This is a solid laptop, with a good processor for the money.
The screen is nice, and it is good size (15.6 inch) without being too heavy. Its a lot lighter than my old laptop which is a similar size.
A few niggly things:
1) Keyboard layout is awful. They have copied the Chromebook style of having quick buttons instead of function keys at the top. Worse, they CTRL and FN keys are the wrong way around, and PgUp and PgDn buttons are also in a weird place. This kind of non-standard keyboard would take some getting used too...if you are new to using a keyboard it wouldn't be a problem however.
2) USB ports are at the front of the laptop, this gets in the way a bit when you plugin a mouse.
3) The intel centrino wifi card is a bit niggly. It was actually crashing the wifi in the router and making it reboot! I had to turn off wireless "N" in the adapter settings and make it use "G", then it was perfect. Reading online, there seem to be other various niggles with this wifi card. At first the wifi didnt work on Ubuntu (on a virtual machine) but after installing the drivers manually that also started working.
To speed up the machine a lot, I put in a Sandisk 128GB SSD hard drive which I got for about 63 pounds here on Amazon. This was a simple and quick job to install, you just have to create the recovery DVDs (using the lenovo software installed) first before swapping the drives over. Then you install windows 7 from the recovery DVDs. Do not install windows 8 as it is a terrible OS designed for touchscreens (this laptop doesnt have a touchscreen!). You can sell the old hard drive for about 30 quid or use it as an external drive.
I bought this laptop for an organisation I was doing a project for. I also need a new laptop myself and would consider this one, but only if I couldn't get a similar spec with a better keyboard from another manufacturer. The keyboard is a killer for me, it is a real drag and distration.