I really, really love this thing. Its only drawback is inherent to its design...the maximum screen resolution for the 8.9" model I got is 1024x600. (There was another drawback regarding a slow network connection, but this link helped me solve it). As soon as I got it, I installed LabVIEW to try writing some VIs. I was worried at first about performance, but this laptop is really snappy...a non-initial launch of LabVIEW only takes 9 seconds (with Load Palettes at Launch enabled), and Quick Drop is instantaneous (that's been my editor benchmark of choice since 8.6 released). My next worry after performance was LabVIEW's usability on a small screen. Here's what I noticed:
- The Getting Started Window doesn't fit on the screen (I hope somebody's Eyes are reading this). I wasn't too surprised by this, since our minimum screen resolution that we usually assume when designing UIs in LabVIEW R&D is 1024x768. Thankfully, the 'X' in the corner was still visible, so it wasn't too much of an inconvenience.
- Apparently when you create a New VI, the size of the VI created is proportional to the screen size. I never really noticed this before until comparing the size of a new VI on the netbook to the size of a new VI on my 22" widescreen on my dev machine at work... :)
- This isn't really peculiar to netbooks, but I quickly reminded myself how sloooow I am at programming LabVIEW with a touchpad. I'm planning on getting a nice wireless mouse, but for writing this VI, I used the free Acer mouse they sent me with the netbook.
- Whenever you ctrl-drag in empty space to create diagram space, it's much more difficult to only drag in one direction (usually left-right for me), I guess because the lower resolution of the screen makes for larger relative mouse moves? I've filed a suggestion in the past that a ctrl-drag have a few pixels of slop on either side for growing only in one direction, but we haven't seen it yet...