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The little Honda generators are wonderful, by most accounts.
While the 1,000 watt model will do most of what you want, you will find that you ALWAYS can benefit from more power. Since the price differential isn't all that great, I'd certainly go for the 2,000 watt model.
Yes, it has plenty of power to charge your batteries, your laptop, run a coffeepot, curler, blender, etc. (though not necessarily at the same time). To charge the batteries, it would be good to have a separate smart charger with a good tolerance for voltage input fluctuations, like one of the Iota models.
With the laptop, a good strategy is to run it off the batteries most of the time, and recharge the batteries from the generator. Better still, if you have a good 12V source aboard, get a 12V power supply especially for the laptop (such as those from Lind Electronics) which will keep the laptop humming even when the generator isn't :-)