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Lenovo G500 (59373039) Powered by i5-3230M processor

Lenovo G500 (59373039) is a budget multimedia laptop featuring  powerful core i5-3230M processor, 4 GB memory and 500 GB  storage. In fact, considering its price-performance ratio, this laptop looks unbeatable. Inexpensive and quiet, supporting   many of the current games, CPU intensive applications and multitasking, this Lenovo model seems to have most of the desirable features. Main drawback of Lenovo G500 59373039 is that it is encased in the same plastic body as its many earlier models. 15.6” screen of the laptop features glossy panel. But this is not a touch screen laptop. This system is best suited for homes, small offices and students. The laptop comes with a USB 3.0 port and a DVD burner, as an optical drive.  Currently, this laptop is available at $450 approximately at Newegg  ( on sale ). It is available with other stores as well. If you are looking for Lenovo laptop with 8 GB memory and 1 TB hard drive then you can take a look at Lenovo G500 59372004. The price of the G500 59372004 is $550, available at Lenovo.  Rest of the features, in both the models, remains same.

Lenovo G500 (59373039) specification and Performance

Intel core i5-3230M processor operates with 2.6 GHz frequency , which can boost up to 3.6 GHz, due to Intel’s Turboboost technology. The processor is integrated with Hyperthreading technology thus multithreaded application will run better with the processor. Overall, with Lenovo G500 (59373039) user can edit photos, edit videos (casual), encode/decode audio and video along with regular computing. If you are a beginner to AutoCAD, you may consider this laptop.  Lenovo G500 59373039 is not a gaming laptop but users can play lot of games in low to medium details and setting. One can play Fifa 14, F1 2013, Dead space 3 Call of Duty black ops 2, Mass Effect 3, NFS the run, Saint Rows 4, Battle field 3, Portal 2 etc on this laptop. Users can play Minecraft as well.  Same is applicable for Lenovo 59372004.  Even though Intel HD 4000 is not a bad graphics but, in combination with entry level NVIDIA Geforce graphics or similar AMD graphic cards, the processor will offer more power for gaming and to perform other intensive tasks. However, the G500 series from Lenovo is meant for everyday use. This laptop is able to increase basic productivity to a great extent.

Lenovo G500 (59373039) comes with 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz memory and the memory can be extend up to 8 GB. Two memory slots are available for this purpose.  It comes with traditional 500 GB hard drive that operates with 5400 rpm.

The 15.6” HD LED Glossy display panel offers 1366×768 pixel resolution and supports 720p HD playback.

Ports and connectivity :  2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI-out, VGA, 2-in-1 card reader ( supports SD, MMC formats) and RJ-45 jack.  When it comes to network connectivity, Lenovo G500 (59373039) features Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi. Bluetooth is not available.

The 6 cell standard lithium-ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery life.

Pros of Lenovo G500 (59373039)

Inexpensive i5 laptop considering the deal price

2 USB 3.0 port

Cons of Lenovo G500 (59373039)

No Bluetooth

Toshiba satellite C55-A5302

Recently Toshiba has unveiled many cheap laptop computers to meet basic computing requirements.  Toshiba satellite C55-A5302 is one of such laptops. With 2.4 GHz Dual core Pentium Processor 2020M, video chat, Internet browsing, Skype, document processing and watching videos would not be problem with this machine. User can also get average gaming experience on this machine. Toshiba C55-A5302 is listed at $330 (approx.) at Best Buy. It comes with 6 GB memory and 500GB hard drive.  DVD burner and USB 3.0 ports are available with this laptop. But it is not a touch screen laptop. The laptop weighs around 5.3 lbs, which means it is heavier than an Ultrabook, but it could be an intelligent decision to buy it if you consider its price and features comparison. Here is a brief review about this laptop:

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5302 specification and performance

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5302 is equipped with Intel Pentium 2020M dual core processor and each core is clocked with 2.4 GHz frequency. It comes with 2MB of L3 Cache and is integrated with Intel HD graphics which operates with basic 650 MHz and can Turbo boost up to 1.1 GHz. You can play games like Skyrim, Tomb Raider, StarCraft II heart of the swarm, Dirt Showdown, Dirt 3, Need for Speed The Run, Darkness 2 etc in this machine with low details and setting. Intel Pentium 2020M is a decent processor. However, its combination with a dedicated entry level graphics, like NVIDIA GEforce GT 720M, will boost gaming performance a lot. But it is not possible with Toshiba C55-A5302, as it is a prebuilt model.

Buyers can consider this machine for office use as well. The specs can handle office tasks like working with spreadsheets, making presentation, compressing files etc very well. The laptop is able to do occasional photo editing and audio/ video encoding as well.

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5302 comes with 6 GB memory which enhances the multitasking experience and support smooth running of applications. It comes with 500 GB HDD. Windows 8 operating system is preloaded on the HDD.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD display of Toshiba Satellite C55-A5302 offers native 1366 by 768 pixels resolution which supports 720p HD playback.

It comes with 3 USB ports- 1 USB 3.0 and two USB 3.0 ports. Besides this, it comes with HDMI output, audio jack, a memory card reader and LAN jack. Networking feature included with the laptop are fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Bluetooth support is missing.

6 cell lithium ion battery pack offers up to 4 hrs of battery life, depending upon usage.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55-A5302

Inexpensive laptop

6 GB memory

USB 3.0

Cons of Toshiba Satellite C55-A5302

No Bluetooth

No Touchscreen.


Toshiba Satellite 14″ U945-S4110

Toshiba Satellite U945-S4110 is not a high end 14″ Ultrabook but is able to deliver faster performance as it is integrated with 32GB mSATA SSD cache working  with 500 GB SATA drive. It will increase the productivity as frequently used data will be stored in the SSD cache. As a result, booting and loading of the application would be faster. The Intel core i3-3227u processor will handle all day to day tasks like typing documents, browsing web, watching HD videos and occasionally editing photos. Toshiba U945-S4110 can be used for office use as well. Users can work with spreadsheets, presentations and PDF printing. The laptop weighs only 4.1lbs, which makes it a perfect choice for those who are always on the go.  However, the light weight comes with a few trade-offs.  It lacks DVD burner and battery is not user replaceable. Also, this is not a touch screen laptop. Price of the new Toshiba satellite U945-S4110 is around $500.  Here is a brief review about the machine.

Toshiba Satellite U945-S4110 Specification and performance

Toshiba Satellite 14″ U945-S4110 is equipped with Intel core i3-3227u processor which is a dual core processor and works with 1.90GHz frequency. It doesn’t comes with Turboboost Technology thus overclocking is not possible. However, it is hyper threading enabled and, thus, two of the CPU cores will be able to handle 4 threads at a time. User will get better performance while working with multithreading applications like Adobe CS6 Photoshop and premiere, compressing file using WinRAR, WinZip – as compared with Pentium processor with similar clock speed.

Toshiba U945-S4110 offers Integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics which comes with processor. The graphics is clocked slower as compared to HD 4000 that comes with main stream i3 mobile processor. It supports causal gaming.  You can play Minecraft, Tomb raider, Skyrim, starcraft II etc in low to medium details. Watching HD movies won’t be a problem on this machine.  Basically, these kinds of laptops are designed to provide longer battery life. At the same time, they are not intended for running high end programs or playing games.

The laptop comes with 4 GB memory which can be expanded up to 16 GB. 4 GB memory is sufficient for regular computing.

The 14” LED backlit HD display panel offers 1366×768 and supports 720p playback.

Ports included with the laptop are  1 USB 2.0 port,  1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB (3.0) port with USB Sleep and Charge, HDMI output, audio jacks, RJ 45 jack and one Memory Card Reader slot. VGA port and display Port are missing here.

Networking features include Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi. Bluetooth is not available.

Toshiba Satellite 14″ U945-S4110 comes with 4 cell 45 whr lithium polymer battery  which offers up to 4.5 hours battery life ( according to the manufacturer)

Pros of Toshiba Satellite 14″ U945-S4110

Inexpensive ultrabook

32 GB SSD cache

USB 3.0 with sleep and charge

Cons of Toshiba Satellite 14″ U945-S4110

No Touch screen

No Bluetooth

No VGA and display port

Toshiba C55D-A5381

Toshiba C55D-A5381 is a new addition to Toshiba satellite series and it costs around $270 approx (on sale). Though the price of Toshiba laptop looks quite impressive, it involves few trade-offs. For instance, it comes with entry level AMD Dual-Core E1-1200 dual core Accelerated Processor which operates with 1.4 GHz frequency.  The processor is just appropriate for basic computing. It comes with slow memory speed. However, the positive aspect of Toshiba C55D-A5381 is that it is preinstalled with 500 GB hard drive, 4 GB memory and offers USB 3.0 port as well. The laptop supports basic computing only and is not designed to run high end application but is intended for low energy consumption. Here is a brief review about Toshiba C55D-A5381-

Toshiba C55D-A5381 specification and performance

AMD Dual-Core E1-1200 processor operates with 1.4 GHz frequency.  Auto-overclocking feature is not available with this APU and it comes with 1 MB of L2 cache. The accelerated processor supports only 1066MHZ speed.  It can handle regular computing jobs like web browsing, editing docs, emailing, video chatting and playing videos. It can stream HD videos as well. However, the 15.6” display of Toshiba C55D-A5381 allows up to 720p HD video playback only. AMD Dual-Core E1-1200 comes with AMD Radeon HD 7310 integrated graphics which shares system memory. The graphics supports DirectX 11 and works with 500 MHz speed. The spec doesn’t support gaming much. Even some low ends games will find it hard to run in this laptop. Games like Half life 2 , league of legends, World of Warcraft can be played in low details and setting.

Toshiba C55D-A5381 is integrated with 500GB hard drive with 5400rpm speed. 4 GB DDR3 1066MHz memory is available with the laptop.

The 15.6” HD LED Backlit display offers 1366 by 768 and supports 720p playback. It can run HD videos.

Although Toshiba C55D-A5381 is low cost laptop from Toshiba, it still offers impressive number of ports and connectivity features. It comes with 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output and VGA output, audio jack and LAN jack.

Networking feature is supported by 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi and Fast Ethernet LAN. Bluetooth support is not available with Toshiba C55D-A5381.

Like earlier models from Toshiba, C55D-A5381 is also encased in black glossy plastic outfit. The bezel houses a HD webcam with integrated mic. The keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keyboard. There is a DVD burner as well

The 6 cell 48whr lithium ion battery pack offers 4 hours of battery life.

Pros of Toshiba C55D-A5381

Affordable laptop for basic computing tasks

USB 3.0 port

HDMI output

Cons of Toshiba C55D-A5381

Weak processor

4GB memory

At $270 (Staples price), Toshiba C55D-A5381 looks attractive but you will get laptops with similar specs within same price range easily.

Compared with Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5359 and HP 2000-2B10NR, Toshiba C55D-A5381 offers more storage space.  Rest of the features remain same in all the above three models.

Toshiba L75-A7380 Laptop

Toshiba L75-A7380 could be a decent choice as a desktop replacement laptop. It is currently available at approx $520 at Staples.  This 17.3” laptop is powered by 2.6 GHz Intel core i5-3230M processor and offers 6 GB memory and 500 GB hard drive. Along with regular computing, it offers decent performance for works like photo editing, video editing, 3D designing, playing current games and working with business applications.  It weighs only 5.9lbs and is integrated with a DVD burner. The main disadvantage of Toshiba L75-A7380 satellite is that it is not a touch screen laptop and doesn’t provide Bluetooth feature. Its battery life is also average (less than 4 hrs). The system is based on Windows 8 operating system, thus users might feel initial difficulties since Windows 8 tile feature is more suitable for Touch screen based laptops. Here is a brief review about Model L75-7380

Toshiba L75-A7380 specification and performance

Intel core i5-3230M is a dual core processor which operates with 2.6 GHz frequency and can auto overlock up to 3.2 GHz. It comes with 3 MB of L3 cache. If you compare it with core i5-3210M, which clocked with 2.5 GHz, you will find that i5-3230M is roughly 5% faster than i5-3210M. Rest of the features is same in both the processors. However, users will hardly notice any difference in performance of the processors.  Core i5-3230M comes with Intel HD 4000 graphics. Toshiba satellite L75-A7380 supports photo editing, occasional HD video editing and 3d designing.  User can work with AutoCad and Revit as well. It also offers medium gaming. The laptop can handle business applications like spreadsheets, presentation, large files compression etc. You can play games like Call of Duty Black ops, Metro 2033 and Metro last night, Gird 2, Skyrim, Dirt 3, GTA IV, Battle field 3, Just cause 2 etc in low to medium details and settings. Low end games like Starcraft II, F1 games can be played in high settings.

Toshiba L75-A7380 offers 500 GB 5400 rpm hard drive which is preinstalled with Windows 8 operating system. If you are looking for a laptop for extensive video editing then core i7 with faster dual hard drive would be more suitable for the job.   The laptop comes with 6GB DDR3 memory which can be upgraded up to 16 GB. The speed of the memory is 1600 MHz.

The 17.3” HD LED Backlit display offer 1600×900 resolution which supprts up to 900p HD.

It includes 1 USB port with Sleep and Charge, 2 USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI output, VGA output and audio jacks. The network connectivity includes Wireless networking 802.11b/g/n and Gigabit Ethernet LAN for wired connectivity. No Bluetooth is available.

According to manufacturer, the 6 cell 48Whr battery provides up to 3.82 hours of battery life.

Toshiba L75-A7380 pros

Inexpensive i5-3230M laptop

6 GB memory

Toshiba L75-A7380 cons

No Bluetooth

Not touchscreen

At $520 (Staples), Toshiba L75-A7380 laptop is inexpensive considering its specs. You may get a better deal on Black Friday, still this price is not bad.  Staples is running clearance sale where you can get awesome deals. For instance, Asus K55A-RHI5N13 with Intel core i5-3210M, 6 GB RAM, 750 GB HDD and Windows 7 operating system is available at $330 approx.

HP ENVY dv6-7246us is powered by 3rd generation i5 processor and windows 8. It comes with premium features like beats audio with quad speaker, 3 USB 3.0 ports. It cost around $270.

Seiki SE46FY10 46” LED HDTV

Seiki SE46FY10 is a budget class 46” LED HDTV. Though it is not one of the thinnest HDTV available in the market still the price it comes with is very attractive. The price of Seiki SE46FY10 is $350 approx., which may vary from store to store.  Those who have never heard about Seiki, it is a relatively new company which had unveiled budget 4K UHD television earlier this year. However, this doesn’t matter much as long as you are getting quality picture, multiple connectivity options and good customer support.

The 46 inch HDTV offers 1980 by 1080 pixel resolution which means it supports full HD playback. The refresh rate is 60 Hz.  However, nowadays budget 120Hz TV are available as well, but the 60Hz refresh rate is optimum and you won’t be able to view fast action scenes or fast sports at a lower refresh rate. This refresh rate is also appropriate if you are going to connect your PC or gaming consoles with Seiki SE46FY10 HDTV for gaming. Usually PCs send 60Hz signal, so if you hook your TV with 120Hz/240Hz TV it will fake in the rest of the frames and may create slight lag. The viewing angle for this TV is 178/178 degree horizontal/vertical which is standard for most of the TVs

Seiki SE46FY10 comes with dynamic contrast ratio of 4000:1. It offers crisp and clear pictures with deep black levels. However, each company has its own standard when it comes to calculating contrast ratio. The display type is edge lit LED display. Seiki SE46FY10 is not a Smart TV or Internet ready TV. It doesn’t support 3D. But you can hardly expect any 46” Smart TV at this price.  Though inbuilt speakers produce good and clear sound still these are not able to create bass effect.  To get bass effect, you need to hook up a surround sound system with this TV. Basically, the budget class HDTV speakers are of 8-10W.

This HDTV comes with various in-built technologies like 3D PAL/NTSC comb filter, 3D video noise reduction, over-the-air ATSC/NTSC RF input support, Clear-QAM digital cable support, digital/analog channel auto tuning, V-CHIP/CCD/Favorite Channel support and more.

When it comes to ports, Seiki SE46FY10 offers 3 HDMI inputs. There is a 15 pin VGA input to connect the TV with your PC . There are one composite input, one component video input and digital audio output(coaxial). It comes with 3.5 mm audio jack (headphone jack). Optical audio output is missing. The television set can be wall mounted and the Vesa standard supported is  200mm by 200mm. The television set weighs only 29.8 lbs, with stand.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 59393854

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 59393854 is powered by 4th generation Core i5-4200u and is a touch screen convertible notebook. But it moves only up to 300 degrees which obviously means user will not get tablet mode. Only stand and laptop modes are available. It comes with impressive features like 128GB SSD, 8 GB memory and long battery life. Lenovo Flex 15 59393854 is most suited for people who are always on the go, business users and those who are looking for affordable multimedia laptop for  better user experience. The disadvantage of this new Ideapad flex 15 59393854 is that the screen doesn’t offer full HD playback. Even though original price of this notebook is over $1000, it is available at a sale price is $800 approx. Here is a brief review of this convertible laptop.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 59393854  specification and performance

Intel core i5-4200u is a dual core Haswell/4th generation Intel core processor. Each core operates with 1.6 GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.6 GHz due to Intel Turboboost technology. Like other core i5 processors, it is hyperthreading enabled, thus each core can handle two threads at a time. Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 59393854  can handle business applications like making presentations, working with spreadsheets,  editing photo and occasional video editing along with regular computing. User can flip the laptop 300 degree and watch videos and presentations. As SSD are inherently faster than HDD, user will get better performance. For instance, access and booting will be faster. Compare with  3rd generation i5-3317u, i5-4200u is marginally faster due to architectural differences, though both the processors are based on 22nm lithography. Also, i5-4200u comes with additional instructions.

Lenovo Flex 15 59393854 is integrated by Intel HD 4400 graphics which is an enhanced version of Intel HD 4000 graphics. You can play current games like Skyrim, Planetside 2 etc in low details and settings. However, low end games like World of warcraft can be played in high settings.  However, storage amount is limited to 128 GB. So you can store few games only. The notebook is capable of streaming HD videos without any glitch. If a traditional hard drive is acceptable to you then Lenovo Flex 15 – 59387570 could be a good choice which comes with 500 GB hard drive. You get this system by paying $100 less.

The 15.6″ HD LED 10-Point Multitouch display offers 1366×768 resolution. IdeapadFlex 15 59393854 is integrated with 8.0GB DDR3L SDRAM. The memory speed is 1600 MHz.

Ports included in the laptop are  1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI-out, LAN port, 2-in-1 card reader(SD/MMC), combo jack. There is no display port.  Network connectivity is supported by Bluetooth, integrated LAN and Wi-fi

According to manufacturer, 4-cell  48 whr battery pack offers up to 9 hours of battery life.

Pros of Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 59393854

Touch screen convertible laptop

8 GB memory

128 GB SSD

Cons of Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 59393854

No display port

Not an inexpensive laptop

Samsung ATIV Book 2 NP270E5E-K02US Laptop

Powered by Intel core i3-3120M processor, Samsung ATIV Book 2 NP270E5E-K02US is a 15.6” laptop which is suitable for homes, home offices, students and small office segments.  It will not only help you with regular computing, you can use it for casual entertainment as well. Users can run photo editing applications like Photoshop CS6 or similar application smoothly on this machine. Though Samsung NP270E5E-K02US is not a gaming laptop yet users can play current games in low to medium details and setting on it. However, CPU or GPU intensive games would barely run on this machine. With 4 GB memory it will support multitasking fairly well. This 15.6” ATIV Book 2 is Bluetooth enabled and weighs 4.85 lbs, which makes it easily portable. The disadvantage of this Samsung Laptop is that it doesn’t come with any USB 3.0 ports. The laptop is available at Newegg, TigerDirect and BestBuy with starting price of $400 ( Tigerdirect). Here is a brief review about the laptop:

Samsung ATIV Book 2 NP270E5E-K02US Specs and performance

Samsung ATIV Book 2 NP270E5E-K02US is equipped with Intel core i3-3120M dual core processor which operates with 2.5 GHz. Like other i3 processors, it is Hyperthreading enabled and each of its cores can handle 2 threads at a time. It comes with Integrated HD 4000 graphics.  Considering its hardware specification, Samsung NP270E5E-K02US allows working with multimedia and business applications alike. Business user can make presentations, work with spreadsheets, create PDFs and print them, compressing large files.  This laptop is suitable for occasional photo editing, converting audio and video formats and casual gaming. Users can play games like Dirt 3, Crysis 2, COD black ops 2, Skyrim, Team fortress 2, specs ops in low details and setting.  HD video will run flawlessly.

Samsung ATIV Book 2 NP270E5E-K02US comes with 4 GB memory and 500 GB, 5400 rpm HDD. Windows 8 OS is preloaded on the HDD. Base memory can be upgraded up to 8 GB.

15.6” antiglare LED backlit HD display offers 1366 by 768 pixel resolution which supports 720p playback.  Samsung NP270E5E-K02US is not a touch screen laptop. It comes with DVD burner. The bezel houses a 720p HD webcam.

VGA, HDMI, 3 USB 2.0 ports, RJ 45 jack and combo audio jack are available as ports and connectivity options with this laptop.

Network connectivity is supported by Integrated LAN, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The 6-Cell Lithium-ion 48 whr battery offers 4.8 hours of battery life, according to manufacturer

Pros of Samsung NP270E5E-K02US 

Considering the deal price $400 it is attractive though some features like USB 3.0 port and Touch screen are missing.

Intel core i3-3120M is mainstream laptop processor and operates with higher frequency than i3 ULV processor, thus offer good performance.

Light in weight

Cons of Samsung NP270E5E-K02US 

No USB 3.0

Not a touch screen laptop

HP Pavilion 17-e016dx Review- Powered by AMD A8-5550M

HP Pavilion 17-e016dx is a budget desktop replacement laptop which not only accomplishes day to day tasks for you but also offers plenty of entertainment. AMD Quad core A8-5550M processor promises lots of performance. You can edit photos, watch HD movies, play current PC games and edit videos occasionally.  The APU comes with four cores, thus, multi-tasking would be better. Though HP 17-e016dx comes with integrated Radeon HD 8550G graphics yet it offers a lot of gaming and designing. It is an inexpensive laptop and costs around $400. The laptop offers 4 GB memory and 750 GB hard drive. Other significant feature of the laptop is that it comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports.  Here is a brief review about the Model 17 e016dx.

HP Pavilion 17-e016dx Specification and Performance

Quad core AMD A8-5550M operates with 2.1 GHz and, upon system demand, some of the cores can boost up to 3.1 GHz. It comes with 4 MB of L2 cache. L2 cache is much faster than L3 cache. The APU comes with Integrated Radeon HD 8550G graphics which is almost equivalent to entry level dedicated graphics card. As mentioned above, HP Pavilin17-e016dx will support almost all current games. However, all games are not playable in high details and settings. You can play low end games like Starcraft II Heart of the swarm or older games like Sims 3,  Anno 2070 at high details and settings. Source Engine based games like Dota 2 and Half life 2 and left 4 Dead 2 can be played with good fps. High end games like Battlefield 3, Call of Duty black ops 2, GTA 4, TF 2, Gird 2, Far cry 3 can be played in low to medium details and settings. HP 17-e016dx is an affordable laptop for those who want to edit photos and videos. But it is worth noting that this system is not a professional grade video editing machine. Also, this laptop offers only 4 GB memory. Adding additional 4 GB will definitely help in improving performance. It can stream HD video seamlessly. However, it supports playback up to 900p only. There is an HDMI port which can be used to watch full HD playback at a compatible HDTV or monitor.

HP 17-e016dx comes with 750 GB, 5400 rpm hard drive which means enough storage space is available. 4GB DDR3L SDRAM is installed in this laptop. Memory is extendable up to 8 GB. Windows 8 OS is preloaded on the hard drive.

17.3-inch HD LED-backlit display panel offers 1600 x 900 pixel resolution. So user can’t expect full HD playback in this machine.

HP 17-e016dx offers standard number of port and connectivity features, which are as following :

Multi-format digital media card reader for Secure Digital cards

2 USB 3.0

one USB 2.0

one HDMI

one VGA

one RJ-45 jack

one Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack

Network connecitivy is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n

The standard 6-cell 47WHr 2.2 Ah lithium-ion battery will provide up to 4 hours of battery life.

Pros of HP Pavilion 17-e016dx

Budget desktop replacement laptop, with good performance

2 USB 3.0 port

750 GB hard drive

HDMI port

Cons of HP Pavilion 17-e016dx

No Bluetooth

Not a touch screen laptop

Asus S400CA-RSI5T18

ASUS S400CA-RSI5T18 is a touch screen Ultrabook which is available at around $600 and is powered by Intel core i5 3317u ULV processor. This 14” Ultrabook belongs to Asus award winning S400CA series. It comes with 500 GB hard drive along with 24 GB SSD cache. This helps in improving the performance up to a large extent and booting would be faster. ASUS Vivobook S400CA-RSI5T18 offers 4 GB memory and weighs around 4 pounds. This laptop is appropriate for those who are looking for well-rounded mobility package. It suits office users and students alike. However, it can be used at home as well to enhance the productivity.  Is this Ultrabook with brushed Aluminum cover worth its value? Here is a brief review about Asus S400CA-RSI5T18.

ASUS S400CA-RSI5T18 specification and performance

ASUS Vivobook S400CA-RSI5T18 houses a 3rd generation core i5-3317u processor from Intel, which is clocked with 1.7 GHz and can auto-overclock up to 2.6 GHz, if system demands. The processor is Hyperthreading enabled, thus each core can handle two threads at a time. As told earlier, this laptop is good for small office use, you can make presentations and print pdfs, work with spreadsheets, edit photos and do casual video editing. Intel core i5-3317U is ULV processor and operates with lower frequency than other mainstream core i5 mobile processors. Thus, you shouldn’t expect applications like AutoCAD, Revit, 3ds max to run fluently on this machine.

Asus S400CA-RSI5T18 comes with Intel HD 4000 graphics which is merged with the processor chip. The graphics operates at comparatively lower speed than HD 4000 graphics, coming with mainstream core i5 processors. When it comes to gaming, ASUS Vivobook S400CA-RSI5T18 can run low end games in low to medium details. Starcraft II Guild Wars 2, Counter Strike – Global offensive, Skyrim, borderlands 2, Portal 2, Dead Space 2, Tomb Raider can be played with reasonable frame rates in low to medium settings and details. However, Asus S400CA Ultrabook laptops are not for gaming but they are designed to get extended battery life.

Asus S400CA-RSI5T18 comes with 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive and 24 GB SSD cache. Due to SSD cache, programs will load faster and will respond quickly. Basically, the software that enables SSD Caching will detect the applications or programs which a user used most and copy its files onto the SSD drive. The system runs on Windows 8 OS.

This ASUS ultrabook comes with 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM soldered to the motherboard. The 14” display LED Backlit display offers 1366 by 768 pixel resolution, thus it will support 720p HD playback but not 1080p playback.

When it comes to ports and connectivity, Asus S400CA-RSI5T18 offers sufficient number of ports and connectivity features. On the left side of the laptop there are 2x USB 2.0, headphone/microphone combination, SD card reader and on the right side there is 1 USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet and power input.

Network connectivity features include, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi and  Gigabit Ethernet LAN. However, Bluetooth feature is not available with this machine

Pros of Asus S400CA-RSI5T18

24 GB SSD cache


HDMI port

Cons of Asus S400CA-RSI5T18

No Bluetooth

No displayport