HP and Dell have some good options.
You may find that Lenovo and ASUS are built a bit sturdier.
If you'll be using the laptop screen (rather than a bigger external monitor) then a 17-inch laptop would be preferred over a 15.6-inch.
The latest generation Intel Core i7 (or Core i5 if price is a factor) are very fast and power-efficient. The Core i7-8550 and 8750 are outstanding processors. 8GB of RAM memory is important; 16GB is better for heavy work but not necessary for most users.
I want to buy a hinge laptop - I'm retired and no longer computer savvy. I use a special keyboard. I would prefer not to pay more than $800.00. Although, I would like the most updated software and capability of a new laptop.
Can you help? I would appreciate your caring advise. With sincere appreciation. Sharyn