Cons: Video card, Display resolution, Battery, physical size
"I'm a current student in Electrical Engineering and needed to replace my aging laptop with something reliable and capable. This laptop fit the bill for me perfectly with a brand new processor and components, comfortable keyboard and trackpad, good screen and graphics (for a 15" laptop) and all the ports and features I need for regular use.
For the price, it's easily the cheapest 3rd gen Intel processor laptop with a good quality build and lots of features to keep me working for a while. I'm a pretty heavy computer user and need something to run simulations and CAD work, as well as spreadsheets, docs and multimedia, and so far this hasn't let me down. The system as a whole is fast and responsive, giving good daily performance and some pretty good processing performance even without a dedicated GPU.
The only drawbacks seem to be the battery and physical size of the laptop, since it has about 5 hour runtime and is a little bulky compared to an average 15" laptop, but the quality of the build makes up for it. It's not overly heavy and I'm not afraid to put this in my backpack for everyday use. The graphics are good, the fan is quiet (and cool), tons of storage and lots of ports that work very well. The only port I think it's missing is eSATA since that's a fairly common connector for external drives (a necessity with laptops), but since it's on the Y series laptops, I guess it's just a budget thing.
Overall, the laptop experience itself is excellent with only a few flaws that are easily overlooked for me, and it feels like I'll have this laptop for a while yet."