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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!
My Toshiba Satellite is tough as hell and almost three years old. I think it cost $455 brand new (from newegg.com)
Mine is about 1 1/2 years old, but otherwise, same here--Toshiba Satellite, $450 new, bought from newegg and it's a workhorse.
I had some problems with my Toshiba when I owned one in 2007, but since I see so many good reviews (both on this post and others outside of it), I'm starting to wonder if that was a 'bad egg' situation rather than typical. Mostly the huge problem was my dvd-r and my internet card - it kept killing internet cards over and over. :( We ended up having to get a USB extension.
I second Toshiba and second newegg.com times a billion. I also like Acer and know a lot of people that like Emachines but don't have any personal experience with them.
I do like eMachine, and when I boot up my old eMachine tower from 2000, it still works the same as it did the day I bought it. The running time wasn't the best quality, but it also had low specs.
$455 is an amazing price. When I got one from Best Buy in 2007, the guy kept trying to talk us out of Toshiba, but I think he just wanted to sell us a $1000 Dell (no).
This!! I bought my Toshiba Satellite for right under $400 with a great rebate from Office Depot. It's been fantastic!