I had been looking at the N81 previously. I had a few beefs with it though:
~T-series proc (rather than P-series) - decreases battery life
~Poor battery life (my friend has a very similar Asus and he gets only ~2hrs on battery saving mode)
~And the biggest one: Even though the screen is an inch smaller, physically it's the same size as my old 15.4" laptop. And I was really looking for something a little smaller.
These don't disqualify it completely, but I was looking for alternatives.
I have it upgraded to the following specs:
• Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
• Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P8700 (2.53 GHz, 3 MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
• 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
• 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
• 512MB NVIDIA GeForce G 105M
• 13.3" diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1280 x 800)
• LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
• Webcam + Fingerprint Reader
• Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card
• 9 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
• Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
Total price: $1163.99
A specific question about it: I was wondering about the difference between a high-capacity 6-cell battery and a 9-cell battery. Like, what would be the difference in runtime? Also, if anyone has a 9-cell, I was wondering how much bigger than the 6-cell it actually is.