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I need to pick up a laptop next week, likely from Best Buy. This is to replace my failing laptop Dell. I've had Dells the last three years and none of them have lasted past a year. I'm not buying another Dell laptop under any circumstances. But the problem is, now I don't know what to buy.

I'm willing to go from good specs to moderate specs for this, as my school is buying me a Powerbook in February. What I care about right now is hardware quality, and that it stays around or under $800. This is being bought for me, so I'd rather not push the price to all get-out. I need a laptop that will be rugged enough to survive high-travel and high-impact but have a decent size monitor and a standard keyboard (not one of those tiny keys or anti-crumb keys or other special features). I have fibromyalgia, as well as other neuropathic disorders, and they demand both of these. It also needs to not weigh like a brick.

I am not buying a netbook and I haven't bought outside of Dell in a long time, so I post here. Does anyone have any advice, ideas or experience on this? :/

Thank you so much!
I love Gateway and that's all I'll ever own again. I've had my latest one for a year and a half and it's been dropped twice with nothing breaking. I have a wide screen and while the keyboard is close to the same size as a standard keyboard. I got this as a warranty replacement and I think the retail on it at the time was around $650.
I second the Gateway. I got one in 2008 and never had an issue (what I'm going through with my hard drive is some idiot pc tech who thought he was knew what he was doing actually didn't)

Mine cost me around 900$ Cdn at the time.
Thirding a Gateway. Mine is four years old and going strong in spite of it being a display model and being subjected to who-knows-what before I got it. I also hauled it to and from school for three years (commuter student) and it never seemed to harm it. I think it was ~$600 at Costco.
Fourthing Gateway! While I've never owned a Gateway laptop, I had a Gateway desktop from 2003-2010 (yep, that's right, it worked for 7 years!). Never had any kinds of major issues with it at all aside from the standard outdatedness of it all by the time it got to be 7 years old in 2010. ;)
(note: I don't own it anymore, but I donated it to my neighbor who wanted to increase the memory on it, then give it to his girlfriend. I am now a MacBook user, but those aren't cheap! lol)
A laptop working for seven years is sort of a holy grail to me XD The ones I've bought before tend to have problems even out of the box (and then the company won't fix it...)

How did the warranty apply with this?
I didn't ever need repairs on it. It was a great computer. So I couldn't tell you how well they deal with that stuff. :(
I've always wondered about Gateways when I saw them in the store. They seem to get put in a corner so it's hard to learn about them, but they have a great retail price... so now I know they're good too. Thank you :D