I'll try to keep it short and sweet. I've used a lot of laptops because I used to sell laptops since they first appeared on the market. Yes, I know it's heavy with shorter than most battery life, but I seem to have always used my laptops plugged in, and only need to carry it when I go away (not like a student from class to class). If that's the price I have to pay for an amazingly bright 17.3" HD 1080p screen (my first), a fast Core i7 3630QM, music-worthy sound, and a back-lit keyboard, then so be it. The price/value of this machine was better than any I saw, and believe me I compared to detail. It took a bit of getting used to Windows 8, but I am slowly exploring it and trying to spend less time in desktop mode. Not Dell's fault, but many of those WIN8 apps are still very much in their infancy - good to play with, useless to use. If I had a nit to pick, it would be two things. First, the "owner's manual" is more of a service manual (great to have for later on), and the Quick-Start Guide has nothing more than a name map for the ports and buttons, and neither explain the three keys to the right and above the keyboard. A casual user would have many questions to ask. I figured out that the middle one is a quick access to sound configuration, the one on the right launches a program at start-up I guess (who shuts down a laptop anymore), but I wish I could know what the third is supposed to do, because it doesn't, nor can I find any info in the forums on "Mobility Center". Second, I wish Dell could place a cookie somewhere after updating drivers (there are lots of driver updates with Windows 8) that would keep track of which have been installed. Even after a Dell "scan" to check drivers, the full list always appears, Hmmmm.... which ones did I do last week? It's a long list to verify. Overall, if it's a good-value high-performance desktop replacement unit you want, you've found it.