This is a great laptop for both home use and school use. As a graduate student, I'm constantly writing papers and doing research simultaneously. Not only does it offer the technical specs to get things done, it compares favorably to the fruit-based notebook I used before I bought this laptop- and is about one-third of the price too! Ease of Use This laptop is very easy to use. If you've ever used a Windows operating system before, you will know your way around this computer. The shortcuts and controls are also straightforward and virtually the same. Battery Life Samsung Optimized power setting strikes an ideal balance of performance without sacrificing battery life. Support & Service Samsung offers great support for all of its products. Speed/Performance The Windows 8.1 upgrade initially makes the speed and performance lag, but with the addition of new drivers and new support, Samsung is working to make the transition a smoother one. Design Love that this laptop gives me a number pad for easier input of many values and calculations. Also love that it is so thin and seemingly weightless, perfect to carrying wherever you need it.