I purchased the Compaq Presario C500 to simply write school papers and do a little internet surfing. After using the laptop for over 2 years the computer still runs like it is new. At the time it was the cheapest available laptop with the Windows Vista operating system. Although I was skeptical about the computer running on the Vista operating system, I did not have any problems at all with this machine. The performance over the years has stayed strong and I have been able to run serious software for work and my personal web design. I also run multiple applications for web design and graphic design which should not be run on laptops but this machine showed me that it can pretty much handle anything I throw at it. The only downside to the computer is the size, for a laptop its a little bulky but if performance is your number one priority, this is the machine. If I were to get a new computer, I would look at some of the new Compaqs before purchasing a higher end machine. This computer can run with the higher end models but at a much more affordable price. I recommend this product to anyone looking to purchase a new laptop.
Grand Blanc, MI