Lenovo Ideapad Z580 15.6 inch laptop - Red (Intel Core i7 3520M 2.9GHz, 8Gb RAM, 750Gb HDD, DVD RW, Windows 8)
Absolutely brilliant laptop. Lightweight, powerful, fast and great looking.
I did a lot of shopping around before deciding on this laptop, ended up buying it from another site as they were advertising Lenovo's cashback deal on this model. So for around the £500 mark this is probably the best thing you can get pound for pound.
The sound quality with the Dolby Home Theatre is exceptional - watching movies and listening to music doesn't require a purchase of extra speakers, not tinny or flat at all. Warm, detailed surround sound.
Plays a wide variety of games on at least Medium/High settings without stuttering, and this is with the Intel HD 4000 integrated version! Not liquidy or jittery.
I use this for working from home and on the go, it travels well and is ready to go in an instant. I can have a bunch of different apps and browser windows open, alongside spreadsheets and Photoshop CS6, and it runs smoothly and quietly.
Keeps cool and I can run it for a good 4 hours or so at full performance quality.
The resolution isn't perhaps as high as some other models in the same bracket but the visual quality is still really pleasing.
I love the performance and design of this laptop. Real value for money compared to other popular laptops.