This is one of the computers I saw in the store that I was referencing with regards to the transparent plastic. It's even more hideous in person.
Yup, it's horrid looking. But was more than 50% less than what the sedate looking, comparably powered Dell was. The sound system in simply the best I have ever heard from a lap top. And since if I get 18 months out a laptop, I'm happy, it was a no-brainer. Plus, no interest for 18 months at Best Buy So as soon as I pay this off, with no interest, I'll go buy another laptop.