You aren't gunna get decent space with an SSD in a laptop for <$1500. I'd look for a computer with one of the mini SSD + HDD setups, the SSD usually ranges from 8-64gb to help speed up day to day functioning.
I don't know much about HP or Lenovo and their pros and cons. If you're editing GoPro footage, don't you think it'd be nice to have a 1080p screen?
Lastly, some computer guys will probably roast me for this, but integrated graphics have gotten respectable as of late. The HD 4000 integrated graphics are better than middling laptop graphics cards from a couple years ago.
Last edited by Grande D; 11-13-2012 at 06:30 PM.