My wife kept dropping hints about a cheap laptop in the living room for 'quickly looking things up' so I decided to buy an Acer Aspire 5532 laptop for her birthday.
The machine came bundled with Windows 7 and my original intention was to dual boot with Lucid (just to try another distro that looked aubergine with windows controls in a different place).
To cut a long story short, after a couple of media failures on supposedly verified DVD's, I installed Linux Mint 8 (x64) on this machine and it worked perfectly.
Sound, wireless networking all worked OOTB and the display looked sharp and crystal clear.
One minor concern - the wireless dropped at one point and the signal strength was weak (35%) given it was 3 feet from the router but the box is all hidden away now until mid-April so any more feedback will have to wait.
Hope this helps anyone considering this laptop and you sure do get a lot (AMD 64, 3GB, 250GB HD) for your money (349 GBP) these days.