|Might look locally at the types you are interested. Look for screen size and keyboard fit. Most any seems to be able to suit your needs.|
Consider mail order if well supported. I like HP but your choice is yours. I order from other places and have found them fine. Frys and tigerdirect come to mind. I have use egghead a long time ago.
"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10