Is very shiny. Did you get the blue one shown? One thing I would recommend (if you're going to use Vista) is to upgrade the DDR memory to at least 2GB. Also, make sure you back up the files you want to keep. I recently had my hard drive die (had to get a new one) and lost everything. I don't want anyone to go through what I did, so I make sure to tell anyone and everyone (when the subject of computers comes up) to back up their files. Hope the compy works out well for you!