For an every day person looking for a 17" laptop, this computer will do everything that you need it to do plus more. The weight can become a bit burdensome but that's too be expected with a bigger system. What to expect: a relatively fast computer, plenty of RAM, nice full keyboard including number pad which is relatively rare, an above average quality built-in webcam, nice look to it, and sturdy. I would definitely suggest paying the extra for an extended battery (I get 6-7.5 hours of regular use on battery, for a 17" laptop this is incredible). The system runs Linux flawlessly, most things worked out of the box, wireless was a quick setup using quite a few different Linux systems (Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSuse, Puppy). Sound quality could be better, my old system had a built in small sub, this one does not and I can tell the difference. lots of USB ports, HDMI out is nice, eSATA also is a plus. Other perks are the SDcard reader, good media controls, and the always reliable dell support (sometimes you have to push a bit but you'll get your way eventually).
San Diego, CA