I bought this as my first laptop and I am in Love. I have had it for about 18 months now and still love it just as much. There are a few details that I would like to see improved upon and if they are I will be buying another Gateway NV53 when I am ready for another laptop. Pros first...lightweight, great picture quality, durable, lots of great features (love built in webcam), easy to use and function, quick battery charge. Cons - Could use a bit more battery charge length (doesnt last long even when fully charged), better sound system and a little bit more quality of surfaces meaning, in 18 months it looks much older than that becuase if discoloration of keys, scratches easliy etc. that could be though because I use it SOOO MUCH. After I bought this I have used my desktop about 10 times (in 18 months). It starts up and shuts down in lightening speed. As I said, could use a few improvements but for the price I feel I got a steal!