I was very pleased with the look and feel of the dv1000 series from HP. I picked up the dv1140us.
The machine is more than adequate for schooling, and great for movies, movies, and internet. Where it really stumbles is video performance for gaming. Since that isn't an issue, you should do well with this machine.
At five pounds, this laptap is meant to travel, but I wouldn't recommend dropping it. It doesn't heat up, battery life is 3+ hours on internet and music, with about 1.5 hours with the dvd drive churning.
Great for the price, check out the hp website for customizing options, and terrific pricing
I am considering purchasing this system. My main usage will be with school. I don't do games or plan on installing huge programs. Will this be adequate and is this a sturdy machine to take back and forth from school?