If you're looking for a back to school laptop, and don't mind buying refurbished, TigerDirect has a good deal on a 14.1" Asus you might want to take a look at. Right now, you can scoop up the refurbished Asus 14.1" Laptop with Intel Core i7-2640M, 8GB RAM, 750GB HD and Windows 7 for $599.97. This is a fast, powerful and portable laptop and would work well for students and daily commuters alike.
For $600, you'll be hard pressed to find another laptop with specs identical or better than this. Despite being refurbished, you're still getting a second-generation i7 processor, spacious hard drive and good amount of RAM. Other features include a 4-in-1 media card reader, USB 3.0 port and HDMI out. It weighs just under five pounds so it's not too heavy to carry around either.
Quantities are limited so you'll want to hop on this one while it's still available.