I've had this laptop for 3 weeks, so I feel I can write a somewhat accurate review on the purchase process and its features. Bottom line: Go buy one now! It's an awesome machine.
The package as received: As someone who is a former customer of Dell and Toshiba, I'm used to getting laptops that come boxed with a bunch of crap. Not the case with Fujitsu. You get a manual, quick start guide, warranty book, A/C adapter, a few pieces of software, and that's it. Finally! No AOL disc, no cheesy free case! Fine with me in this respect.
The overall laptop: As you can probably tell from the specs online, this is one massive machine. But I bought it knowing this full well, and the reason it's big is because it's got the most beautiful screen I've ever seen -- on a laptop, or on a desktop flat-screen. When I went back and looked at my old Dell laptop, I couldn't believe I'd been looking at such a poor screen for so long. The only issue that I have with the screen is that its glossy finish seems to attract a lot of dust that is hard to clean off. I'm still experimenting with a few techniques, but I've only tried to dust it off twice so far so I don't have much to report. Swiffer dust wipes do not seem to work.
The black finish on the lid is beautiful, but take care of it because it will scratch and smudge easily. I don't mind this too much as it was never my intent to move it around all that much. I purchased a "desktop replacement" because I need to take my laptop somewhere maybe once a month at most. Portability was not my main concern with this machine. Speaking of portability, the A/C adapter shares the size characteristic of the notebook - it's twice the size of my largest Dell A/C adapter and weighs a lot.
Keyboard: The keyboard is just an average-sized notebook keyboard, nothing special. The reason is that the speakers are where the ends of the keyboard should be, and take up an inch and a half each on the width of the keyboard. Also note that there are no separate "Home" and "End" keys. They're the secondary function on the Page Up and Down keys. This was my biggest peeve about the laptop, so I found a fix. If it bothers you too, download a program called KeyTweak at http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick/. It modifies the Windows registry and re-assigns keys. I made the Windows keys into a Home and End. Problem solved. I also really like having a manual volume control. It's located just about the keyboard with nice orange indicator lights.
Ports and Other Devices: This laptop has a dedicated port for Memory Sticks and SD/MMC cards. Very cool. I used this feature with the card from one of my digital cameras the very first day I had the computer up and running. It does not have a compact flash slot, but since I have no need to use any of the PCMCIA slots, I just put a compact flash adapter in one of the slots where it will stay permanently. Since the slots are located on the opposite side of the laptop from the processor, they don't get flaming hot like a lot of PC cards do.
Note that the laptop is part of the new breed of PC's - there is no parallel or serial port. Alas, I need both, but this is not a problem. I purchased a serial-USB and a parallel-USB adapter from Newegg, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well they integrated into my system. XP even had built-in drivers for the parallel adapter. My Garmin GPS works just fine with the USB-based serial port. I actually like this setup, because I'd rather have 4 USB ports than 2 USB ports and a serial and parallel port.
Fan: Everyone always seems to want to know about fan noise. This fan is great. It always runs at a low level, but it's very quiet. I converted a large file to DivX the other day to see how loud I could get it. When the processor is at 100% utilization, it does crank out a lot of air, but it's no louder than a normal desktop PC fan.
Wireless: Wow! This laptop gets some seriously great range. As I understand, the antennas are in the top of the laptop screen, which naturally should be better than the PC cards that pump a ton of signal into the desk. It's a/b/g compatible, and works wonderfully.
Case: This is a problem. No one seems to make nice cases that fit this machine. I'm waiting for Spire USA's next model - they apparently have done the measurements on the N5010, and are making a sleeve and backpack that will fit it. The combo will be about $150, but they make nice bags so I will probably just wait until those are available.
Dealer: Ivan from Portable One/Laptops Inc. (www.laptopsinc.com). I can't say enough good things about this transaction. The laptop was on backorder, but arrived when he indicated that it would. After I ordered, I asked him to check out the screen before he shipped it to look for bad pixels, and he indicated that he would do so. The laptop was received in perfect condition and had no bad pixels. I also ordered upgrades from his site, and there were no problems with those either. Also, he even made a point of contacting Fujitsu to double-check on the rebate - Fujitsu was extending it at the time, and he made sure that that was the case.
Other notes: I did a complete reformat of the laptop with no problems. I installed WinXP, and then went to Fujitsu's site and got all of the drivers for the wireless card, memory stick port, audio, etc.
Hope this helps! Feel free to ask questions.