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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'll never, ever, ever own another HP. The HP laptop I used to have was a total piece of crap. I had to have it serviced a couple times within three or four months of buying it. The warranty finally replaced it when the motherboard died.

I have a Toshiba Satellite that's... ok. It's survived a couple overseas journeys and being dropped a few times. But mine is about three years old now and the plastic parts of the body, around the vent on the side are completely broken off. There are other parts where they're coming off, as well. Also, the touchpad is dying.

I'd recommend that if you do decide to buy from Best Buy don't fall for the scammy Geek Squad add ons, and don't take it to them for repairs.
I really don't want to buy from Best Buy but I need the computer really quick. Of course, buying one quick is probably what makes me need new ones quick XD; But if I still have to, do you know if I can upgrade the manufacturer warranties the same?
Yeah, I understand. Unfortunately, you don't always have the luxury of time and shopping around and stuff. :\ I know you can upgrade Toshiba's manufacturer warranty, so I'd assume that other companies have similar options.
HPs are crap. My motherboard fried on me after 2.5 years of use (not heavy use either). When I discovered that it had been recalled and called the company, they refused to fix or replace it because I hadn't called by september 2009 (it was february 2010). But they would fix it for the low low price of $300!

Sadly I can't recommend anything else. This HP is the only laptop I've ever owned. I have friends who are very happy with their macs, however, and in my opinion the genius bar gives great customer service.