I have now owned two and used various different Toshiba laptops and I have always been happy with them.
I personally owned the satellite pro a200 for 4 years. it was used for a good 8 hours a day most days and its served me very well.
good quality sound in the speakers, good processing speed and very durable. I didn't just leave it on the table it went everything with me and it lasted well.
even still working after the accidental cup of tea spillage and the knock off the table.
it was easy to get on with a smooth typing system and reliable.
After 4 years though I felt time to upgrade to a faster machine, the pro a200 was brilliant but just out dated. still working mind you and will stay as my spare.
I now have the newer c855 with 6gb ram and a 500hd on windows 8.
So far so good. the keypad has a lovely feel to it and the machine is very quick and responsive. loading webpages in a matter of seconds even when doing other things and so far no buffering!
I also enjoy the keypad buttons for screen brightness, volume, flight mde etc making changing settings easy.
However there is only an sd card not xd card slot so an adapter is needed and the touchpad is unusual, a rough rather than smooth surface leaves it feeling odd and its a little jolty on the mouse. but nothing you wouldn't get used to.
windows 8 is a bit of a pain, I have found a lot of the apps are not that great you get better just by going to the same thing via the internet ie amazon. and finding things such as disk defragment etc well imstill looking for that.
Overall though these two and others I have tried Toshiba does produce good machines, they are user friendly, stylish, professional and durable.
From my own personal experience and that of my families and friends I would highly recommend Toshiba satellite laptops for multi media and work purposes (not gaming).
My laptop (Toshiba satellite m40x) has taking one hell of a battering being dropped down stone stair cases on several occasions and constantly picked up by the screen yet only now after three years has the unit developed minor faults as a result, mostly a loose hinge, green line down screen and a problem with the ram expansion slot. The only exception to this durability being the one time where my bios crashed completely. This only happened once and it was a refurbished laptop (plus I partitioned the hard drive),
When my bios crashed Toshiba customer care was Extremely helpful, the best I have received from any company. They fixed the laptop completely free of charge and paid for postage both ways.
Perhaps I should point out that in my experience and that of my dad's experience is that they don't last very long if you keep plugging your laptop into the mains all the time. If you periodically let you battery go completely flat before recharging this willincrease the life of your battery.