I will not be using this for gaming. Mostly programming and web designing. One issue with this laptop is that the screen has a strong glare so it might be tough on my eyes (I plan to use it for several hours a day).
Do you guys recommend this? If not, can you offer some alternatives in the same price range?
That's a good deal for the price and I don't think screen glare will be a problem as long as you don't have the screen in direct contact with other very bright lights, like sunlight or a bright desk light reflecting off the screen into your eyes. Even then simply repositioning things will solve any glare. Matte screens are over-rated anyway.