This was the first laptop that I have personally owned which I got when I graduated high school and started college, but it was definitely not the first laptop I have ever used. I got all the trimmings with the laptop as well, increased graphics, more rem, etc. and I could not be happier with how it has performed. It is a little bit on the big and heavy side, but when comes to movies and working at a desk, it can't be beat. I have had bad experiences with Dell computers and I really hate Macs, so hp seemed to be the only way to go. The computer has not crashed yet, and as a student I use it alot. The battery life is stellar and the design is very useful. I would suggest this to any person, techie or not.