Re: I can sense...
I am on Mint 17 - My apologies, the "break from convention" for the new release naming confused me and I'm typing this at work not on the laptop in question.
Laptop has a nvidia graphics card - I tried installing Bumble bee which was supposed to help, it didn't
Touchpad works great except for the rather crucial "turn off when typing" setting which prevents accidental clicks with ones palm when typing.
Command prompt is necessary for when the GUI options don't work. Notable instances:
Trying to fix touchpad and bluetooth
Installing Chrome (GUI fails for some reason)
Installing Spotify (If it could get an official release then I agree, it would be in the repos)
Installing anything which fails dependency checks. Typing "sudo apt-get install" is now muscle memory.
Fixing permissions on files (although there may be a GUI method which I don't know about)
Opening anything as SU (Again I might have missed something)