Summary: Bought this laptop about 3 years now. Worked very well after I upgraded it to 4G RAM. (1G is not quite enough for Vista....proved) It is much quieter than the Dell I used before. The power cord is vulnerable just like the old IBM models. So be careful when you plug the cord in, never bend or twist it. I am cautious enough because I had the same problem with an old IBM X series years ago(that baby lasted over 7 years, hope this one could do it too).
Excerpt: For years, I was one of the people who thought laptops could NOT be "as good" as desktop computers. They couldn't contain as much memory, etc. This Lenovo laptop certainly changed my opinion. My husband and I returned home the end of September from a 4,2000-mile road trip and our laptop did all we could have asked from it. We were even able to play a few games (when we had a few minutes "free time" on it).
Excerpt: "For a student, the <$500 SL500 was a great deal. I've had it for 3 years and the only problems I've had were entirely my fault. I've stepped on it, dropped it, kicked it, and although it looks a little beat up, it's still working at 85% the efficiency it was at when I got it. Even though it's clearly breaking a sweat, it can run even the most advanced chemistry and neuroscience programs reasonably well. While doing work, I typically have 3 Word ...
Pros: Affordable, clit mouse, loud, large keyboard, HDMI port, 4 USB ports