I am a developer for Windows 8. There is always a push back when a new UI comes out. I still remember when people complained that they had to use a mouse if all they wanted to use was wordperfect. People said XP would never work either. Same with 7.
After you get used to just typing the name of the app on the start menu, you really don't miss the start button anymore. And just about everything is still accessible on the desktop part. You need to right click on the taskbar and add the desktop toolbar.
There real difference that people are not seeing is what is underneath. The start menu is NOT just a new menu. It is basically a new Operating system using the WinRT API instead of y'ol win32 api. If you use an app within the windows store, it must be verified by MS before added which reduces the instances of viruses on the splash screen by about 99%. It basically adds a layer of separation.
Furthermore, hardware acceleration is now supported in IE and in turn the new interface.
I personally didn't like Win8, but now I miss it when I use one of my Win7 machines.
Another big improvement is the implement of skydrive with the new Office 2013. You can not only save to the cloud (7gb free), but you can also set up a drive on the desktop where it will automatically archive whatever is saved there online. Google has something similar.
One last note, a few reps from Microsoft showed me this the other day. It is an app that lets you run Android apps. They just added a Win8 app version. It works really well.
I am using a DV6 7229WM with an A8 and 7500. It is a more powerful little cousin of this one. I really like it and they seemed to have fixed the cooling issues. If my A8 is running cool with COD BO II 0180p running, I can't imagine an A6 would be overheating.
I was actually thinking this might be a good buy for my daughter who is going off to college this fall. She uses her current one for watching movies, playing Sims 3 and Civ V, skyping and wordprocessing. The only thing that concerns me is the size but she has a DV7 12XX now and likes it. It is basically dying from heat issues.
For people complaining, the AMDs have the GPU built into the CPU so it means they just have to cool one area rather than two as with my daughter's current DV7 with a 9600gt and a Core2.