I got my Studio 1745 about 6 months ago. Since then, I have been overly satisfied with my laptop. I got a core 2 duo T6600@2.20 Ghz, 4 GB of RAM, a 512 graphics card, 500 GB at 7200, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. My parents got it for me for my birthday. I love having the 500 GB HD, it fits 100s of games, music files, and photos. I have found out it has good heat dissapation, even though the graphics card does get a little hot at times. i would recommend getting another mouse for gaming. It has plenty of USB ports for everything I need, is very fast, despite what other reviews might say, and I love the HDMI slot so I can hook it up to my TV. Also, despite what other reviews might say, I can get 6 hours of battery on power save and 2-4 hours of battery life on high performance with a 6-cell battery. I did notice that the DVD drive lightly vibrates when I burn DVDs or CDs at full speed. Overall I would rank this a 100,000 star.