You can adjust the screen brightness using the hotkeys. Fn+F7 / F8 I think.
The system is fine considering it's discounted since I paid 500+ bucks for it. (Upgrade Opt 2 + 3 years warranty + 512mb ram)
There are complains (http://forums.hardwarezone.com/showt...page=133&pp=15)about it not being centrino but Broadcom wireless LAN is fine with me.
My frustration is with HP's service. I had an error making the recovery DVDs which I am unable to burn another as the software limits to one set only. HP tech support gave screwed up advice asking me to format my HDD and try burning again. It doesn't WORK... (WTF, using me as guinea pig).
Anyway I made my complaint to HP, and I'm still waiting for their response.