Owning a couple of these notebooks, I think the CNET Au review is pretty far off base.
First, He is missing the point if he thinks this is a notebook to "lug" around airports. The W1 is a touch heavy and big for that. However, this notebook was designed as a desktop replacement . It meets a design goal of taking up less space and look less ugly than traditional computers. Beleive me, my wife is very happy with the change from a beige box with a zillion wires to a W1 connected wirelessly.
2nd, the current delivered U.S. version doesn't support the multimedia option. I can't comment on the success of the ASUS mobile theater. To be honest, I usually watch TV on a TV.
3rd, flimsy design -- Not in my experience. The cover for the side ports may have not been the best design choice. However, if you are using it without the connections on those ports, the design looks VERY clean with the port cover closed. The rest of the computer design and build seems solid to me. We use these computers every day and so far nothing has failed on either notebook. No dead pixels. Hmmm...Is this the experience of every Dell, Acer, Sony user?
4th, chilly for typing in the winter. Ummm...that's got to beat a pentium 3.2 GHz desktop processor furnace acting a supplementary heating for the office in the middle of summer. Maybe he is missing the opportunity to roast marshmallows over his notebook.
Don't get me wrong, this isn't a perfect notebook. It wouldn't hurt to have a 9700 128 MB GPU. If you don't value aestetics, it doesn't have the bang for the buck that some other laptops have like Asus M6 series. It's not free
. Still, I certainly think its a competitive model and I would have selected it again after having owned it for three or four months.
BTW...I was happy enough with ASUS notebook to go forward and purchase a couple (well 3 actually) Asus WL-500G for the house.