I have had this computer now for about 3 weeks. I previously had an ASUS GL502VY for about 5 years. I do a mixture of casual gaming and a lot of on-the-road work. Dimensionally, this machine is smaller and lighter, and I feel the screen strength is a little more durable (had to replace the screen on the ASUS). I do like the separate number pad, and no extra enter key is not a big deal for me. the keys feel nice to the touch, though there was a little bit of a laerning curve as these keys are spaced differently from my other computer. The alloy shell is definitely a nice plus, and I am more confident in it being damage resistent. The thermal management system in this machine is far better than on my ASUS laptop. Yes, its somewhat loud, but its a gaming laptop so its to be expected. I have not had any thermal throttling playing civilization VI (a major issue with my ASUS), and the machine does not get overly hot, even with high fan settings. The lack of bloatware is awesome! The Eluktronics fan control button and management software is the only other added program, but it does its job well. Would be nice to have an option to add microsoft office pre-installed, but it is what it is. The 62 KWh battery is also perfectly fine, and I can go 6-7 hours on office mode doing work. My only real complaint is that the webcam is located on the bottom of the screen. I think this is a very awkward location and not ideal for the amount of virtual meetings I do. Again, not a deal breaker. If you are looking for a workhorse machine, this a great choice. I definitely will take the thermals in this machine over a bigger battery, and this is a perfectly fine trade off. Great work!