You might not be a big graphics card PC buff, but in the under $100 sector, the new ATI Radeon HD 5570 is definitely a product to know. Tom's Hardware shares their excellent, extremely thorough review of the product here.
Tom's Hardware tested battery life in laptops with SSDs yet again and found that they aren't such a power suck, correcting a previous study. SSDs didn't outperform their HDD counterparts in all tests, but combined with Laptop Mag's study I think we can safely put the issue to rest for now. [Tom's Hardware]