The TravelMate 2300 is solidly built. It's made of plastic, not magnesium or some other metal, so the chassis is light and flexible.
Those who are used to older laptops will marvel at the size and quality of the LCD screen -- 15-inch viewable, which is only a little less viewing area than some 17-inch CRT monitors. You would think that the wider design would encourage a wider keyboard with bigger keys, but other than a five degree upward curve, the 88-key keyboard is pretty standard.
Removing the access panel that covers the RAM slots on the bottom of the machine was harder than it should have been. Disassembly was tougher than with most other laptops, but far from the worst I've seen.