I got it in the summer of 2005 and it has served me well through college. I stupidly had it balanced, and, of course, it fell. It landed right on the plugged in power cord which bent both that tip and the receptacle on the laptop. It won't take a charge and I don't want to put anymore money into it. It will be a challenge to get everything off to transfer it onto my new laptop before the battery dies. Hopefully I can find someone to borrow a battery from if it comes down to it.