Hi, after getting so much input from this site concerning my possible purchase of an R1F I just thought I'd share my first impressions of the computer. I did not buy it yet, but I found a notebook retailer with a showroom worthy of the name, so I could have a look and play around a bit; although I could neither use the pen nor insert it into the pen housing, the pen was absent from the tablet in the showroom and, and I did not ask to look for it as I was in a little hurry myself. I was really looking forward to the R1F as the closest thing to what I saw on a Toshiba ad in May 1996, a "powersheet", supposedly available in 2006. It was a slate tablet with built in camera, handwriting recognition, with A4 size, and, despite hard drive and everything, only about 0.5 cm high. I have never used a tablet before, except the very first Acer on the day Tablets were released to the public in 2002. Back then, I did not jump. This time, I think I will - even though the R1F is not exactly like the powersheet (with keyboard) I was hoping for. It's heavier than I thought it would be, and it's a little high with about 35mm. Not too high or too heavy for truly portable "lap" use, but not as good as I hoped for - remember I'm not a tablet expert who knows what the technology is able to deliver, I'm a guy with some idea to which a particular product conforms or not (exactly) conforms. I could not check the static issue on the computer in the showroom, but my questions in this regard were greeted with disbelief by the shop assistant. Then I had a close look at the screen. The 13.3'' size is fine, it's a little smaller than A4 though. But not knowing exactly what the "graininess" of tablet PCs is like, and by now used to shiny notebook screens, I suppose I was initially a little disappointed, particularly compared to the Macbook screen, which has the same size, a shiny finish, and no grainy coating. I'm pretty sure there a many reasons for this kind of coating - not having used a tablet so far, I just saw the drawbacks. I mean, I know by now that shiny screens are usually working well indoors, as no one uses as much light at home a retailer in their showroom - with this "grainy" screen, I just don't know how I'll adjust to it, if it will keep being annoying, or if I will come around like so many others. I don't know. For that reason I will definitely choose an offer that allows to return the computer within a fortnight. And the backlight wasn't as perfect as I imagined it would be, the lower (right) side seemed brighter than the rest. Viewing angles seemed impressive though, compared to most notebooks I know. Has anyone tried removing the coating on their ASUS / tablet? Like proposed here ? Speaking of returning the computer - the retailer wasn't overly happy with ASUS' service propositions in Germany, he mentioned that it might take longer in the case of a service issue than it would be the case for other quality manufacturers (and since he mentioned a European centralisation in their service organisation as possible cause thereof, other European countries might be affected as well). That said, I think I will probably buy the R1F and become a true tablet convert. But I think I'll also have to realise that no one delievered a "powersheet" by 2006.