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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!
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.