Summary: Booted the new laptop a couple of hours back. The Speakers are awful and almost a whisper. You just cannot use it for any kind of music playback or watching video on the web. Forget about Skype calls. Initially I saw one or two reviews that talked about poor sound. I thought this was live'able for me. But others were right. I tried to go through the Windows 7 - features video from Microsoft site and I could barely hear the sound.