OK, initial trials for Neon are looking VERY good.
Trouble is that I am flooded with work as I am battling so many fronts. Barely time to sleep. I am installing and testing while students do exercises. I also dare not switch to Neon on my main work machines until I am sure it will all hold together. I also want to get my Acer's BIOS updated and the requires getting to the local Acer support center and twisting their arm. Still, this is Indonesia... wave cash and they'll do it. Otherwise installing Neon will equal boot pain.
So I will trial for a while yet and try to get to Acer... when I can ever get time... and if it all holds up I will give proper feedback.
As it stands... Neon looks and feels very much like Mint KDE. Being a pure base Ubuntu it suffers from lack of development tools which Mint provides which made installing my HP printer driver a right royal pain.. but these things can be installed. Tip: Install 'build-essentials" for a quiet life.
"Discover" is nearly useless. I use it for updating but installed 'Synaptic' for real installs.
You have to install Libreoffice and GIMP yourself but that's no biggee. I was actually suprised by how much was installed - Okular, Ark and the like were all in.
Can't comment on speed yet but delighted that Kdenlive is fully up to date in the Repos. Because Neon showcases KDE I think it will deliver the latest KDE apps... which I like!!! I use the KDE apps a LOT and I need the latest version of Kdenlive. The Neon rendering is more up to date than via PPA!
So, early days yet but looking very nice. I like how Neon looks and feels much like Mint.
Need to investigate how to replace the Mint USB formatting and image writing tools. I use those... far more than I wish I had to.
Ok, got to fly again.