I bought this laptop about 3 years ago and everything seemed perfect for the first year. As soon as the warranty expired (as usual) the laptop started overheating. Granted, it only happened when I was watching videos online or playing different types of games. To stop that from happening I got a cooling fan that sits underneath the computer and I started making sure I didn't watch anything for more than ten minutes, or play a game for more than ten minutes hoping I could prevent it from overheating. That worked and still works for the most part. About 2 1/2 years into owning the Dell I noticed an amber light glowing near the delete button. I talked to a guy who knows about computers and he told me to remove the battery and run it from the adapter instead. I did this and the light went away. Since then the only problem I've had is the overheating issue and I'm not sure why that is such a problem except for the fact that the vents are on the bottom of the computer. I would take a bulkier computer if it meant that the vents could be on the sides and/or back of the computer.