Originally Posted by bigbillyt
A quick take on a few things for you aamsel. I too had two of the "stinkpads" to try out. One, the 2378FVU and the other, a T41P (2373GEU I believe). I disliked them both as wel and returned both. I was also very disappointed in the build quality and screen quality, especially after all the hype form other users. The situation with hteir application and driver updates and downloads was the thing that really pushed me over the edge. Talk about some proprietary garbage.
Anyway, I have seen the Sony S150 also and think it is a smoking little machine. However, I have not seen one without the Xbrite screen so I can not say whether the non-reflective screen versions will look good or not. I think the Sony is very nice but without seeing the other screen it is hard to say. A couple of other points on the Sony is that they are expensive and if you have to custom order to get the other screen you may have to wait a while. I don't remember your feeling toward Dell but I am very partial to their Latitude line. I use a D800 for work and own a D400. I really think you should consider a Dell D600 or event he D400 if you are not into gaming per se. Although, my ultimate recomendation for you is the Fujitsu S7010 series. I think the keyboard quality on these is quite good and I am not sure that the negative feedback from some folks is warranted (maybe these are the same people who think IBM thinkpads sare so great). The 14" XGA screen on the Fujitsu is really nice as well. The only negative regardin the Fujitsu is that it can take a while to get on if you have it customized at all. If you order it from Fujitsu there are some optional warranty programs that are not bad (although Dell' complete care is beter). If you order it from Portable One, Ivan will customize it for you with some nice additional hard drive choices that Fujitsu does not order, plus they throw in the bluetooth and there is no tax or shipping (unless you live in California). Either way, Dell or Fujitsu I think would both be really good choices for you.
On another note, I decided I wanted the bigger screen so I am trying an Acer. I just got the 1681Wlmi from newegg and am going home to play with it now. I wil report back tomorrow on how it looks and feels. If it does not work out for some reason I may resort to the Fujitsu myself. The S7010 would be my choice mainly because of the builtin firewire and because Dell has horrible choices of hard drives for the D600 plus the lighter weight.