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Acer Cool Silver 11.6″ Aspire E3-111-C4J4

Acer Cool Silver 11.6″ Aspire E3-111-C4J4 is a new laptop from Acer which runs on latest Intel Celeron N2930 Bay Trail Processor.  It is shipped with 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive. This compact Acer laptop is good for day to day computing and light entertainment like processing word/excel, browsing web, watching videos and playing music. For a sticker price of $330 one should not expect top class features from this machine but this 11.6” Acer E3-111-C4J4 laptop offers more than others in its segment. Additionally, it is a very silent cooling system and comes with attractive design which is though not outstanding, is still acceptable.  Keyboard contains large keys.  The laptop comes with all standard ports which include USB 3.0 and HDMI. It also offers Bluetooth connectivity. Aspire E3 111 C4J4 runs on Windows 8.1 operating system but this laptop is not a touch enabled laptop.  It doesn’t come with optical drive or DVD drive. Once again it is true that Windows 8 goes well with Touch screen interface. If you are looking for Touchscreen laptop with similar specifications and price range, you can consider Acer Aspire V3-111P-C9Z3 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Cool Silver). Here is a brief review of specifications and performance of the laptop

Specification and Performance of Acer Cool Silver 11.6″ Aspire E3-111-C4J4 

Acer Cool Silver 11.6″ Aspire E3 111 C4J4 is powered by Intel Celeron N2930 processor which has four cores. Each core operates with 1.89 GHz frequency and, due to Turbo burst Technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.16GHz. Compared with Celeron N2830 dual core processor, it is more powerful but is not suitable to run high end games or CPU intensive applications. However, for basic computing it offers enough performance. It comes with low end integrated HD graphics (designed for Baytrail M processor) which can run low end and old games like World of Warcraft, in low resolutions and details. The processor offers enough power to stream videos smoothly.

Acer E3-111-C4J4 comes with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM which can be expanded up to 8GB. It is installed with standard 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive.

The 11.6″ display of Aspire E3-111-C4J4 offers max resolution 1366 X 768 which supports up to 720p HD content playback. It comes with HDMI output so you can watch full HD content in compatible high definition television or monitor. All you need to purchase separately is a HDMI cable.

Ports and connectivity features include 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 headphone/speaker/line-out jack, 1 RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 HDMI port and SD card reader. It doesn’t come with VGA port.  For Network connectivity you get 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet. Acer Aspire E3-111-C4J4 weighs around 3.06lbs.

3 cell battery of Acer E3-111-C4J4 offers up to 5 hours of battery life. However, Acer Aspire V3-111P-C9Z3 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Cool Silver) offers longer battery life as it comes with 3 cell Li-ion3220 mAh battery while Acer E3-111-C4J4 comes with 3 cell li-ion 2640 mAh battery.

Pros of Acer Cool Silver 11.6″ Aspire E3-111-C4J4

Inexpensive compact laptop for mobile user s

Decent battery life

USB 3.0 and HDMI

Cons of Aspire E3-111-C4J4

No touch screen

Most Popular Acer 11.6” Laptops (with latest processor, 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive)

Acer Aspire E3-111-P8DW 11.6-Inch Laptop (Cool Silver)- It comes with  Quad core Intel Pentium N3530 Processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Pentium N3530 processor is more powerful than Intel Celeron N2930 though both are quad core processors. It is not a touch enabled laptop but considering the price, it is worth the money

Acer Aspire E3-111-C5GL 11.6-Inch Laptop (Cool Silver)- It comes with N2830 dual core processor, 2 GB RAM, 320GB hard drive.  It is one of the most popular laptops in this series.

Acer Aspire ES1-511-C590

Acer Aspire E 15 ES1-511-C590 is Intel Celeron N2830 powered laptop which means you can do your entire day to day tasks on this laptop smoothly. For instance- It supports word processing, web browsing, emailing, social networking, playing music and watching videos. Basically, Acer ES1-511-C590 is a low-cost entry level laptop that is perfect for home users and students who just need a basic machine. This laptop is not for running CAD software or similar CPU intensive programs.  Even those who want a machine which supports casual PC gaming should look at machines with higher configuration. The laptop is integrated with 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive and is available within price range of $249-$300 (price may vary from store to store, lowest being at Microsoft Store) which is at par with market price.  The disadvantage of Acer Aspire ES1-511-C590 is that it doesn’t come with inbuilt optical drive and the placement of ports is not good (these are on the back of the machine). However, it offers Bluetooth support and provides 3 USB ports which you won’t find in similar configured, low-priced Asus X551MAV-RCLN06 (only two USB  ports, but comes with Multiformat DVD burner which is missing in Acer ES1-511-C590) Here is a brief review of specification and performance of Acer Aspire E 15 ES1-511-C590.

Specification and Performance of  Acer Aspire ES1-511-C590

Intel Celeron N2830 is an entry level new processor from Intel which belongs to Intel’s low coast Bay Trail M family. It has 2 cores and each core operates with 2.16 GH. Due to Turbo Burst Technology, core frequency can rise up to 2.41 GHz. Acer Aspire E 15 ES1-511-C590 comes with Intel HD graphics which supports some low end old games. However, you can watch videos without any glitch.

Acer Aspire E 15 ES1-511-C590 comes with 4GB memory which can be expanded up to 8GB. Comparatively you can’t expand memory in Asus X551MAV-RCLN06. The laptop comes with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD display offers maximum of 1366 X 768 pixels resolution which supports up to 720p HD content. However, Acer ES1-511-C590 is dual display capable, which means you can connect your laptop with full HDTV or monitor with an HDMI cable to watch full HD content on big screen.

The 15.6” laptop comes with standard number of ports and connectivity features which include two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet port, SD card reader and combo audio jack. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet,802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth

The 3 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 4.5 hours of battery life.

Pros of Acer ES1-511-C590

Cheap laptop for everyday use

USB 3.0 port

Bluetooth

Cons of Acer ES1-511-C590

No DVD drive

Most Popular laptops with Intel Celeron N2830 processor , 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive.

Dell Inspiron i3531-1200BK 15.6-Inch Laptop- Decent battery life but only 2 USB ports, no Ethernet port and no optical drive

ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B 15.6 Inch HD Laptop–  only 2 USB ports one of them is USB 3.0, no optical drive

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5298 –Specs are similar to Acer but port placement is much better.

 

 

Toshiba Satellite C55T-B5230

Toshiba Satellite C55T-B5230 is a 15.6” Touch screen laptop powered by entry level Intel Celeron N2830 processor which supports basic computing like processing word documents, surfing the web, online communication, playing music and streaming videos. The hardware configuration doesn’t support CPU or GPU intensive tasks.  Other features of the Jet Black Toshiba laptop are pretty standard. For instance 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive which is common in similar priced touch screen laptop. At $350, the price-feature ratio is good but not overwhelmingly impressive. For instance, Acer Aspire E1-532P-4819 Touch Screen laptop which comes with Intel Pentium 3556u Haswell Processor, also has 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive.  Toshiba C55T-B5230 comes with inbuilt DVD burner which is one of the major advantages of this laptop. It comes with USB 3.0 port and HDMI as well.  It has HD webcam. It doesn’t offer Bluetooth connectivity. Other disappointing features of the laptop are that memory and battery is not user replaceable. Read further to know more about Toshiba Jet Black 15.6″ Satellite C55T-B5230.

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Toshiba Jet Black 15.6″ Satellite C55T-B5230 Specification and Performance

As told earlier, Intel Celeron N2830 is a basic processor which supports regular computing. It is a dual core processor belonging to Intel’s Bay Trail M family with each core operating with 2.16 GHz frequency.  Due to Turbo Burst Technology, core frequency can boost up to 2.41 GHz. user can’t upgrade processor.You can find a good number of cheaper laptops with this processor.  For instance- Toshiba Satellite C55-B5298 non touch laptop. Toshiba Satellite C55T-B5230 comes with integrated Intel HD graphics which supports video streaming but doesn’t offer performance for latest games.  Basically, the laptop is successor to Toshiba C55T-A5123 which comes with Intel Celeron N2820 processor.

The laptop comes with 4GB DDR3L 1333MHz RAM but memory is not user upgradable. The 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive is preloaded with Windows operating system and other software. It doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office. You will get only 1 month Trial Version of the product.

The 15.6” LED backlit high definition display features max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels, which is common for most entry level laptops

Edges of Toshiba C55T-B5230 are arranged with 2 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet port and SD card reader. Networking is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi . There is no Bluetooth connectivity.

Pros of Toshiba C55T-B5230

Inexpensive touch screen laptop for everyday use

3 USB ports

DVD burner

Cons of Toshiba C55T-B5230

No Bluetooth

Toshiba Satellite L75-B7270

At $350, 17.3” Toshiba Satellite L75-B7270 is much cheaper than most of the laptops in its category. Its brand new Intel Pentium 3558u Haswell processor is impressively quick for this sticker price. It offers enough performance for word/excel processing, web browsing, emailing, online video communication, watching video and playing music. As it is Ultra low voltage Pentium processor, you can’t expect high end gaming or working with CAD software. However, you can play low end games in low details and settings. For instance, Dota 2, Grid 2, tomb Raider, Dirt showdown can be played in this machine in low resolution and settings. Toshiba L75-B7270 supports entry level photo editing, but if you want to run media editing software like Adobe Photoshop CS6, Sony Vegas Pro or Avid then this laptop is not for you. Though it is a cheap laptop, you still get high resolution display (1600 X 900), DVD burner and 2 USB 3.0 (one of them is sleep and charge) with it. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Satellite L75-B7270.

Specification and Performance of Toshiba Satellite L75-B7270

As told earlier, Toshiba Satellite L75 B7270 uses Intel Pentium 3558u processor which operates with 1.7GHz frequency. Unlike Intel Pentium N3530, it is a dual core processor. It comes with integrated HD graphics, which is not a weak graphics that used to come with old Pentium processor, but it can’t handle high end PC gaming. You can, however, play some low end games like World of Warcraft in low resolution and settings as well as game available in Windows app store.

The laptop is shipped with 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. There are 2 memory slots and one is occupied. It comes with 500GB hard drive that operates with 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 operating system is preloaded on the hard disk. It is not a touch screen laptop. If you want to upgrade memory here are the part numbers –

PA5104U-1M4G Toshiba DDR3/DDR3L-1600MHz Memory, 4GB

PA5104U-1M8G Toshiba DDR3/DDR3L-1600MHz Memory, 8GB

Toshiba L75B7270 features 17.3” LED backlit HD display which doesn’t support full HD resolution but supports up to 900p HD resolution which is close to 1080p. However, if you still want to watch full HD content, there is an HDMI output which allows you can connect the laptop with a compatible external display with the help of HDMI cable. It weighs around 5.9lbs which makes it difficult to carry out on day to day basic.  If you need something light (15.6” laptop) with similar specifications, you can buy Dell Inspiron i3542-1666BK.

Edges of Toshiba Satellite L75-B7270 are arranged with 1-USB (3.0) port, 1-USB (3.0) port with USB Sleep and Charge, 2-USB (2.0), HDMI, VGA, combo audio jack, SD card reader and DVD burner. When it comes to network connectivity, the laptop supports Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n. It doesn’t come with Bluetooth connectivity.

The 6 cell lithium ion battery pack offers up to 3.8 hours of battery life.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite L75-B7270

At $350, it is a cheap laptop considering the size and specifications

4 USB ports

Cons of Toshiba Satellite L75-B7270

No Bluetooth

Most Popular Laptops with Intel Pentium 3558u processor

Dell Inspiron i3542-3335BK 15.6-Inch Laptop- this laptop is non-touch laptop and comes with Windows 7 operating system. It features Intel Pentium 3558U Processor, 4GB DDR3,  500 GB Hard Drive, 15.6-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Dell Inspiron i3542-1666BK 15.6-Inch Laptop – It comes with Intel Pentium 3558U Processor, 4GB DDR3, 500 GB Hard Drive, 15.6-Inch Screen, Integrated Graphics and Windows 8.1. It also comes with Bluetooth connectivity

Lenovo Flex 2 15 59418271

Lenovo Flex 2 15 59418271 is a hybrid laptop which can be used in two distinct modes – laptop and stand – for work or play. Lenovo flex 2 15 model is powered by Intel core i5-4210u processor and 6 GB memory. It comes with a massive 1 TB hard drive and its 15.6” touchscreen display supports full HD.  You can consider this dual mode laptop if your requirement is limited to working with Office applications, web surfing, watching HD videos and movies, emailing, skype, entry level photo/video editing and casual gaming. You can use it for video and audio encoding as well. For instance, it supports installing iTunes. Basically, you can do a little bit of everything creative with this machine. However, if you want to play latest high end PC games in full HD resolution, it will struggle as it comes with integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics which is not as strong as NVIDIA Geforce GT 840m graphics coming with dedicated memory . Flex 2 15 59418271 is clearly not suitable for CPU level 3D rendering.  It comes with backlit keyboard but DVD drive is missing in its configuration. Here is a brief review about Lenovo Flex 2 15 59418271. Click here to check out price comparison

Specification and Performance of Lenovo Flex 2 15 59418271

This 15.6” dual mode laptop is powered by Intel core i5-4210u which is a dual core Haswell processor and operates with 1.7GHz. Due to Turbo boost Technology, the processor speed can rise up to 2.7GHz. It comes with 3MB of smart cache. The processor comes with Intel HD 4400 graphics which is integrated graphics and uses system memory. The chip supports casual gaming. If you want to play Dota 2, Gird 2, Fifa 14, Minecraft and World of Warcraft, in medium resolution and settings, then hardware configuration of Lenovo Flex 2 15 59418271  is sufficient for you. However, you can’t play Watch Dogs, Thief, Titanfall in high resolutions and setting. You need a laptop with dedicated gaming graphics for such games. It can stream HD videos well and allows watching movies in full HD, with IPS panel bringing you rich experience.

Lenovo Flex 2 15 59418271 is installed with 6GB memory and the memory is upgradable up to 16GB. 1TB hard drive doesn’t come with SSD cache. However, there are some Flex 2 models which come with SSD cache. For instance, Lenovo Flex 2 15.6-Inches Touchscreen Laptop (59418262) Black comes with 8GB SSD cache with 500GB hard drive. It helps in fast booting.

Lenovo Flex 2 15 59418271 features 15.6” Full HD , touchscreen, backlit LED display. It uses an IPS panel which means you will get crisp and clear picture with great viewing angle.

Ports and connectivity options include 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Ethernet and a combo audio jack. It comes with Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi. Wireless-ac is not available.

Lenovo Flex 2 15 59418271 comes with 4 Cell 32 Watt Hour Lithium-Ion battery which offers up to 7 hours of battery backup, This laptop is available at Office Depot as well.

Pros of Lenovo Flex 2 15 59418271

Decent price feature ratio

Full HD IPS display

Backlit keyboard

1 TB HDD

Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet

Cons of Lenovo Flex 2 15 59418271

No wireless-ac

No SSD cache

Popular Lenovo Flex 2 laptops

Lenovo Flex 2 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (59418265) Black– it comes with core i7-4510u processor, 8GB RAM, 500GB +8GB SSHD, Full HD IPS display.

Lenovo Flex 2 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (59418264) black– it comes with core i7-4510u processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB, 5400rpm hard drive, Full HD IPS display.

 

HP Pavilion 17-f053us

HP Pavilion 17-f053us is a non-touchscreen laptop which can be used as desktop replacement laptop. Its  2.4/2.0GHz AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 APU is powerful enough for Microsoft office applications, Web browsing, Skype, emailing, entry level photo editing,  media encoding, streaming videos and casual gaming. Unlike other budget laptops, HP 17 f053us comes with 6 GB RAM to ensure smooth performance for everyday computing tasks. It also comes with a massive 1 TB storage space. The price of the laptop is around $470 (on sale, original price is higher). Sound is supported by Beats Audio with dual speaker. It comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports. Like any other machine, this laptop has small drawbacks. For instance, it comes with 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN rather than Gigabit Ethernet. Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth is not available with this laptop. Battery life of the laptop is not so great.  On the positive side, it comes with a DVD burner. The weight of the laptop is 6.23lbs. To know more about this laptop read the brief review further.

Specification and Performance of HP Pavilion 17-f053us

HP Pavilion 17-f053us is powered by Quad core AMD A8-6410 APU which is one of the popular APUs these days. Each core operates with 2.0GHz and frequency of some of the cores can rise up to 2.4GHz, if system demands. It comes with integrated Radeon HD R5 graphics. With 6 GB memory it offers casual gaming. Games like tomb Raider, Dota 2, Counter Strike GO and Minecraft can run on this machine in low to medium resolution and settings. However, games like Thief, Battlefield 4 will hardly be playable in this machine. It can stream videos smoothly though. If you are still looking for a budget gaming laptop with dedicated graphics, here is an affordable option for you.

Back to HP 17-f053us, it comes with 6GB DDR3L SDRAM (2 DIMM) and  1 TB hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8 operating system along with other HP proprietary software.

The 17.3” LED backlit high definition display offers maximum resolution of 1600 X 900 pixels which offers up to 900p HD content playback. The laptop comes with HDMI output which becomes handy if you want to stream laptop content on external devices.

Beside HDMI output, it comes with Multi-format digital media card reader for Secure Digital cards,2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack and DVD drive. It comes with HD webcam as well.

4-cell 41WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery offers 1.5 – 4 hours of battery life, depending upon usage. Battery is user removable.

Pros of HP Pavilion 17-f053us

Plenty of memory and storage space, considering the current offer price

2 USB 3.0 port

DVD burner

Battery user removable

Cons of HP  17-f053us

No Gigabit Ethernet support

No Bluetooth

Lenovo Flex 2 15 59425111

Lenovo Flex 2 15 59425111 is a budget touchscreen hybrid laptop which is powered by Intel core i3-4030u. With the help of its 300-degree hinge, you can fold back the screen and use the keyboard as a stand. Most users love the stand mode. For the price of $430, it offers good value for the money. The keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keypad.  However, the 15.6” touchscreen doesn’t support full HD display and there is traditional 500GB, 5400rpm hard drive instead of SSD.  But we will not put blame on the manufacturer because it is a budget Touchscreen Hybrid laptop and it is difficult to get a full HD display and SSD within this price. Lenovo Flex 2 59425111 is shipped with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM. You will get an USB 3.0 and HDMI port as well. The laptop is suitable for both home users and students. It is capable of running office applications, web browsing, playing Apps game, watching video and movies, playing music and swipe through photos. You can also install iTunes. It also supports entry level photo editing. But the configuration doesn’t support demanding games like Thief, Watch Dogs. You can still play low end games like World of Warcraft, Dota 2, Guild Wars 2 in low resolution and settings. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Lenovo Flex 2 15 59425111.

Specification and Performance of Lenovo Flex 2 15 59425111

Intel core i3-4030u is a dual core processor and each core operates with 1.9 GHz. It is an ultra-low voltage processor and you can’t use it for demanding task like 3D modelling or HD video editing. However, it supports entry level photo and video editing and audio/video encoding. The processor chip comes with Intel HD 4400 graphics which uses system memory dynamically.  Though, Lenovo Flex 2 15 59425111 doesn’t support PC gaming much but low end games are playable in low resolution and setting. You can watch videos without any issue.

Lenovo Flex 2 15 59425111 comes with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM and memory can be expanded up to 16GB. Speed of the memory is 1600Mhz. The laptop comes with 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. It is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD display offers maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels,  thus, you can stream up to 720p HD content but not 1080p content. However, it comes with HDMI output.

There is 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI-out, Ethernet port, 2-in-1 card reader(SD/MMC), combo jack. Wireless network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. Wired connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet.

The battery provides up to 6 hours of battery backup.

Lenovo B50 TOUCH – 59422927

Lenovo B50 TOUCH – 59422927 is one of the cheapest touch screen laptops available, designed for home users and students alike. In fact, Lenovo B50 TOUCH series has been designed to target budget consumers. Integrated with Intel Pentium N3530 processor, this laptop supports basic computing like word processing, running MS Office applications, web browsing, watching videos, video chatting etc. Some CPU intensive tasks like media encoding/decoding and light photo editing can be done in this laptop. You may, however, not get fast performance while performing such tasks. The laptop can’t handle high end gaming and running professional software like AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks and 3Ds Max,  but for causal entertainment it offers enough performance. Lenovo B50 TOUCH – 59422927 comes with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive which is common among budget laptops. It comes with DVD burner as well.  However, it is little heavier as compared with laptops with similar specification. It weighs around 5.6lbs and is just an inch thick. It also comes with HD webcam. Most cheap laptop uses VGA webcam though.  The price of the laptop is around $350. Here is a brief review of specifications and performance of Lenovo B50 TOUCH – 59422927

Specification and performance of f Lenovo B50 TOUCH – 59422927

Lenovo B50 – 59422927 Touch screen laptop is equipped with Intel Pentium N3530 processor which has 4 cores. The processor belongs to Intel’s low end Bay Trail M family. The operating frequency of the processor is 2.16 GHz and, due to Burst Technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.58GHz. It’s worth noting that the entire Lenovo B50 series of laptops comes with Intel Bay Trail M processors, so you won’t notice much of a difference, in performance, in this series of laptops. Model B50 TOUCH – 59422927 is installed with Intel HD graphics which is not a strong graphics like Intel HD 4400, so you can hardly expect latest PC games to run smoothly. However, some low end games like Dota 2, World of Warcraft, Anno 2070 will run in low details and settings. It can stream internet videos very well.

Lenovo B50 TOUCH – 59422927 is shipped with 4GB memory and the memory can be expanded up to 8GB. The laptop comes with 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system.

The 15.6” HD LED backlight display of the laptop comes with 1366 X 768 pixels resolution and offers up to 720p high definition playback. It comes with Accutype keyboard for smooth typing.

Ports and connectivity features include 2x USB 2.0, USB 3.0, 4-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/SDHC/SDXC), HDMI-out, RJ45, VGA and audio combo jack. Network connectivity is supported by 100/1000 Ethernet LAN and 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth.

The 4 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

Pros of Lenovo B50 TOUCH – 59422927

Inexpensive touch screen laptop for daily  use

Bluetooth

Cons of Lenovo B50 TOUCH – 59422927

No cons considering  offer price ( $350)

Some popular laptops, under $300, for everyday use

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5298 15.6-Inch Laptop

ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B 15.6 Inch HD Laptop, 500GB & Dual-Core 2.16GHz

Dell Inspiron i3531-3725BK

Dell Inspiron i3531-3725BK is one of the cheapest new laptops that is suitable for word processing, web browsing, emailing, Skype and watching videos. This under $300 laptop is equipped with popular Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor. You don’t have to compromise on screen size as the laptop comes with 15.6” display. When it comes to performance, Dell i3531-3725BK is not good for CPU intensive or GPU intensive programs. Basically, it is a simple laptop for typing, browsing and for communication. You can’t play high end games like Thief, Battlefield 4, Watch dogs etc., even at low details and settings. This laptop can’t handle 3D designing. The laptop comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, media card reader, audio jack and HDMI port. USB 3.0 port is missing here. Again, it lacks optical drive which is but a common feature with similar priced laptop.  The laptop is extremely light and weighs around 4.7lbs approx. and it comes with slimmer profile. The price of Dell i3531-3725BK is $285 which includes free shipping as well.

Dell Inspiron i3531-3725BK specification and performance

The Intel Celeron N2830 processor belongs to Intel’s latest Bay Trail M family. These processors are designed to provide low cost machines. The processor has 2 cores,  each core operating with 2.16 GHz frequency and, if system demands, the frequency can rise up to 2.4GHz. The laptop has integrated graphics which can support streaming of videos but not gaming. Some low end and older games can be played in this machine. However, with 4GB memory, it supports basic multi-tasking and handles office applications, emailing, skype etc.  Dell Inspiron i3531-3725BK can stream videos without an issue.  As the processor comes with low TDP rating, it is energy efficient as well.  you can play few Windows app games.

Inspiron i3531-3725BK is shipped with 4GB Single Channel DDR3 1600MHz memory in single slot which is enough for basic multi-tasking. The laptop comes with 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. This low cost laptop doesn’t offer SSD because of tight budget. However, chrome books come with 16 or 32GB SSD but again they don’t have additional physical hard drive. User has to rely on Google’s server (cloud storage). The laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system

The 15.6” non-touch LED backlit, high definition display of Dell Inspiron i3531-3725BK offers 1366 X 768 pixels resolution which means it can support 720p display but not 1080p. It comes with HDMI output as well.

Dell i3531-3725BK vs Dell i3531-1200BK

Dell i3531-3725BK is a successor to Dell i3531-1200BK. There is not much of a  difference between these two laptops. You can expect similar performance.

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5298 vs Dell i3531-3725BK

Both the laptop come with almost similar configuration.  However, both have their own pros and cons. Both doesn’t have inbuilt optical drive. Though Toshiba C55-B5298 comes with USB 3.0 which Dell lacks but Toshiba has non user replaceable battery.  However, Dell laptop has removable battery. Dell i3531-3725BK doesn’t come with Wired Ethernet connectivity.

Pros of Dell Inspiron i3531-3725BK 15.6-Inch Laptop

Inexpensive laptop

User can remove battery

Decent battery life

The keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keypad

Cons of Dell Inspiron i3531-3725BK 15.6-Inch Laptop

No USB 3.0

No Ethernet

 

Toshiba Satellite L55T-B5271

Toshiba Satellite L55T-B5271 is a slim touch screen laptop which is powered by Intel core i3-4025u processor and looks classy in Fusion Finish in Satin Gold.  Its 1.9 GHz Intel Core i3-4025u processor isn’t much faster when it comes to raw processing power. It’s still zippy enough while working with office applications, creating presentations, emailing, web browsing, watching internet video and little gaming. Toshiba L55T-B5271 is shipped with 6GB RAM to ensure the laptop does not struggle if you have lots of applications to open together. The laptop comes with 750GB hard drive.  As mentioned earlier, the hardware configuration of the laptop hardly supports high end tasks like 3D rendering and HD video editing. However, you can install iTunes and edit personal photos on this machine. The price of the laptop is $480 approx. which is quite reasonable.   The best part of this laptop is that it comes with a DVD drive whereas most of the slim laptops lack DVD drive. To know more about the Toshiba Satellite L55T-B5271 read the review further.

Specification and Performance of Satellite L55T-B5271

Satellite L55T-B5271 is powered by Intel core i3-4025u processor which is a dual core processor and each core operates with 1.9GHz. It has 3MB of cache. The processor is integrated with Intel HD 4400 graphics. When it comes to gaming, it supports low end games like Fifa 14, Star Craft II heart of the swarm, Dota 2  as well as World of Warcraft in low details and settings. It can stream HD videos smoothly. It should be kept in mind that such laptops are not designed for gaming or other CPU level rendering tasks. However, you can expect it to run cool. Toshiba L55T-B5271 is basically for everyday use as well as for some entertainment like watching video, playing music etc. It will struggle if you play games like Battlefield 3 and 4, COD Ghosts, Watch Dogs, Thief and similar other games. Basically ULV processors with integrated graphics are not suitable for hardware intensive tasks. If you are still looking for affordable gaming laptop, here are some popular laptops under $600 which offer performance for gaming along with some media editing-

  • Acer Aspire E5-571G-38VF– It comes with Intel core i3-4030u processor, NVIDIA GeForce 820M graphics with 1GB dedicated RAM for gaming, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth. It doesn’t come with optical drive and doesn’t have touchscreen.
  • Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W – This non-touch laptop is installed with Intel core i3-4210u, 8GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It comes with NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics with 2GB dedicated RAM. It can do little bit of everything and can run all the games including TitanFall, Watch Dogs, Thief. You can use it for video and photo editing as well. However, this laptop doesn’t come with optical drive.

Toshiba Satellite L55T-B5271 offers 6GB of RAM which means plenty of RAM for everyday use and basic multitasking. The 750GB hard drive offers enough storage to store lots of media files. The hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed.

The 15.6” LED backlit high definition display comes with native resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels with average viewing angle. As this is a budget machine we can’t expect much from this laptop. Though the display doesn’t support 1080p playback but user can view up to 720p HD content.  With HDMI output you can connect external display.

Toshiba L55T-B5271 comes with 1 USB 2.0 port, 2 USB 3.0 port (one is USB Sleep and Charge), HDMI, VGA, Ethernet port and audio port. Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Fast Ethernet. Bluetooth connectivity is missing.

45Whr, 4-Cell battery pack offers up to 4 hours of battery life

Pros of Toshiba Satellite L55T-B5271

Decent price feature ratio

USB 3.0 with sleep and charge

Touch screen

Adequate memory and storage

Cons of Toshiba Satellite L55T-B5271

No Bluetooth

No backlit keyboard.