Okay, i admit it. I haven't been able to shake out the capabilities of the hardware because of the software. Preloaded with Windows 8, I am trying to "get the hang of the interface". I am unsure how much of my dissatisfaction is the HP, and how much is on Microsoft. The operating system is very non-intuitive. Getting past Windows 8 features to streamline the interface is hard. I am glad I can plop it next to the desktop, run google searches on the desktop, and slowly peel back the layers of awkward coding to see if the laptop is any good. Building the system recovery disks took several hours spaced out over two days. It is a very time consuming process, and failed a half dozen times (fortunately the system remembers the previous work and only starts again at disk "n" of 6. Since you can only build one set, I sincerely hope I never ever have to use it and/or the process worked right. At this point, unless you want to spend time monkeying with the system straight out of the box, look for a system preloaded with Windows 7 and avoid this model. I'd give HP $20 to downgrade to Win7. What they sold me is a project, not an out-of-the-box state of the art system.