Had this a couple of weeks now - very happy with it. It looks better than you might think from the images - the top of the case being finished in hi-gloss, piano-black. The technical spec is extremely good for the price and it whizzes through Vista's aero with no problem and multi-tasks, thanks to the decent RAM, with no problem. The screen is good too - one of the newer, glossier screens - looks good - bit of reflection however in sunlight. Quite light and portable. The wireless reception is very good - far superior to what I had with an external USB aerial on my old laptop and I am getting a good signal in all parts of the house courtesy of the in-built aerial in the lid. It does come, as other reviewers have mentioned, with a ton of Acer applications. These don't really slow down the boot time a great deal but be careful what you remove. I removed the e-Audio management application which did not appear to have much purpose and this did cause a problem with the sound. I don't really undertsand why this should be the case as the sound card should, I thought anyway, have functioned perfectly well with it's own driver alone - but it didn't. You can back up all drivers and applications to CD/DVD, using the Acer back-up facility before you start removing things and I recommend you do so. Overall, I highly recommend this machine.