Had an R500 273232G for a month now. It's like my old R60 buth wide screen and louder speakers (better placement). With the default instalation it was an OK machine. I reinstalled custom build of XP and it became the fastest laptop I've seen
The time difference between new boot-up and wake up from hibernation is next to none! Impressive.
I also use it like desktop replacement and it's quiet more than enough for watching movies, even when on load.
It has more than 3:30 hours battery time with WiFi on and browsing. So if you havent picked up yours yet I recommend.