I have a X1000! You must have not read several of my recent posts which indicated that www.x1000forums.com is a source for all knowledge and assistance with either the X1000 series (I have X1360US retail from Circuit City), the ZT3000 series (HP consumer in black), or the HPnx7000 series (they just posted a review for the HPnx7010 on Cnet - 7.8 (Cnet rated X1000 an 8.1 when it first appeared in mid 2003 (see that review under top notebooks link on Cnet).
You can easily find a 4 port USB hub for $20.00 or less at Fry's Electronics if you live in the southwest (their website is www.outpost.com), Compusa, www.newegg.com, etc. There are a flood of aftermarket companies that make USB hubs -- just make sure you buy one that is a USB 2.0 with a power transformer (to power printers and other USB devices requiring power). I bought an AVB on sale at Frys for 14.99 (regular 19.99)and it is small enough to put in a shirtpocket.
My X1360US from Circuitcity (you can see the same $1299 price after rebates I paid in late May 2004 on their website right now -- but it is sold out at this price) has a Pentium M 1.4 and 32mb video ram. This has been fine for my use (has Intel 2200b/g wireless) but you can order at the Compaq website now and get a 1.6 or 1.7 Dothan Pentium M CPU which has double the L2 system cache of the Banius cpu I have (2mb instead of 1mb). This makes a big difference and the cost is not that much different as these new Dothan CPU's are replacing the Banias CPU's on the Pentium M line.
Check out the Toshiba website for the M30 series. They have a 1.7 Pentium M system out now for 1999 (they do not allow you to customize like HP/Compaq site) that is fully loaded and has the new Tru-brite Toshiba screen technology. I saw this at Circuit City and it is very nice (the 15.4" screen) and looks like it has a thin glass layer over it similar to Sony Xbrite technology.
The 15.4 inch widescreen that is on the compaq X1000, HPZT3000 (its twin but in black inside) and Acer is very nice expecially for DVD's.
All of these brands have 1 year warranties now standard. Apple has the best reliability/support but these 3 brands are similar.
It has been extremely helpful for me to have the X1000forums.com (over 10,000 registered members) to assist me in becoming aware of needed bios updates, etc to correct small issues with the laptop (these updates are at Compaq/HP website).
however, they have a similar forum that has Toshiba, Dell and others at www.notebookforums.com
Check them out............