The only downside is that many of these work super for 2 years then need repairs. While you can avoid this with regularly cleaning and canned air on the vents (try 3 months for gamer laptops, 6 months for "laptops") it seems to shock those that get hit with the repairs in just a few years.
If you want a longer lasting laptop, skip all the high end graphics and get boring. Leave gaming to desktops or consoles.
Going to be getting a new laptop for my 21st birthday. I'm not computer illiterate, but also not the greatest at determining whether upgrades on computer hardware is worth it. I'll put the laptop specs below and also I will bold any potential upgrades, along with their cost. If you could let me know whether the upgrades are worth it, would be much appreciated.
Also, I know an important thing to know is what the computer will be used for. In my case, gaming (along with online streaming) however it's not the most graphics intensive gaming ever. Also, it will come with a free upgrade to blu-ray player, therefore moving watching. Besides that, mostly just school work which it can handle easily.
Processor2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2670QM (2.2 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz
Graphics card1GB AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7690M (from 7470m) GDDR5 Discrete Graphics(TM) [HDMI, VGA]
MemoryFREE UPGRADE to 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Hard drive750GB 7200 rpm (from 5400 rpm) Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
Display15.6" High Definition HP LED Brightview (1366x768)
Primary optical driveFREE UPGRADE to Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
The two bolded upgrades totaled an extra $55, which seems reasonable.
Sorry for the wall of text.