On a positive note, the laptop has been able to support any applications that have been required and it did come with lightscribe capability. It was sold as VISTA capable, but I have not installed VISTA. It is running Windows XP.
The screen is large enough and the resolution is acceptable. The screen is not glare free and therefore is difficult to use in certain light.
The speakers offer acceptable, but not terrific sound quality. The volume can be adjusted, but there is no capablility for loud sound.
The keyboard is easier to use than most laptops'. The mouse, however, has a mind of its own.
I have not installed many programs on the PC so it is difficult to judge its performance.
The biggest drawback of the lap top is that it is heavy and the battery life is very short. The best the battery will do is about 1 1/2 hours if you are running Microsoft Word.
There has been no support at all provided by HP. When there were questions regarding connectivity issues or software compatibility problems, HP was difficult to reach. Once they were reached the customer service rep was not fluent in English and could not understand the problem or offer a solution.
The machine has a sleek, shiny look, however, it is very difficult to keep fingerprint free. It never looks clean.
I would recommend it's use as a decent starting machine, but caution that there are better values available.