Interestingly enough the other thing I just found is that the UL30vt has a 500 Gig hard drive compared to the UL80vt's 320 Gig hard drive. You would think they would have put larger hard drive int the bigger machine.
Doesn't matter though, space is cheap and you can buy 1TB external for under $100 these days.
Right, thanks. Knew that but forgot to point it out. I have decided on the UL30vt for the following reasons:
1. Not too concerned about screen size, more about portability and weight and when at home I will have a 24 inch Asus screen.
2. The UL30vt has a 500 gig hard drive vs. the 320 gig. in the UL80vt
3. I dont' need the Optical drive for lots of reasons.
I do wonder though if the UL30vt (Intel® WiFi Link 1000) will suffer from any of the complaints the UL30a gets (which has the same Intel® WiFi Link 1000) regarding the weak wi-fi signal/range?
It is not so much regarding weak WiFi range, but rather the fact that the Intel WiFi Link 1000 is a "single" band card, making it picky in working with synchronizing with some routers. Furthermore the card is slated for speed rather than range in a netbook/notebook.
You should not have an issue when using wireless connection at home with what you describe as configuration. Swapping out WiFi cards should not be so much an issue, but as you mentioned, leave it be for a while first before starting tinkering with hardware.
Have fun anticipating and give us a personal review on it when you have a chance and time.