I purchased this laptop because I needed one in a hurry and it was in my price range. I have since had my other laptop fixed but have continued to use the G500.
Pros: battery life, speed of functions, fairly easy to set up.
Cons: no indicator for num lock. Keypad requires a little harder pressing to record actions.
This is my first windows 8 OS and so far is ok...takes some getting use to, but appears to be easier to maneuver around in than previous MS OSs