"A product ahead of it's time - great for modern use."4.0 starson by metatr0n
Pros: Good performance with 1GB RAM
Cheap to buy, $250 + many accessories (eBay)
Cheap to upgrade RAM, HD
Handwriting recognition is VERY good with both MS & Linux
Pen instead of touchscreen, no finger smears on screen.
Runs Linux well
Cons: Some lastic parts make it a little fragile (eg, keyboard clips)
Pen slot and power plug in need to be handled with a little care to prevent damage.
Summary: I saw this unit compared favourably with iPads in several reviews, and the hardware specs were quite similar. Being an IT guy, I thought it would be fun to try out, especially as I really wanted a decent eReader.
It blew me away - it's a super versatile device, well engineered if a little flimsy in external construction (plastic parts, bah) but internals are tough. I love this thing enough that I ditched my netbook and my notebook both for it.
Lots of earlier complaints center around lack of CDROM. In 2011, that's pretty funny - I think pretty much everyone uses USB flash drives these days, and it has 2 USB ports.
Got mine on eBay, $250 for tablet, docking station, detachable keyboard, case, extra battery, wireless mouse + keyboard. WAY more ports & hardware features than an iPad! Built in wireless a/b/g card, bluetooth, ethernet port, modem, vga monitor port, 2 USB ports, PCMCIA slot(!), 3-in-1 sd card reader, pen with button, 7 dedicated user-assignable buttons, mousewheel (jog dial), good speakers & sound, bright LCD screen with 1024x768 resolution.
I use this for sketching, taking notes, having clients e-sign documents that I can then fax, reading (so good for an eReader, nice big colour screen!), watching video (great video playback, built in speakers are better than most laptop speakers).
Battery life is amazingly good, about 2.5hrs of heavy use (eg, playing video). Performance get a noticeable boost if you install Windows 7 (I had an extra copy lying around)
Would strongly recommend this to anyone to replace pen & paper, a classroom netbook/notebook, web browsing (yay Flash!) and as a portable media player. Wouldn't recommend for anything requiring a lot word processing like long emails, document composition, etc.