I think it's pretty solid in my opinion. It does have somewhat of that "plastic" feel, but not like it's going to fall apart on you. I personally love the keyboard and trackpad compared to other laptops i've used. To me it seems slightly thicker than it needs to be, but at the same time it's very small and portable. Heat is almost non existent which is a huge plus for me. My only real complaint would have to be the wobble in the LCD when the lid is closed along with the plastic/weak feeling latches that hold it down. Overall i love this laptop. I was VERY hesitent to get a Dell, but couldn't be happier.