So... I got one just before Christmas. I have an IT background from the Navy and I have a ton of crap around my house, so what's one more gadget?
My wife got a new house I got a netbook. I think I got the shorter end of the stick.
So anyway... I decked the thing out on the site and topped it all out around $600
(that's not very Mini) For that kind of money I thought it should have worked better out of the box. Se7en basic is horrible. No 2nd monitor support and what kinda crap is that where I can't change the flippin' wallpaper?!? So a little digging into what the SLIC table covered I got an XP disk and that's that.
Also in hindsight I may have opted for the 10v so I could go to 2gb ram but I really wanted HDMI.
Since then I have been experimenting with different installs and configurations of XP and Vista. All in all I am pretty disappointed in the machine and if it wasn't too late I am of mind to send it back. It all seems to revolve around the video performance--even in XP I get weird things with dragging windows like it's having trouble refreshing and redrawing.
My old portable is a Toshiba Libretto. It's going on 5 years old now and it out performs the new Mini. Granted it's comparing apples and oranges. The Libretto is a full featured laptop with a Pentium M, but it also has a much older intel chipset. The Mini wasn't meant to be compared to something like that and netbooks in general are meant for light duty browsing and so forth.
A good example Mechwarrior 4 runs on the Libretto maxed everything. I can't get it to launch on the Dell. (going to try to disable the DMA500 next)
So before I send it back or sell it on Fleabay I wanted to come to the Jedi Masters of the Mini and pick y'all's brains.