I bought a Sony Vaio VGN-TX47GP/B last week – paid full price at Sony Central. The sales guy told me to expect six to nine hours battery life. I laughed and bought the machine anyway – I’m a happy Sony customer. A week on and on the road, the battery claim has been put to the test every day for the last four days. It’s true. The battery life is excellent – the best I have ever experienced from a notebook. Hopefully it stays that way.

It says something about notebook battery life when under every row of seats at the LeWeb 3 conference in Paris today I noticed temporary power outlets – and they’re being used. I sat there proud to be free of the cables.