1.) How do YOU find the touchpad and the touchpad buttons, a forum member said he found it small, and also several professional reviewers said it was poorly designed and that the buttons were uneven, and too stiff???
I have no complaint about the buttons, but they may take a little more pressure than some. It's purely spring pressure though, not like they're sticking or anything. Maybe it's to prevent unintentional clicks. Hadn't noticed any unevenness.
I hadn't noticed any problems with the touch pad either, but I did bump the pointer speed to near max. At the highest speed setting you can get the cursor from one side to the other in one swipe (I recall someone else saying he couldn't), if you slide your finger quickly enough (it's sensitive to speed, just like mice are-- if you slide your finger slowly from edge-to-edge the pointer will only move an inch or two). The pad measures 2.25" wide by about 1.5", if that means anything. The corners are rounded, which is unusual. But it feels pretty natural to me. I like the way it's recessed a little, makes it harder to touch it accidentally. A bigger pad might be more prone to accidental movement.
For some reason the track pointer thingie seems more usable than on my Dell 8600-- easier to control somehow, but I can't explain why. I had previously thought my spastic pointing was due to inexperience, but seems to be better now. (I understand that the track pointer is no longer available on newer 8600s anyway).
2.) Have you seen the nc6000 ever for comparison???
No, never have. I was swayed by the higher monitor specs (300:1/180 nits, versus 250:1/150 nits), but don't know if the screens are really in fact different. I was also leery of a shared-memory video card, even though I'm not much of a gamer (no sense limiting my options).
3.) Sounds like you are not totally "crazy" about the screen??? My one desire, more than anything is to have a really, really nice display, not necessarily the fastest video card. Do you know any make and/or model that has an outstanding display (not including the SONY's, etc. with the glossy, reflective finished coated displays that I don't like at all)???
Don't get me wrong, the screen is nice. It's bright & sharp, evenly illuminated, haven't noticed any bad pixels. The only weakness is the pixel response rate seems about average, so you might notice a slight blurring when scrolling certain web pages. This would probably only matter to a hard-core gamer, in games where there is a lot of rapid movement on the screen. It didn't seem noticeable in DVD playback though. Seems a bit of a mis-match with a fast video card, but I've definitely seen worse. Response rate is not an attribute that appears in most manufacturer's spec sheets, so I don't know how you shop for this, other than actually try it out.
I hear that Fujitsu has good screens. I don't think they have the typical dull finish, but wouldn't call it "reflective coated" either. The Fujitsus I have seen all seem to have the basic Intel shared-RAM video cards (same as the nc6000), don't know if that's a concern.