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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!
In the summer of 2009 I bought an Acer laptop which I loved. It had a standard size keyboard (but no numeric keypad), it weighed about 5 lbs, and had an 8 hour battery life. It was around $750. I was in grad school, so portability and the long battery life were what sold me on that particular one.

Unfortunately it disappeared during finals week that December, so I didn't have it for long and can't tell you any of the details about it (I'm not a tech person). However, if you can figure out what it was from that description I highly recommend it!
Can I ask, how is the warranty? The Acer I had a few years ago had a really fishy warranty, but I'm wondering if that was just because I bought it from Circuit City when the store was closing from bankruptcy. The warranty said that I would have to send the laptop to a place in Korea to be fixed and they had no responsibility to send it back and could keep it if they wished. >:
I love Acer. One of my old ones is an Acer, but it has the peculiar problem of the power port completely disappearing (...). I do know which you mean, too, I just can't recall the name at the moment (I will on sight).

That is a really good battery life, too, so I'm glad to be aware of it. Thank you!
My dad has an Acer...it's actually his 2nd one. The first one he broke (not bc of the laptop, bc he had it under some clothes in his room and then jumped on it trying to get something not remembering it was there, cracking the motherboard and screen, plus he broke the cd drive bc he had it out and dropped it...my father has no business turning on a computer, much less owning one). That one and this one are awesome computers, I want to steal the one he has, in fact. And he's one to stab the keyboard so it's held up pretty well and it's a pretty decent size. He also got his from Best Buy. I can't remember the exact model, though. I'd have to look. I think he got a deal on it, it wasn't over $700 I think but again that was with a deal. This is prob a good time to get one. I'd check the black friday deal website, too, to see if they might be having a deal and try to score one then if you can wait that long.