Vipadawg, I would like to thank you for writing this review. Coincidently, I am also going to Virginia Tech under the Engineering program, and have been looking at this tablet for quite some time trying to decide which to get. I've pretty much decided that the M285-E is the tablet that I am going to purchase. However, my main question for you is, how did you go about getting the VT student discount on the Gateway tablet? On the website, there are options to purchase laptops from every brand but Gateway, which only seems to let you look at price quotes, but not make a purchase. If you have any information on this, please PM me or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org as i would like to aquire the laptop sooner rather than later so i can get some time to get the hang of it before the school year begins. And now for my other question: Does the weight of the laptop make holding it for extended periods of time uncomfortable? It's definatly quite a jump up from the tiny weight of the Fujitsu T4210. Also, have you had any problems with the magnetic screen latches not locking shut?