Audio drops out in LED Shootout 2017: Direct Comparison at this point - https://youtu.be/bhX-qaYKZ0k?t=7m15s
Really enjoyed the commentary, seeing the differences really helps when thinking about light sources and is making me reconsider a few things. Thanks!
Check out Caleb Pike's DSLR video, he covered cheaper LED options a few weeks ago. Here's a link to a whole $500 kit, also has more videos covering much cheaper LEDs as well - thttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7vz2ONG5nk
I'm assuming it has to do with the fact that he's a student and needs the laptop for classes as well as editing.
Probably one of my biggest disappointments. I like a lot about the form factor and some of the other details, but there's just too much that leaves me wondering why they even bothered. Was someone asking for something like this?
I agree with Guy and Jordan, invest in some better glass. A 50mm prime, even a cheap one, will put you ahead of your kit lens. If you're planning on staying within the canon market, Rokinon lens are pretty good bang for your buck, which range from $300-600. Those seem to be within your market range and might also force you to switch up your shooting style a little bit as well since you won't be able to reframe just by zooming.
If that all doesn't seem to be working for you, I personally like the Panasonic GH line. You could pick up a lens and a GH4 for under $2K, but I would say stick with T2i until you know for sure that you've maxed out your capabilities with it (honestly, I need to learn that as well, always look at new gear myself). Hope you figure it out, best of luck!