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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!
My husband has had IBM Thinkpads for the last 10 years...he's on his second one in that time and the first one only just gave up the ghost last week (it was the first one he had and bought, we figure, at LEAST 10 years ago).

I've had my own Thinkpad for two years now (after being wooed over after my secondhand Sony Vaio died) and I love it...I wouldn't own any other type now. :) (They're reliable AND sturdy...titanium hinges! Mine has taken some nasty falls and never even hiccuped afterwards.)

Ours are both refurbished and ran for $300- 400...but I've seen them new for not all that much more.

I hope that helps! Good luck!

(Edited multiple times because I'm tired...sorry. Duhhh...) :)

Edited at 2010-11-08 04:16 am (UTC)
That does help a lot, thank you. My Dad had one of the first Thinkpads and it survived for years, so IBM always stuck in my mind as sturdy. I'd just somehow thought they stopped making non-commercial laptops.

And no worries on the edit, man! You're taking the time to help so a few edits is no bother at all <3