"GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION"4.5 starson by acro47
Pros: - Easy out-of-the-box setup
- Long battery life!
- Real track pad
- Chiclet keys
Cons: - Wish it had backlit keyboard
- Slightly slower than expected
Summary: I've only had my 1018PB for about 10 days. Comfortable keyboard, easy setup & connect to my network, crisp display, good sound for a compact device. I like the "real" touch pad much better than the HP minis & others I looked at with the raised dots, those were annoying. This is my personal device (my work/home workhorse is a loaded Mac Book Pro, which I love but it's too heavy for travel) so I think the Asus will serve my need primarily as a writing tool & travel companion (a reasonable 2 lbs). Thus far I have used it on battery just over 4 hrs. & it has juice to spare, but I haven't yet pushed it to capacity.After nearly two months, I am happy with the Asus 1018PB as far as the purpose for which I bought it, which is personal use/ writing/travel. The biggest down side is that it's very slow compared to a "real" laptop -- slow to open programs, painfully slow to install/uninstall software, slow for web pages to load (and I have good internet via Comcast Infinity) -- so you just have to factor in & be prepared to slow down your pace and wait for things to happen. Aside from that, it's fine for my needs, small & light, nice display, visually appealing, and I like the chiclet keys much better than the recessed keys on other models. If an ultraportable is what you need, and if you understand going in that this is not meant to be a workhorse computer, I think you'll be pleased with its overall performance.
I will update after 30-60 days but nothing sinister has popped up yet. I have liked using it a little more each day. Off to a good start....
Updated on Aug 28, 2010