Here are some quick impressions on the hardware and software that we gleaned from about an hour’s worth of usage.
• Plain matte finish both inside and outside the lid feels nice—the antithesis of shiny MacBooks
• The trackpad really does not like having two fingers on it at once. It’s not multitouch, but you can use two fingers for right clicking.
• Window switching with Alt+Tab is fast, and feels like switching workspaces (Spaces on OS X)
• Fairly light and fairly thin
• The keyboard keys are separated like MacBook and Envy, so I’m definitely used to typing on it
• No function keys, instead, you have actually web-useful keys like back, forward, reload, fullscreen, next window and several standard laptop keys
• Shutdown and resume really is almost instant
• The screen doesn’t get incredibly bright, but it gets bright enough for indoor use
• Gmail calling works! It’s only slightly laggy, and I sound like I’m in a closet, but otherwise, it works.
• It’s definitely still a netbook—there’s an Atom processor inside—so heavy duty computing is out of the question
• YouTube is limited to 480p, even on 1080p videos. There’s just no option to select the higher quality
• Hulu is choppy, but it’s not unwatchable and google will never improve it unlike itunes
• Gmail noticeably is slower than on a MacBook Pro
• There’s only one USB port
We’ll be doing more impressions and posts throughout the day.