For those who still don't know the machine, it's one of the successor clones of Asus Eee PC, but it's using latest generation hardware with a price comparable to first gen EeePC 701
Main point differing it from first gen Eee are:
- Intel Atom CPU @ 1.6Ghz (hyper-treaded means Linux sees 2 CPU's);
- 8.9" (1024x600) glossy screen, backlight is LED based and it can go from very low backlight (in a dark room it's enough and some TFT's can't dim this low) to prety bright backlight (might help in outside to minimize reflexes) with a decent contrast ratio (seen somewhere about 700:1 - I agree) and it has a reasonable vertical viewing angle (I would say about 90deg) and a decent horizontal viewing angle for normal software gui working (I would say 170deg with a bit of color changing, but when watching videos or pictures blacks tend to get grey when watching at about 30deg or more - this will give it about 60deg of horizontal viewing when watching movies or photographs).
- 8GB of storage space (like a hard disk, but since it's solid state it's much faster on startup;
- Keyboard is almost standard size, and when I press central keys, keyboard doesn't bend.
- A standard SDHC card slot (that add's to internal 8GB storage) and a second slot for multi 5in1 card reader.
Compared to other "normal" laptops:
- Much lighter (slightly less than 1Kg);
- Much smaller (means real portability);
- Also very small AC/DC power adapter (as it doesn't require much power to run and charge);
Although there are a few negative items:
- Glossy screen (on a computer this size it's more likely you're gona use it outside) so a glossy screen attracts light reflexes and forces you to increase backlight to compensate.
- Fan noise - I thought a very low power CPU (Intel Atom) would not require a fan or could use a very silent fan, maybe there is a compromise with aluminum heat think weight - so there is a permanent sound somewhat like a bee. (although you might not notice it unless you are in a quiet environment). UPDATE: (It looks like some people are reporting they have deadly silent fans, so there might be 2 types of fans out there)
- Mousepad keys are too hard to press (their position on left and right of the pad itself, I might get used to even though they should have different colors so you won't try to press mouse pad thinking it's a mouse buton, but they should be much lighter buttons (and should make less noise when clicking) - I bet it's using old button mouse technology. (well for left mouse pressing you can tap on pad like other laptops, and you can always plug an external USB mouse :)
- Not forcing you to pay M$ TAX - Actually I've been waiting for this chance long ago.
- GNU/Linux - This means there is a lot of software applications instaled and ready to play (including the famous Firefox and OpenOffice suite), and a lot more of other applications for free waiting for you.
- Portability (it fits in my daily bag and nobody knows I'm carrying a laptop - not even me - unless I think about it :)
- Price - Now it's possible for some more people to have a useful and portable computer.
Well, a lot more could be said about this little wonder, but lets keep something for tomorrow...