The HP Pavilion dv2000 series is the best-looking sub $1,000 notebook on the market. At just over 5 pounds, the 14.1-widescreen notebook is light enough to carry around campus or use comfortably while commuting.
The OtterBox Rugged Laptop case is can stand up to almost any abuse you can throw at it. Or, if your prefer, you can just throw it. This case is all about safety and security, with no silly frills like iPod pouches or pen organizers.