With the 8GB Ram upgrade, I have found this laptop to be exceptionally fast. It has a solid build, with a very high quality feel to it. It is a beautifully designed laptop and I love everything about it. A Best pick for sub 500.00 dollar Laptop. It also is designed with Windows 8 in mind so there are no compromises going forward. For example the Touch Pad is Windows 8 compatible and accepts the new Windows 8 gestures. Swiping for Charm bar etc. You won't find many computers under 500 that have what this has.