Summary: needed to replace my older model pavilion g6. supposedly this newer model should be better and more powerful, as it is a newer model compared to my 2011 model, however i have found that it comes preinstalled with some really gross software, so get that trash out and it will be much easier to use. Windows 8 was not my issue, but I was really disappointed at how few programs I can have open at once without the computer needing to close some.
Summary: An amazing product, initial configuration was quite easy.The computer is fast. As soon as I completed the registration process I started to install essential apps for college like dropbox, chrome... They were set up and ready in no time, battery lasts a really long time, speakers are loud, and generally how the ad described.
Summary: I got this laptop in December 2012 (1 Year 7 Months ago). It was a rushed purchase but it appeared to be a good deal for $399. It was great for gaming. Far Cry 3 was just released and it ran it smoothly on low to medium settings. All other games that I played worked, which seemed remarkable for the price. Around that time, Windows 8 was also just released. Oh how I love this darn windows keyboard button, but that's getting besides the point.