All my boxes showed up today. 3 from Newegg and 1 from Mo-co-so. The Minitouch 700 seems to be a very cool monitor. Bright and clean display. I only was able to hook it up via composite from my bedroom TV because the VGA cable was MIA. I'll call Chris tomorrow and I'm sure he'll fix me up. Not his fault the manufacturer left out a component. I am very happy out of the gate with both MO-CO-SO and Newegg. The biggest shock was that the speakers in it sound better than those in my 47" Samsung! It still sucks for music but it is at least bearable.
From the looks of it the (supplied) headrest mount for the monitor is a near perfect fit in my center console and the Adesso touchpad will fit nicely in place of the shift console's ashtray. The Adesso has a nice, easy feel to it and I am sure it'll be a much used device. Worth the money in the end. I may take it apart and wire it to send discrete signals from the bottom buttons for RR control.
The Foxconn barebone went together smoothly and fired right up with a spare 500GB MaxtorHDD and a fresh install of W7. It has a crazy fast boot time! All the reviews weren't lying about the Foxconn BIOS. Full featured for sure, and speedy. Video is crisp but limited by the hardware as to it's capability. Should be plenty adequate for my needs, however, and just sips the electrons! I'll be shocked if the M2 can't keep up, especially since I'll be powering all the high draw 5v stuff from a separate 5v converter. (The 5v ends up sapping the 12v eventually if I understand it right.)
I am also pleasantly surprised by the cheap 1/2 height Edimax wireless PCI card. Great signal and W7 found the drivers in a heartbeat over the G LAN. My ATT Tilt phone will tether to provide internet when I am out of wireless range, but it'll be nice to pull up next to the house to download a movie or album from my home network. The free ASUS BT dongle is still in the package so no initial thoughts on it yet. Once I have my software loaded and stabilized it'll be time to yank the 110v PS and mount the M2-ATX and test everything powered from 12v.
The Rosewill DVD burner is quiet and effective. It will only come out for to the car for software installs and the like since my music and video are all on disk. I just wanted to have a dedicated car DVD if I need it.
I'm doing an experience rating as I type and will post the scores later on for anyone interested in a cheap little machine like this one. It's so CUTE!
After reading the discussions on dual batteries, I may decide to put a small gel cell in the trunk for the PC to use and put a 1/2 size racing battery up front for cranking. It'd be easier to wire that way for sure. Hmm....