« on: June 29, 2009, 05:24 PM »
I've used an Acer (8.9" screen) for several months now. It has XP Home, 160GB hard drive, a gig of RAM, and the extra-cost 6-cell battery.
XP boots up and runs beautifully. No problems whatsoever. I can do my development work on it with tolerable speed.
The screen is very sharp, maybe a little glossier than I'd like.
No heat problems or excessive fan cycling.
The battery is supposed to last for six hours. Mine initially gave five +, now it's down to just over four at 100% charge (?). It sticks out the back a little, no big deal. My wife carries the Acer in her purse, so size and weight must be pretty small.
I just took it on a three-week vacation to the UK and it worked like a champ the whole way. A seven-dollar plug adapter was all it took to use the electrical outlets.
Wireless works fine.
The computer feels very solid. My wife and I absolutely love it. I paid $350, including the six-cell, but I'll bet it's cheaper now.