Summary: I had a Toshiba Portege for several years, and liked it very much. It was full-featured, had good battery autonomy, and was very light. It gave up the ghost recently, after having seen many different parts of the world in its lifetime.
Summary: The laptop was easy to get working, and is very fast. It does everything I want it to do, and does not complain about my limited computing skills. It is slim, light, easy to transport, and has an easily readable screen.
Summary: Everything good the other reviewers said is true. I bought mine used for about GBP400 and it is well worth it at that price since I nowadays always put in SSDs because of software bloat (even Linux, alas). I liked the first one so much that I bought a second one.