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Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5259

This year Toshiba has unveiled a new 2-in-1 convertible laptop series know as Toshiba Satellite Fusion and Toshiba L55W-C5259 belongs to this series. The laptop is powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid state Drive. It is a premium laptop and offers features like Wireless ac and full HD IPS touchscreen panel, which means you will get greater viewing angle with crisp pictures. Toshiba L55W-C5259 has been designed for students and office users. You can run office applications, create presentations and stream HD videos smoothly. You can play latest games on this laptop and do small 2D/3D designing and video editing as well. However, not all games are playable in highest setting.  Such laptops are mostly equipped with ULV processor which is designed for saving energy. If you are looking for a laptop that can help you with 3D rendering, HD video editing, Animation and engineering simulation then this 2-in-1 laptop is not for you and you should look for a mainstream laptop. You can take a look at Toshiba Satellite S55-C5248 which comes with quad core i7-4720HQ processor (2.6GHz-3.6GHz), 1TB hard drive and 12GB RAM. It also offers Full HD display and is currently available at $850, at Amazon (lowest price at the time of publishing the post). Toshiba L55W-C5259 will cost you around $700-$800 and is available at different stores including Fry’s and Amazon. As you know, most 2 in-1 laptops lack inbuilt optical drive and this Toshiba laptop is not an exception.

Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5259 is powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor which is the fifth generation Intel dual core processor and operates with base frequency of 2.2GHz. The frequency can increase up to 2.7GHz in turbo mode. The processor comes with 3MB of cache memory. On the other hand, Intel core i7-4720Hq has 4 cores, each core operating with 2.6GHz, and in turbo mode the frequency can rise up to 3.6GHz. It has 6MB of cache which is almost double as compared to i5-5200u. Cache memory is important as frequently used data is stored in cache memory. Check here to know more about the laptop

Toshiba L55W-C5259 comes with integrated Intel HD graphics which is the only graphics option for this laptop. With 8GB RAM, it can run almost all games but games like Witcher 3 will be played in low resolution and setting with very less frame rates. However, Minecraft and league of legends are playable smoothly on this machine. It ca stream HD videos smoothly.

Toshiba L55W-C5259 comes with 8GB RAM. According to Toshiba, memory is not user upgradable, even though there are two memory slots. For storage it offers 128GB M.2 solid state drive (SSD). Windows 10 home is preloaded on the SSD. This laptop doesn’t come with MS office full version though. But it is loaded with Toshiba proprietary software. However, if you are looking for clutter free model you can consider Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5258 Signature Edition Laptop which does not come with SSD but has 1TB hard drive. Rest of the specifications are similar in the two models.

Toshiba L55W-C5259 comes with plenty of ports and connectivity features. It has  1-USB (2.0) port, 1-USB (3.0) port, 1-USB (3.0) port with USB Sleep and Charge, HDMI® with 4K Ultra HD output capability and SD card reader. There is a HD webcam with dual microphone. Satellite L55W-C5259 comes with backlit keyboard as well. Network Connectivity is supported by Intel® Dual-Band Wireless-AC 7265 and Bluetooth® V4.1. There is no wired network connectivity available with this machine.

Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5259 offers 3 cell/45 Wh Lithium Ion battery pack (not user replaceable) which offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

Asus Q302LA-BBI5T19

Asus Q302LA-BBI5T19 2-in-1 13.3″ Touch-Screen convertible laptop is a decent computing solution for those of you who want functionalities of both laptop and tablet in the same unit. Asus Q302LA-BBI5T19 doesn’t compromise when it comes to processing power and it can be easily converted from laptop to tablet.  However, it comes with few shortcomings which have been made in order to make the laptop affordable. It doesn’t have Solid State Drive and it doesn’t come with FullHD display panel. The hardware specifications of ASUS Q302LA-BBI5T19 include an Intel core i5-5200U processor, 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. This configuration is quite enough for those who are looking for a laptop for typing documents, working with spreadsheets, creating presentation,  compressing large file, some elementary level of video editing and 3D designing.  You can also use it for gaming as well as for watching videos. However, if you are more into video editing or designing, more memory, a faster drive and full HD display are preferable. You can also consider Lenovo – Yoga 3 2-in-1 14″ Touch-Screen Laptop which will be a more decent option. It has 256GB Solid State Drive and Full HD display. This laptop is powered by Intel core i5-5200u, has 8GB RAM and FullHD touch screen Display panel. Like Asus Q302LA BBI5T19, it also runs on Windows 10.

Asus Q302LA-BBI5T19 incorporates Intel core i5-5200u processor which operates with base frequency of 2.2GHz and the frequency can boost up to 2.7GHz. It comes with 3MB of cache memory.  This is a ULV processor and is meant for regular home and office use. If you need to run CAD software (AutoCAD/Revit) in your laptop then you need mainstream processor like i7-4720HQ or i7-5700HQ. These are quad core processor. For instance MSI GP62 Leopard Pro-002 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop is integrated with Intel Core i7-5700HQ 2.7-3.5 GHz Processor, 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 15.6-Inch Screen  pending  NVIDIA Geforce GTX950M with dedicated 2GB video memory. Though it is gaming laptop yet it will support 3D rendering, large video editing and similar task. This laptop offers faster 1 TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive.  SSD are not a good solution if you have very large storage requirement because a 1TB Solid State Drive is expensive and cost you around $350. Also NVIDIA graphics helps in such tasks.

Asus Q302LA-BBI5T19 doesn’t come with discrete graphics and Intel HD 5500u graphics is the only graphics option for this laptop. You can run almost all games on this laptop but not all games will run smoothly on this machine. For instance games like Far Cry 4, The Witcher 3 will run in low details and resolution at very low fps.

Asus Q302LA-BBI5T19 comes with 6GB RAM arranged in two slots. It comes with 1TB HDD which operates with 5400 rpm speed. Users can replace HDD with 2.5 inch SSD.

Unfortunately 13.3” display panel of Asus Q302LABBI5T19 doesn’t offer full HD resolution and supports native resolution of 1366 X 768P. You can also consider Toshiba  L55W-C5259 15.6-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop which comes with full HD display panel and has 128GB SSD.  It has more memory (8GB ) and it is powerend by same Intel core i5-5200u processor. It also comes with backlit keyboard  and wireless ac.

Asus Q302LA-BBI5T19 has standard ports and connectivity features. On the right side you will get 3.5 mm combo audio, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI-out, Power adapter and on left side you will get Kensington Lock, 1x USB 2.0, SD reader, Windows Home button, Volume rocker, Power button.

Network connectivity is supported by Wireless ac and Bluetooth. The integrated 3-cell is non-removable and offers around  5.5 hours of battery backup.

Toshiba C55-B5277

Toshiba C55-B5277 is a cheap 15.6in laptop designed for students, home users and anyone who wants a mid-size Windows 10 laptop for under $250. This laptop is definitely not for media encoding or photo and video editing task. Even low end PC games will struggle to run in this laptop because this laptop is powered by Intel Celeron N2830 processor and 2GB memory. You can use it for typing documents, emailing and browsing web. However, multitasking need to be undertaken in moderation only. For better performance, you can consider Asus F555LA-AB31 budget Windows 10 laptop which comes with more powerful Intel core i3-5010u processor. It has 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive. It offers better performance, you can browse web with multiple tabs,  type docs while downloading movies and install itunes. This laptop also supports basic photo and video editing. The main benefit of this laptop is that it comes with full HD display (1920 X 1080)p and offers wireless ac while Toshiba Satellite C55-B5277 comes with low resolution of 1366 X 768 display.  Toshiba satellite comes with internal optical drive and offers standard ports and connectivity features. Here is a brief review about specs and performance of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5277

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Before taking any decision, you might want to know how Intel core i3-5010u competes against Celeron N2830. Here is a brief comparison between the two processors.  Intel core i3-5010u has two cores and each core operates with 2.1GHZ but the clock speed can’t increase further. Celeron N2830, on the other hand, is also a dual core processor and operates between 2.16GHz (normal mode) and 2.41GHz (turbo mode). Now i3-5010u is hyperthreading enabled which means 2 cores can handle 4 threads at a time, while 2 cores of N2830 handle only 2 threads at a time. Also, Celeron N2830 has 1MB of L2 cache while i3-5010u has 3MB of L3 cache. Celeron N2830 supports up to 1333MHZ memory, while i5-5200u supports up to 1600MHz which is faster than 1333MHz. The major difference which makes Intel core i3-5010u much faster compared to Intel Celeron N2840 is its architecture. Intel i3-5010 is built with 14nm Broadwell technology while Intel N2830 is fabricated with 22nm technology. Reducing the size of transistors in a processor has multiple benefits;  you can fit more transistors in same space, giving  greater performance,  without extra cost. On the other hand, decreasing the distance between transistors reduces the amount of power needed to activate them and to get a signal transferred from one to the next. The results is a reduction in overall power consumption.

Satellite C55-B5277 comes with Intel HD BayTrail graphics which is an integrated graphics and uses system memory.  As the laptop has very low memory, you can’t play even low end games like Dota 2 and Sims 4 smoothly on this machine,  even at lower setting. So running upcoming games on this laptop is ruled out. If you are looking for a budget laptop that allows you to play games, do some photo and video editing, perform video transcoding along with day to day computing, take a look at Toshiba C55-C5241 laptop which comes with 1TB hard drive and 8GB RAM.

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5277 comes with 2GB RAM and is installed with 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. Hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 10.

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, LAN port and SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by fast Ethernet LAN, 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth.

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5277 4cell/45Wh Lithium Ion battery pack offers 5 hours of battery life.

ASUS F555LA-AB31 15.6-inch Full-HD Laptop

Though ASUS F555LA-AB31 is an entry level laptop yet it is configured with the full HD display panel (1920 X 1080)p. Equipped with an Intel Core i3-5010u processor (broadwell) and accompanied with 4GB of RAM, it can perform basic computing activities with ease. For instance, you can type documents, work with spreadsheets, run Spotify, IMing/skype etc. Even streaming videos is quite smooth but hardware intensive activities like high end photo editing, video editing and 2D/3D designing etc. will definitely feel a severe paucity of resources in terms of computing power and memory as well. ASUS F555LA-AB31 is very much capable of playing older gaming titles like World of Warcraft, Dirt Rally, etc. but the latest gaming titles like The Witcher 3 will find it very difficult to run on this laptop. It comes with 500GB, 5400rpm hard drive. If you are looking for a laptop that can do little bit of everything, including gaming and video editing, then you can consider Toshiba C55-C5241 which is equipped with a 5th generation Intel Core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB internal hard drive. This laptop will accomplish day to day tasks smoothly and you can run almost all games on the machine but not all games are playable at highest settings. If you require more powerful processing power (for editing large HD files or rendering large 3D files) then it is recommended to look for a workstation grade laptop.

ASUS F555LA-AB31 is equipped with Intel 5th generation Core i3-5010u processor which operates at a fixed clock speed of 2.1GHz and has 2 cores. Comparing with Intel Core i5-5200u processor, i3-5010u definitely has somewhat less computing power; mainly due to missing support for turboboost technology which helps a processor to overclock dynamically up to certain limit, if system demands. Also i5-5200u operates with little higher base frequency. The Intel core i5-5200u operates with 2.2GHz and can achieve higher clock speed of 2.7GHz in Turboboost mode. If performance is your primary concern, you can consider Toshiba C55-C5241 over ASUS F555LA-AB31.

ASUS F555LA-AB31 comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is integrated with the main processor. It is an entry level graphics which can stream videos smoothly. Playing older gaming titles with lower settings is very much doable but high end gaming or upcoming gaming titles will definitely not make it to the mark.

ASUS F555LA-AB31 is factory fitted with 4GB DDR3L (1600MHz) RAM and a standard 500GB internal hard drive spinning at 5400 rpm.  The memory is upgradable to 8GB. Of course, for better performance, hard drive can always be replaced with a solid state drive.

ASUS F555LA-AB31 display screen has a maximum resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels but it is not touchscreen enabled. The laptop is installed with Windows 10 which is compatible with non-touch laptops as well. But, if touchscreen entices you then you can consider Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 laptop which is equipped with an Intel Core i5-5200u processor, 4GB of memory and a moderate 500GB hard drive. Loaded with Windows 8.1 it can very well complete day to day computing chores and also go the extra mile with basic photo and video files editing. Windows 8.1 system can be freely upgraded to Windows 10 as promulgated by Microsoft.

ASUS F555LA-AB31 has 2USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, 1VGA port and combination jack for headphone / microphone. Network connectivity is provided by the Ethernet port as well as 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi adpater. External devices can be integrated via Bluetooth functionality. An integrated HD webcam ensure there are no hiccups with your video chats. There is an inbuilt optical drive as well that can burn CD and DVD as well.

The 4-cell lithium ion battery offers a power backup up to 4 hours depending on how aggressively the laptop is being used.

To Summarize

For anyone looking for a basic laptop, ASUS F555LA-AB31 is a perfect fit. Day to day computing will not be any problem but anything more than that would require performance grade machine,  for which an Intel Core i5 equipped machine would make a better choice.

 

Acer Aspire E5-511-P1RJ

Acer Aspire E5-511-P1RJ 15.6” laptop comes with good speed and powerful features for its $299 price tag. It offers quad core Intel Pentium N3540 processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Since Pentium N3540 is an entry level processor, you can’t work with hardware demanding programs like Adobe Photoshop CS6,  After Effects and AutoCAD. However, the processor will be able to see through basic photo editing and video streaming. It will also be able to stream HD content to external device. If you are looking for a laptop to help you working with documents, spreadsheet and internet surfing then it is a decent device. In case, you are looking for a laptop that can do little of everything including some photo and video editing, running latest games, video transcoding along with day to day job  then Toshiba C55-C5241 would be a more suitable  option as it comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It also has optical drive which is missing in Acer E5-511-P1RJ. Toshiba C55-C5241 is preinstalled with Windows 10 while Acer laptop runs on Windows 8.1.

Now, you may want to know how Intel core i5-5200u competes against Pentium N3540. Here is a brief comparison between the two processors.  Intel core i5-5200u has two cores and each core operates with 2.2GHZ, while the clock speed can rise up to 2.7GHz in turbo mode. Pentium N3540, on the other hand, is a quad core processor and operates between 2.16GHz (normal mode) and 2.67GHz (turboboost). Now i5-5200u is hyperthreading enabled which means 2 cores can handle 4 threads at a time, while 4 cores of N3540 handle only 4 threads at a time. Also, Pentium N3540 has 2MB of L2 cache while i5-5200u has 3MB of L3 cache. Pentium N3540 supports up to 1333MHZ memory, while i5-5200u supports up to 1600MHz which is faster than 1333MHz. The major difference which makes Intel core i5-5200 much faster compared to Intel Pentium N3540 is its architecture. Intel i5-5200u is built with 14nm Broadwell technology while Intel N3540 is fabricated with 22nm technology.

I5-5200u comes with better integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics while N3540 comes with weak integrated graphics. Thus, Acer Aspire E5-511-P1RJ is not suitable for PC gaming. However, some low end games like Sims 4 and Dota 2 can be played in low resolution and setting.  If you want to play latest or upcoming games on your laptop then Toshiba C55-C5241 would be more appropriate option. However not all games are playable in high details and setting.

Aspire E5-511-P1RJ comes with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM and memory is upgradable up to 8GB. There is only 1 memory slot though. For storage, it comes with 500GB 5400rpm HDD, preinstalled with Windows 8.1. For the price, we can’t expect SSD equipped laptop.

Acer Aspire E5-511-P1RJ comes with 15.6” display panel which is not touchscreen enabled and offers standard resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. If you are looking for a laptop with full HD resolution support (1920 X 1080)p then you can consider Asus F555LA-AB31  Windows 10 laptop.  It comes with core i3-5010u processor, based on 14nm broadwell architecture, and offers slightly better performance over Pentium N3540 processor. It also has wireless ac and DVD burner which is missing in Acer laptop. It cost you around $350.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, you get 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI and Gigabit Ethernet LAN port. It also has VGA port. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth and wireless 802.11 b/g/n. It weighs around 5.51lbs which is little heavy considering the fact that inbuilt optical drive is not available and it is non-touch screen laptop.

The 6 cell battery offers battery backup of  7 hours, depending upon usage.

Lenovo Flex 3 11 – 80LX0026US

Lenovo Flex 3 11 – 80LX0026US is a 2-in-1 laptop with loads of features and doesn’t cost you much. It offers decent specifications at a competitive price. The laptop comes with Intel Celeron N2840 processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Typing documents and browsing internet will not be an issue with this laptop. You will also be able to play low end older games in low resolution and details. However, since the laptop comes with very basic processor, you can’t play demanding games like Witcher 3, Far Cry 4, Battlefield Hardline etc. Lenovo Flex 3 11 – 80LX0026US is not suitable either for video editing or 3D designing.  Nowadays, people look for SSD as it improves the performance a bit. You can take a look at Toshiba Satellite L15-B1330 which, though not a 2-in-1 laptop, comes with same processor and 128GB Solid state drive. Compared to Lenovo Flex 3 11 – 80LX0026US, this laptop will cost you much less. However, Satellite L15-B1330 is not a touchscreen laptop. None of these laptops come with inbuilt optical drive which can be understood considering the price. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Lenovo Flex 3 11 – 80LX0026US

Lenovo Flex 3 11 – 80LX0026US comes with Intel Celeron N2840 processor which is a very basic processor. It has 2 cores and each core operates with 2.16GHz frequency. It has 1MB of L2 cache. If you need more powerful small and compact laptop that can easily furnish day to day tasks, you can consider Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15WB1320 which comes with Quad core Intel Pentium N3540 processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive.  Intel Pentium N3540 also operates with same base frequency of 2.16GHz and frequency can boost up to 2.67GHZ in turbo mode. Please note that N3540 has four cores and it is quite obvious that you will get better performance compares to Intel N2840. Both the processors are built on same BayTail architecture. So, Toshiba L15W B1320 will give better performance for entry level photo and video editing and video transcoding as well. It will also offer better gaming performance compared to Lenovo Flex 3 11 – 80LX0026US. However, both the laptop comes with Intel integrated HD graphics.

Lenovo Flex 3 11 – 80LX0026US comes with 4GB RAM which can’t be upgrade. It offers 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 is preinstalled on HDD and can be upgraded to Windows 10 for free.

The 11.6” display of the laptop supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means  it supports streaming in 720p resolution but not in 1080p. However, it can downscale 1080p content to 768p.

The edges of Lenovo 11 – 80LX0026US are arranged with 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, 4-in-1 card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC), Audio combo jack, HDMI, RJ-45. Network connectivity is supported by Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 and Bluetooth Version 4.0.

Audio is supported by 1.5W stereo Speakers with Dolby Home Theater certification. It also comes with 0.3MP VGA webcam.

The lithium ion battery pack offers max battery life up to 5 hours.

Final thoughts

Lenovo Flex 3 11 – 80LX0026US is decent for  day to day computing but Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15WB1320 would be better option if you want to accomplish regular computing operation smoothly.

HP Pavilion 14-ab167us

Featuring a 14” non-touch display panel, HP Pavilion 14-ab167us Windows 10 laptop is quite a decent buy, considering the specs it has. To be specific, it pushes the limit a bit further by going beyond day to day computing activities and allows photo and video file editing, (though at basic level) video transcoding  and even playing latest games that lay moderate stress on the computer resources. The HP Pavilion 14-ab167us laptop is equipped with an Intel Core i5-5200u processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB internal hard drive. Absence of touchscreen option and a Solid State drive are quite a turn off. For graphics processing, it is equipped with integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics which relies on system memory. Although some low end gaming titles are easily playable on this system yet latest titles like Witcher 3, Wasteland 2 will struggle in this machine at highest resolution and setting. HP Pavilion 14-ab167us or M1X97UA#ABA  is not suitable for AutoCAD, Revit or other CAD software. If gaming performance matters, you could always take a look at an alternative like the  Acer E5-575G-53VG which offers a better price to performance ratio. The Acer laptop is integrated with 6th generation Intel Core i5-6200u processor, having a clock speed of 2.3GHz, which can boost up to 2.8GHz in the turbo mode. It also comes with generous 3MB of L3 cache. It offers a discreet NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics chip card reinforced with 2GB of GDDR5 dedicated graphics memory. For storage, it is preinstalled with 256GB of SSD which is faster compared to traditional HDD.  This Acer laptop is decent for Adobe Photoshop as well. However, it is not a workstation grade laptop. Other significant feature of the Acer laptop is it comes with  8GB DDR4 memory which is faster than DDR3L. It also has full HD display (1080p) and backlit keyboard. HP 14-ab167us has standard 720p display and non-backlit keyboard.

Both the Intel processors, Core i5-5200u and Core i5-6200u, have 2 cores each. Core i5-6200u processor is much more powerful than Core i5-5200u processor. The i5-5200u operates at a normal clock speed of 2.2GHz and can go up to 2.7GHz in turbo mode.  The graphics is supported by the Intel HD 5500 graphics, it uses system memory. Older gaming titles like MineCraft, Worlds of Warcraft, etc. can be played on it easily. It can stream videos to external display easily.

Pavilion 14-ab167us is integrated with 8GB of DDR3L (1600MHz) memory which can’t be expandable further. If computer intensive activities like photo and audio/video editing or small 3D designing is your regular work then more powerful laptop with full HD display is preferable. A better budget alternative would be the HP 15-ab292nr touchscreen laptop which comes with powerful 6th generation Intel core i7-6700HQ processor. The processor has 4 cores and operates with much higher frequency of 2.6GHz -3.5GHz and has 6MB of cache. It has full HD display, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. However, HP 14-ab167us laptop would perfectly fit the bill if you are not into any compute intensive activities like  editing large image files, high end graphics processing, etc.

Model: M1X97UA#ABA is equipped with a 15.6” display panel having a maximum screen resolution of 1366×768 pixels which is little short to being called Full HD. Please note that HP 15-ab167us is not a touchscreen laptop and doesn’t come with Full HD display while both  Acer E5-575G-53VG and  HP 15-ab292nr touchscreen laptop  comes with Full HD display panel.

HP Pavilion 14-ab167us comes embedded with the usual array of ports including 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port. It also has a HDMI out, for connecting to external display device. Network connectivity is handled by the embedded Fast Ethernet, in addition to the latest 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth. It also sports a combination jack for headphone and microphone and a SD Card Reader to facilitate data transfer to and fro from portable devices. A HD webcam ensure video chatting is quite seamless with the system.

The 4-cell lithium ion battery keeps the laptop powered up for a little less than 5 hours. Overall HP Pavilion 14-ab167us or Model: M1X97UA#ABA is a good buy for the price and features it offers.

Asus Q551LN-BBI7T09 2-in-1 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop

Asus Q551LN-BBI7T09 2-in-1 15.6” Touch-Screen Laptop is a perfect combination of style and functionality. It can be used relatively comfortably as either a laptop or a tablet. One good thing about this laptop is that it’s as powerful as a mainstream computer. It’s worth checking out if you are looking for a multi-purpose device for your business or for school. It has 360 degree hinge and is powered by Intel core i7-5500u processor and 8GB RAM. However, it doesn’t come with Solid State Drive. Instead, you get a conventional 1 TB hard drive. Model: Q551LN-BBI7T09 also offers NVIDIA 940M graphics. So you can play almost all games in this machine. This machine weighs around 5.07lbs which is slightly on heavier side. If you are looking for something lighter and a perfect mid-size 2 in 1 touchscreen laptop with  Solid State Drive  then you can consider Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series FHD 13.3 Inch Touchscreen Laptop which comes with similar Intel core i7-5500u processor, 8GB RAM and  256GB Solid State Drive. Like Asus Q551LN BBI7T09, it also has 1920 X 1080p display panel, backlit keyboard and Wireless AC connectivity. Dell Inspiron 13 7000 doesn’t offer inbuilt optical drive and has Intel HD 5500 graphics which is comparable to any entry level graphics card. Solid State Drive offers many benefits – you get almost immediate data access, quicker boot ups and faster file transfers. HDDs can only access the data faster the closer it is from the read write heads, while all parts of the SSD can be accessed at once. Other benefits of SSD are that it consumes less energy, is durable and light in weight.

Asus Q551LN-BBI7T09 is powered by Intel core i7-5500u processor. Unlike i7-5700HQ processor, it has 2 cores and operates at low clock speed of 2.4GHz -3GHz. It offers enough performance for regular computing like working with office applications, surfing internet, watching HD videos, editing HD photos and videos. With NVIDIA 940M, this laptop you can run almost all games, including Witcher 3, Far Cry 4 and other upcoming games but you may need to change settings or resolution. It supports small 3D designing as well. However, this laptop is not for professional CAD users or for engineering simulation.

Model: Q551LN-BBI7T09 offers 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed. As told earlier, having a SSD will boost up the performance significantly. You can also consider Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5259 which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD.  It is also a 2 in 1 laptop with Windows 10 operating system and offers features like backlit keyboard and wireless ac. It will cost you around $699. Intel core i5-5200u is equally good for office application, streaming video, internet browsing and casual gaming etc. Asus Q551LN-BBI7T09, however, comes with NVIDIA 940m graphics with dedicated video memory, so you will get better performance for gaming.

The 15.6” touchscreen display of this machine supports Full HD resolution (1920 X 1080p). The right side of the laptop comes with card reader, headphone/mic combo jack, 2 USB 3.0 ports , security slot and optical drive. The left side of the laptop is arranged with power input, subwoofer jack port, LAN port, HDMI, USB 3.0, volume button and power button. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, wireless ac and Bluetooth 4.0.

Asus Q551LN-BBI7T09 offers lithium polymer battery pack which offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

HP Pavilion 11-K120NR 11.6in laptop

HP Pavilion 11-K120NR 11.6in laptop packs plenty of value in it. Under the hood, it includes a quad-core Intel Pentium N3700 processor (Braswell), 4GB RAM and a 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. It also comes with a touchscreen display panel. You can use this laptop for work and entertainment purposes. However, hardware demanding tasks like photo and video editing won’t be possible in this machine. Model: M1X24UA#ABA is a 2 in 1 laptop with 360 degree hinge which means, other than laptop mode, you can also use it in tablet mode. But the screen is not a detachable.  The main drawback of this laptop is that it comes with traditional 5400rpm HDD not a Solid state Drive. Solid State Drives can improve performance significantly.  With SSD, you get almost immediate data access, quicker boot ups and faster file transfers. HDDs can only access the data faster the closer it is from the read write heads, while all parts of the SSD can be accessed at once. Other benefits of SSD are that it consumes less energy, is durable and light in weight. So, if you are looking for SSD quipped 11.6” laptop, you can take a look at Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L15W-B1120 laptop which will cost you little more but is worth every penny. It is a Windows 8.1 laptop but the OS is upgradable to Windows 10. It also comes with Intel Pentium Quad core N3540 processor and 4GB Memory.  Both HP 11-K120NR and Toshiba 11 L15W-B1120 are devoid of inbuilt optical drive.

Now both the processors, Pentium N3540 and Pentium N3700, are quad core processors. The base frequency of N3540 is higher, it operates with 2.16GHz and the frequency can boost up to 2.66GHz while Pentium N3700 operates with 1.6GHZ and frequency can rise up to 2.4GHz. The N3700 is slower on CPU side, however, Intel has improved the integrated graphics it comes with. N3700 is built with 14nm technology while N3540 is built with 22nm technology. Thus, n3540 offers little more processing power. Basically, HP 11-K120NR is decent for writing documents, IMing/Skype and watching videos etc. The performance of this laptop could be similar to 11-k099nr. To get more clear idea about the performance of HP 11-K120NR you can check buyers’ review of HP pavilion 11-k099nr which comes with similar specs. However, it is Windows 8.1 laptop but is eligible for free Windows 10 upgrade.

The 11.6 in HD LED touchscreen offers max resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels with 10-finger multi-touch support. It supports streaming 720p contents but will fail to stream 1080p content. If you are looking for higher resolution laptop to get crisp pictures, you can consider Dell XPS 2-in-1 Ultrabook Laptop Computer. It is a pretty thin laptop with many attractive features. Though it costs you more yet it offers plenty of features. For instance, you will get better Intel Core i5-4210Y processor, 128GB Solid State Drive, Corning Gorilla Glass display panel with QHD resolution, backlit keyboard, wireless ac. These features are missing in 11-K120NR.

Model: M1X24UA#ABA comes with 4GB RAM in single DIMM which user can’t upgrade. It has 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm speed. The laptop doesn’t come with full version of MS office and you need to buy it.

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0 (1 HP USB Boost); 1 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 RJ-45; 1 headphone/microphone combo and media card reader. Network connectivity is supported by Single band 802.11 b/g/ wi-fi, Bluetooth and Integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN. It also comes with True HD webcam. However, 11-k099nr comes with Wireless ac as well and is Miracast enabled

The 2 cell lithium ion battery offers battery backup up to 5 hours, however it depends upon usage.

Final thoughts

If you are looking for an everyday 2.-in-1 computer for internet, email and a few casual games HP Pavilion 11-K120NR will work great! But this laptop is not good for hardware demanding tasks. The build quality is quite decent.

HP Pavilion 14-ab166us

Though HP Pavilion 14-ab166us isn’t as flashy as HP Envy still it is attractive enough for students and small business users. It is a perfect mid-size laptop and slips easily into the backpack.  You can expect decent performance from this Intel core i3-5020u processor powered laptop for day to day operations like typing documents, streaming videos and internet surfing. However, as it is comes with entry level core processor and 6GB memory,  you won’t get performance for high end jobs like HD video editing, 3D designing, etc. But HP 14-ab166us or Model: M1X96UA#ABA supports entry level photo and video editing, video transcoding and casual gaming.  The laptop can stream content up to 720p resolution but will fail to display 1080p content. Also display is not touchscreen enabled. If you are looking for a touchscreen laptop with full HD features, you can consider ASUS Flip 2 in 1 15.6 inches Laptop that comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It comes with full HD display panel (1920 X 1080p) and will cost you more as it comes with a powerful processor, more memory and full HD touchscreen display panel. However, none of these laptops come with backlit keyboard. If you are more into gaming, video transcoding, watching movies, HD video editing than ASUS laptop will be preferable. For writing papers, internet surfing and social networking, it is a good choice. It also comes with inbuilt SuperMulti DVD burner.

HP Pavilion 14-ab166us is powered by Intel core i3-5020u processor which operates with fixed frequency of 2.2GHz. It has 2 cores and is hyperthreading enabled. It comes with integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics which is the only graphics option for this laptop. This laptop is suitable for casual gaming. Low end games like World of Warcraft, Sims 4, Dirt Rally etc are playable in low to medium details and setting. However, Witcher 3, Far cry 4 will struggle in this laptop. This laptop is not for avid gamers. Nowadays you can get a gaming laptop at affordable prices. For instance, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3 Windows 10 laptop, which is powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and dedicated NVIDIA Geforce GT 940M graphics with 2MB of dedicated memory. It also comes with 1TB hard drive and HD display panel (1920 X 1080p). This laptop not only supports latest games, you can use it for Adobe Photoshop, Blender as well.

HP Pavilion 14-ab166us comes with 6GB RAM arranged in 2 slots. 6GB RAM is enough for regular computing and as told earlier i3-5020u is an entry level core processor which doesn’t support high end task. Thus, extra RAM is not needed. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive.

HP 14 ab166us comes with sufficient ports and connectivity features which include 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 1 USB Boost, 1 USB 2.0,  1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. HP has done a good job by introducing a USB 3.0 boost (charging) port in their budget laptop line. When it comes to network connectivity, it offers Integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN, single band wireless 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. However the above mentioned Acer laptop offers Gigabit Ethernet and wireless ac as well

HP 14 ab166us comes with 4 cell 41whr battery pack which offers max 5 hours of battery backup, however, it depends upon usage.