aamsel: Thank you for your comments on the zt3000. I agree with you, I am not a big fan of the new glossy screens either. I still cannot decide however between the HP and the Acer. Now I found the Travelmate 4501WLMI, which is basically the same as the 1681WLMI except for minor improvements, the battery being one of them. But I know you have this thing with accidental warranty, and I respect that. How it the noise level and the heat coming from the zt3000? I couldn't get a feel of those in the store.
kevhuynh: I know exacly what you mean about getting back to good old laptops. When I am inbetween lapotops ( I usually went with Toshibas so far) I always revert back to my good old Satellite with a 400Mhz celeron processor. And it still runs fine, after about 5 years when the hottest option was the 2x DVD-ROM in a laptop. Well it is no demon, but I can still surf the net and check email with it. Just some basic stuff. And you know what I noticed. I find that the overall build quality on there "antiques" are far better than on most of today's popular notebooks, the zt3000 being among them. The keyboard is solid, crispy, and has a nice feel. No sticjkers on the keys. The mouse buttons are neither stiff nor jittery. Even though it has been through a lot, there are hardly any scratches on it (unlike the new, shiny blue Toshibas, where if you rub them with a course paper towel, you'll end up with noticable scratches.) Even the flimsy looking modem port cover door has made it through all these years without any problem. And believe me I have taken it apart so many times to upgrade the hard drive, CD-RW, memory that I can almost do it with my eyes closed. I wonder how would there new would take such a beating. Anyway, while the performance might be ridiculously slow compared to the new ones, as far as overall build quality goes, it is still up there, if not better, apart from IBM of course, but certanly better than most.
One other thing, if you liked the V505, check out Sony's VGN-S150. It has a 13.3 screen, a really nice design, good quality, and relatively nice feautres. I played with it for a while in the store and I was impressed. I never thought that I would like a 13.3 inch laptop.