2. No for that laptop, you can get more with others. There are many option
3. One cheaper option is the Latitude E5530 that is now a sale: http://goo.gl/9RKsA
with 1080p screen (strongly recommended) and I5 it costs about 620$ and you get 100$ gift card - you can sell it.
The 1080p screen is a good upgrade since not only the resolution is bigger but the colors, contrast and brightness are better - that's how they make the 1080p screens
you better add RAM to this one yourself, because the upgrades on their site are awfully overpriced
4. there are more options, like the Lenovo L530 I like, with 900p screen, I5 it costs about 650$ and you get a very good machine also in terms of heat and noise: http://goo.gl/158Sn
5. other options include laptops with faster graphics cheap that might help you with photoshop, but that doesn't matter for light use
3. wife wants Toshiba
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Toshiba or Dell are perfect options as well, most of their products focus on what you want, a mobile workstation no-so-much-for-gaming laptop. Besides, I know from personal experience that Dell machines have nice warranties
There are even i7 cpus on laptops for 800usd, but they have a lesser graphics solutions. Look around on Newegg, you will surely find a suitable machine with Toshiba or Dell, which are more targeted at professionals instead of gamers.
Toshiba doesn't make a laptop. All of their models are built by an ODMs and the Toshiba label is just slapped on. The vast majority of laptops on the market are manufactured by a small handful of Taiwan-based Original Design Manufacturers (ODM's), although their production bases are located mostly in mainland China. Major relationships include:
Quanta sells to (among others) HP, Lenovo, Apple, Acer, Toshiba, Dell, Sony, Fujitsu and NEC
Compal sells to (among others) Acer, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo and HP/Compaq
Wistron (former manufacturing & design division of Acer) sells to Dell, Acer, Lenovo and HP
Inventec sells to Toshiba, HP and Lenovo
Pegatron sells to Asus, Toshiba, Apple, Dell and Acer
Foxconn sells to Asus, Dell, HP and Apple
Flextronics (former Arima Computer Corporation notebook division) sells to HP
The argument that Toshiba would be any better than a Lenovo , HP, Acer, Dell, Sony .... etc when they are made in the same factories as the competition is therefore specious at best. With video editing in the mix, you'll want CUDA and that means an nVidia chipset. Your budget is kinda light as I'd be looking for an i7 w/ hyperthreading, 16GB of RAM and a 650M as a minimum.
I'd recommend a Clevo W150ER (aka Sager NP6165) ... starts at $823 but I'd recomemnd the upgrades listed below. Clevo is bes known as the ODM foir Alienware laptops before Dell bought the company in 2006.