I'm very happy with mine. I went through the paranoid 'my screen is going to suck' phase before it arrived. Then I noticed the sparkle and compared it to other laptops in stores and thought I should get a replacement, the 'my screen sucks' phase. Then I adjusted some of the settings via Powerstrip and used it for many hours over the weekend and forgot about any sparkle issues I may have when I look specifically for them, the 'my screen is good' phase. Then I reformatted and read some more sparkle threads on this forum and was back to the 'my screen sucks' phase until I reloaded Powerstrip and made those same adjustments. I used it for about four hours straight last night with lots of white (Excel, Yahoo IM, Firefox, Thunderbird typical white everywhere) and I didn't think of the issue once. Now I'm in the 'Quit relying on what you read on internet message boards.' phase.
I had the clicking with my 80GB 5400RPM Hitachi but fixed that last week with the tool you can download from their website. Setting the performance to maximum is what stops the clicking.
My DVD writer would not recognize HP DVD +R discs so I did some research and found out the Sony is really a lite-on and the firmware that comes stock is garbage. I updated the firmware and it recognized the HP DVD +R discs. I don't know if it records at 8X but it seemed to haul ass doing a clean system backup image with Acronis True Image. About 2GB done in less than 10 minutes.
I am curious why so many processes are put into the background after loading the 350 bluetooth driver. I believe there are like 5 or 6 processes with Toshiba in the title, which is who Dell licensed the driver from BTW.
My only serious issue, and it is SERIOUS is that my wife wants her own now. It was supposed to be a family computer but I've been hogging it since it arrived.