After a bit more time using the Toshi, I've got a few more impressions, some good, some bad.
- The screen is really reflective compared to both Asus notebooks that I have, even though all three are glossy. After keeping the rest of the casing mostly matte, I don't know why Toshiba felt compelled to overgloss the screen.
- The heat vents on the side are really good looking and feel Apple-ish, a feeling that is enhanced by the silver colour of the chassis.
- The power button placement is odd. Not a problem, but it is kind of weird. Totally nitpicking, though.
- THAT TOUCHPAD. Man, I love it, so much.
- 2GB of RAM might help the sluggishness, but...its XP. It shouldn't need more than a gig of memory to function well. I remember when I ran XP perfectly well on a 2GHz Celeron and 256MB of DDR 266.
- I used it as a companion machine to my workstation at work all day yesterday, still didn't run out of battery. I spent today working on fixing my MSI (getting there - its booting now, and it runs...sometimes, when it isn't shutting down randomly....we'll see) so I didn't take the Tosh out, which means I have yet to ever charge it. The long-lasting battery feels so...liberating, after dealing for so long with the Asus and its 2 hour battery life. I think this is the first time I've ever had a laptop with legitamately good battery life (well, second, after the Dell Vostro I had with a 9 cell battery, but I didn't keep that for very long). It's simply awesome.
- Kevin Tofel said that the keys are the same size as on a MacBook. I'm not buying it. The MacBook's keyboard has the same spacing between keys, but a lot larger key area to actually press. Not nearly as squished and suffocating as the NB205.
- The more I use them, the more I fall out of love with 10", 1024x600 res screens. Seriously, I need my WXGA resolution, and I don't care if I go blind trying to read it. There just isn't enough screen real estate provided by WSVGA screens, especially on a nearly full-size, notebook style device. 10" WSVGA screens aren't as dense as I'd like them, in general. VAIO P, here I come (how's 1600x768 on an 8" screen for pixel density, eh?)