I'm starting business school in about a month and need to get a new laptop. Minimum specs are below. This computer will be used only for school and work - I'd like it to last at least a few years. I've got another computer and a ipad for downloads and having fun on the net. Budget is somewhat variable, but I'd like to keep costs on the low end. Say <$1,200. I have no desire to get a mac and don't care about aesthetics other than I'd like it to be a light computer. None of that alienware gamer crap though. FWIW, I work in consulting and plan on continuing in this industry. Thinkpads seem to be sort of the business standard - I've been looking at the Lenovo x220 and x1 because they come well recommended but can't really tell much of a difference. Frankly, I don't really know what I'm looking for. Love to get your suggestions. From what I can tell these specs are pretty low end, so feel free to push anything up to an acceptable level.