I had been looking to replace my 4+ year old Inspiron 1100 with Celeron and\n20 GB HD, mostly Dells and HP. I saw Journey's post about helping someone\nbuy a Latitude D520 and looked at it. Subsequently got an email from Dell\nadvertising it at 0. There were slight differences in listing on web\nsite.\n\nI ordered it on 7/16 with est shipping date of 8/17. I received it on 7/25.\n\nConfiguration selected was all of the "included in price" items + free\nresource disk and drivers and 1 yr on site..\nCore 2 Duo T5500 1.66 GHz\n15" XGA LCD\n1GB ram, 2 dims\n80 GB HD\nWindows XP Home\n65 W AC Adapter\n8x DVD+/RW\nWireless 1390\n6 cell battery\n1 yr on site @+ (not wise)\n\nTotal cost was 3 with tax. Prices vary week to week.\n\nSo far everything is working very good. It's not what you would call real\nfast, but its a big step up from the i1100.\n\nIts quiet running. The HD makes a small noise that is not bothersome and the\nfan is relatively quiet and doesn't run much except when doing intensive\nactivity, like install MS Office or defragging.\n\nI doubt I'll later install Vista, but I could run Basic if I wanted to\ndowngrade (run slower). Anyone wanting to run Vista Home Premium should look\nat other models.\n\nThe most impressive thing to me is the 15" XGA monitor. Being a senior I\nlike the larger fonts and the more vertical space. People who like small\nfonts and watching movies can find better models.\n\nThe overall size does not seem to be increased by the 15" monitor. It makes\nfull use of the lid. The laptop is probably the same size as the 14". Weight\nand size make it relatively east to carry.\n\nThe plastic housing seems a little delicate, but with reasonable care it\nshould be no problem. For rough handling though I would look at other\nmodels.