reply to IowaMan
Re: 1080p, Backlit Keyboard, and i7 for under 1000 Dell does have 1080p and backlit keyboard but it seems like it starts at $1100 (2nd column in the link). It does have nvidia 650m graphics and a 32gb smart response SSD though.
Dell seems much less flexible than they used to be, when you go to 'customize' one of those builds the only options are software and support. Shame because if you could configure it with just what you need (take out the nvidia graphics and SSD) it might fit your budget.
If you haven't already bought one, consider checking out the Dell Outlet store.
A couple weeks ago, the company I work for bought two Dell Inspiron 17R Special Edition laptops from the Dell Outlet store, each with the 1080p 17.3" display, 3rd Gen Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 2GB discrete NVIDIA graphics, backlit keyboard, Win 7 Home Premium 64bit...
Each was listed at $809, but we had a 20% off coupon code which brought them down to about $650, not including tax. The ones we got were refurbished, but while checking the inventory at the time, there were some Refurbished, some Scratch & Dent, and one or two New available. At the time there were a variety of configurations (we chose a couple of the cheap ones with the 1080p display). They have the full warranty as a new unit.