However I have just purchased a laptop for my dad from DELL......despite the "headline" price, I was able to get the package inc. upgrade to PM 740 processor, 80GB HD, 3yrs Onsite Service, free 15 mths antivirus, and a free case....for £700!! - Their online price was £934!! (Moral..don't deal online!!)
Sonys are fantastic quality - and respectable value if you stay under a grand - but like Acer, the battery life is terrible; typically around 2 to 2.5 hours (claimed) so real-world is about 1.5 hrs ish.
I'd go for the Fujitsu or a Tosh or an HP (which I have, but I paid more than your budget).
excuse me but i have a acer aspire with pentium m and centrino and the battery life is roughly 6 hours when i take it to work and other business meetings and stuff. My friend has an hp pavillion and the battery life is 1:30 hours so dont criticise acer until you have a powerfull one in front of you
Yours must be exceptional; I have worked on and maintained a number of Acers and their battery life ranged from 1 to 1.5 hours in average use. Some of my clients have them and complain about the poor battery life.
Sonys tend to be like that too; my wife's FS315S manages about 1.5 hrs at best.
My HP however, manages at least 3.5 hrs under heavy strain.