I got her!!
sorry i didn't post eariler, but when i got home i was so tired i could barely work my clutch to park =\
On my way down, I got stuck in heavy traffic which caused me to arrive rather late and tired (getting lost half way doesn't help either). As such, I decided to just forget about the whole tour thing (sorry guys).
For the notebook, he came out with a demo unit and showed me a DVD of Troy (looks like a cool movie, gotta watch it one day). i was outright impressed with the overall feel and look of the notebook, definately not your average run of the mill dell or gateway. The only two laptops i was considering before this was the Sony S series or this, and this is definately the better machine. After coming to that conclusion, i brought it there on the spot.
I got home late.. and even more tired. I opened up the box and pulled out the laptop. Then i noticed a little black thing still on the foam covering. Apparently the battery slider switch broke off -_-. the mechanism works fine, and the battery latches on fine, but without the button, I have to use a small screwdriver to detach the battery. For those wondering, the battery does have about 1mm of play in it, not that big of a deal IMO. It's also not freeplay, you do have to put a bit of force in it to get the thing to flex.
I'm calling ASUS on monday to see if they can send me a new switch. I hope they won't make me send the laptop back as I'm using it as my main computer now.
First thing I noticed when i turned it on was the massive amounts of icons in the taskbar. After trying to uninstall everything to no avail, I ended up reformating the whole system. What's interesting was that I found the hard drive was partioned into 3 parts, a 20 GB, a 30 GB, and a 10GB. no idea what that was about. By the time i was done reformating, re configuring, and putting on the utilities that I wanted, it was already 2am, and I hadn't eaten for 29 hours. I plugged the w3v into our network, and proceeded to transfer over ~25GB's worth of data from my old laptop while I made myself dinner.
After dinner, I updated windows and installed essential apps (MS Office, Winamp ^__^) then pretty much passed out until 3pm today.
I'll just briefly touch on the issues that've been brought up in this forum:
After writing 25GB's to the hard drive, that thing does get HOT. I tried to use the touchpad right afterwards and pretty much burnt my finger. Today, which has been mainly normal usage though, it does get warm there, and you do feel it when you're typing (ie: right now), but it's no where near discomfortable levels.
According to the ASUS probe, my CPU is running at 66 degrees C right now, which is rather warm for normal usage. I haven't stressed the CPU so far, and I decided to not put PlowerGear or whatever it's called back on, but I can do some tests and see how hot this thing gets later.
My biggest problem with heat is the vent. Take a look at the attached image to see how my mouse is usually positioned. It does get to the point where if leave the mouse idle for a while and come back to it, it does hurt to touch it for a bit. the constant stream of hot air onto my hand also gets annoying after a while.
If i had to describe the screen in a single word, Overrated comes to mind. Yes, it is bright, Yes it is clear, but not overwhelmingly brighter or clearer than the competition. Also, contrast seems average at best, and I dont' see a way to adjust it on screen. When i view pictures with this screen, i'm not awed by the Vivid Colors. All in all, i would rate the screen just a notch below the sony's XBRITE system. I would also rate it better than the Gateway "glaretype" screen, but I can't compare it to other glossy screens as I have not play with those laptops yet.
To comment on the thread about the whole "washed out colors / light leakage" problem, I would say the problem has been greatly exaggerated in there. Does the problem exist on my screen? Yes. Is it noticable under normal usage: No. I can get the problem to show up if i turn off all the lights put on a black background, adjust the screen to a weird angle, max the brightness setting, and really stare at it for a while. but other than that, the problem doesn't show up, so it doesn't really matter to me.
Other than that, i only have a few minor grips with the laptop:
1) the audio out port: when I use speakers, the wires just get in the way of my mouse.
2) the touchpad buttons are hard to press
3) this is the first time I'm using wireless G (only had B before), but I noticed that the reception isn't that great. Currently, the router is in the next room (only seperated by a hallway), and I'm only getting 36mpbs. Even when i'm only 2 feet from the router with direct line of sight, I don't keep 54mbps steady, it bounces back and forth between that and 48.
4) The fn key is exactly where i naturally hit control. not a biggie, just some getting used to.
5) I CAN'T FIND ANY WIDESCREEN WALLPAPERS -_-
I'm just starting to play with advanced settings now. I got CHC and playing around with that. Is there a sonoma guide to undervolting around here somewhere? I saw a dothan guide that was something on the order of 40 pages O.o Right now, I have CHC set to auto, and it's undervolting to 0.796V at 6x.
Also, I have ATi clock set on auto, will this conflict with powerplay? (I have cataylst 5.6 moded).
Thanks for the help guys