Well, I received the laptop back on Monday and decided to live with it a week before posting anything in regards to it.
So far, what a nice laptop. The weight and size of the screen are just wonderful, and my battery life has been better than I expected. I haven't run it all the way down to see how long it lasts, but I have a Slingbox hooked up to my HD Comcast, and watched TV in bed for a good 2 + hours last night (basically constant use of the wireless) and sill had about 30% left on the battery.
So, my pros and cons at this point:
1. Size and weight; much lighter feeling than I expected, although I haven't had to carry it around too much yet.
2. Keyboard. I like the smile, and got used to it rather quickly. The flex (or lack thereof) and the key travel are just right for me. It is more stiff than I am used to, but so far I like it.
3. Worked pretty much out of the box. I haven't been bugged by driver issues, or none of the Acer programs not working. Even the gravisense works as advertised, and I am starting to like the gridsense...it will be nice when I have this thing hooked up to external monitors.
4.Bluetooth; I have heard a lot about bluetooth's lack of reliability, and mine hasn't been perfect, but so far it has preformed pretty well. I have a bluetooth mouse, and it drops every now and then, but not often.
5. LCD; Admittedly I had it replaced, but the new QDI screen is quite nice and very bright. My only complaint is that when it is brightened up, it actually looks a bit washed out, but that may just be me getting used to it. I am very happy with the WSXGA...I wanted to get a WUXGA screen, but after seeing this one, I think the higher res screen would be too small. Just right.
6. Port locations; I am actually pretty happy thus far with were the ports are on the machine. I won't have a bunch of stuff plugged in all of the time, but so far so good.
1. The f*ing video card. Sent it in to get repaired, and they still couldn't figure it out....They applied the latest bios (like I couldn't have done that....) and it did help noticebly, but I still get it pretty badly on some of my larger 3D SketchUp files. At least I can move windows around without hearing it. I did try transparent windows through the gridsense, and it buzzed a bit so that worries me about Vista coming out. I just know that I will set up Vista the way I want, and it will buzz like a bee after my warranty has run out. Argg...still debating on what to do about it.
2. The touchpad buttons. The entire touchpad is a bit clunky for such a smooth laptop. The buttons are obnoxiously "clicky". Way more so that my much older, clunkier laptops.
3. The multi-card reader. The little door is very futzy. I use my SD card a lot, and it will be kind of annoying. I may just break the door off....
4. VOIP phone; What a waste and piece of junk. Nice idea, but not ready for prime time. It may work, but why use it?
5. Security Card; Anyone at Acer heard of biometric scanners? You can't loose your finger, unless you work for the mob. Then the card might make sense. Of course, you wouldn't need a machine this fast in the mob...I don't think.
6. Partitions; While I have come around the bit to the idea, I don't see why acer would format these drives as FAT32. I would have been perfectly happy with 2 partitions (one recovery, one for the rest) as NTFS. I wouldn't be suprised if the recovery has to be FAT32, but still. I have my partition programs and will likely convert to NTFS, then resize my OS partition to 40 Gig, leaving ~80 Gig for the rest.
So, pretty happy. I think it is a keeper.