Summary: The laptop is beautifully designed, has great specs, and is a good value. If all went well, this would be the ideal laptop. I switched from Mac just because of this laptop. But the fan is absurdly loud. It runs virtually non-stop, even when the laptop is not used for CPU intensive purposes. (It's louder than my desktop fan.) The touchpad is overly sensitive, jerky, intermittent, and sometimes non-responsive.
Summary: This is a very well thought out laptop. BUT, mine went back for a few reasons. Mainly that it died on the third day (failed to find a bootable drive). Besides that, my main gripe with the laptop is the touchpad. It is small and very sensitive, I found it nearly unusable. In addition, it is a Microsoft Trackpad (not Synaptics) and you cannot turn off click to tap, which for me causes frequent errors.
Summary: The keyboard is immediately comfortable, and I like the screen. It's relatively lightweight. I'm not blaming Dell for Windows 8. However, the mike and camera are in terrible locations to the point of rendering them useless for Skype etc.
Summary: I know that Dell is a good computer. I have had two Dell desktops and been happy with them. Consumer Reports gave this laptop high marks, and that is why, rather than return this right away, I am struggling to get it cleaned up and working right. The day after I took delivery there were all sorts of viruses an alien invaders interfering with smooth operation. There is a screen labeled Tuvaro which I still can't get rid of.
Summary: Awesome design. Nice build quality that's close to Apple but not quite on the same level of attention to detail. Great touchpad, best I've seen on a Windows machine. Carbon fiber interior is a much easier to touch on a cold day than Apple's aluminum. But the black matte finish of the interior is a smudge, fingerprint, grease magnet. If you're persnickety about appearances or easily skeeved out, this might not work out well.