Hard drive is no go, 5400 rpm. I've heard there are ones that perform "better" than 7200 rpm drives but I've yet to actually see them.
Personally, I'd have specific parts in mind, THEN find a laptop that has them, rather than going by price. Just to check with you guys though, since I don't live in the USA and aren't familiar with your prices, $1000 isn't a budget laptop, right? With that in mind:
- CPU looks okay, but last I checked was several months ago.
- Graphics card, eww, Intel? Nope.
Frankly, I just look at those two first. Everything else you can more or less fudge, like 4GB RAM instead of 8 (RAM is cheap I suppose, but if you're looking to shave $, 4 is sufficient).
When buying a new laptop, what I usually do is head over to notebookcheck.net to look at the current graphics card standings: Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List - Notebookcheck.net Tech
And the current CPU list: Mobile Processors - Benchmarklist - Notebookcheck.net Tech
Either list generally links each item to a review that also links to several machines that use said item. So if you like, say, processor X, clicking on it will lead you to a review of that processor as well as further links to manufacturers that produce machines which use that processor. Quite useful.
I'm pretty sure there should be plenty of choices for your requirements - under $1k, not large screen - that don't force you to skimp out on a decent CPU/GFX combination. The HP you linked to isn't terrible
, but I'm sure you could do better.