Samsung is a decent laptop.
I must disagree with the smallest hard drive advice, even if you are just listening to music and word processing. My music takes up 70 GB of HDD space, and my documents are another 15.5 GB of HDD space. I also have another 278 GB of movies, although I could theoretically move most of that onto an external HDD and save some space. But even just my music, documents, and pictures take up about 100 GB of HDD space. I personally wouldn't get a machine with less than 500 GB of HDD space, especially since most machines come standard with that. However, I will say that nowadays most of my documents are also stored on the cloud - Google Drive or Dropbox, so that I have easy access to it on other computers (like the lab).
Personally I love my MacBook and I'll never go back to Windows, but my favorite Windows computers were Toshibas. Lenovo also makes a decent quality computer. Samsung is pretty good, too. But if I had to buy another Windows computer today, I would get a Toshiba. I have also heard good things about Asus.