Summary: I think it is an excellent laptop, I bought it because I work with some music production programs (pro tools, Kontakt, etc) and the laptop that I had previously sometimes froze, this is a super powerful and lightweight for its compact size. I had to put more ram because it only brought 4 Gb so I did an upgrade to 8 gb ram, it can take up to 16 Gb, highly recommended.
Summary: I got it for a school laptop, and it is awesome. No lagging in any of my browsers. Very minimal lagging in games. I would get a better graphics card if youre a serious gamer, but otherwise its great! There's plenty of space to store my stuff with the 500gb hard drive. I did wish it had more RAM, but it will do. It's also great that it comes with an hd webcam. Very handy for skypeing. I also like the spill-resistant keyboard and the brushed aluminum.
Summary: UPDATE #3 Sept22/13 Cursor in touchpad erratic from get go. No matter how many times it's been adjusted (sensitivity, etc)via control panel. Letters on the keys ALREADY rubbing off!! Really?! The 'T' symbol on the key almost totally gone! Not even been THREE months! HP customer service has been very responsive, but the touchpad issue still not resolved. And the key symbols? Just cheap. Does not bode well for the future of this machine.
Summary: I am so pleased with this laptop. The i5 processor is speedy, and the computer is beautifully made..solid and not flimsy feeling but lightweight as well. I was a little worried about its graphics abilities, because it does not have a separate graphics card, but there is a good menu for adjustments of the visuals and that works well for me.