now but expires on September 13. Free shipping is available.