1. What is your budget?
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
15 inches and up
3. What screen resolution do you want?
720p at least?
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
5. How much battery life do you need?
6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Video editing, watching videos, multitasking, some webdesign, ftp, work processing, etc.
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
3 years. I want it to last.
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Toshiba, because I purchased one from them before and it allowed me to have tons of tabs open. It hardly ever acted up, and I bought it in 2009 for $350.
13. What country do you live in?
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
The most important thing for me is that it is fast. I don't want to ever have to worry about how slow it it. I want to be able to listen to Youtube videos, while I have files transferring over FTP, while I am working on a Wordpress site, etc.
Just at the end of your price range but Lenovo makes some great laptops in my opinion. 4 GB of memory is actually standard nowadays and is probably what allowed your previous Toshiba laptop to have such potential multitasking performance. This has 5 hours of battery life, a decent CPU for somewhat fast performance in applications and some very basic video editing (you're not going to do any high performance video editing for a laptop in that price range, unfortunately), 500 GB of hard drive space, a 1366x768 resolution, and still has an optical drive and is quite portable, just in case.
However, if you think this is too close to the far end of your price range, I'll search for another.
It certainly looks good. The processor inside is pretty decent for a lower end laptop. I did a little more searching but really couldn't find anything to match it. If you somehow acquire the funds to afford the one I recommended, I still suggest you go for that but if not this Toshiba model is still a very nice and very close runner up.