Have a look at Asus's laptops too, they seem good (though I've not actually had a good look at one).
Yup, asus laptops are great. my dad had 2 at his previous job, and neither of them had any problems (except for one windows glitch). my dad even managed to drop both of them at some stage. he broke a huge chunk of the plastic casing of his second one. but it still went fine.
My dad just got a toshiba at his new job, it broke down after 2 months and took 3 weeks to be repaired. it also only has a nib mouse, not a proper touch pad like both his asus ones (it wouldnt be so bad if the toshiba wasnt 5 yrs newer than his first asus one). needless to say i will never buy toshiba. my school also buys them, which put me off them as well.