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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Best, on our evaluation, after reviewing a large number of alternatives
on June 12, 2014
We did a lot of research before buying this. Other than gaming laptops that are quite a bit more expensive, this was one of the best.
I strongly prefer the 15" screen to smaller ones. Keyboard is full size and very nice.
The deciding factor for us was the DVD drive --they are becoming rare even on 15" and bigger. We won't use the DVD very often, but once in a while it will be very nice to have. I am annoyed so many laptops are being made without them. Though, if necessary you could get one without and get an external DVD if needed.
It seems some of the negative reviews are really reviews of Windows 8. Windows 8.0 had some definite problems but Windows 8.1 (which this has) is fine. It takes some getting used to because it is quite a change from previous versions. You definitely don't want Windows 8.0 but 8.1 is ok once you get used to it. Also, it definitely helps to have a touch screen for it.