Okay, so I have had my tablet for two days now, and I'll give you guys my opinion on it. My Specs: 60g hard drive, 1.73ghz processor, 512mb ram. Tablet XP OS I purchased this off of CDW's outlet, and it was a steal. The outlet items are basically items that have been returned, and they can't sell them as new since someone already bought it. In my case, the machine was brand new w/all of the manuals install cds and everything! [and unbeknownst to me, they included the hp external cd-rw/ dvd-r drive ] Purchase price total: $1108 (w/a member discount) but otherwise around 1300. So, if you're planning on buying a tablet on a budget, this might be a good place to look. I absolutely LOVE this machine. Everything feels sturdy, right down to the keyboard, although I will have to get used to some of the key placement. The screen isn't the brightest, but viewable at wide angles, and I can definitely see the screen in my huge lecture halls with overhead fluorescent lighting. After using the tablet for the past 4 hours, the base is a little warm to the touch. I'd say the equivilent of running your hand under lukewarm water. It runs extremely quiet. I can't even remember ever hearing it run at all! [It's a nice change from my old satellite notebook] It has an AMAZING battery life. It's nearly 2x my old notebook. I've averaged 4-5 hours a charge, with running a lot of programs at the same time. The size is slightly smaller than your regular sheet of paper, but you really don't notice it when taking notes. It weighs around 4.5 lbs, and is hardly noticeable in my backpack. However, it is a little heavy to rest in your arm for extended periods of time. I think I could do it for maybe 30 min, but it's best to just rest it in your lap or on a flat surface. I think I'm going to put a 3 ring binder in my lap, to give it a little slant to make writing easier. I've used it to take notes in class, so far I've just been recording the image of my handwriting, and haven't been converting to text in class. It works just as well as it would if I were taking notes in my notebook, and with the template it even looks like notebook paper. It comes with both a touchpad and a pointing stick for those IBM enthusiasts [which I found pretty thoughtful] I for one have never been able to master the pointing stick, but whatever floats your boat I read a review where they said that since the pen release button was next to the screen, when they grabbed the tablet in slate mode, the pen would shoot out. I for one have never encountered this problem, the button is a tiny bit recessed to help prevent that. [I was just wondering how the reviewer was working the tablet in slate mode with the pen in the slot!] The handwriting recognition is pretty good, I've found it works best when I write in cursive (which I do anyway)... Now if only it would support Vietnamese and I would be set, I mean seriously, it's all the same letters with a few added accent marks. The few cons I could find: -Screen a little more slippery than I would like, but when my screen protectors arrive, it'll fix that. Don't get me wrong though, I've taken notes with just the screen, and it really isn't a problem. - Some weird button placement on the keyboard, but once again not a big issue. - No firewire - No built in optical, but most lightweight tablets don't have one - Not made for "hard core" gaming. But, handles most games pretty well. - HAVING ONE IS RATHER ADDICTING! I would recommend this machine to anyone, and now my friends want ones too! It's great for any college student if you take lots of notes, and don't want to carry around all of the notebooks and stuff. LOVE IT!