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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!
Yes, yes! Thank you for posting this! I forgot to specify in the post that Sony is a brand I really want to buy. I've wanted one since I first got a laptop in 2006, but the tech told me that an HP was 'just as good'. And then a Dell was 'just as good'. Then a Toshiba. Literally every laptop I've bought, I got it because it was 'just as good as Sony'.

Because I'm freelance in graphic design, I covet the monitor, I just have problems with the lights under the keyboard. But it's seemed to me in research like they gear their computers towards graphics stability while everyone else (except Mac) does towards data stability. Can I ask if that's how it does run? (And if the warranty is decent).