This is a laptop that my friend has, and I don't remember the exact name of it, but just go on Amazon and search "Lenovo AMD A10" and look around. It has 6GB of RAM, a 750gb HDD, and a blazing fast quad core CPU, plus great graphics performance built right in. Its also only about $500. Its worth looking at, definitely, and also with all those features its only an inch thick when folded. And it doesn't get terribly hot either . all around just a great laptop.
Look at Best Buy, they have an HP Pavilion G6 (my mom has this one and its great) and I think it has higher resolution. It has an AMD A8, DO NOT buy the i3 version the graphics are TERRIBLE and it costs as much as the apu version
Check out this laptop. http://www.metabox.com.au/W230SS-overview.asp
It can come with either a 13.3" 1080p or 3200x1800 IPS display. I'd recommend getting the 1080p panel if you got this laptop because it's more colour accurate. Cheaper than that Lenovo as well and has a more powerful CPU and dedicated graphics.
Seriously considering a 13" Macbook pro for university, even though i generally hate apple. someone talk me out of it ... and gaming won't work because i won't be gaming on this so give me reasons not to get it!
Apple laptops are pretty expensive. That's the biggest reason not to get one. Another one is that they are not very upgradable, but that is a trend with a lot of laptops these days.
I have a MacBookPro from 2009. It's good. I'd also suggest you look at Lenovo as well. The thing is, I much prefer Apple's operating system over Windows. Linux is better than either, but that is another choice altogether.