I ended up buying a Thinkpad T420I for ~$750. I ended up loving it. Only qualms were the screen (didnt like it initially, got used to it), and it's a bit heavy. Overall great computer for a great price.
I'm on the search for a laptop that has a screen less than 15.6" but also has a screen resolution greater than 1366x768.
The HP Envy 14 had the option for a higher resolution but it has been...