If you're in the market for an affordable laptop, TheSource.ca has a pretty decent Deal of the Day you might be interested in. Until midnight tonight, you can pick up the Acer Aspire TimelineX 15.6" Notebook with Intel Core i3-350m, 3GB RAM, 320GB HD and HDMI for $399.96. Though this laptop sports an older i3 processor, it is still a much better option than netbooks and cheaper laptops priced in the same range.
The RAM and hard drive space leave a lot to be desired but with up to 8 hours of battery life, this would work great for students who just need something for word processing, web browsing and overall productivity-related tasks. This isn't going to do much for you in terms of gaming, as it doesn't have a dedicated GPU, but if you upgrade the RAM, this could be a serviceable workhorse notebook.
The deal is on for the remainder of the day while quantities last.
Standard shipping starts at $4.99.