Guys, I gotta tell ya, you have given some GREAT information in this topic. Way to go! I started reading this post on Monday morning of this week. At the time, I was pumped about this computer and based on all of your info, I ordered it. I got it in Tuesday and have been putting it though its paces. First off here are my likes: Awesome Screen, great speed for laptop, VERY strudy design, Tons of features, 1 gig memory!, Wireless onboard (didnt have to do anything to connect it to my Microsoft Wireless Broadband, it found it and automatiallcy connected), a LOT quiter than I thought, used desktop components mainly and unbeatable price.
Things I dont like: The hard drive spin down was a game killer. I play a lot of flight sim games and online tactical shooters and it would cause the games to pause every 30 seconds for about 5 seconds, not good when flying of fighting! (fixed now with the gracious bios you guys got!), dont like the dvd and sound keys on the edge of the board, "." and "/" keys are too small, speakers and headphone output do not seem consistant (cant seem to get all sounds at equal level), and I dont care for the mouse pad (nothing against it, i just hate those things).
Overall, this computer (with the new bios) is going to run circles around the Dell and even the alienware equivalent (when you factor in price that is). Why spend $1500 more on a computer with only about a 10% performance boost? I showed this computer to fellow engineers and they are blown away by it. Two just ordered one themselves. This is certainly not the Acer I remember from years ago. This is a high quality notebook!
What I wish Acer would do for future support of my notebook? Allow for future video card upgrades, better sound control with the onboard speakers and headphone jack, allow user to turn off front buttons from windows (to prevent accidentally hitting them), and well...... thats about it. I am PUMPED about this laptop! Thanks guys for talking me into it!!!