Summary: I'm not an expert, but I looked for months and did not see any laptops with these specs for this price. This thing has not had a longevity test but so far: This thing is zippy. I was expecting the awkward clunkiness of a PC. I just made the switch from Mac to PC and I'm pleased. The keyboard is the best!!! The chicklet keys are low and quiet and have a very slick surface so typing is fast.
Summary: This is a great laptop and for the price it is well worth it. Best bank for your buck... hands down. The speakers are great, nice quality and the laptop keyboard is very comfortable to use and with the added bonus of a the number pad. ONLY downside is that it lacks an optical drive, but Windows 8.1 allows you to mount iso files through the windows software, without the need of external applications.
Excerpt: I've had really positive results with Toshiba Satellites. So when my current Satellite (after several years of solid service) started acting up I think due to a power supply issue I knew what I wanted, another Satellite. I was concerned about the OS being Win 8.1 but frankly the touchscreen (which 8.1 was designed for) makes all the difference. Using the touchscreen Win 8.1 becomes much more intuitive to use, even enjoyable.