Well I received mine late on Friday and it has a very weird artifact on the screen, obviously a hardware problem. It's not dead pixels exactly, it's something that I have never seen before. It's a blinking vertical line that appears in either red, yellow or green, and only when the underlying image containts certain colors. Very strange, and very frustrating. Fortunately Adam at PC Torque already got in touch with me and it looks like all will be well next week.
Aside from that, it's inmediately evident that returning the AOpen 1557 and getting this was the best decision I could make. The 8003LMi leaves the AOpen in the dust in every respect.
It's much sturdier than my old Travelmate, it feels very, very solid without a single creak or squeak. They also made the underside of the notebook smoother, with less protruding pieces. Buttons and keyboard also feel better.
The screen... well the screen is a complex one. I like it better: it's brighter and has far less ghosting than the old screen, but it does have a very limited viewing angle. The screen has to be at a very specific angle to look correctly. Still, looks great to me.
Everything else has worked great so far: WLAN, Bluetooth, etc... too bad it came with a defective screen or videocard or whatever the cause of this is, and I will have to wait some more...
The Radeon 9700 is the "low end" kind, it comes clocked to the lowest speed I have seen: 390/205. Somehow it sill manages to be noticeably faster than the AOpen's 9600, even though the AOpen's CPU was 1.7 instead of the Acer's 1.6... I did see some strange hiccups but I can't say whether these were related to the aforementioned glitch or not. In light of the video problems I didn't attempt loading Omegas or overclocking at all.
Battery life seems to be incredible. I benchmarked, played games and copied files over the wireless network for 2 hours and I still had about 30% left, which is very good, and means I could easily get over 4 hours normal use.
On final bit of prelimnary info I would like to share is that I still have no idea where the second RAM module is. Much like the Acer Ferrari, they say both modules can be upgraded, but I can only see one, reachable through a hatch at the bottom of the laptop. Instructions don't say anything about changing the second module. I will call Acer on Monday and find out.
Once I have a replacement I will post a detailed review.