A little surprised to see an option to review such an old computer system, but it was a good one back in its day, if now quite out of date. With Microsoft ending support for Windows XP in April 2014 though, not sure for how much longer it will continue to be a truly viable computer, unless one's technically savvy enough to change it to a Linux distro. If one's buying one of these machines used, the purchaser should try getting the docking station that goes with it as well, because that docking station is where the CD/DVD drive is mounted (in a removable module that can be swapped for a 3.5" floppy drive or a second hard drive), as well as a slot for a second battery, and many additional ports to connect things. Ease of Use Assuming that the computer is in good shape without any hardware faults such as failing circuity, keyboards, or hard drives, and that the drivers have been properly installed, it's about as simple and straight-forward to use as any other computer designed for Windows XP. However, because it is such a small computer, the keyboard can be kind of cramped and some may find it a bit tricky to use because of that. Battery Life The biggest issue I had with this computer would probably be the battery life- with a new battery, it had ok, if not spectacular battery life, even with the optional larger battery. However, those batteries seemed to wear out pretty quickly, and after a year or two, are virtually useless. And with the computer being as old as it is, finding a good replacement can be kind of a pain. Support & Service Nice and solid while it lasted, but these are long out of warranty, and parts are very hard to find anymore. Speed/Performance Back when these were new, they were solid performers, if nothing special- after all, it was intended as a buisness computer, not an entertainment or gaming machine, with correspondingly basic graphics and sounds. Of course, being as old as they are now, they can bog down running many modern websites and programs. If one intends to continue using one of these, upgrading the memory is highly recommended- on mine, swapping out the 512 MB module it came with for a 2 GB one out of a newer laptop that had died was like night & day when it came to performance. However, doing that can be a little tricky, as accessing the primary memory module requires removing the keyboard. The available hard-drives are also way too small by modern standards, and as the design used a form of IDE instead of the SCSI connections used on modern laptops, finding a compatible one as a replacement for a dying/dead one or a larger one as an upgrade can be quite difficult. Design Nothing exciting or awkward- it was designed as a buisness system, and its being boringly functional reflects that. Durability I've had one of these for many years, first as a primary laptop for school, and then as a back-up, and it's served me very well in that time with only a couple things going wrong (a power supply/charger died, and have gone through a couple batteries), and some wear from my hands and watch on the case, and some bruising of the LCD screen.