Battery LifeI added a 9 cell battery which gives this little machine over 5 hours of battery life. quite sufficient for the type of things I do. The battery also provides a stand which allows the computer to site at a good angle for typing/viewing when it's on a table (like at the coffee shop).
SpeedYeah, it's not the fastest thing on the planet, but once an application is loaded, it is generally the same perceived speed as my Acer A100 tablet. During the editing process, It really isn't noticeable and it quite sufficient for my needs.
This Ubuntu feature makes multi-tasking a breeze on the machine. I also use this feature to allow capture of material as I work. I can keep a couple of applications open, capture screens and text from one and paste into the other.
It's sad, but I really need a Microsoft Office like application. Not for this work, but for my "real job" and to help kids with their homework. It's interesting that the high school requires the boys to have iPads, but they still want homework done in Word -- "old dogs..." I guess. LibreOffice fills this need for me. It seems to be able to provide the fidelity that I need for the type of things I am doing with Word and Excel.
BTW, I also have access to the cloud applications because I have SkyDrive. This makes things work well for me to be able to do what I need in this space. (IF only Microsoft had OneNote for Linux, things would be GREAT!)