I'll second ampedal. I've owned Toshiba laptops for several years. The first one lasted about six years, and I just handed the last one that I bought in 2005 to my brother. I'm now looking at buying this one (A Satellite L505 with 4GB memory and a Core i3-m330 processor, if the link's dead). It's been my experience also that they're quite a reliable brand, and a fairly recent study has borne that out.
You should be very happy with it. Let us know how it works out for you.