It it much more powerful than my current laptop (aka, Scott's old laptop), which is good for work and also games. Now I can finally play Sims 3 without it stalling all the time. And I can compile code at a reasonable speed. And have enough hard drive space to store my photos for the rest of the year (the other one was full already, ahh!) Also it has a bigger/better resolution screen, so I am way less limited there.
I definitely COULD have survived with the old one, but this will make life a lot better :)