^^^ totally. i took my toshiba laptop thru baghdad and its still kickin ass 2 years after i got it. its what im posting with right now.
toshiba's warrenty and service are excellent as well. if you ever have a problem with one of their notebooks, give them a call and send it to the notebook depot, dont go to one of their authorized service stations.
definatly snag a mobile processor and at least 512mb of ram (1GB if you can) and you should be good for a long while. a definate speed boost comes from a hard drive with an 8MB cache, however most notebooks today only come with HDD's with a 2mb cache.