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Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5280

Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5280 Laptop is intended for students, office users and for folks who are always on the go. Like Toshiba Radius, this 15.6” laptop comes with 360 degree hinge. Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W is new series from Toshiba and comes with various hardware configurations. Satellite Fusion L55W-C5280 Model comes with i5-5200U processor, 8GB RAM and 500GB hard drive, which means it will offer more than regular computing. Besides typing docs and web browsing, you can also do some entry level photo and video editing, create presentation, compress large file and video transcode etc. However, it is not suitable for 3D modelling, rendering and editing large HD files. You need faster processor and speedy hard drive for such tasks.  Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5280 lacks such features. There is no solid state drive installed in this laptop. A main stream laptop like Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5150 could be a good choice for such works. It comes with Intel Quad core i7-4720HQ processor, 256GB solid State Drive and 12GB RAM. It is not a convertible laptop but is touchscreen enabled. Both the laptops don’t come with optical drive but have backlit keyboard and support Wireless AC.

Intel core i5-5200u is a dual core processor and each core operates with 2.2GHz frequency. Due to Turboboost, the clock speed can rise up to 2.7GHz. The processor comes with 3MB of cache memory and support Hyperthreading Technology which means 2 cores can handle 4 threads at a time. Compared to Intel core i5-5200u processor, Intel core i7-4720HQ is a quad core processor and each core operates with 2.6GHz frequency and the speed can boost up to 3.6GHz. It comes with massive 6MB of cache. It supports Hyperthreading technology too, which means 4 cores can handle 8 threads at a time. Though architecturally they are built with different technologies,  Core  i7 is the clear winner with its four cores and massive cache. Please note that CAD software and video editing programs are mostly multi-threaded.

Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5280 comes with 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM, in two slots. According to Toshiba, memory is not user upgradable. It comes with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. It doesn’t offer full version of Microsoft office.

The 15.6” touchscreen display of Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5280 offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels, which means it cannot stream Full HD (1080p) content. There are plenty of certified refurbished laptops available at very less price. For instance, Toshiba Satellite 2-in-1 Convertible Radius P55W-B5224 which comes with Intel core i7-4510u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive . It comes with full HD IPS panel featuring 10 point multi touch support. It is Intel Widi ready.

Like Model C5278, Toshiba L55W-C5280 comes with 1-USB (2.0) port, 1-USB (3.0) port, 1-USB (3.0) port with USB Sleep and Charge port. There is a HDMI port with 4 K Ultra HD output capabilities. It comes with SD card reader and has HD webcam.  Only wireless network connectivity is available with this model which is supported by Wireless AC, with backward compatibility, and Bluetooth V4.1

3 cell/45 Wh Lithium Ion battery pack offers 5-6 hours of battery backup.

Final words

For regular usage, Satellite Fusion L55W-C5280 is a decent 2 in 1 laptop from Toshiba.  However, if you are expecting higher performance for CAD software , Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5150 Touchscreen laptop will be a more feasible option.  You will get free Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft against genuine Windows 8.1 Operating system.

 

Toshiba Satellite L55W-C5278 2 in 1 15.6 inch Touchscreen Laptop

Toshiba Satellite L55W-C5278 laptop is part of the Fusion family which is the new 2-in-1 line up from Toshiba. This beautiful laptop is mainly intended for students, office users or those who are always on the move. This Windows 10 laptop is touch enabled and is powered by Intel core i3-5015U processor, 8GB RAM and 750GB HDD.  Even though listed price of the laptop is higher, it is available at around $530, on sale. Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5278 2 in 1 comes with premium features like Wireless AC and Frameless LED Backlit TruType Keyboard. However, there are few short comings with this model as well. For instance, it doesn’t offer full HD display and Solid State Drive.  You can compare it with ASUS Flip TP500LA 2-in-1 Convertible Touchscreen laptop which comes with 15.6″ FHD Touchscreen display, Intel Core i5-5200U processor and 8GB RAM. It offers higher storage space and comes with 1TB hard drive.  Intel core i5-5200u processor is more powerful than i3-5015U. Intel core i3-5015U is an entry level core processor and supports all regular computing activities like running MS office or similar programs, browsing web, streaming videos, skype, emailing etc. You can run Handbrake and Blender but it won’t be zippier enough. An i5-5200u laptop will offer you more performance, especially if you are looking a laptop for office use.  It costs you little more but is worth buying as you will get Full HD display (1080p), more storage and much powerful processor. On the flip side, it lacks backlit keyboard and Wiresless AC.

Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5278 2 in 1 laptop comes with Intel core i3-5015U processor. Intel core i3-5015u processor has two cores and is part of the Intel’s 5th generation Broadwell processor. It operates with 2.1GHz of fixed frequency. As it does not support Turboboost Technology, overclocking is not possible.  But the processor comes with Hyperthreading technology which means it can handle 4 threads simultaneously (each core processing 2 threads at a time). Though most of the games use single core yet programs like video editing and streaming, 3D designing are benefitted by Hyperthreading. Even Microsoft Excel is a threaded program. Compared to i5-5200u processor, i3-5015u is clocked with much lowered speed.  i5-5200u operates at 2.2GHz and the frequency can go up to 2.7GHz in turbo mode.

This Toshiba Fusion Laptop comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is integrated graphics and uses system memory. You can’t upgrade graphics as it is a part of processor. Even though this laptop is not designed for gaming, still you can play games like Sims 4, Dota 2 Fifa 15 in low to medium resolution and setting.  This laptop is not appropriate for CAD software either. In case, you have to deal with such software occasionally, you can check out Toshiba Radius 2 -in-1 convertible laptop which is powered by i7-4510u processor. It comes with 12GB RAM, FHD IPS panel, 256GB solid state drive, wireless ac and backlit keyboard.  However, if you need a laptop just to increase basic productivity then Toshiba Satellite Fusion L55W-C5278 offers more than enough performance.

Toshiba L55W-C5278 comes with 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM. There are two memory slots. The laptop comes with 1-USB (2.0) port, 1-USB (3.0) port, 1-USB (3.0) port with USB Sleep and Charge port. There is an HDMI with 4 K Ultra HD output capabilities. It comes with SD card reader and has HD webcam.  Only wireless network connectivity is available with this model which is supported by Wireless AC, with backward compatibility, and Bluetooth V4.1

3 cell/45 Wh Lithium Ion battery pack offers 5-6 hours of battery backup.

Final words

For basic usage, Satellite Fusion L55W-C5278 is a decent 2 in 1 laptop from Toshiba.  However, if you are expecting higher performance, ASUS Flip TP500LA 2-in-1 Convertible Touchscreen laptop will be a more feasible option.

Dell Inspiron i5558-2147BLK

Dell Inspiron i5558-2147BLK offers perfect combination of style, price and performance. It is reasonably priced at $400 approx. For this price, you will get intel core i3-5015u processor, 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Intel core i3-5015U is an entry level core processor and supports all day to day tasks like running MS office or similar program, browsing web, streaming videos, skype, emailing etc. You can run Handbrake and Itunes but won’t get fast performance for such works. When it comes to gaming, Inspiron i5558-2147BLK supports casual gaming as well. It can run older and low end games like World of Warcraft, sims 4, Fifa 15 in low to medium resolution and setting. You can also play Minecraft by compromising resolution and setting.  But if you want to play latest games like Call of Duty Black ops 3, Fall out 4, you can take a look at Dell Inspiron 15 5548 Laptop Computer which comes with i7-5500u processor , 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive and Windows 8.1 OS (free upgrade to Windows 10). This laptop also offers backlit keyboard. However, Inspiron i5558-2147BLK doesn’t offer backlit keyboard.  Currently this i7 laptop is available on sale at Amazon. Dell Inspiron i5558-2147BLK comes with CD/DVD burner. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of i5558-2147BLK.

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Intel core i3-5015u processor is a dual core processor and is part of the Intel Broadwell family. It operates with 2.1GHz of fixed frequency. You can’t overclock the speed. However, the processor comes with Hyperthreading technology which means it can handle 4 threads at a time. Even though most of the games use single core, still some programs like video editing and streaming, 3D designing are benefitted by Hyperthreading. Even Microsoft Excel is a threaded program. Compared to i7-5500u processor, i3-5015u is clocked with much lower speed.  Core i7-5500u operates at 2.4GHz and goes up to 3GHz in turbo mode, whereas Core i3-5015u lacks Turboboost technology. I7-5500 has high cache of 4MB while i3 has 3MB of cache.

Dell Inspiron i5558-2147BLK comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is integrated graphics and uses system memory. You can’t upgrade graphics as it is a part of the processor. Alternately, you can take a look at Acer Aspire E5-573G-59C3, which comes with Intel core i5-5200U processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Please note that intel core i5-5200u is more powerful compared to i3-5015U because it operates with higher clock speed ( 2.2GHz- 2.7GHz ). This Acer laptop comes with NVIDIA Geforce GT 940M graphics with 2G dedicated video memory.

Dell Inspiron i5558-2147BLK is shipped with 6GB dual channel 1600MHz RAM and the memory is upgradable up to 16GB. It offers 1TB 5400rpm hard drive (SATA 6gbps). You can easily swap hard drive with SSD, for better performance. All you need to do is to remove battery and base cover.

The non-touch display of Dell Inspiron i5558-2147BLK comes with 1366 X 768 pixels resolution which can playback up to 720p content. Full HD or 1080p content will get scaled down to 768p.

Dell Inspiron i5558-2147BLK comes with One USB 3.0 port, Two USB 2.0 ports, One HDMI port,  One headphone and microphone combo (headset) port, RJ 45, SD card reader. It comes with inbuilt optical drive as well. It has 720p HD webcam.

The 4 cell battery offers power backup up to 7hrs 28min.

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5268

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5268 has been designed for home users and students – people who, ideally, don’t need to perform CPU intensive tasks on their laptop. It comes with Intel Pentium N3700 processor, 8GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. This laptop supports basic computing functions like working with MS word/excel, web browsing, emailing, video calling, watching videos, listening to music etc. However, Satellite C55-C5268 is not suitable for running software like Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD and Revit.  Such software or programs require a machine with more processing power. Though the specifications of Toshiba Satellite C55 C5268 will not appeal you much yet, from price point of view, it is definitely appealing. It comes with Windows 10 operating system. If you want a laptop that offers performance for casual gaming, some photo and video editing, creating presentation, audio and video transcoding then you need at least an i5 equipped laptop. Nowadays, you can get i5 based laptops under $400. For instance, Acer Aspire E5-571-53S1, which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. Though it is based on Windows 8.1, you can get free Windows 10 upgrade. As per recent Microsoft declaration, all genuine 8.1 OS based computer will get free upgrade. This acer laptop can do little bit of everything. Toshiba Satellite C55-C5268 comes with inbuilt optical drive which can burn both CD and DVD.

As far as processor performance goes, Intel core i5-5200u has leverage over Intel Pentium N3700 since it operates at 2.2GHz base frequency and can go up to 2.7GHz, using Turboboost technology. It also supports hyperthreading technology, which allows each core to handle 2 threads at the same time. On the other hand, N3700 is a quad core processor and operates at much lower clockspeed of 1.6 to 2.4GHz. It comes with 2MB of L2 cache while i5-5200u has 3MB of level 3 cache. The integrated graphics coming with i5 processor is more efficient than Intel HD graphics that comes with N3700. However, Toshiba Satellite C55-C5268 goes on to make itself more energy efficient by having low Thermal Design Power or the TDP rating.

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5268 comes with 8GB RAM but the memory is not expandable further. As storage option you get 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive which is enough for a regular computing activities. SSD drive equipped laptop will offer faster read and write speed though.

The display of the laptop supports standard resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels, which means this is not a full HD capable display. This model is not touchscreen enabled but it does not impact the functionality because Windows 10 goes very well with non-touch laptops. In case, you are looking for a touchscreen laptop, consider Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 which is powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It comes with full HD display and costs you around $450.

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5268 offers 1-USB (3.0) port, 2-USB (2.0) ports, media card reader, HDMI output, Microphone input port/Headphone output port (shared) and RJ 45. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, wireless 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 as well.

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

Final words

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5268 is a decent laptop for home users and students, who are looking for a laptop for basic computing only. It doesn’t support latest games. If you plan to do some photo and video editing, play latest games and install itunes, then Toshiba S55t-B5152 would be a more viable option. You not only get extra performance, you also get richer and more well defined viewing experience with full HD display.

HP 15-f305dx

HP 15-f305dx is a Windows 10 home operating system based under $300 laptop. Such laptops may not excel at CPU intensive tasks but are perfectly capable of basic computing tasks such as web browsing, document editing and multimedia playback. It comes with specifications that should deliver most of the everyday needs – exactly what you want from a laptop at this price. The laptop is integrated with AMD A6-5200 quad core processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive.  AMD A6-5200 was rolled out a couple of years back which is capable of executing all the above mentioned task smoothly. HP 15-f305dx comes with Integrated HD 8400 graphics which supports casual gaming and entry level photo and video editing. However, if you want to play latest games like Witcher 3, Battlefield hardline, GTA V at reasonable frame rates, HP 15-f305dx is not for you.  This laptop is not touchscreen enabled and photo and video editing, media editing task will not be zippier. Alternatively, you can take a look at Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 ($450 approx) which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 4GB RAM and 500 hard drive. This laptop is touchscreen enabled and comes with full HD display (1920 X 1080) while display of HP 15-f305dx offers 1366 X 768 pixel resolution. This Toshiba laptop supports some photo and video editing, installing itunes, media encoding jobs etc.

AMD A6-5200 has 4 cores and each core operates with fixed frequency of 2GHz. It comes with 2MB of cache memory. Intel core i5-5200u is a dual core processor and each core operates with 2.2 GHz of base frequency. Due to Turboboost technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz if system demands. It is integrated with hyperthreading technology which means 2 cores can handle 4 threads. Intel core i5-5200u has 3MB of Level 3 which is missing in AMD A6-5200. It is built with 28nm technology while i5-5200u is built on 14 nm. Thus i5-5200u is more powerful compared to AMD A6-5200. From architectural point of view, i5-5200u is integrated with more features like it supports dual channel memory controller while A6-5200 support single channel memory controller.

Back to HP 15-f305dx, the laptop comes with 4GB RAM in single slot. It comes with 500GB HDD. The laptop comes with black outfit. However, if you are looking for red laptop with similar specification you can take a look at HP Flyer Red 15.6″ 15-G227WM laptop which comes with similar specs. It costs you around $350 which includes matching sleeves, mouse and flash drive.

Ports and connectivity features of HP f305dx include Multi-format digital media card reader, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. It has VGA webcam and for network connectivity there are Fast Ethernet and Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n options. There is an inbuilt optical drive which can burn CDs and DVDs.

The laptop weighs around 4.85lbs which is not too heavy to lug around.

3-cell 31WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion polymer battery offers max battery backup up to 5 hrs. But it depends upon usage.

Final thoughts

HP 15-f305dx could be a decent option if your requirements are not very extensive. If you wish to have a moderately powered CPU and an intensive programmed GPU facilitating video and photo restructuring and for making your presentations along with a bit of gaming pleasure, then Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 could be a decent choice.

Dell I7352-3111SLV 13.3″ Touch-Screen Laptop

Dell I7352-3111SLV 13.3″ Touch-Screen is a convertible laptop that can be used in both laptop and tablet mode. It is based on Windows 10 and this operating system works very well with 2-in-1 or convertible laptops.  Windows 10 is going to introduce a new feature called Continuum which will help in effortlessly transforming a convertible laptop between a PC-like keyboard mode and tablet like touchmode. When it comes to specifications, Dell I7352-3111SLV is integrated with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 500GB hard drive and 8GB RAM.  Tasks like typing documents, web browsing, skype, emailing will be zippier in this laptop and you will also get good performance for entry level photo and video editing, itunes, running office application etc. However, this laptop is not for professional grade video editing or 3D rendering. For such tasks, you need more powerful specs like a solid state drive or high speed HDD and more memory.  Alternatively, you can consider ASUS Zenbook UX303LA 13.3-Inch FHD IPS Touchscreen Laptop which comes with i5-5200U processor,  8GB  RAM and 256GB SSD. It also comes with mini-display port along with full size HDMI. Mini display port is not available with Dell laptop. However, like Dell I7352-3111SLV it offers backbit keyboard and wireless ac support.

The Intel core i5-5200u processor has 2 cores which operate with base frequency of 2.2 GHz and, on system demand, the frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz. It has 3MB of cache memory. It comes with intel HD 5500 graphics which is the only graphics option for this laptop and you can’t upgrade graphics. However, this kind of laptops are not used for heavy gaming or 3D modelling.  If you just need a laptop for MS office, web browsing, watching videos, skype emailing etc., then HP Pavilion 13-s020nr x360 Convertible 13.3-Inch Laptop is a more suitable option. It is touchscreen laptop as well.  The laptop is shipped with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Though the resolution of the laptop is lower compared to Dell I7352-3111SLV, you get IPS display panel which means you will get crisp pictures with great viewing angle. Also the price is much lower than Dell I7352-3111SLV.

Dell I7352-3111SLV is shipped with 8GB RAM but memory is not upgradable as there is only one slot. Memory speed is 1600Mhz. The laptop comes with 500GB 5400 rpm (SATA 3 Gbps)hard drive. You can swap hard drive with SSD. However, you need to unscrew base cover and battery to reach the hard drive.

The 13.3” Touchscreen display panel offers max resolution of 1920 X 1080p. The network connectivity is supported by Wi-Fi Ac and Bluetooth. It doesn’t offer wired connectivity, whereas HP 13-s020nr offers wired connectivity. On the other hand, HP 13-s020nr doesn’t offer backlit keyboard while Dell laptop comes with backlit keyboard.

Ports and connectivity features include  One USB 3.0 port,  One USB 2.0 port,  One USB 3.0 port with PowerShare, One HDMI port and  One headset port . There is an SD card reader as well as a HD webcam with this model.

The 3-cell “smart” lithium ion (65 WHr) offers up to 6 hours of battery backup.

Dell I7352-3111SLV is a nice 13.3” laptop which can do little bit of everything. However, if you are looking for a cheap touchscreen laptop for regular computing activities then you can consider HP Pavilion 13-s020nr x360 Convertible 13.3-Inch Laptop.

Dell Inspiron I7548-2571SLV

Dell has refreshed laptop offerings ahead of Windows 10 launch and Dell Inspiron I7548-2571SLV is one such laptop which is based on Windows 10 operating system. Integrated with Intel core i5-5200u processor and 6GB RAM, this laptop not only offers performance for regular computing  activities, like working with MS office, we browsing, emailing/Skype etc., you can also perform light CPU and GPU intensive tasks. Inspiron I7548-2571SLV allows you to work with entry level photo and video editing, video files encoding and decoding, making presentations, compressing large files watching video etc. This is a touchscreen laptop and comes with 1TB 5400 rpm drive.  It doesn’t come with inbuilt optical drive which makes it slim considering its size and, at 4.85lbs, it is not overly heavy to lug around while portability is the main concern. Within similar price range, you can also consider Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 laptop which is not a touchscreen laptop but is based on Windows 10. It costs you around $450 and offers Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD. It has inbuilt DVD burner. Premium features like backlit keyboard and wireless ac are not available with this laptop but you get similar processor, more memory and inbuilt DVD burner at lesser price. Read the review further to know more about specifications and performance of Inspiron I7548-2571SLV.

Intel core i5-5200U processor is a dual core processor based on Broadwell architecture. Each core operates with 2.2GHz and can Turboboost up to 2.7GHz. It also comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is the only graphics option for this laptop. You can play low end games in this laptop but will hardly be able to play latest games like Witcher 3, Wasteland 2 or upcoming games like Call of Duty Black ops 3, Fall out 4 at reasonable details and setting. To play such games, a mid-end discrete graphics card equipped laptop with dedicated video memory will be more suitable. For instance, you can buy Asus K501LX-EB71 which comes with Intel core i7-5500u processor, 8GB RAM and 250GB SSD. It is integrated with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M Graphics with 2GB video memory and has full HD capable display. The laptop not only supports latest games, you can also use this machine for AutoCAD and Adobe Photoshop.  Dell Inspiron I7548-2571SLV won’t offer fast performance for 3D modelling, especially when it comes to rendering of large 3D models.

Dell Inspiron I7548 2571SLV comes with 6GB dual channel 1600MHz RAM and the memory is upgradable up to 16GB. There are two SODIMM slots. As told earlier, it doesn’t offer SSD.

The 15.6” truelife touchscreen panel offers max resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels, which means it can stream full HD content.

Ports and connectivity features include one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 3.0 port with PowerShare, one HDMI port, one headphone and microphone combo (headset) port. It supports Wi-fi ac, Bluetooth and Intel WiDi.  It doesn’t support wired network connectivity though. On the other hand, you will get wired network connectivity with Toshiba C55-C5241.

The Dell I7548-2571SLV laptop is integrated with HD webcam. Audio is supported by Realtek ALC3234 with Waves MaxxAudio Pro with two 2.5w speakers. The card reader supports SD and MMC.

At $580, Dell I7548-2571SLV is a decent laptop for home, home office and students. The 3-cell battery offers up to 5 hours battery backup.

ASUS F554LA-WS71 15.6-Inch Laptop

ASUS F554LA-WS71 is a budget laptop intended for those who are looking for something more than a regular computer. The price of the laptop (at the time of publishing this article) is $ 630 approx with free shipping. Powered by Intel core i7-5500u processor and 8GB RAM, it can perform CPU intensive tasks smoothly. For instance, you can work with Adobe Photoshop, illustrator, AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks, Inventor and Blender etc. However, it is advisable to buy a Workstation Grade laptop if you have to deal with rendering of large 3D models or editing large HD videos.  1TB 5400rpm hard drive coming with ASUS F554LA-WS71 could create bottleneck for high I/O jobs.   A faster drive or SSD will be more preferable for such tasks.  Again, the laptop comes with Intel i7 ULV processor which, unlike Intel core i7-4720HQ, has four cores and store less cache memory. However, if you are looking for a budget laptop for such tasks, you can take a look at Toshiba S55T-B5150 which comes with 2.6GHz Intel quad core i7-4720HQ processor and the clock speed can rise further up to 3.6GHz. It comes with 12GB of memory and 256GB SSD. Other key features with Toshiba S55T-B5150 include backlit keyboard, HDMI with 4K Ultra HD output capability and Wireless AC, which are missing in ASUS F554LA WS71. Toshiba S55T-B5150 is a touchscreen laptop while Asus F554LA-WS71 is not touchscreen enabled laptop.

As informed earlier, ASUS F554LA-WS71 is powered by Intel core i7-5500u processor and has two cores. Each core operates with base frequency of 2.4GHz and, with the help of Turboboost Technology, the frequency can rise up to 3 Ghz. It comes with 3MB of cache. On the other hand, i7-4720HQ has four cores, each core operating with 2.6GHz and the cores can auto overclock up to 3.6GHz, if system demands.  It has 6MB of cache.  Thus, i7-4720HQ is a more suitable option if you want to run high end games,  perform video editing and 3D designing etc.

ASUS F554LA-WS71 comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is integrated graphics and uses system memory. It can run high end games in low to medium details and setting but games like sims 4, Fifa 15 will run smoothly on this machine. Users can’t upgrade graphics as it is part of the processor die. You can also consider ASUS K501LX-EB71 which comes with dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 2G GDDR3 Discrete Graphics and has 256GB SSD. Though it is not a touchscreen laptop yet it comes with premium features like Full HD display, Brushed Metal finish and backlit keyboard. It also supports Wireless AC. Both the laptops are eligible for free Windows 10 upgrade. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 2G GDDR3 supports almost all latest gams like Witcher 3, Battle field 4 etc . You can test Cuda programming on this laptop. The price of the laptop is $800.

The display of ASUS F554LA-WS71 offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. ASUS F554LA-WS71 comes with 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. It also has inbuilt optical drive.

Ports and connectivity features include 1 COMBO audio jack, 1 VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor,  2 USB 3.0 ports,  1 USB 2.0 port, 1 RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert and 1 HDMI. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b g and n and Bluetooth. Wireless ac is missing here but it comes with SD card reader and integrated VGA webcam.

The 2-cell Li-ion Polymer Battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.  The laptop is available at different stores as well as online at Amazon, Fry’s etc. Check here for Buyers’ review at Amazon

Toshiba Satellite L75-C7250

Toshiba Satellite L75-C7250 is 17.3” laptop and could be a good choice for those who are looking for desktop replacement laptop. There are many benefits with a 17.3” laptop, especially if you work heavily with spreadsheets or need to run graphical applications. You will get larger field of view and the keyboard looks less cramped. You are able to input numerical data into a spreadsheet much faster and more efficiently. However, this 17.3” laptop is not a high end laptop. Toshiba L75-C7250 comes with Intel core i3-4005u processor which is a fourth generation Intel processor. It is zippier enough for tasks like MS word and excel, surfing internet, video streaming, social networking, video calls and some entry level photo and video editing. But you can’t play high end games like The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt or upcoming game like Fall out 4, even in low details and settings. However, some low end and older games are playable in low resolution and setting. This laptop comes with 6GB RAM and 500GB, 5400rpm hard drive. It doesn’t support applications like AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe illustrator etc.  Alternatively, Toshiba Satellite L75-C7234 17.3-Inch Laptop, also running Windows 10, is powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. However, Satellite L75-C7234 doesn’t offer backlit keyboard while Model L75-C7250 has backlit keyboard.

Intel core i5-5200u is more powerful compared to i3-4005u processor. It operates at higher frequency of 2.2GHz and, due to turboboost technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz. On the other hand, Core i3-4005u processor coming with L75-C7250 operates with 1.7GHz of fixed frequency. Other than this, i5-4200u is architecturally more advanced and offers better integrated graphics.

Toshiba Satellite L75-C7250 comes with Integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics which can stream HD videos smoothly. As mentioned earlier, it can’t run latest games but you can play world of Warcraft, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void in low details and settings.

The laptop is shipped with 6GB 1600Mhz RAM in two slots and supports max 16GB memory. It comes with 500GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA hard disk drive. SSD is missing in this laptop which would have improved overall performance a bit.  It comes with Windows 10 and 1 month trial offer for new Microsoft® Office 365 customers.

The 17.3” non-touch display offers max resolution of 1600 X 900 pixels which means it can support up to 720p playback only. Full HD or 1080p is not supported on this display.  With the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on big TV or monitor though.

Satellite L75-C7250 comes with 1-USB (3.0) port, 1-USB (3.0) port with USB Sleep and Charge, 2-USB (2.0) ports and HDMI output port. It comes with RJ 45 Ethernet port and SD card reader as well. There is a Headphone jack (stereo) and Microphone jack (mono). The HD webcam is supported by dual Microphone. It comes with backlit keyboard and has DVD /CD burner as well.

The 4 cell 45whr battery offers power backup up to 4-5 hours which depends on usage as well.

Final thoughts

Toshiba Satellite L75-C7250 will be a decent desktop replacement laptop, if you don’t require to work with CPU intensive programs. However, if you are looking for a laptop that could offer little bit everything, including CPU and GPU intensive program like photo and video editing, media transcoding, creating presentation and some latest gaming, then L75-C7234 could be a better choice.

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5270

Though Toshiba Satellite C55-C5270 runs on Windows 10 OS yet it is not a high end laptop. With 8GB RAM and a fourth generation Intel core i3-4005u processor,  this laptop can do all regular computing activities but when it comes to CPU intensive jobs like Adobe Photoshop CC and  illustrator, AutoCAD, Revit, Coral Draw etc. it will start to lag. However, you would be able to stream YouTube videos smoothly on this machine. C55-C5270 supports low end gaming. You can play browser games and older games like WOW, TF2,  Fifa 15 in low to medium details and setting. However, the hardware specs doesn’t support latest games like The Witcher 3,  Wasteland 2 etc. Other stuff you can do on this laptop include installing iTunes and video encoding but don’t expect faster performance for such tasks. Satellite C55-C5270 doesn’t offer SSD and comes with conventional 1TB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA hard disk drive. The laptop is listed at $480 plus taxes but Staples may reduce price after sometime. Alternatively, you can consider Toshiba C55-C5241 which comes with Intel core i5-5200u 5th generation processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Rest of the features are almost same for both models. This i5 powered laptop can improve performance significantly. Day to day tasks like working with word/excel, web browsing would be zippier on this laptop. You can also run CPU intensive applications like Adobe Photoshop and AutoCAD. However, if you need to render large 3D files or need to edit large Video files, you need work station grade laptop. Toshiba C55-C5241 promises to do little bit of everything and will cost you around $450.

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5270 is powered by Intel core i3-4005u processor which is a 4th generation Intel core i3-4005u processor and operates at fixed frequency of 1.7GHz. It has two cores. Compared with Intel core i5-5200u, i3-4005u processor offers less performance. It is so because i5-5200u is built with 14nm technology while i3-4005u is based on 22nm. I5-5200u operates at higher frequency of 2.2- 2.7GHz.  Intel core i3-4005u doesn’t support Turboboost.  So, if you are requirement is beyond basic computing, Toshiba C55-C5241 is a more feasible option.

Satellite C55-C5270 comes with Intel HD 4400 graphics which is entry level integrated graphics. It can stream videos smoothly but you can’t play high end games on this machine. Games like Wow and TF2 can be played in low details and settings though.

Satellite C55-C5270 is shipped with 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. RAM is not user upgradable.

The 15.6” display of Toshiba Satellite C55-C5270 offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels but it is not a touchscreen laptop. It comes with Windows 10 which works well with both touch and non-touch interfaces. However, if you are still looking for touchscreen laptop within same budget, you can take a look at Toshiba Satellite C55Dt-C5245 (Windows 10 preinstalled) which comes with better processor configuration (AMD A8-7410 quad core processor) and has 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive.  It can accomplish day to day activities faster and also offer performance for casual gaming, entry level photo and video editing etc.

The laptop comes with a number of ports and connectivity features which include 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1  HDMI port, 1 RJ-45 Ethernet port and  1 microphone/headphone combo jack. There is HD webcam to support video calls and DVD burner for occasional backup. Network connectivity is supported by Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth

The 4 cell lithium ion battery offers battery life up to 5 hours but it depends upon usage.