Editors Liked

  • Great battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Solid build quality
  • Long-lasting, good performance
  • Nice typing platform
  • Great performance in a reasonably slim and quite sturdy package
  • Good pricing, yet it’s clear that corners weren’t cut in either specs or build quality
  • Good backlit keyboard
  • Solid aluminum construction with plenty of ports
  • Great sound
  • Fast boot and resume from sleep

Editors Didn't Like

  • Screen has narrow ­viewing angles
  • Average sound quality
  • Constant buzzing sound
  • Resolution could be higher
  • Glossy display can be annoying
  • Distracting software suite
  • Non-removable battery
  • Busy software installation
  • At 3.3 pounds, it’s less “ultra” than the rest of the market
  • Too much pre-installed junk on our test unit
  • Default clickpad settings are horrible
  • Fan gets noisy at times