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Pros: - Very snappy. The 8GB of RAM, Core i7, SSD and GTX 660 make this laptop really quick.
- Nice keyboard. The backlight is a nice feature and it's easy to turn on and off. It's very comfortable. I also like the mute button -- makes it easy to ensure quietness when I boot up at school.
- Plenty of USB ports. Two of them are USB 3.0, good for a big external drive kept at home. I don't know if four ports is pretty standard or not by my last laptop had only two and it was a pain. This is much better.
- Onboard speakers are surprisingly good for a laptop.
- DOUBLE-WIDTH LEFT SHIFT KEY. Maybe it's just because I'm Canadian but I have a really hard time finding English keyboards now. Most are French and have the shift key chopped in half. It's a small thing but a huge annoyance, for me at least. The shift key more than makes up for the fact that the arrows and numpad are mashed together on this keyboard.
Cons: - The brushed metal finish gets smudgy pretty quickly.
- The layout of the right side of the keyboard takes some getting used to
- The computer is heavier than I was expecting (5.9 kg, compared to my toshiba satellite which is 2.4kg).
These are all minor and I'm not docking an egg because of them.
Other Thoughts: I couldn't find another laptop with so much in one package for a comparable price. The RAM, the CPU, the graphics chip, the hard drive... and it's a Lenovo computer so I have no worries about the hardware quality.
I'm a software developer/student and my last computer (Core i3, 4gb ram, intel graphics) could barely run the software I needed to do my job and my schoolwork (dreamweaver, apache, mysql, visual studio, sql server, IIS, eclipse, several browsers; most of the time all of this at once as I switch tasks). This laptop has no problem handling everything -- so if you're a developer and/or comp sci student, this is a great laptop that won't disappoint at a reasonable price.