I broke down last night and unboxed the wee baby Asus (since it was never intended to be a Christmas gift anyway). It’s the Linux one with the tiny little, almost-full out of the box 4GB that’s $279 at Best Buy. Since all I was looking for is the equivalent of the Alphasmart but backlit, with more than 4 lines of text and keys you don’t need a sledgehammer to press, there was no sense in buying a bigger one. I’ve only tinkered with it a bit, but so far:
The good: It’s so tiny and light, as the photos below—taken with my monster Toshiba laptop—will attest.
The bad: The space bar is just high enough I have to lift my hand and twist my wrist to hit it with my thumb.
The ugly: It comes with a Tetris-knock-off. I can’t resist Tetris, which is why it’s never been added to the desk- or laptop. Uh-oh. Time suck, we has one.