Summary: This is unquestionably a very powerful laptop for the money. It zooms through tasks that my previous machines really struggled with. The Blu-ray drive is also great and the display of HD video is tremendous. However, there are 2 problems that cause me to give this machine a low mark, just to warn people to consider before they buy: 1. If your new laptop is Windows 8 based but is not touch screen it's become apparent to me that having a really good tracking pad (i.e.