Well, it's official: I now own the cutest computer ever! I don't know how good it will be for class but, gosh, it sure is cute!! I got the TX2Z with the 2.4 ghz processor, 320 GB hard drive and 4 gigs of memory. It is just a little longer and wider than a 5-subject notebook and about as thick. With the student discount it ran just over $1k. I also opted for the 6 cell battery instead of the 8 and think I might have made a mistake but I was afraid that the larger battery would tilt the tablet at a strange angle for a leftie. I am a little concerned about the fan/heat issue but it doesn't seem to be too bad. The fan seems to run continuously while on the charger but changes to intermittent when on battery.
The handwriting recognition is surprisingly good but sometimes it works "funky". I can be writing a lot and it understands perfectly, but suddenly it goes goofy and stops picking up the pen strokes. It is my understanding that the recognition gets better over time so I have high hopes.
I've gone ahead and upgraded to Windows 7. It came with Vista, and did a fair enough job with it but I had read good things about W7 so I gave it a go and have been well pleased. Hopefully I will be comfortable enough to use it when the time comes. I do miss my Ubuntu. The upgrade did mess up at least the HP media software but it is something I can live without.
Thanks to the folks that gave me their input this entire post was done with the fun and it only took me about6 X as long as if I typed it!