When our daughter entered middle school, my husband and I decided it was time she had her own laptop. We knew that she would be doing quite a bit more research than was required in middle school, writing reports, and preparing PowerPoint presentations. She also began to be interested in online gaming, so we wanted a product that would meet all of those requirements. After doing some research, we decided the Lenovo brand would be the way to go. There are a variety of different laptop styles offered within this brand name, and we decided the ThinkPad E531 would be the best fit for her.
It's just the right size to fit on her desk, and doesn't take up a lot of room when she has to set it aside to do homework. While the processor may not be the fastest when compared to other computers, it is fine for her needs. At times there may be lag when playing online games, but when it comes to surfing the web and doing research for different products, this machine is right at the top with other well-known brands. I would definitely recommend this laptop for casual use but for hard-core gamers or those who require a more heavy-duty machine they may want to look elsewhere.