Summary: UPDATE: 7/17/2013 Great laptop! I give it 5 stars now because it has lasted up to today, past 1 year. Also, it works great when attaching the 2nd monitor while keeping the laptop's monitor on. Otherwise the below said problem would occur. 5/5/2012 I believe it deserves 4 stars (for non-gaming), but 2 stars if you need the external monitor connected. I don't write reviews as often as I should, but the problems that this machine has prompted me to write a review.