You are in Texas, therefore I believe you are required by law to own a Dell. (just try getting Toshiba warranty service in Austin) I agree with Bootz, the lesser expensive Toshibas have pretty cheesy graphics.
I'd disagree...Toshiba Satellites usually have pretty good graphics, at least in my experience. But that's just my experience, and I haven't experienced everything.
The smaller models usually run pretty cheap, and they get pretty good battery life (especially if you drop in that extended-life battery). Probably the best thing about Toshiba, though, is low maintenance costs. I've never had to repair my Toshiba - it just works.