In a word - slow. As in WTF is eating up the RAM? 680 MB of Ram consumed with no applications open. What is this...windows?? Opening System Monitor - 6 seconds Opening up the Appearances panel - 4 seconds. Launching Firefox...holy mother of God...12 seconds with another 4-5 seconds of HD grinding before it is usable. What the hell? I poke around the net and see similar complaints. I only have 1GB of RAM...never needed more really. Looks like I need 2GB RAM now.