I've had my Dell Inspiron 1720 notebook PC for over four years now and I love it still. The only problems I've had it with it were minor - the first being I let a friend borrow it and she downloaded something that was infected, but that had nothing to do with the laptop. The other is that I'm on my third power supply now. Dell just doesn't make reliable power supplies apparently as I've noticed I'm not the only person who's experienced this problem. I'm not a hardcore gamer, so I can't say whether or not this computer is good for any 24/7 World of Warcraft players, but I am a professional writer and it has been perfect for my uses. (I've written 5 novels on it and it keeps up with me!) I've seen complaints about the mousepad, but I use a regular usb mouse, so I'm probably not the best critic of that feature. When I have had to use it on the go, it's worked fine and I've not had any problems with it, it's just not my favorite way to manipulate the cursor. Overall, I love the larger screen. It's great for watching movies, shows, videos online. The battery life has gotten shorter over the years, but that's to be expected. Finding a laptop bag that fits a 17" laptop can be a bit trying, but it's a small price to pay for having the widescreen.