I am also an engineering student, and I know people with the Toshiba. If you look at the Microsoft tablet forum,http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/e...es/tablet.mspx, you will see that there as many repeated technical problems with the Toshiba as there are with the Acer. The difference is that Acer bashers come to to tabletpcbuzz.com to rant, and Toshiba bashers go to microsoft.com. Bot have their fair share of hardware problems and tech support failures.
Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that Toshiba tablets still have to go to Toshiba for repair due to the specialized nature of the tablet hardware. So, you would take the Toshiba to Best Buy, and they would still have to mail it to Toshiba for repair. Toshiba loses the advantage of repair turnaround time there, unless Best Buy will give you a loaner computer until your tablet gets back. I have read that typically, repair times for Toshiba and Acer are rather quick--4 days or less. My Acer was repaired in one day, but it spent three days in transit in the FedEx mail system.
In the event of a repair with Toshiba or Acer, you would be without it for one week. The selling point here is whether or not Best Buy will give you a loaner until repairs are complete. If not, then this issue is a draw.
I chose the Acer because of the larger screen and built in optical drive. Toshiba gives you more bundled software--OneNote being the killer app in the bunch.
Here is my recommendation:
+ larger screen
+ built-in optical drive (DVDRW/ CDR)
+ better graphics and resolution
+ bundled software
If Best Buy will give you a loaner while your tablet is at repair, then go with the Toshiba. If not, then the decision may come down to graphics and screen size that you prefer.
Either one is a good choice.