sonofdbn could you please keep us updated on your descision, I am also interested in getting a small 'silent' pc
Thanks for the interest. Perhaps a little more information would help, since my circumstances might be different.
Firstly, I have the slight luxury of some time - about a month, because we'll be moving to a new place and I don't want to shift more stuff than necessary. This means I can afford to wait to see if those Centrinos start coming down in price now that the Dothians are appearing. That does seem to be happening.
Secondly, I'm in Singapore, which means that some of the more exotic solutions (e.g. Scythe Otonashi) are either not available or the cost is prohibitive once shipping is taken into account. And many online stores and eBay sellers won't ship internationally.
I do like the idea of a VIA-based solution, but the downside is more than just cost. I don't mind paying the premium for the small size, but I can't understand why there is no built-in DVI-out option. Sure, I could use an analogue connection to an LCD display, but that seems to be a waste. Why have a small footprint motherboard which doesn't work optimally with a small footprint display device?
In fact, the more I've looked at VIA alternatives, the more I appreciate how good a solution a laptop is. You get the casing, the PSU, the display, built-in wireless, keyboard, pointing device, optical drive, hard disk AND a lot more processing power plus portability. Unless I want to have absolute silence, there doesn't seem to be much reason to go for a VIA solution.