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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!
Let me add a third HP counter-recommendation. They all over-heat. We've had three in the household and all three died of overheating issues (2 burnt video cards, one burnt motherboard.)
My last HP desktop overheated within ten minutes of booting. It sucked! Yeah, HPs can be hit-or-miss, again, depending on quality of parts...
I had been wondering if my experience with HP was abnormal or not with the heat - it would burn me and once it actually caused me needing first aid from using it! >: Thank you for saying this, it's good to know.
Besides our experiences, I have one friend who had two HPs burn up in less than 2 years. It has to do with the fact that there are not enough heat sinks, and that the fans are poorly placed.They try to cram too much into the machine, and there is just not enough air circulation.