which is basically the same as the 17.3 that is offered at the link you posted. I really like it alot. As far as the crapware most of the top name brand computer all come with trial software and can be uninstalled. HP does have a nice tools that scans your system and advises you that upgrades are available for drivers and HP software that you can update with one click. HP also has it's media smart for viewing DVD's, TV, photos, video and music.