Wish I had mod points for you. I didn't bother researching the Acer brand before I bought the Aspire E 15 I'm currently typing this up on. Didn't take long for me to regret choosing this over an Asus model based on price. I can deal with the fact that the case/cover has the look and feel of cheap plastic. But the fact that shoddy build quality meant every time I type a key, the loose touchpad will rattle makes this machine very annoying to use, especially in a library or during lecture where I've gotten more than a few dirty glances. Compared to the older HP/Compaq laptop it replaced, this thing is more compact and has better battery life. But the bad quality outweigh the good IMO. My venerable Presario was an extraordinarily well engineered machine that was a dream to service and maintain. I kept it going for 7 years before it gave up the ghost. I can't even open up this damn thing I'm now using.