I LOVE my Toshiba M45...its perfect for everything I do, and its one of the lightest in its class...only 6.4 lbs!!!!
It has a great warranty, plus I got an extended 3 year warranty with it that includes all damage.
I have had it now for just shy of a year, it has only given me problems one time, and that was my fault
I DONT like HP, mostly because of their slow hard drives. As far as I know they still use old 4200RPM hard drives. That is OLD technology, today'* performance laptops use 7200. Mine has one of the best available. It is a 5400RPM to save energy for long battery life, with a 16MB cache to speed up large transfers! So it is JUST as fast, if not faster than a 7200RPM hard drive. I also have Centrino Mobile Technology, which I KNOW is already outdated, but again I say that was a year ago! Today'* laptops come with Intel Core processors. With either Core DUO which is a dual core processor which is ULTRA fast for multitasking, or you have the Core SOLO which is a standard single core processor which most people are used to. A SOLO is sufficent as long as you are not requiring lots of power for grapic editing and such. BUT whatever company you decide to go with, make sure to get PLENTY of memory, because if you end up using the swap memory section of your HD, more specifically while on battery power, you will lose your battery about 25% faster than if it only had to use the memory. Therefore it has to cool less, use less, therefore giving you longer battery life.
Also...I would recommend Dell as well. The only reason I dislike dell'* computers in general is because they LOAD them up with trials of EVERYTHING...it just slows down the general operation of the system. I would recommend if you know how to do so, get an extra copy of windows, and install that to replace the copy they have on there, your computer will run MUCH faster than it would with theirs.
If you got a little confused with anything I just said, e-mail me at John@colliercomputers.com