I had read a few reviews of the S380 that said it sucked battery like nobody's business, and some reviews of the Go 6200 that said it was a kinda crappy chip...the shared memory ate up bandwidth & slowed down the whole system.
The S360 prepackaged model ended up becoming my main Sony choice for those reason, but I would have had to upgrade memory (I wanted 1 gig), and the graphics card was older (9700 instead of X300). Plus it was only a 1.7 GHz with an older processor & slower memory & bus.
A silly but important selling point for me on the Dell was the little pointy keyboard mouse...I can't stand touchpads. That plus the X300 graphics card, though not great for 3D gaming, is at least capable of (slowly) playing pretty much any modern game.
Plus last week when I bought my Dell they were having a $280 discount, throwing in the $80 CD-RW/DVD for free, and tossed in a free printer for good measure. The configuration I bought ended up being about $1700 including tax, for a 1.86 GHz with 1 gig of RAM, and the 3 year mail-in discount warranty.
Another machine I had looked at was the Acer Travelmate 8104, but that was considerably more expensive and heavier, and had that freaky curved keyboard. I checked it out primarily because it had an X700 graphics card...but I decided that I wouldn't worry about heavy gaming on the laptop, that's what my desktop is for
I'd like a reliable laptop thats 4-6 lbs max, reliable, but has an internal optical drive, and a reasonably sized keyboard since i have larger hands. I would use it for MS Office apps and internet surfing. I liked the vaio screen and seems to have good performance reviews, but have a dell desktop which has been great. Any suggestions?