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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 husband builds high performance computers. We don't own any name brand PCs, they're all DH originals.

With that said, if you're excluding Netbooks, DH sticks to HP and Compac for laptops.

I was gifted an Acer one year, and it performed moderately well. DH's older HP is still working where as my Acer is not, but the Acer outlived my prior 2 Dells by several years.

If you're definitely shopping Best Buy, make sure you sign up for their rewards program. For every $250 you spend you get a $5 off certificate. You can give them your card in store or you can enter the receipt on the website for credit to your account.
I haven't looked into their programs before but I really should, thank you for mentioning that.

And it is really awesome that he can build them. Does that help on price, too?
If you want high end, it is seriously more cost effective to build your own if you have the skill. Paying retail for parts, you can trivially build something high end for half the cost of a built machine.

Low end machines, you can't build your own paying retail for parts and do as well as buying from a store.