Most powerful processor available
Large amount of memory sufficient for memory intensive applications
Uses conventional harddrive. Higher power consumption, lower shock resistance and longer startup time compared to solid state drive(SSD).
Battery life is unknown.
Highly advanced GPU sufficient for latest, most demanding games at highest settings at HD resolution
15.6" screen provides good tradeoff between desktop replacement and portability
Weight of 6.4 lbs is heavier than average for this screen size
Good full HD display with resolution of 1920 x 1080
No built-in CD/DVD drive; Reduces weight but watching movies or installing software from CD/DVD will require separate purchase of optical drive
Integrated webcam for video chatting
Processor is more powerful than necessary for typical tasks such as multi-tasking, internet, music, movies, productivity(Word, Spreadsheets, etc), basic photo and video editing. Could downgrade to save money