I originally purchased a "Scratch + Dent" version in black on sale for $150, but they had a supply problem and sent me an E-Mail apology(!) stating that the blue version with a larger hard drive would be sent. Great customer service. Other suppliers have cancelled orders when this happens. THANK YOU all4cellular!
These little netbooks are not going to replace your high-power laptop or desktop, but for portability and affordablity these are hard to beat. The 1366x768 screen resolution is very sharp, and the LED backlight is very bright. The unit has built-in ability to rotate the screen, so if you read a lot of E_books you can use the 1012 in portrait mode and switch back and forth easily. My deal came with the 3-cell battery which still gave me hours of use if I choose the low-level light setting.
1 - Have an 8GB or larger flash drive and backup the device right off before messing with it.
2 - Before it arrives, go to Microsoft and download the Win7 Service Pack 1, 32bit version. I could not get it to install through the OS "UPDATE" function in Windows7 (figures). After many failed updates I got the file from MS directly and installed it that way. After that all other updates installed easily.
3 - I experienced the firewall problems as others have reported on the Internet. McAffee kept stopping its firewall and I never got the Windows7 OS firewall to even start. The Solution:
- First, register the included McAffee (just in case)
- Next, go to the McAffee website and follow their instructions to remove McAffee from the computer (no loss for me as it never worked)
-Finally, get Avast Anti Virus (free) and get Comodo Firewall (free).
I have fairly large hands (XL gloves) and was a bit concerned over the keyboard, but it is excellent, gives good tactile feedback, the print on the keys is easy to read, and the layout is very good.
The touchpad is marginal. The L and R buttons are incorporated into the pad, and although they are mechanical click buttons you have to be careful how you touch them. My recommendation is to carry a small wireless mouse (choose one of the Logitech units with the tiny receiver) and use the touchpad only as necessary.
As a portable reader, browser, movie watcher, etc., this thing is a compact wonder.