Yeah, I think they all tend to be made by the same chinese factory. I guess the warranty accounts for most of the price difference. And you can pop down to JL and buy it now.
I wouldn't personally go for a Sony, I tend to stick to HP, Dell and Lenovo (was IBM). Although saying that, I've had a lot of Acers and currently have a Samsung N150 when travelling. I've never used a warranty myself.
This is typed on a HP though.
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