Thanks for the follow up! The Lenovo looks plenty good for me. I'm leaning towards getting one. The samsung looks pretty damn awesome too, but is a bit pricey and doesn't have an optical drive. Still, that's one powerful tiny computer. the x220 also has no optical. if you buy a dock you can fit an optical drive in there (not sure if it already comes with the optical drive. T420s is pretty light. Weight feels the same as a X220. Screen is LED backlit like the X220 and is 1600x900, its pretty damned good. Battery life is much improved over the T410s. Speaking from real world experience on all 3 laptops. indesertum also mentioned the Lenovo X1. 13" Screen and has a gorilla glass screen. interesting. i've heard quite a few people say that the screen sucks, but i havent seen them in person so i cant personally judge. the x220's regular screen is led backlit, no ips, but you can upgrade for 30 to ips. imo def worth it. the x1 is super sexy. you might want to wait for that.