My Gateway has been a great laptop for both me and my teenage son. I use it to shop, send email, down load to my MP4, research travel deals, download Television shows, movies and do research. My son also uses it to down load and play lots and lots of Video games and we still have not run out of space. The battery only takes about a 2 hour charge so I keep it plugged in most of the time when I use it but I have used it with out the battery from time to time. I sometimes take it with me to Starbucks and Panera and have had plenty of power to check email or do some research. All things concidered it is a good computer. I am not too happy with the Windows Vista home premium operating system but I guess not too many people are. Other than that I would recomend this laptop to anyone who wants a good price for fast dependable computer. I would recomend it for students, work, or just as a family computer.