Excellent laptop! I bought this model in Europe more than a year ago, and it is faster, has more features (built in camera, microphone) and is more reliable than my friends newer Sony Vaio, which costs quite a bit more. It is a great looking, lightweight, computer with expandable HD, RAM, ect. There are no drawbacks for my purposes, but if you travel a lot, you might need a spare or extended battery. Overall, I would say that this is possibly the best laptop that you can get for the money, but it's simply a good product regardless of price. In a place where things seem to break constantly, (I'm living in the States now) it's very nice to have something that actually works as it should. There is a reason that Acer is number 1 in Europe, and that is no easy feat!