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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!
Easily upgradable is a great feature to me and worth sacrificing a bit more for. I've always had to regard laptops as disposable once they are obsolete, which doesn't work out great. (I have lost so much design data over the years it isn't even funny).
Yeah, that's one reason why I went with Sager this time. I had an HP that my parents bought for me and I killed it in six months, then I tried to fix it and it just broke more... I know that with my Sager, I won't have to replace it for years... I can just upgrade parts as I need to. Like a desktop! Haha.