I have had bad experience with compaq, and so have other people. Even though they were bought out by HP, they are still very low quality. If you are going to spend $1000+, I would suggest a Toshiba if you want it to last one. They are a little more expensive, but they are very well built. Ive had a few and all have worked great. You should also check out Dell, they are very cheap and the quality is alright. Both companies' laptops should last at least a few years if you dont abuse them.