This laptop has been able to keep up with a computer scientist going through grad school. Today, it's not the most performant machine, but if you need something that can handle browsing the web, watching the occasional movie, and even playing a few games here and there, this will do the trick. It's light enough to carry around anywhere and the internal wireless gets a good enough signal to be able to stay connected. I've been able to dual boot this notebook with both Windows and Linux without any problems. Support for the hardware is great in both operating systems and pretty much works out of the box. I haven't had any hardware problems at all, though the fan gets a little noisy from time to time. It does run a bit hot under Windows so I wouldn't set this on my lap. The optical drive works great and I've been able to burn CDs, DVD-Rs, DVD+Rs and other combinations. The battery life is weak on this notebook however. I can get about 2 hours out of it despite this being a relatively underpowered machine.