It's nice but all laptops are the same for some reason. If you want good performance you have to basically give an arm and a leg to obtain it. And the are a prime example of why Macs suck. What is an upgrade for a laptop?? More RAM?? Or if you want to upgrade the graphics what do you do??? I upgraded my FX laptop that had a 8800GTS in it to the 9800GTS that came in the newer one. I had to go to ebay and buy a broken 7870u laptop and break it open. Well worth it but a pain in the butt.
Sounds good except I don't think they should sell an XP machine with only 8GB of drive. 512MB of ram is OK for lots of uses, I have an old Inspiron with XP and 512MB, but I couldn't live with an 8GB drive.
$345 list price, but most businesses will probably sign a 3-year lease at $50/month or something ridiculous. I've never understood why corporations lease computers. You lease cars so you don't have to pay the full price of the car, and someone takes it off yours hands when the lease is up. However, computer leasing tends to lead to paying 2-3 times the value of the computer, and for what?
Also for tax and accounting reasons. Leasing is basically paying for the projected depreciation over the lease term. In the US, you can write off the entire lease payment at tax time. When the lease is up, you return the item and lease new equipment. If you bought the equipment, you can write off a pre-calculated depreciation amount, but are stuck trying to recoup the cost after the useful life is up. For tax reasons, it MUCH easier to just lease.
8GB is lots of space. I have XP Pro, Office 2003 installed on 8GB and still have 3GB left over. The key is to use nLite so that you can slim down the install and remove the superfluous that isn't needed.