It is extremely sturdy for a laptop of its size (which is huge compared to a macbook). Resolution is nice, but my opinion of the screen is that it is of a poorer quality than the 15 in MBP. It appears washed out with poor viewing angles from above and the sides. It is also extremely dim compared to the 15 in MBP. I had both on full brightness and it looks half as bright. The build quality is excellent. It is by no means light compared to the macbook. I would say that if you were waiting for the 17 inch refresh go for it. For me, though I never liked 17 inch notebooks (too big).