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Below is a cut-and-pasted portion of my correspondence with Webfork that summarizes my findings.
FYI, the best all around editors in my opinion, at least of the ones I tested, are EditPad Lite7 for general use and Scite or GVIM (Scite is my personal preference) for techies. But for general use, EditPadLite is the clear winner. Really, Editpad Lite blows the other general purpose editors out of the water, at least in performance. It's a well-designed product, as are Scite and GVim. It seems that text editors, like other SW that's either developed by open source teams or by commercial developers, outperform independently developed apps - at least generally. There are of course exceptions, but my findings appear to agree with that general rule. Like I said, some things start to become apparent by looking at these things closely and the well-designed products will come out on top.
So yes, I've changed my mind about freeware text editors since these tests. I would never have picked EditPad Lite before and never thought of Scite or GVim as really being all that good for some reason. The next best are Notepad++, Kudaz, EverEdit, and AkelPad, all of which are good choices for an editor (can't go wrong with any of those). Again, EverEdit went commercial and it's a payware product. The only thing I don't like about the freeware version of EverEdit is that you can't easily associate it with txt files. Most of the others will work fine for small jobs. I was really disappointed by PSPad's performance, although it has a lot of good features and it's still useful.