Very small sized laptop (less than 10x7x1, and less than 3 lbs). Comes reasonably fully loaded even for a larger machine with on-board DVD read/write, built in WLAN, WWAN, and bluetooth. 60 GB hard drive, and a very crisp (albeit small) screen. The keyboard is a little small, but I find that I can write just about as fast as on a full sized unit. The touchpad works well, and has some nice features (scrolling along the right side and bottom), but lacks a third mouse button. I probably won't use the WWAN, but the wifi works great. I am sitting on the couch in the family room watching the NCAA tourny as I write this. Battery life is terrific. I was able to use the machine through two long meetings (5 hours total) without charging. I haven't tried any games other than Bug Hunter, so I don't know how well it will handle programs that really push graphics. It has a neat feature that permits a quick boot if you want to only access media functions (DVD, photoalbum).
Only a few gripes. The above mentioned missing mouse button, the typical Sony lack of decent documentation, and the lack of recovery/restore disks. The machine has a hidden restore file built in that should rescue the machine from anything other than a catasrophic drive failure, but I had to burn my own recovery DVDs. There is a nice wizard for this, but it still took almost an hour. The DVD writer seems a bit slow, and the hard drive is supposed to be a slow low power job, but I really have not noticed that.
Just bopping around checking old links for fun, stumbled in here. Berli went in for suspected bronchitis a couple days before Xmas, passed from Leukemia (AML) on January 5. Steve (Seanachai) & I cleaned his apartment out and all his gaming stuff is in my living room. The details are on his FB page hs://www.facebook.co .