This comment may not help much, but I figured I'd give some input of what my friend told me. She owns two hp's and two Toshiba's (each of her son's and daughters get a computer.) So far she say's they both are equally good, She's own an hp and toshiba for about 4 years now and the other two for 2 years.
How ever, I must say, If I were stuck between the two, I would get the HP, I am just biased since I've been around Hp's for so long with college computers and even the labs in my classes now have HP laptops.
I've been looking for laptops for a while and I'm stuck between the HP Pavilion dv6-1245dx and the Toshiba Satellite A505-S6960.
They seem virtually identical. Im leaning towards the Toshiba because of the longer batery life and the slightly lower cost. I also heard that the speakers on the Toshiba are better and the laptop is more durable than the HP.
The only thing keeping me from buying the Toshiba is the advice from my uncle. He said that from his experiences, his HP laptops were better than his laptops from different manufacturers.