The machine can't lie perfectly flat, but it does lean back smoothly and gracefully. I did get a bit of doodling and casual gaming time in. The hinge feels incredibly sturdy, but I'll admit I was wary of testing just how much pressure it will support.
The machine doesn't offer too many ports overall, which is a disappointment. There are far more than you'd find on a laptop, and the inclusion of HDMI-in and output jacks is great, but you might want to spring for a USB hub if you've got lots of gear to connect.
One of the three USB ports located behind the machine houses the tiny-USB receiver nub for the bundled wireless keyboard and mouse. That limits your overall connectivity options -- getting your own Bluetooth gear is another great option.