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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!
That's because it entirely depends on what factory and when the parts came from. Case in point, when I worked for tech support, one customer got two identical computers purchased at the same time. One went to hell, the other worked GREAT!

Why was one so messed up?

Because the motherboard came from a bad lot, causing other parts to fail before giving error codes or definitive issues pointing to the motherboard. RAM would keep frying, or a video card would go... until we realised that they're all connected to the same MOBO. Replaced THAT, even though no diags showed anything wrong with it, and the issue was fixed for good! The bad mobo went on record as such, and after so many pop up from the same lot that are bad, we can recall the whole batch. But it takes REPORTING IT to COMPETENT people for that to happen! We can't fix something if we don't know that it's broken!

Oh, and absolutely DO NOT BUY the Best Buy tech support. All they do when they get your computer is overcharge you for EVERY LITTLE THING, and then whatever they can't fix, they call US on anyways! Just go straight to the source.