well, i dug a bit more into the reviews of these two laptops to find some pleasant (and unpleasant) surprises:
ASUS G51JX-X1 has a slightly newer counterpart, G51JX-A1. It might be worth getting. Also, the newer X1's and A1's come with 1333mhz ram as opposed to 1066 as advertised!
However, as I'm more interested in specs than looks, I completely missed the cheesy art on the outside. As the art isn't THAT bad, this laptop is currently on my "maybe list"
TOSHIBA Qosmio X505-Q875 reviews are VERY disappointing. Issues left and right, mostly due to terrible drivers, bad support, and crashes galore. I'll be avoiding this laptop. Too bad, I really wanted that 18" screen :/
As you guys appear to like Lenovo and MSI, I'm going to look them up (I've never owned one, so I'm a bit unfamiliar with their products)