Confusing, in that there are a ton of options in the configuration page which I have some vague idea of what they do, but can't imagine ever needing to change. Sure, if you need them I suppose they're nice to have, but I've used quite a few different Bluetooth devices and never had to do anything but the basic pairing procedure to get them working.
Intrusive in that it loves popping up windows on the screen seemingly randomly. Not notification bubbles, actual windows. I believe they're related to the auto-detect function and it's disableable, but then you're back digging through all those settings. Screen real estate is at a premium on this machine, and having to move things around just to see what your Bluetooth stack is doing this time is kind of a pain.
As for the machine itself, as I said I love it. I have a kind of obsession with ultra-portable devices, and this one is as near perfect as I've gotten. I've had one other Windows tablet, the Archos 9 and while it's a nifty little gadget its performance leaves a lot to be desired. Not so the libretto. It's as responsive as most other full-size laptops I've used, if not even moreso thanks to the SSD. Boot times are quick as is opening various apps. I have Outlook 2010 installed and connected to my 6 GB Exchange mailbox and it operates just as fast as any of my desktop machines.
When closed its dimensions are quite close to that of a VHS tape (hope I'm not dating myself here). Both screens are 1024x600 which is a little low for my taste, but rarely causes issues, I've just had to tweak some programs to use the space most effectively. The touch response is very good as well as supporting multi-touch. This allows for some semblance of touch-typing on the virtual keyboard. You don't have to stop and make sure each "keypress" registers, 99.9% of the time they do. My accuracy is almost as good as with a real keyboard, with practice I'm sure it'll become even better.
One very cool feature is the virtual touchpad. It displays a graphical representation of a standard laptop touchpad and functions much in the same way. You can still tap the screen for mouse functions but this allows you to see the screen clearly without your hand/fingers in the way.
As for what needs improving I can safely say not much. The battery life, while not terrible could be better. I haven't done any real testing but it seems to come out to about 2.5 hours per charge. The upper screen part of the device must be where most of the actual electronics are because it gets pretty warm with use. Not to worry though as they've included a fan. A QUITE noisy fan. It's not dustbuster-loud, but you'll hear it. I was in a meeting the other day with my new toy and the fan was pretty clearly audible in the office. This is not its only auditory problem, the speakers are not suitable for much more than system sounds. I've tried watching a few movies on it and the sound is just way too low. I think part of the problem is they put the speakers in the lid pointing away from the user, but with such limited space I suppose they didn't have much choice. And with the aforementioned fan going full-blast, as it will be when playing video you won't be hearing much of what's going on. The good news is that it has a standard quarter-inch headphone jack built-in. And of course you can use various Bluetooth audio devices.
Overall I'm delighted with it, I hope Toshiba continues making machines in this or a similar form-factor, I can see purchasing the latest version every few years or so. Unfortunately this particular machine seems to have had a very limited run (already listed as sold out on their website) and no indication if they're going to be continuing in this direction.
Whew. Well, after all that I'm happy to say I've solved my own problem with the Bluetooth software. All that's necessary is to manually force the Bluetooth device in Device Manager to use the Microsoft Generic Bluetooth Device driver and Windows' own native Bluetooth functionality is restored. I think you lose some features that the Toshiba drivers offer like faster transfer rates but who uses Bluetooth for serious data transfer anyway?
Thanks for reading!