Just wanted to jump in and say that despite what the haters are saying, this is a great deal for *this* laptop. Yes, you can get plastic laptops for much cheaper with the same internals, but there are several things that make this laptop special. Where I work, we currently have the D630 (on the way out), E6500, E6420, and several Lenovo models - T410, T400s (slim), and T420s (slim). We also have some various Mac laptops and desktops and Dell Optiplex desktops.
1. This laptop is built *solid*. It's not quite thinkpad solid, but way more solid than the E6500 or D630.
2. This laptop, like all the ones we issue, has a trackpoint / nub. Beats the snot out of a mouse or a touchpad.
3. It works with the E6500 docks / port replicators, but *NOT* the D-series (D630) docks.
4. Dell *Business* support is out-freaking-standing. We don't have many Lenovos, because when we started buying them direct from Lenovo, and they started breaking, it took them WEEKS to get us a replacement, even though their Depot is in NC and we're in SC. Total turnaround for a Dell, from here to TX, is less than a week. I know first-hand that Dell / India consumer support *SUCKS*, but business *ROCKS*. Two separate entities.
5. Discrete graphics? Meh. The graphics card in the last-gen Intel Sandy Bridge Pentium/i3/i5/i7 (like this laptop) is actually really good. It's essentially its own core. And having this running on the same chip instead of on it's own separate chip gives you some significant power savings. This is *NOT* the same as an integrated Intel graphics chip on the motherboard like in older laptops. This runs from the CPU and is *MUCH* better, though admittedly not as powerful as a discrete chip.
1. This laptop is CHUNKY. It's way thicker than the comparable T410, or at least it feels that way. The bezel around the screen is also pretty fat.
2. While the build quality is good, again, it doesn't quite measure up to a Thinkpad, but again, it's a bit cheaper than comparable thinkpads.
3. Did I mention this laptop is heavy? That ties in with Chunky as well. Dadgum it's heavy!
4. I'm currently on the older E6500, but I'm pretty sure that the touchpad is comparable, i.e. it SUCKS. It's small and doesn't even come close to a Mac touchpad (duh), but at least it has a Nub.
5. Oh wait, the nub isn't as great as a Thinkpad nub. It seems to wander after you let go a bit more often than on my personal X220. Maybe it's just me. But hey, at least it's a nub.
6. Good grief this laptop is freaking heavy! I'm spoiled by the slim thinkpads and my personal X220, though. But you ARE going to get better airflow through this and it should stay cooler and quieter than the others for gaming.
Hope that helps.