I love this machine, because it has withstood a lot of use and it is very durable on the cover and screen. Volume control does not permit very loud so if you are a music person or like movies, I recommend you buy external speakers or a headset. The weight of this computer is too heavy vs. the competition if you are always on the go. but for mostly desktop uses, it is portable enough. You can definitely get a lighter laptop nowadays, but I'm happy with the quality of toshiba and I'm certain that my next laptop will be a toshiba again. Only drawbacks are few and not dealbreakers. I have had mine for 4 years. It now beeps alot like the hard drive is gonna burn. Charger overheats and bent such that the cord would no longer make a steady connection, causing battery problems so I replaced it.