Updates on the W3J: I've had it running Vista Ultimate 32 bit for the last week or so. For the record, I still don't see the difference between Vista Home Premium, Ultimate, and Business, even after running all three on my personal systems (W7S has Business, the now dead MSI GX600 has/had Home Premium). Anyways, I am now comfortably running 32 bit and have all the drivers properly working, which is nice after the driver hell that was Vista 64.
I've messed around with the Synaptics settings for my touchpad, and after increasing the speed and sensitivity, I am finding it easier to use. The pad surface itself is quite nice, with a more textured feel than the W7S touchpad. I still love the metallic ring around the pad. The mouse buttons, on the other hand, still suck, though the one button look is pretty sweet. Keyboard is still mediocre, but I am starting to get used to the Fn key in the corner thing. Weird, but I can deal.
My biggest problem with the keyboard is the layout of the volume functions - the Fn key is on the opposite end of the keyboard, and there are no simple volume shortcut buttons or a volume wheel like there is on the W7S/every consumer grade laptop made since 2005. Not too big of a problem, since the W7S is still my primary music/video machine, but with the W3J being my main computer at school, the volume needs to be changed often enough to be annoying. Also, the speakers are just as mediocre as the W7S, and don't have much volume in them. I put the W3J next to an HP dv2500, playing the same Linkin Park song at max volume...The W3J may as well have had a mono speaker, it was that bad. Yeah, well, I have a brushed aluminum lid, so HA! Or maybe I'm just bitter.
I got BatteryBar working again - I find it very convenient in that I no longer have to mouse over the sys tray battery icon to know how much battery I have left. Originally, Battery Bar was getting screwed up with the dual batteries, but has since fixed itself. Speaking of which - I LOVE the dual batteries. I'm averaging just about 4 hours of battery life in normal usage, and I've not missed the optical drive yet, so I'm pretty pleased.
Weird stuff though - the first time I wrote this post, the W3J froze up and died, so I lost the whole document. It didn't blue screen, or black screen or anything, just froze with the screen still displaying the desktop. Completely unresponsive, so I just hard reset the system. Weirder - three days later, while playing a Youtube vid in Firefox, it BSOD'd and dumped memory. I don't know why this occured, so I'll keep an eye out for it happening again.
Also, the W3J has "woken up" from sleep in my backpack a couple of times, so I've started putting it in hibernate instead. I don't know why, but I think it may be due to the side hotkeys that are very easy to accidentally press and are exposed when the laptop is closed. Kind of annoying, actually, especially since there aren't any volume hotkeys, and the keys themselves are usually only used when you've accidentally pressed them and disabled the wifi, touchpad, and bluetooth at the same time.
Essentially, the laptop is fantastic, other than a couple of "wtf" concerns (hotkeys, volume buttons, speakers) and the odd instability. And from the realm of "I'm a #$%&ing moron who mistreats his computers", I've just put a small (.5mm) chip in the finish of that beautiful brushed almunium lid by tossing my keys onto the bed, before realizing that I just put my laptop there after taking it out of my bag. I'm a genius, I swear.