Thought I'd wait a few months before writing a review to see if any problems came to light- and am very glad to say none have. This is proving to be a superb laptop and brilliant value at well under £400 at Amazon. Coming from a 7-year-old Acer this seems to have much better build-quality. It's also much faster in every way. The design of the laptop is slim and appealing with a quality finish and a comfortable keyboard. I use this laptop outdoors in bright sunlight extensively and the matte screen is easy to see.
All of my computing is carried-out quickly and smoothly. Effortless multi-tasking performance for browsing, music, films, video-editing. I don't use games or Photoshop so can't comment. Works perfectly as a virtual musical instrument. Initially, I removed a bit of junk such as Norton and added Google Chrome (fast browser) Microsoft Security Essentials (free antivirus) and LibreOffice (free office suite). I also like my emails stored on my PC so I use the excellent Mozilla Thunderbird email programme. Battery life around 4 hours watching films.
Windows 8- lots of anti about it- I think it's absolutely fine. Essentially, for me, Win8 does exactly what I want it to. It can be customised to suit the individual and the hardware. If you don't like the tiles, you don't have to use them. I've modified my machine to boot straight to desktop and I've installed a Start button. I've also stopped the Charms and Quickstarter appearing which were irritating. Now, I have Win8 tailor-made to my requirements and doing just what I want it to.
So, a highly-recommended laptop (and OS) and very good value. I believe that a similar machine is now available with the i5 chip and a larger HD for a little more money which would also represent tremendous value.