it's very easy to replace the HD. i did it myself in a few minutes. you unscrew a small section of the case, pull out the bracket, swap the new HD into the bracket, and push the bracket back in. screw the cover back on and ur done. no cables or anything to fumble with, so much easier than a desktop HD swap.
agreed, you definitely don't need a dothan. a 1.5-1.7 banias will suit your needs fine, and itll save you a bundle.
also, try and configure ur laptop with as little ram as possible, and then buy and install extra ram on your own as you see fit. that'll save you money too.
just noticed this today, but the review seems to keep bitching about how it only ships with the home edition of winxp. just checked the press release from acer, doesn't it actually ship with the pro edition?