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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 don't think a Netbook will cut it for you then. Those are a lot of memory-hogging programs, and Win7 needs at LEAST 1GB to run at minimum. I say Win7 because Vista and XP were highly known by us techs to have security issues or worse. Win7 is much better, and that's if you don't use Linux. Most Netbooks cap out at 2GB of space, which is virtually nothing these days. They also don't have CD drives, so you'd have to run everything off of a thumb drive or get an external.