Pros Great net surfer
Has everything a typical computer user would need; no less
Plays DVDs without a hitch
Great screen; not too dim, high contrast
Touch pad is just right; not too sensitive like others
Entertainment buttons are well-placed
Cons Audio is of poor quality
Does not serve well for much gaming (even those of its day)
Heat dissipation is fair at best
Some keyboard buttons are poorly placed, mostly due to space constraints
Not good at multitasking due to low RAM
Summary In my experience, a great Windows XP based laptop for its day. It has everything the typical computer user would need (i.e. students, business men/women, teachers, the working type), such as microsoft office, CD-RW/DVD-R drive, and decent computing power for typical every day use (such as surfing the internet, doing e-mails, using messenger programs, etc.) For those who demand more for their computing needs, such as gamers, audiophiles, and other power user types, this is not the laptop for you.
As stated in the overview, this is a great quality product. This thing has seen a few falls, two, maybe three, of them from over a foot from the ground, and, seeing that I am using it now to write this review, it has survived without a scratch. The keyboard is of great quality, not too loud, not too sticky, and very responsive to say the least. The touchpad is also of great quality, not overly sensitive like many other laptops I have used before (which can be detrimental, especially for students). The CD-RW/DVD-R drive reacts very quickly, and is great for watching movies, so, on that, I have no complaints. Lastly, the screen on the laptop is exceptional to say the least. It's high contrast, refresh rate is great, and the colors are vibrant; definitely coincides with my compliment before on playing movies.
When it comes to the cons, it does have a few, but many easily fixed. As with most laptops, the audio is poor to say the best. Surely, one would know by now that if one were to make extensive use of the integrated speakers for entertainment purposes, one is surely a fool, so it is recommended that someone were to, at least purchase a decent pair of earbuds (which exponentially brings out the audio quality of the product). RAM is decent enough to run the OS, and do all those everyday chores the typical user does, but not enough to carry out multiple tasks, so I usually keep my tasks down to a minimum, usually only having four or five tabs open on firefox while chatting on WindowsLive Messenger and listening to an album on Windows Media Player. This can easily be fixed by replacing the RAM with two 1 GB sticks (since that is the maximum allowed by the motherboard).
Heat dissipation is an issue, in the past costing me a hard drive, but can be dealt with by purchasing a laptop cooling pad, and, maybe, a stand if one really wants to go that route.
Now, onto the cons that cannot be fixed. As said in the Con section, it does have very lo upgradeability. The motherboard only has 2 slots for RAM, thus limiting the maximum allowed memory to only two 1 GB sticks, a bit of this memory already automatically allocated to the onboard ATi graphics processing unit. Sadly, this laptop can't even play a simple Facebook application like Farmville. The processor cannot be upgraded, due to its socket being already maxed out by the already supplied 1.6 Ghz Celeron M. The battery, though reported to have a little over an hour and a half of running time really only lasts about an hour at best.
As one can see, the laptop does fine for the typical everyday use, but, in this day and age, it lacks in many a fare. If one were to purchase this laptop on the used market, I recommend one to do a whole run of the mill cleanup on all its included programs, removing all those one wouldn't need, and reverting back to old versions of many Windows programs to optimize it (such as Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player), and I would probably spend somewhere between $100 - $140 at most for it. Overall, not a bad laptop, but I would just purchase a netbook for the same price if one were not to do more than surf the net on it.