This is a cheap, consumer grade computer, so this review is written with that kept in mind. This is not a superstar product right out of the box, but it's easily worth the money paid:
- Solid as a rock. Not a hiccup with any software loads or at any time. Stable, stable, stable.
- Very configurable with the intel atom n550 dual core processor
- Never gets hots even when running all day, with lots of work
- Keyboard is firm and feels good to the touch, even for a netbook
- Light and small enough to be very convenient, but the keyboard and screen are large enough for word processing, spreadsheets and just about any app, not just browsing the net. Comfortable typing
- Battery life is easily 8 hours, and if configured properly, would probably go longer
- Display is bright, crisp, easy to read even at 50%
- Touch pad is typical netbook junk. Get a portable laser mouse.
The N550 only supports 2 gigs of RAM, but the RAM monitor (even with page file off) indicates only 35% usage. Who needs more RAM?
The power plug is tiny, but I've never seen or heard of this type breaking as some reviewers worry. It's perfect for this product, and won't just fall out or wear out like some connectors, such as my old Dell.
For $370, it would be great to keep another 1215P Seashell on the shelf like a second good pair of shoes, but that isn't practical given how soon electronics get outdated.