I was a little disturbed by Vista when it was launched... I mean it was bad... especially drivers... I had an 8800 GTS in my desktop and it couldn't run Anarchy Online at all... it was terrible! (and THATS an OOOOLD game).... however I went back to XP and there was no problems.
I was concerned about it again with this laptop, being as there isn't XP driver support... but I am happy to report that it runs perfectly.... along with BF 2, BF 2142, LoTRO, Command and Conquer 3, and Hellgate London.
I think for the price... the build quality is actually very good. I have taken it apart (top case and bottom case) and everything appears to look good.. even the hinges have a good solid feel, and strong springs on them, the LCD does not wobble like my MacBook or my brother's HP 17".