My youngest child (still highschool age) inherited the Slate 500. By the time she got it, the battery was under 30% maximum charge from new. The atom was slow as ever and we still had W7 as the OS. Still, she has an I3, 11.6" notebook and used the Slate mainly for drawing with a newer N-Trig pen. She could only use it for a short time before it had to be plugged in again, so it was not very portable. When idle, it sat in its cradle. Well, it was knocked over the other day on her desk, fell to the floor and the display cracked in a couple of places. Morte! The slate reintroduced me to mobile computing (other than ultralight notebooks that is) and served me quite well for the 2.2 years that I used it everyday in my job. Rest easy compadre!