"Nice but 600-pixel high screen is VERY limiting"4.0 starson by headnut
Pros: Good keyboard feel (though small). Processor seems quick, no noticeable lag. 3 usb ports (on both sides) is good.
Cons: 600 pixel screen is too short. 1024x768 please! Mouse buttons on side are goofy. No wifi on/off switich (airplane mode?) No optical drive is more of a pain than anticipated. Hard drive (or fan?) noise very noticeable. Battery life too short.
Summary: They did not have the linpus version at Best Buy - mine came with 1gb ram and XP for $350. Looking at the power numbers for cpu,io,etc, I don't expect the hard drive to impact battery life too much nor do I see that as a reason to buy SSD machines. I am now downloading the linpus live cd to try that out while I have it.A coworker showed me the wifi on/off switch on the front side. The objectionable noise is the fan, not the hard drive, so it would be present on the SSD versions too.
At this price, it was an impulse buy. I expected to be satisfied, but will probably return it. The screen was the biggest drawback for me, too short and glossy, along with the noise from the hard drive or fan. I expected the low power machine to be silent. They should make the 6-cell battery standard, and include the full 2gb of ram for $400.
Updated on Sep 16, 2008