I purchased this laptop for my freshman year of college. At the time (a year and a half ago), my computer was fairly quick and easy to use compared to the other laptops my friends had. My girlfriend has a laptop that was a year older version of what I had, and the overall feel of it was not nearly as impressive at the one that I have.
The reason it cost $1000 was because I purchased an extended warranty on it. I have never had to utilize it, but my computer still has over a year and a half of coverage.
The one downfall is that the bottom seems to heat up quite a bit after having it on for only a little while. Other than this, though, I have no cons about my laptop.
Overall, I am very pleased with the laptop that I have purchased.