I got this laptop for Christmas over a year ago. Have not had any problems since. Would recommend it. Battery Life The battery life is average compared to other laptops. The battery does get pretty hot, or maybe the laptop itself does, not sure which it is. If it starts overheating, it shuts down automatically. So I use something to prop it up in the back to let air circulate under the laptop. That seems to do the trick! Speed/Performance It's pretty fast. I'm very satisfied with the speed and it performs great. Sometimes the browsers freeze, but I doubt it has anything to do with the performance of the laptop itself. Probably more on the side of the browser performance. Design Love the 17" widescreen! I watch alot of movies and TV shows on it and the graphics are clear and sharp and the color is beautiful.