Choose the HP dv5000t with the nVIDIA graphics. Sony is just too expensive for nothing.
Also, look at the Dell Inspiron E1505 / 6400 with the ATi Mobility Radeon X1400 which delivers better performances than the nVIDIA GeForce Go 7400. I have it and I love it. Nice laptop. Make a research through this forum on Customer Review - Dell Inspiron 6400 / E1505 to read my review about my laptop.
It is important to have a good GPU to run AERO Glass of Windows Vista and to have a better future. You can also develop a pass-time by playing some games, who know ?
Right now I'm fighting between buying the HP 5000 series and the Saony Vaio FJ series.
I'd plan on using it mostly for regualr word processing, internet browsing, pictures, music, and burning discs. But there will certainly be times I'd be running quark, photoshop and dreamweaver applications simultaneously.
I have absoulutely no interest in using it for gaming, watching DVDs etc and don't plan on carrying it around too often.
Price range $1500
Anyone have any feedback or user experiences on either? Or want to confuse me more and suggest another machine?