I thought I'd put a quick good and bad points list together. I though that it would be good to come back in a few weeks and see whether I still stand by them.
Always bad news first...
Installations are just a little bit annoying. Well, very annoying actually. Office installed like a dream (almost), where as Flash and Chrome were a pain in the neck! It just wasn't intuitive for me how it installed - and what I had to do. And once Chrome was installed I couldn't find the app! I got it in the end, but it was more random clicking than actually figuring out what to do.
Updates... I opened the machine and immediately installed the free upgrade to Lion (The hoops apple made me jump through to get that onto the machine made me want to throw the machine out of the window!). And then... About a GB worth of updates. All of which required reboots. So much for starting it out of the box without all of the updates that Windows needs...
It crashed on me! One of the updates made it restart, and then it just made the bong noise over and over with a blank grey screen. As it said 'Do not power off during this update' I dared not restart the machine. In the end I had to hard power off to get it to do anything. It did reboot fine (phew!) but not the start I had hoped for!
OK then the good news!
The track pad is a joy to use. Why Windows machines cannot fit a decent sized trackpad is beyond me. The one on the Mac is a decent size, responds well and doesn't accidentally click for no reason. I like it a lot!
Scrolling and zooming work as I would expect. Well scrolling more than Zooming, but neither of them are bad. On Windows machines scrolling and zooming via the trackpad are always a bit hit and miss. The zoom never responds how you would expect and there is an unacceptable lag there. Scrolling is jerky, will it won't it and so annoying that I rarely use it. On the Mac it's smooth, responsive and is exactly how you would expect.
The screen is on a par with the other laptops that we have in the house, for a machine that is only just four figures I think it is better than I was expecting. Well, that's an understatement - looking at the Snow Leopard picture that comes with it is just superb!
And finally, the information that OSX gives back for the battery is so nice. Time to charge is something that I find so useful, not that it has 10% left to charge, but 10 minutes.
Well, I hope that no one finds that list either gushing, or insulting. Overall it's a probably about as good as I was expecting.