I've had the opportunity to try out multiple different types of laptops over the years, from large desktop replacements from sony, all the apple notebooks from the ibook G3, thinkpads, latitiudes, the vaio ultraportables - and a whole load of other laptops i'd rather forget.....
we all draw on our experiences from using laptops and ultraportables in assesing the pros and cons of the eee ergonomics and i know that ergonomics and hardware useability are THE biggest bugbears laptop users have - after all this is a general purpose machine not exclusive to the edugeek commmunnity.
i feel we are being a bit blinkered to it's areas of application and as a result neglecting the ergonomics for general purpose use - after all its not just a teaching aid it has to be able to accomplish portable browsing, document editing and all sorts for non-school use. For instance battery life has to be addressed whether a teacher uses it on a field trip for teaching or a home user wants to take it to the park to browse the internet via hsdpa...both users experience the hardware shortcomings acutely becuase the battery is flat within an hour. Trust me, users will not care whether they use ie or firefox, or oo or ms office...it's all about the hardware. and as long as the os and applications are quick to open and use and the price remains low people won't care what it's running.
...operating system and application issues are relatively straightforward to fix becuase you can allow users to tailor aspects of the OS to suit their needs. The hardware solutions are a case of one size fits all users - so the decisions made are much more crucial in some respects.