I had a briefly had a mini 9 at the same time as my latitude 2100. The keyboard on the 2100 is several times better than the keyboard on the 9. The keys are larger and in normal places. The screen is nice, and opens wider than the mini 9, though this makes using the touchscreen slightly more difficult for me with the standard battery because the screen is a little far tilted back when used as a laptop or on a desk. The touch pad is excellent, and seems to have at least some multi-touch features (pinch zoom, for one). It also has real buttons, separate from the touch pad. I like this far better than the 10/10vs clickpad thing.mmThe touch screen is single touch (no pinch gestures here), and well supported in Windows 7 and Linux (read my directions in the link in my signature for Linux setup).
I am not a fan of OS X (or Apple in general), so I have not hackintoshed my 2100. I did upgrade the SSD
from 16GB to 64GB because I watch videos on the 2100 and also do some light programming. Audiophiles will not want to listen to their favorite songs on here since the speakers lack bass response, but normal video watching is not bad. I have a set of Motorola HT820 Bluetooth headphones as well, which are nice because (at least under windows 7), I have pause, play, ff/rw, and volume control right on the headphones. This is especially nice when working out on a treadmill/elliptical.
I would definitely suggest getting the hand or shoulder strap for this guy, though the shoulder strap is clearly designed for younger kids. It'll keep the laptop on your shoulder, but you probably won't have it sitting by your hip like a messenger bag (or purse, for you ladies out there). The strap is still really nice because it makes it easier to carry around.
Like the mini 9 and 10v, the 2100 has a latchless lid, but is easier to open than the mini 9 or mini 10s because of the squared off edges. Grabbing the edge to flip the screen open is just easier. The side USB ports are fine, though a little close to the front edge for my liking. I tend to miss a USB port on the back, but because of the screen design, this is not possible to have them back there.
Working inside the 2100 shows that there is some free space for hacking, though no extra mini PCIe slots. It's not as easy as removing a screw and popping off a panel like on the mini 10v or mini 9, but it's still not as difficult as taking apart a Macbook Pro, and still only requires a small phillips-head screw driver for screws a small flat-blade screw driver for prying.
Originally Posted by Wm.Mays
Questions to those that have a recently built 2100, you state 2 ram slots. However, the service manual shows only one slot with 512 or 1gb of ram on the board. Has this now changed?
According to the website, there is 512MB or 1GB on board, and one slot on the board. This matches what I've seen on my own 2100, though I ordered it when they first came out.
Originally Posted by Wm.Mays
I've noticed the 1200x800 resolution that's now shipping is still not listed on the order or spec page. Hopefully the ram install has also been updated in the design...
Where did you hear about these updates to the 2100? I haven't seen anything about them going to 1200x800, nor any updates to the way memory is mounted. As far as I can tell, the 2100 is unchanged. My impression it is supposed to be durable and cheap for the educational market, rather than fancy with excellent graphics for the consumer market. I, for one, would be quite happy if it got upgraded graphics.