When we tolerated abusive users we would get them the Toughbook. These were the only laptops that survived. Next up were Thinkpads. I can't speak of today's models but most fair better than the sub 1000 line up.
If you must go under 1000 count on a 3 year replacement cycle and get that 3 year warranty.
I'm buying a laptop that is just going to be used to surf the net, and maybe listen to music. Don't need anything fancy, just something that will work, and work for years to come. Most of the computers I have are custom builds and the brand name ones I've bought always end up broken within a few years.
So, what's the most durable brand and more particularly what's the most durable laptop I can get for under $1,000?
Also, which brand has the best tech support?