Currently, this is my laptop pick - Acer Aspire for $1099. Features 2GB RAM, Turion processor, 160GB hard drive, and lots of little things more. Yesterday I saw a good deal on Dell. Inspiron 1420 costs $1099, and 1520 costs $1199 but 1GB RAM only.
These deals matches between Laptop.com.au and Dell.com.au are like horse races. :) Today, Laptop is in the lead. I'm looking forward to see what happens until January. Only 2 months left. :S