« on: June 23, 2005, 08:46:51 AM »
I was deciding between compaq, hp, dell and I got the 700M this week.
At first I was concerned out how small the keyboard was - but I have small hands and fingers. I got used to the keyboard real quick though after an hour on it - the problem is with the switching up between keyboards at work and at home - obviously keyboard at work is normal sized so I have to retrain my hands on the 700 - that wont be a problem when I start school.
I saw and used the 600 and was freaked out by how flimsy it seemed - I pressed a key on it and the whole lap top jumped up and the keys seemed flimsy too.
I am happy with my 700M and I even think the portion of the 8 cell battery that sticks out looks like it belongs on the lap top - it makes it look more normal sized. The extra battery time is great. The screen is spacious for 12.1 and the visuals are clean and crisp and ultra - brite (too brite - I lower the brightness on it now).
I love its weight and size - it feels compact not flimsy and I can't wait to slide this baby in and out of my bag while I commute to school.
At the end of the day - a 700M I think is about as small as you can or should go for comfort and functionality. However - a 13 inch screen and normal sized keyboard on a sub 5 pound note book with optical drive would have been PERFECT - but I paid 1400 bucks for my lap top which includes : XP professional, 60GB, 1.8 Gz processor, 512MB, CD-DVD rw burner, 64 MB key, Word suite, pdf maker, 8 -cell battery, and 3 year warranty, 8.625 TAX and shipping and I am VERY HAPPY.
HP, Compaq with similar configuration and repair service would have set me back 1800 - 2200 and they would have been well over 5 pounds easily.