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Toshiba Satellite L755D-S5106 Review

Toshiba Satellite L755D-S5106 strikes a fine balance between performance and features, at an affordable price of approx. $400. It is well suited for home offices, students and small businesses, which look for more than day to day computing. Installed with quad core AMD A6-3420M APU and 4GB memory, Satellite L755D-S5106 allows users to edit photos, videos and watch HD videos seamlessly. Here are more details about its performance and specs:

Toshiba Satellite L755D-S5106 comes with 1.5 GHz APU with auto overclock up to 2.4GHz, depending upon the number of active cores.  AMD Radeon HD 6520G graphics, integrated with A6-3420M APU, offers little more performance than Intel HD 3000 graphics. However, the CPU core of the A6-3420M is not as powerful as Core i5-2450M. Gaming would be a better experience on AMD Quad-Core A6-3420M APU though, since a lot of games are not CPU dependent. Games like call of duty Black ops, need for speed the run, resident evil 5, GTA IV can be played in low to medium details on this laptop.

Toshiba L755D-S5106 comes with 4GB DDR3 native memory which can be expanded up to 8GB. It offers 500GB hard drive which comes preinstalled with Windows 7 home premium 64 bit operating system. The hard drive has standard 5,400 rpm speed.

15.6” standard display, measured diagonally, features LED-backlit TFT display and supports high definition playback up to 720p. Maximum video resolution supported on the display is 1366 by 768 pixels.

Though it is budget laptop, still, it offers HDMI port and a webcam. The HDMI output lets you watch your favorite HD contents on big screen HDTV or HD monitor.

Satellite L755D-S5106 offers 3 USB 2.0 ports, DVD burner and digital media card reader that supports SD, SDHC, SDXC, microSD, miniSD, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and MultiMediaCard formats. The keyboard consists of dedicated numeric Keypad.

For networking, it offers advantages of both, Fast Ethernet and Wireless 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi. Wireless networking features enable you hassle free connectivity to internet. There is no Bluetooth support though.

The battery life is expected up to 5 hours 26mins.

Pros of Satellite L755D-S5106

Inexpensive

Quad core processor

HDMI port

Cons of Satellite L775D-S5106

No Bluetooth

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right laptop can be a daunting task, especially, if you need it for home and school use. The system must handle day to day tasks and it should also be able to offer decent multimedia experience in terms of watching movies and playing games. Also, at times we may need to convert video formats at lightning speed. Toshiba Satellite L755D-S5106, with all its features, would be able to meet your above requirements.

you may like to read Acer Aspire AS7750-6669 which is a budget 17.3″ laptop available at staples around $500

Acer Aspire AS7750-6669 17.3″ Laptop Review

Whether you’re searching for an affordable desktop replacement laptop or just need a compact PC for home use, Acer Aspire AS7750-6669 could prove to be a decent choice. Powered by Intel Core i3-2350M processor, this laptop from Acer  not only enables you to perform regular computing work but you can also watch video in high definition environment and do occasional photo and video editing. Besides core i3 processor, the laptop incorporates host of other impressive features as well. It is shipped with 6GB of memory and 1TB hard drive – to ensure users can run memory hungry application on this laptop and storage space should not an issue for some time to come. On the flip side, the hard drive comes with standard 5,400rpm speed and there is no dedicated graphics, to make most out of Acer AS7750-6669 laptop. Features included in the laptop justify its price ($500 approx). Here are more details about specifications and performance of the laptop –

Acer Aspire AS7750-6669 is integrated with 2.3 GHz Intel core i3-2350M processor and has 3MB of L3 cache. The processor supports Hyper Threading technology which enables it to handle two threads simultaneously. Thus, user will see significantly better performance, as compared with similarly clocked Pentium processors, while running multithread programs like Adobe photoshop.

Acer AS7750-6669 comes with Intel HD 3000 graphics, which is integrated graphics and is fused in the same processor die. It can make use of cache memory and system memory as well. The graphics is DirectX 10 capable and offers intermittent 3D gaming.  Games like Call of Duty Black ops, Starcraft 2, dirt 2 can be played in low details and setting. The graphics is excellent for high definition video playback. It supports full high definition (1080p) playback. However, the laptop screen doesn’t support full HD playback, as it has support for 720p only. To overcome this, the laptop comes with HDMI output so that one can watch HD video playbacks after connecting the laptop to High definition TV or monitor.

As told earlier AspireAS7750-6669 is installed with 1TB hard drive to store lots of movies and software. This is definitely good news for movie enthusiasts and people who download lots of stuff from internet. Also, 6GB memory is enough for regular multitasking.

The screen size of the laptop is 17.3” inch which places it under desktop replacement category. Above all, it is a boon for home offices, students and small businesses. The screen features Active Matrix TFT Color LCD with max resolution of 1600 by 900.

Other remarkable features of Acer AspireAS7750-6669 are

3 USB 2.0 ports

Media card reader that supports xD-Picture Card,Memory Stick, MS Pro, SD and MMC

DVD writer

1.3 MP HD webcam

Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b/g/n

4400  mAh battery pack offers 4 hour of continuous battery life.

Pros of Acer AS7750-6669

Enough hard drive space

Cheap laptop

6 GB memory

Cons of AS7750-6669

No Bluetooth

No USB 3.0

Low battery life

Toshiba Satellite C655-S5505 Review

If you are looking for a budget friendly laptop then Toshiba 15.6” Satellite C655-S5505 could be a good choice for you. Available at around $350, Satellite C655-S5505 offers 4GB RAM and 320GB hard drive, which sounds average. However, there is an extensive set of features, included in the laptop, which may excite a consumer. For instance, C655-S5505 sports Intel Pentium B960 processor which is much powerful then AMD E-300 processor. The laptop, however, is not meant for hard core gaming, yet, some low end games, like World of Warcraft, Sims 3 can be played with sound frame rate.

This Toshiba Satellite model delivers basic features expected from a budget laptop. It includes Pentium B960 processor, clocked at 2.2 GHz speed, and offers 2MB of L3 cache. The laptop can be used to accomplish regular computing tasks like browsing web, processing documents and little amount of multitasking. Like most of lntel Pentium B960 processor equipped laptops, C655-S5505 also comes with Intel HD 3000 graphics. The graphics is DirectX 10 capable but some advanced features, integrated in Intel HD 3000 graphics, are disabled here which usually come with a core labeled processor. This laptop is not suitable for running softwares like AutoCAD, Revit or 3D MAX. Occasional photo editing can, however, be done.  For editing HD video, one should look for a laptop with higher specs.

Toshiba Satellite C655-S5505 comes with 4GB memory which can be expanded up to 8GB. This laptop offers 320GB hard drive with standard 5,400 rpm speed.

The screen size of the laptop is 15.6”, when measure diagonally. It features High-definition widescreen LED-backlit TFT-LCD display that offers 1366X768 resolution

The battery life is expected up to 5 hours. Other features included in Toshiba satellite C655-S5505 are 2 USB 2.0 port, Multiformat media card reader that is capable of reading Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, miniSD and MultiMediaCard formats. It comes with a basic webcam and DVD burner

For network connectivity it offers Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n which are common in low end laptops as well. Some budget Gateway laptops offers Gigabit Ethernet.

 

Final Thoughts

The laptop comes with old Trax texture design and offers basic functionality, which justifies its $350 retail value. If you’re looking for a new budget laptop which offers HDMI port, we’d instead point to the Toshiba satellite L755D-S5106 model. It is an aesthetically similar device, with added benefit of a HDMI port. It also comes with 3 USB ports and 500GB hard drive.  At a slightly higher price, retail value of L755D-S5106 is $400, it offers value for money.

HP g6-1013sa AMD Phenom II P960 Quad Core

HP g6-1013sa is a budget laptop which provides strong performance due to the presence of AMD Phenom II P960 quad core processor at its heart. The external appearance is striking with two-toned styling and rounded corner. Though the cover is made up of plastic but it is sturdy and doesn’t appear to be cheap. The 15.6” display size gives user comfortable viewing experience. Let us look closely at the stuff HP g6-1013sa is made of.

Under the stylish Sonoma Red cover, HP g6-1013sa consists of AMD Phenom II P960 quad core processor, each core operating with 1.8GHz frequency, and 2MB of L2 cache. AMD Phenom II P960 is definitely a powerful processor but, according to some benchmarks, performance wise it is almost equivalent to core i3-2310M Sandy Bridge processor,  which is also a dual core processor with 3 MB of L3 cache. Quad core processor has its own benefits, especially where processor power is needed. For example, if your work needs lots of video encoding/decoding, changing DVD formats etc., quad core processor would be a better option. Some of the modern games need more than two cores. If you are a graphics designing enthusiast, you can run Photoshop creative suit, Dreamweaver like applications smoothly on this laptop. You can use it for CAD related works as well, but not much for 3D stuff, as the graphics is integrated. Bottomline is, for extensive multitasking, quad core is better.

When it comes to graphics, HP g6-1013sa quad core laptop comes with Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics which is capable of decoding HD videos flawlessly. Also, it features Microsoft DirectX 10 and you can play 3D games at low details and resolution. You can expect to play starcraft 2, left 4 dead, half life 2 etc. HP g6-1013sa laptop comes with HDMI interface, so one can directly connect HDTV or monitor with the laptop.

Available memory with HP g6-1013sa laptop is 4GB, which is decent for regular usage. . However, more memory is better if you want to work with CAD softwares. The hard drive provides 500GB storage capacity and runs at 5,400 rpm. HP g6-1013sa comes with Windows 7 home premium operating system.

The laptop comes with midsize (15.6”) display and screen features LED backlit HD widescreen with resolution of 1366*768. 720p HD content can be displayed on HP g6-1013sa.

HP g6-1013sa offers impressive connectivity options with 3 USB 2.0 port, one HDMI and VGA port each. For wireless network connectivity it provides both wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth support. For wired connectivity HP g6-1013sa comes with Fast Ethernet support  with RJ 45 connector. It also provides Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader.

To support audio the laptop is integrated by Altec lansing speakers and to support video chat there is VGA  webcam.

6 cell lithium ion battery pack provides up to 5 hrs of battery life.

Pros of  HP g6-1013sa

Inexpensive laptop with Quad core processor

4GB RAM

500 GB HDD

Bluetooth support

The bad

No express card slot.

Final thoughts

One can’t expect very high performance from HP g6 1013sa laptop, though it contains a quad core processor, as it has Integrated Graphics which depends solely on system memory.  Considering its price £400 approx , HP g6 1013sa laptop is a good choice for business, home, home office and for school work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cisco Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router – Review

Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router from Cisco is wireless connectivity solution for your office or home and is the perfect blend of performance and great looks. The speed that the user can get via this wireless router is up to 300 Mega bits per second. This provides the user an option to setup both a wired as well as  wireless network or a combination of both. There are four Ethernet ports available in this wireless router to provide wired connectivity. The wireless standard supported by this wireless router is both IEEE 802.11 N and IEEE 802.11 G. IEEE 802.11 N is the standard which offers fast connectivity and IEEE 802.11 G offers wider range. The user can connect mobile phones, smart phones, laptops or computers to the wireless router. The driver and other utilities needed for setting up the wireless router is supplied along with the wireless router on a CD. An instruction manual accompanies the product carrying all neceassry steps to set up the router. Cisco Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router  is available in market for a cost of 70 dollars. The design of  Linksys E1000  is compact and portable and the procut is effective and efficient at the same time. There is built in security available in this wireless router which provides the user means for secured data transmission among the devices connected to the wireless network.

Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router By Cisco  has Stateful Pocket Inspection or SPI firewall which creates a protected connectivity to the Internet and saves the user’s network from threats on the Internet. This router also has WPA and WPA2 data encryption protection, which provides added protection against internet threats. There is parental control feature available in this wireless router through which the user can block a certain websites or stop the Internet access for certain hours. This router does not use any recycled components and has compatibility with windows XP and windows Vista. The warranty period of this router is for one year limited hardware only, from the date of purchase. The major advantages are the size and the speed offered by this wireless router and built in firewall. The other advantages are low price and high speed, which makes this router simply irresistible. The range offered by this router is at par with other routers in theis class. If there is a wireless router that you are planning to have for your office or home on a limited budget, then Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router is the one you should go for.

Pros : Design, performance and 4 Ethernet ports. Also, an “N” router at a bargain price. Easy to setup.

Cons : Lack of Gigabit Ethernet Port. Single band (2.4 GHz). Incosistance performance as speed drops over slight variation in distance.

 

Acer AOHAPPY2-13666-Acer Aspire One Happy 2 netbook

Most of the students dread the phrase “back to school”, after summer holidays, but computer manufactures, catering to this segment of clients, consider this time of the year as highly productive.  This year also manufacturers have lined up new and interesting models specially aimed at student community. For instance, Acer has come up with stylish Aspire One Happy 2 netbook series which comes in different fruit drink related color combinations like Strawberry, Yogurt, papaya milk, Banana cream etc. Aspire One Happy 2 series is designed to be your fun and cool companion. It also has matching touchpad and power button. The laptop for students must be sturdy, light weight, portable with long battery life and should deliver solid performance. Let us see how Acer Aspire One Happy 2 is going to play all the roles. We will discuss here about AOHAPPY2-13666 model.

Processor– Under the stylish cover of Acer AOHAPPY2-13666 lies Intel Atom N570 processor which is a dual core processor with Hyper Threading technology. Each core can process two threads at a time which means 4 threads can be processed at the same time. The processor works with 1.66GHz frequency and 1MB of cache. The processor directly communicates with memory with single channel memory controller. It also comprises of DMI which communicates with other peripherals. Thus, Intel Atom N570 processor is capable of multitasking to some extent.

Graphics-Acer AOHAPPY2-13666 netbook comes with Intel GMA 3150 graphics. In fact, graphics is incorporated into processor chip in case of Intel Atom N570 processor. The graphics delivers moderate tasks only and, also, doesn’t support HDMI. You can’t expect to play high demanding flash games; even low end games like World of warcraft is hard to run even in low settings.

RAM and HDD-Acer Aspire One Happy 2 comes with 1GB of DDR3 memory and no free memory slot is available. The memory speed grade it supports is DDR3-1066/PC3-8500. Acer AOHAPPY2-13666 offers 250GB hard drive which is just sufficient for students. The operating system is Windows 7 starter.

Display: 10.1 Active matrix TFT color LCD features LED backlit and offers 1024 x 600 resolution

Other significant features of Acer Aspire One Happy 2- model AOHAPPY2-13666 are as follows

3 USB 2.0 ports

0.3 megapixel webcam  for video chatting

Fast Ethernet

802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi support

Multi format supporting media card reader

Multi gesture touchpad

Acer Aspire One Happy 2 AOHAPPY2-13666 is devoid of DVD burner, as most netbooks lack this feature to reduce weight of the machine and make it portable. If you need DVD burner then you have to buy a USB DVD burner. It weighs just 2.5lbs.

The 3 cell lithium ion battery provides up to 4 hours of battery life and comes with 1 year limited International Travelers warranty.

Pros of Acer AOHAPPY2-13666

250 GB hard drive

2 USB 2.0 port

dual core processor with Hyperthreading, thus, provide efficient multitasking

Cons of Acer Aspire one Happy 2 AOHAPPY2-13666

No Bluetooth.

No DVD burner

Final thoughts 

The price of $248 is quite appreciable for this netbook as you are getting a dual core processor with hyperthreading technology.

 

 

Review of D-Link DIR-628 Wireless N Router

D-Link DIR-628

D-Link DIR-628 Wireless N Router is the solution to users who are searching for a router to setup high speed wireless network in their home or in office. D-Link DIR-628 Wireless N Router is a dual band wireless router and the main feature of this wireless router is that it  supports IEEE 802.11n standard which is the latest and is also backward compatible with earlier versions of 802.11 standard. The router can be used to connect computers, game modules or media players having wireless support. There are supports available in this router for WPA and WPA2 security standards for encryption and highly secured data transmission through the wireless network. The security feature is independent of the device which is connected to the wireless network as a client. In simple words even if the device that is receiving data through the wireless network is a gaming console the data will be encrypted to have a secured data transmission. There are also four ports for the wired connectivity where the user can connect Ethernet cables and connect four Ethernet devices to the wireless network via the wired connectivity. This wireless router includes firewall features like MAC address filtering, where the user can filter the devices based on their MAC address, Domain blocking, Stateful Packet Inspection or SPI and Scheduling.

D-Link DIR-628 Wireless N Router as said earlier supports dual band and the frequencies supported in this dual band are 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. This provides the user the optimal speed for High speed Internet applications and also streaming of high definition videos from the Internet. This wireless router also has the dual protective firewall in terms of SPI and NAT which protects the user from viruses spreading through Internet. There is Quality of Service Engine present in this wireless router which improves the time sensitive on line, faster gaming response and Internet phone calls which are done as Voice Over Internet Phone (VOIP) calls. One WAN port is also available in this wireless router. Maximum wireless data transfer rate offered by this wireless router is 144.4 Mbit/s and 300 Mbit/s for 20 MHz and 40 MHz channels respectively. The user can manage or configure the wireless router through web based interface. This wireless router offers VPN pass through for the following protocols PPTP, L2TP and IPSec. The advantages of DIR-628 Wireless N Router include ease of setup, as the instruction manual is very explanatory, relatively cheaper price as it costs only 60 dollars and its sleek and compact design. The disadvantage is that the Ethernet ports are limited to 4 ports, thus getting wired devices connected to the wireless network has a limitation. Depending on one’s budget and requirement D-Link DIR-628 Wireless N Router could be the best choice for wireless connectivity at your home or office.