Pros Very lightweight, long battery life, fast processor.
Cons Awful unlit, cheap feeling keyboard. Screen has nasty glare and poor off angle visibility in the vertical (tilt) direction (screen must be tilted too far back for proper visibility, greatly enlarging the device footprint).
Summary I bought this mainly for Powerpoint talks on my travels as a scientist. In this role I'm highly satisfied, since the device is very light and slim and has long enough battery life to get through several seminars. However, its main problem lies in the glare and poor off-axis readibility of the glossy screen. Using the laptop on in the crowded economy section of airplanes often presents quite a challenge, since any nearby lighting or open windows makes the screen difficult to read. Further, the optimal viewing angle in the tilt direction requires opeing the screen to ridiculously obstues angles, thus interfering with the seatback ahead of the tray table. It's too bad that color screen design seems to have taken several steps backward.
Cons Design cold be more attractive,
Summary I am so disappointed when I went to nab it in every electronics shop in Dubai.but it's unavailable everywhere..they all are stuck with still Satellites..
Pros See review.
Cons See review
Summary A great ultra portable for the price. $729 at Best Buy. Once you get used to the keyboard, it is good. It does have plastic keys and they do make a clicking sound. If you do a lot of low light work then the black keys on black background and no backlight can be a challenge. At 3.2 lbs with DVD it really is an ultra-portable. Fast, amazing battery life, nice screen, great touchpad and buttons. Very strange bright silver plastic hinges. Other than them it has a great subtle design. Feels very solid and stays cool. Keep in mind that in November there are some very cool ultra portables coming out. A new Toshiba Z830 (13" screen and 2.4lbs), Acer S3 and the Asus UX21/31. Check them out on the web.I forgot to mention the speakers. They are loud enough but on the tinny side. They are not very impressive.
Updated on Sep 26, 2011
Big hard drive
The graphics really aren't too bad in these i5s.. I play starcraft 2 on it and portal 2 and it's not too shabby
Cons TrackPad buttons are weird.. they are so slick your moist finger sticks.
Speakers are no good..
HINGES! My plastic hinges broke.. how cheap.
I need back light on the keyboard!! I should have paid attention.
Summary Basically.. I wouldn't be re-gifting this laptop if the keyboard were back lit.. this is not very good when you're doing programming homework and trying to sit on the couch with the girlfriend while she's watching TV.. I wind up on the table under the light and that doesn't make for a happy kitty.
Pros Very lightweight, stays cool to touch, fast processor, nice design, durable, good trackpad, keyboard good for web surfing, supports multi-touch
Cons viewing angle, no dedicated volume key, brightness, function key doesn't work consistently
Summary This laptop spoiled me for those "heavy" 6 pound multimedia laptops. I used it intensively for a few months, and like it better than my more expensive Lenovo. It is incredibly light, very easy to take everywhere, has great battery life--like a netbook--but is big enough to not seem too small. I forgot it only had a 13" screen! Unlike most small & light notebooks, it readily handles most any computing task. It's fast on the web, in Photoshop, in very processor-intensive programs.
I'm very picky about laptops that feel cheap (all Dells, for example), and was quite impressed by the quality of this one. I also appreciated how the wrist area never got warm, so extended typing sessions weren't painful.
I did not like its limited viewing angle, which was more pronounced than other laptops I've used (Lenovo, HP). It also didn't get sufficiently bright for outdoor use, and sometimes I found myself trying to increase the brightness when it was already at maximum. The function key controls quite a bit of peripherals, and it didn't always work (on 2 versions of this laptop), so switching monitors, changing volume, and turning off wireless weren't always easy.
Overall, I would highly recommend it, especially for the price. It's not perfect, but it was a joy to use. A "real" computer with the weight of a netbook.