The machine comes with Windows 7 Home Premium x64, an Intel Core i5-2410M dual core processor, a 750 GB SATA hard drive, an 802.11n wireless card, 6 GB of RAM, and an integrated webcam. It has a 1336x768 resolution 16:10 LCD, at 15.6" diagonal. The screen is nice and large, and with an LED backlight can become very bright while using relatively little energy compared to older CCFL backlights. It has dual mode graphics, having both a GeForce 540M GT with 1GB of video RAM, and an integrated Intel HD graphics card, allowing the machine to be lower power on battery to extend the battery life.
The included speakers are decent for their size, and will do well enough for most circumstances. The unit is fairly lightweight for its size, which will make it easy to carry around with other things without creating a lot of extra weight. The case has an overall brushed metal look and feel, but is made of plastic. The keyboard has chicklet keys, and is large enough that the keys are full size as well as having a full 10-key on the right. The touchpad gave me a little trouble, as its offset to be centered under the home row keys, and the way I rest my hands (which are fairly large) my left hand would rest on the top corner of the touchpad and not respond when I moved down my right hand to use the touchpad until I moved my left. But, that aside, the touchpad is well responsive, and can be disabled with a button above it so the mouse doesn't move around while typing.
The machine offers two different types of power management, the regular one and an "economy mode" enabled by a touch of a button. In my tests I got over 3 hours with the regular power management mode (with my brightness turned up above what the system recommended for the plan), and well over 4 hours with the economy mode. The speakers on the unit are fairly decent for their size. The machine offers a DVD burner, four USB ports with one of them being a 3.0 port, an Ethernet port, HDMI and VGA inputs. All of these are located on the sides, allowing the machine to not need a bunch of space at the back to plug things in. The front of the machine bears a card reader.
You'll probably want to play games with this unit, which I'm happy to say the unit has no problems with in the games I tried out. Left 4 Dead 2 and Unreal Tournament 3, some of the most graphically intensive multiplayer games popular currently, had no problem at all running at max settings on the machine at its native resolution, and it was able to handle the single player Crysis similarly as well. The graphics card is DirectX 11 capable, and should run anything new coming out for the foreseeable future. The LCD seems responsive enough to play directly on, too, so there shouldn’t be a lot of ghosting when gaming. Altogether, the machine seems a powerful enough choice to handle most anything currently, for less than $1000.
Feel free to ask any other particular questions about the machine, and I'll try to answer them if I am able