It has features other new laptops in this range don't have
Steve "SF Lover", Amazon
10 December 2014
Summary: I only buy laptops from Apple and Lenovo. I love the build quality on both. My daughter needed a new laptop and I didn't want to spend a lot, so I got her this one, because, crazily, one of the reviewers here said he could play WOW on it. I don't know how good what he was smoking was, but if this computer was sentient, it would cringe at the mere thought of WOW. I also got one for a friend of mine who is on hard times, and needs a computer with an optical drive.
Summary: The computer is a mid-to-low-end in performance, screen quality, and keyboard/mousepad function. I purchased this computer for my son. He used it not on a daily basis, but once in a while for school work. The usage didn't justify the hard disk to fail within 3 months of purchase. I've had better luck so far with HP products, so I'll consider that on next laptop purchase. I'm out 27 dollars in shipping to repair center.
Solid laptop for basic users, don't expect over the top performance.
Lindsay Williams "LinWill01", Amazon
9 March 2014
Summary: This is a great student / retiree style laptop. Battery life is sufficient for light use and the CPU/RAM is adequate for Office, email, and other basic uses. But if you want a gaming system or video system... you gotta pay. The design is nice and slim for the price range. Not too heavy, I'd say below the average weight for this priced laptop. If I were to buy another laptop at this price range I'd definitely get another one.
Summary: Some of the user-friendly features here are aggravating to some people. For instance, the function keys (F-keys) are all pre-mapped to specific things, like "close window" "refresh" and "airplane mode" which is helpful, unless you are in the habit of using your function keys for other things. Accidentally hitting airplane mode can be really devastating if you're in a time-crunch. So, too, can accidentally refreshing, if, per se, you are on an airplane.
Summary: I like this laptop considering it is good for the price. It moves kind of slow when loading pages when you first turn on computer, although it does start up right away. It came with the new Windows 8 which I quickly figure out and like. It is comparable to cellphone apps in the way that it is setup. I would recommend this.