Summary: A nice machine for working with Google docs, open office, Gimp, My Paint (yes, I use it for artistic work) and Audacity as well. Perfect though, to Web surfing, messenger and some simple games (like World of goo and Wakfu, for instance) It doesn't stand that well to HD video playing, though. About the fan: it is indeed loud at boot time, but rather than considering it a problem, I'd say it's necessary once the vent hole is located ABOVE.
Pros: all-in-one, nice design, linux compatible, Smart cooling
Cons: touch screen doesn't work right on linux, limited performance: would be better off with a AMD Vision
Summary: Just great to use, silent, doubles as a stand alone slide photo viewer, works with or without keyboard and mouse, large screen for videos, adequate performance, my preferred computer out of 5 in our household. Don't be mislead by the old reviews which refer to early models.