I feel for the people who have bad units, but I believe they are the exception, not the rule.
I was very nervous waiting for mine, hearing nothing but bad news(I am in CA and didn't get it until tonight, but I am fine with that wait for $5 shipping on a 30lb computer), but am glad to see people leaving positive feedback finally.
It fired up fine, set up was not too difficult, not thrilled about Vista, but my S/N qualified for the free upgrade to 7 so I hope that's better.
I did not recieve a remote, nor was I expecting to since it wasn't in the product description.
Good luck to those still waiting, post your positive experiences too so that others won't be as worried.