I went from a laptop with a synaptics touchpad, to this one, and I can live with it, but to be honest, you feel that it is cheap plastic that you are touching, when you use it... If you don't know what is a synaptics touchpad, then you will not see any diference hehe
I read that version 5 is great (never seen any in action).. dunno why they choose version 3.
the 1029 is still the best notebook you can buy at this time on a price/performance/feature ratio
the major drawbacks for me are (in order):
-The LCD that has a 1280x800 resolution. I have a 22' monitor at 1600x1200 at home, and 1280x800 feels low.
-The fact that you can't run DDR400 CL2.5 memory, at least for now. A new bios version is being tested that MAY resolve this issue.
-The fact that the ATI chipset does not support dualchannel memory architecture.
-The touchpad.... feels cheap.
-The onboard soundchip (Realtek 658) was not implemented to support 3d-audio. The chip itself supports 3d-positional audio, but msi engeniers decided to not implement the feature, so, no eax 1.0 or 2.0 support... this is really annoying, knowing that it is costless to add this feature.. the audio chip is actually underperforming because it was not set up to use all its features.
-there is no serial port, and I use it to configure network devices. I use a usb adapter, but it would be nice to have a built in serial port.
-lan is 10/100, and most laptops now carry a gigabit lan.
as you can see, if all these issues would be fixed, this would be a dream laptop
either than that, this laptop is a must have.