Considering that all I've ever had are 3 toshiba "portables" (I say portables since hthe fisrt one can't really be conisdered a notebook) and a packard bell, I gotta say the Toshba's were definately better than the PB.
I've got my eyes on another Toshiba soon, mainly becasue they have the spec's I like in the tecra line, the tecra's I've had have been very reliable, the global warranty coverage Toshiba offers and they are NOT related to Compaq. I am considering an Asus, but I'm worried about having to deal with a reseller for warranty work if I were to need it since I'd probably buy in the US, bring it back to Chile with me and I'm not sure yet where in the world I'll be going in the next year.I would onsider an IBM, but they're too expensive.
 and I'll bet that being that this poll is in a Toshiba bard, you'll see strong bias both for and against toshiba.[/edit]