First of all, I was searching for a entry level gamer with extraordinary consumer features. I had come across this laptop during a good deal, which I then jumped on. Pros: HDMI input--This is nice as I use it to stream online shows from HULU. Intel i5--I love the speed of it and its efficiency for battery life. Decent Graphics--I run SC2 on Low/Low and haven't tried Medium settings yet. Well, the card itself scores very low on benchmark, however, the LED screen makes up for it with its clarity and brightness. I even have to turn it does because it is somewhat overwhelming. Mouse Pad--Some people will complain about its multi-function...but I like it a lot. It scrolls very smoothly and does everything a mac pad would do (minus zoom in/out). I admit, it takes getting used to, but overall very nice. Cons: Microphone placement--This is my biggest complaint as I like to skype. Since the microphone is internal, it sits close to the fan; so whoever I communicate with, hears a constant "laundry dryer" sound.