Reading some of the stuff I've been reading about Dell is making me hesitant to go that route. Sounds like some of their components and hardware have really gone downhill over the past few years.
I've had nothing but good luck with them in the past, though. I actually have 3 of their laptops that are easily over 5 years old that run like a champ. One of them runs pretty much 24/7 365.
-Win 7 Pro
-6 gigs ram
-Office 2010 Small Business (read Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)
-Acrobat X Standard (see, Dell has a good deal on Office Small Business with Acrobat Standard).
-7200 rpm drive, not worried about size
I'm having a hard time finding this whole package (especially the Win 7 Pro and backlit keyboard).
That's about it really. I could bend one way or another on a few things, and I don't really have a set budget.