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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 am so glad you replied because I have been planning on the $650 Vaio from Best Buy and now I know for sure that's a good choice. I figured that since my Playstations tend to last a ridiculously long time, the laptops probably would too. Thank you!

Can I ask about monitor/graphics quality? I'm a freelance artist so that's a big part of it for me.
I only use photoshop a little bit on it, but I feel like the monitor is better than my HP and the graphics very smooth, and photoshop runs very well! I don't have any real experience with the sorts of programs you might use other than photoshop, though.

And if you are planning on getting it, get one now! The 650 Vaio laptop has been reduced on the website for Black Friday and you can get it for 579. I'm almost kicking myself for not waiting.