We got this laptop about a week ago on a slightly better deal with i5 and 6GB. Many people complain incessantly about the touchpad and yes, it can be annoying at times. It is textured and easy to locate without looking down, though. The entire surface is smooth and shows fingerprints pretty bad (if that bothers you). A lot of people are really down on this model and I can understand the criticism if you're paying close to $500. But, we're not. Overall, I really like the laptop and I'd buy it again, windows 8...not so much.