The laptop is good for general use. I repair computers for the small town I live in, so needed a laptop with windows 8.1 as an OS to become familiar with it sense some of my customers have bought new computers with that operating system. I personally wouldn't ever use Windows 8 or 8.1 but time moves on. The notebook is cheaply manufactured on the outside, but the internal working are quite good for the price, with the exception of the speakers. It is light, fast, and the screen is excellent. Does not heat up and can be used on the lap with no noticeable heating of the legs. One thing that I would say is that it comes with a 30 trial of McAfee Security, But if you are planning on using another security program the McAfee is hard to uninstall. This is true with any Computer you buy with McAfee trial install. Please note to uninstall it you not only have to run the uninstall program from the control panel, but go to the McAfee web site and down load the McAfee Consumer Product Removal (MCPR) Tool. If you don't you will receiver errors when you try to install most of the other security programs. Other than the plastic casing, it is great Laptop for £299.