If I were in your spot, I would probably go with the Toshiba. I've had some bad experiences with HP's lasting barely a year (i.e. my last three). However, if you are heavy into editing movies and photos, the Apple may be your best bet, but it will cost you a pretty penny in comparison. The most bang for the buck will probably be had with a PC. I currently have a Toshiba Satellite laptop and haven't had an issue.