I have had this laptop for a few days, so I cannot comment on longevity. So far I am really digging this laptop. I bought this one to replace a very cheap Acer Aspire that I had for 3 years and the battery finally gave out. Initial set up was very fast. I got rid of most of the bloatware. I have seen a lot of people complain about bloatware on just about every computer review on Amazon. It sucks, but get used to it most computers come preloaded with it. It really didn't take that much time to uninstall it all. It starts up very quickly, and the battery life is awesome on the "eco" setting. It's about 5.5 hours or so. I think the balanced setting will get you 3. The display is beautiful and clear. I am able to play a few Steam games like Portal 2 and Civilization 5. You won't be playing anything super intense like Left for Dead, but I'm still happy to be able to play a few recent games. I set up Windows Live Mesh with my desktop computer so I can access it from anywhere remotely, that works really well.
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