People are rating down Aspire for not buying into improved safemode/hibernation as a way to justify saying Windows 7 is more power efficient?
Freaking fanboys. From what I've seen in Windows 7 RC, it has a lower memory footprint, runs stable, has minimal driver issues, a slightly improved GUI, good performance (I've seen gains in FPS even when compared to Windows XP), and overall is a nice improvement over Vista. That said, Microsoft has done very little to prove any of their claims that 7's more power efficient and all early indications show that it, as Aspire has pointed out, actually uses MORE power.
And using the "its not the starter addition" as the excuse is a joke. Who's going to be using the crappy starter edition anyway? I'm not. If you people aren't just enthusiasts, and actual professionals, maybe you should start looking at an OS as an OS, and take both the benefits and limitations in consideration, rather than dancing around with huge smiles on your faces worshiping Bill Gates.