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TOSHIBA Satellite C55-C5246 15.6″ laptop

TOSHIBA Satellite C55-C5246 is a decent budget laptop for home and student.  It is powered by 5th generation Intel core i5-5200U processor and has 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive; it is Windows 10 based laptop. Though it doesn’t offer full HD display and is not a touchscreen enabled laptop, however, for the asking price, it is decent laptop if you consider the spec. It cost you around $500 -$600 (Varies from store to store). However, Amazon has similar spec Toshiba laptop (Model C55-C5241) which cost you much less. Both the laptops can run all day to day computing activities along with some hardware demanding jobs. Running Office application, web browsing, IMing and streaming videos will not be an issue with this machine. You can also do some entry level photo and video editing as well as video transcoding job. However, don’t expect it to be fast with such tasks. In the end, Intel core i5-5200u is an entry level ULV (ultra low voltage) processor which is intended to reduce energy consumption.

If you are looking for a laptop for watching videos and movies then similar priced Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 is a feasible alternative, which comes with a Full HD touchscreen display and has same Intel core i5-5200u processor but it is Windows 8.1 laptop ( eligible for free Windows 10 upgrade).  However, Toshiba 15.6″ Satellite C55-C5246 Laptop PC offers more storage and more RAM. It is installed with 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive while Toshiba S55t-B5152 offers only 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Encased in a brushed black chassis, Toshiba 15.6″ Satellite C55-C5246 Laptop comes with inbuilt optical drive which is missing in Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152.

Toshiba C55-C5246 (listed as C55C5246 at some stores) comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is not dedicated graphics but supports casual gaming. With 8GB Memory, you can play games like Sims 4, Minecraft, Dota 2 in medium resolution and settings. However, if you are going to run games like Witcher 3 or Far Cry 4, you need to reduce the resolution as well as turn of fancy extra features.  Nowadays you can get a decent gaming laptop (with dedicated graphics) for around $500-$600. For instance, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3, which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive. It has NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 2GB dedicated video memory.  This laptop also comes with Full HD display panel which is missing in Toshiba C55-B5246.

The Toshiba C55-B5246 laptop is shipped with 8GB memory. 8GB RAM is enough for day to day multitasking and i5-5200U processor doesn’t support memory consuming programs like 3D rendering. Memory is not user upgradable.It comes with 1TB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm speed and it is preinstalled with Windows 10.

The 15.6” display of the TOSHIBA Satellite C55-C5246 laptop supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it will support up to 720p video playback only.  As told earlier, it is not a touchscreen laptop.

The laptop offers 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1  headphone output/microphone input combo port, 1  RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1   and 1  HDMI port. It has inbuilt optical drive which can be used to play and burn CD/DVD.  Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet,  802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi and bluetooth

The 4 cell 45whr battery offers max battery life of 5 hours, however, it depends upon usage.

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5246 is available at various online stores like Office Depot, Walmart, Samsclub, Fry’s, Brandsmart USA, Staples  and price varies from $500-$550. The price is defintely high  if you compare it with the Toshiba C55-C5241 which comes with same configuration.

Acer Aspire E5-573-395Q

Even though Acer Aspire E5-573-395Q comes with few drawbacks still it is a good value budget laptop for those with modest computing requirement. It comes with 5th generation Intel core i3-5015u processor and 4GB RAM. It is installed with 1TB hard drive which is pretty much standard if you compare with other similar priced laptop. However, Acer Aspire E5-573-395Q presents a better balance in overall performance even with shortcomings like low resolution display and standard 4GB memory.  This laptop is zippier enough for Microsoft office, internet surfing, running Spotify, Evernote etc. User can use it for basic photo and video editing and media encoding /decoding tasks as well. It can’t run games like The witcher 3 or  Batman: Arkham Knight, even at low resolution, but you can play older games like World of Warcraft or latest low end games like Dirt Rally smoothly in this machine. Acer E5-573 395Q doesn’t offer discrete graphics and the integrated Intel HD 5500 graphic depends on system memory. If you need a cheap laptop that offers better performance for gaming as well as photo and video editing job, you can consider Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 which comes with 5th generation Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. You will get more processing power, more memory and ample storage option  Read the review further to know more about Acer Aspire E5-573-395Q.

Acer Aspire E5-573-395Q comes with Intel core i3-5015u processor which is a dual core processor and operates with 2.1GHz of fixed frequency. It is Hyperthreading enabled which means 2 cores work as 4 virtual cores. It has 3MB of cache memory. On the other hand, Intel core i5-5200u operates with 2.2GHz and one of the cores can rise up to 2.7GHz, on system demand. Architecturally i5-5200u and  core i5-5015u are  built with same 14nm technology but higher clock speed makes i5-5200u more powerful. Most games need single core performance, thus, if you want to play games, Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 is more suitable option as most of the games are based on single core. Also i5-5200u offers better performance for video editing job.

Acer Aspire E5-573-395Q is shipped with 4GB RAM and memory speed is 1600 MHz and the memory is upgradable up to 8GB. There are two memory slot.  The laptop comes with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive but it doesn’t have SSD. However, none of the Acer E5 series laptops come with SSD (till date).

Acer Aspire E5-573-395Q  is non-touch laptop and Windows 10 is very much compatible with non-touch interface.  Basically, you only need touch interface if you have a 2-in-1 laptop. As told earlier, the display is pretty average and offers resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. If you are looking for full HD display then you can consider ASUS F555LA-AB31 which is powered by 2.1GHz 5th-generation Intel Core i3-5010U. The display of this Asus laptop supports full HD display (1920 X 1080p resolution). It has 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It also offers 2 USB 3.0 port while Acer has only 1 USB 3.0 port.

Besides one USB 3.0 port, Acer Aspire E5-573-395Q come with 2  USB 2.0, Audio Combo Jack (headphone and mic),  VGA out, HDMI-out, 2-in-1 (SD / MMC) card reader and RJ 45. Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN, Wireless ac and Bluetooth. It has VGA webcam. This laptop comes with inbuilt DVD/CD burner as well.

The 4 cell battery pack offers battery backup of 5 hours.

Final thoughts

If you’re on budget and want a machine to work with MS office, surf internet with multiple tabs, download music, make video calls and some entry level photo editing then Acer Aspire E5-573-395Q will fit the bill squarely. If you are skeptical about  low resolution display then you can consider Asus F555LA laptop.

HP Pavilion 17-g113cl Touchscreen Laptop

HP Pavilion 17-g113cl Touchscreen Laptop is a big machine that can also be used as a desktop replacement laptop. Powered by latest AMD A10-8700P Processor and 12GB RAM, you can expect solid performance for a wide range of tasks.  Most importantly, big computers are comfortable to use. Pavilion 17-g113cl could have used better display and faster storage, but, overall, for the listed price you are getting lots of features. Though made up of all plastic, the design is pretty attractive. HP Pavilion 17-g113cl can do little bit of everything. It offers enough performance for day to day computing operations like editing documents and spreadsheets, web browsing, streaming videos and movies. CPU intensive tasks like audio and video encoding, some HD photo and video editing are also possible in this laptop. Note that AMD A10-8700p is mainly optimized for gaming. Thus, you can play almost all latest games in low to medium details and setting. Low end games like Dirt Rally can be played in high resolution and settings. However, this laptop is not suitable for the AutoCAD software which needs raw processing power and faster hard drive.  Also, full HD display panel is preferable for AutoCAD.  For such applications, you can consider ASUS X751LX 17.3” laptop which is powered by Intel Core i7-5500U processor (2.4GHz -3GHz) and comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M Graphics with dedicated video memory.  It offers 1TB 7200rpm hard drive as compared to HP’s 5400rpm slower hard drive.

The best part of this Asus laptop is that you get 17.3-Inch IPS Full HD Wide-Angle Display (1920×1080) while HP Pavilion 17-g113cl comes with 1600 X 900 display panel.  The Asus laptop comes with aluminum body and has 3 USB 3.0 ports.  However, it doesn’t have backlit keyboard and runs on Windows 8.1, which can easily be upgraded to Windows 10 for no extra cost.

HP Pavilion 17-g113cl is powered by AMD A10-8700P processor which has 4 cores and each core operates with 1.8GHz. During single core processing, the frequency can rise up to 3.2 GHz. It comes with AMD Radeon HD R6 graphics which can run games like Battlefield 4, Battlefield hardline, The Witcher 3, in low details and settings, however, games like Fifa 15, Dirt Rally can be played smoothly in medium details and settings. It can also run HD video files flawlessly but the display will support video files up to 900p only. You cannot run 1080p content as the display supports max resolution of 1600 X 900p only. Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E 17 E5-772G-52Q7 which has Full HD display panel. It is powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 4 GB of DDR3 Video RAM. You can use this laptop for gaming as well as for running video editing programs. Note that Windows 10 goes well with non-touch interfaces as well.

HP Pavilion 17-g113cl comes with 12GB DDR3L SDRAM, arranged in two slots, and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. Max memory it supports is 16GB. If you want to replace the hard drive with a Solid State Drive, it would be quite tough especially if you are non-technical person.

HP Pavilion 17-g113cl offers standard ports and connectivity features as this series belongs to HP’s budget laptop segment. Ports include Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB  2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It comes with inbuilt CD/DVD burner. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet , single band Wireless ac and Bluetooth. Audio is supported by B&O PLAY with dual speakers

4-cell 41WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery offers battery back up to 4 hours, however, it depends on usage.

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5242X

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5242X (listed as Toshiba Satellite C55B5242X at some stores) is a Windows 10 laptop. Even though the specs do not look very attractive, you get enough performance for the money you pay for this laptop. With 4GB memory and Pentium N3540, you might find that it will struggle with hardware intensive tasks such as large images or video editing, but for regular desktop tasks such as web browsing and document editing, the laptop will be quick and responsive.  Model: C55-B5242X offers 750GB hard drive space. You can also consider Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor plus 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It offers performance for CPU intensive tasks as well. For instance, you can use it for audio and video encoding/decoding, run blender and play games. However, not all latest games are playable in highest setting. If you want to play games like The Witcher 3 you need to reduce the resolution and turn down fancy features.   Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 runs on Windows 10. Though it costs you more yet it is worth the money since Intel core i5-5200U offers better performance compared to Pentium N3540.  Here is a brief review about Toshiba Satellite C55-B5242X.

Intel Pentium N3540 has four cores and each core operates with 2.16GHz frequency. Core frequency can rise up to 2.67GH if system demands. It comes with 2MB of L2 cache. Intel core i5-5200u is dual core processor but it supports hyperthreading technology. So it can work with 4 logical cores. Also, i5-5200u is built on 14nm process while Pentium N3540 is built on 22nm process. I5-5200u supports speedy memory up to (1600Hz) while N3540 supports up to DDR3L 1333. Pentium N3540 comes with weak integrated graphics while i5-5200u comes with better integrated graphics. Thus, overall performance of i5-5200u will be far better than Pentium N3540.

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5242X features LED backlit HD display panel which supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. Nowadays, you can get full HD panel with budget laptops as well. For instance, Asus F555LA-AB31 comes with Intel core i3-5010u processor and has Full HD display. It also runs on Windows 10 and is driven by 5th generation Intel core i3 processor.

Model C55-B5242X comes with 4GB RAM with memory speed of 1333MHz. However, memory is not user upgradable. It comes with 750GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. The hard drive comes preinstalled with software like 1 month trial version of new Microsoft® Office 365 customers*, Adobe Reader, Hard disk (HDD) recovery and McAfee Live Safe™ (30-day Trial) .

The laptop offers 1 x USB 3.0 port, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x headphone output/microphone input combo port, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 x VGA port and 1 x HDMI port. It has inbuilt optical drive which can be used to play and burn CD/DVD.  Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet,  802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi and bluetooth

The 4 cell 45whr battery offers max battery life of 5 hours, however, it depends upon usage.

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5242X is available at various online stores like Office Depot, Walmart, Amazon and price varies from $330-$350. At Sam’s club it is listed as Item  #: 986047 Model #:  4211517.

 

HP 15-ac137cl

HP 15-ac137cl is a new laptop designed for home users and students who don’t need to work with video editing and CAD software. The laptop offers smooth performance for basic computing like document typing, working with spreadsheets and making presentations etc. You can use it for internet surfing with multiple tabs, watching videos and movies, playing music, emailing and social networking etc.  It is not a 2-in-1 laptop. Powered by 2 GHz Intel core i3-5005u processor and 8 GB Memory, it supports casual gaming, basic photo and video editing and video transcoding, but you will not get fast performance. You can also consider Toshiba C55-c5241 laptop which is a Windows 10 laptop and comes with i5-5200u processor. Like HP 15-ac137cl, Toshiba C55-C5241 also has 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It offers more performance over HP 15-ac137cl as Toshiba C5241 comes with a stronger processor. Toshiba C55-B5241 offers better gaming performance; you can run older titles smoothly on this machine. You can also run latest games but you may need to turn down extra fancy features. Both HP 15-ac137cl and Toshiba C55-B5241 come with internal DVD drive. However, none of the laptop is suitable for CAD software and other engineering simulation programs. Here is a brief review about HP 15-ac137cl laptop:

Intel core i3-5005u has two cores and each core operates with 2.0GHz. The clock speed can’t increase further as it lacks support for Turboboost technology. It has 3MB cache. On the other hand, Intel core i5-5200u operates with 2.2GHz and frequency can increase further up to 2.7GHz if system needs. Both the processors come with integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics and there is no dedicated graphics in HP 15-ac137cl. Thus, if you need more power to work with CPU intensive tasks then Toshiba C55-B5241 would be more suitable option. However, HP 15-ac137cl is powerful enough for typing jobs and surfing the internet.

This HP 15 laptop comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is integrated graphics and uses system memory. It supports DirectX 12 and is capable of running low end or older games in low resolution and setting. However, it offers enough performance for streaming videos and movies.

HP 15-ac137cl is installed with 8GB DDR3L SDRAM and there is only one slot available with the laptop. Thus, memory can’t be expanded further. It comes with 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. Though Solid State Drive is able to improve the performance further but unfortunately it is missing in this laptop.

The 15.6” laptop offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which support 720p resolution but not 1080p resolution. If you want to enhance your video viewing experience then you can take a look at Asus F555LA-AB31 laptop which is also powered by 2.1GHz 5th generation core i3 processor. It has full HD display panel which means you can view content in full HD resolution. Moreover, it comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports and Wireless ac while HP 15-ac137cl supports up to Wireless N and has only one USB 2.0 port. But the Asus laptop comes with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. However, 4GB RAM is enough for basic multitasking.

Ports and connectivity features include Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader,1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. Wireless Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth and Wired connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet.

The 3-cell 31WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion polymer battery offers battery backup of 5 hours which depend upon usage.

Final thoughts

HP 15-ac137cl is perfect for students and home users who want decent processing speed for typing job and web browsing and a laptop that’s big enough and therefore comfortable enough, to type on for many hours at a time. However it comes with low resolution panel. Alternatively you can take a look at Asus F555LA which comes with full HD display panel and has almost similar processor.

Lenovo G50 – 80L000H2US

Even though Lenovo G50 – 80L000H2US comes with few shortcomings still it is a good value budget laptop for those with modest computing requirement. It is powered by 4th generation Intel core i3-4030u processor and 4GB RAM. It comes with 1TB hard drive, a good option for those who want to store lots of movies and video files. It presents a better balance in overall performance even with shortcomings like low resolution display and standard 4GB memory.  Model: G50 – 80L000H2US is fast enough for Microsoft office, internet surfing, running Spotify, Evernote etc. User can use it for basic photo and video editing and video encoding jobs as well. It can’t run games like The witcher 3 or  Batman: Arkham Knight, even at low resolution, but you can play older games like World of Warcraft or latest low end games like Dirt Rally smoothly in this machine. This laptop doesn’t come with discrete graphics and the integrated Intel HD 4400 graphic depends on system memory. If you need a cheap laptop that offers better performance for gaming as well as photo and video editing job, you can consider Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 which comes with 5th generation Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. This laptop comes with integrated HD 5500 graphics which offers better  performance compared to integrated 4400 graphics. Read the review further to know more about G50 – 80L000H2US

Lenovo G50 – 80L000H2US come with Intel core i3-4030u processor which is a dual core processor and operates with 1.9GHz of fixed frequency. It is Hyperthreading enabled which means 2 cores work as 4 virtual cores. It has 3MB of cache memory. On the other hand, Intel core i5-5200u operates with 2.2GHz and one of the cores can rise up to 2.7GHz, on system demand. Architecturally i5-5200u is more advanced than Intel core i3-4030u. Intel core i5-5200u is built with 14nm while Intel core i3-4030u built with 22nm technology. If you want to play games, Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 is more suitable option as most of the games are based on single core.

Lenovo G50 – 80L000H2US comes with 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz and the memory is upgradable up to 8GB. The laptop comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive but it doesn’t have SSD. However, none of the G50-80 laptops come with SSD (till date).

Lenovo G50 – 80L000H2US is non-touch laptop and Windows 10 is very much compatible with non-touch interface.  Basically, you only need touch interface if you have a 2-in-1 laptop. As told earlier, the display is pretty average and offers resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. If you are looking for full HD display then you can take a look at ASUS F555LA-AB31 which is powered by 2.1GHz 5th-generation Intel Core i3-5010U (at least 15-20% faster than Intel core i3-4030u processor). The display of this Asus laptop supports full HD display (1920 X 1080p resolution). It has 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It also offers 2 USB 3.0 port while Lenovo has only 1 USB 3.0 port.

Besides one USB 3.0 port, Lenovo G50 – 80L000H2US come with 2  USB 2.0, Audio Combo Jack (headphone and mic),  HDMI-out, 2-in-1 (SD / MMC) card reader and RJ 45. Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN, Wireless ac and Bluetooth. It has VGA webcam. This laptop comes with inbuilt DVD/CD burner as well.

The 4 cell battery pack offers battery backup of 4 hours.

Final thoughts

If you’re on budget and want a machine to work with MS office, surf internet with multiple tabs, download music, make video calls and some entry level photo editing then Lenovo G50 – 80L000H2US will fit the bill squarely. If you are skeptical about old processor and low resolution display then you can consider Asus F555LA laptop.

Toshiba Satellite L55T-C5290

Toshiba Satellite L55T-C5290 is Windows 10 laptop coming with a strong configuration. It has Intel core i7-5500u dual core processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. At $700, the price of the Toshiba Satellite L55T-C5290 isn’t too attractive. However, the specification is good enough to allow this laptop to be used for jobs like regular office work, multimedia and some gaming. It can also support HD video editing and small 3D rendering. However, if you want to work with large files you should consider a laptop with stronger processor and more memory, since such applications need raw processing power. Also, a full HD display would be great for such tasks. Toshiba L55T-C5290 comes with standard 1366 X 768 pixels display. For such requirement, you can consider Toshiba Satellite S55-C5248 15.6-Inch  non-touch Laptop which comes with Intel core i7-4720HQ quad core processor, 12GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Toshiba S55-C5248 is Windows 10 laptop and has full HD display panel (1920 X 1080p). Please note that Intel core i7-5500u is a dual core processor while Intel core i7-4720HQ has 4 cores. It operates with higher frequency of 2.6GHz and can Turbo boost up to 3.6GHz. On the other hand, core i7-5500u processor operates at 2.4GHz -3GHz frequency range. Toshiba Satellite S55-C5248 comes with backlit keyboard, dual band wireless-ac and Gigabit Ethernet LAN while L55T-C5290 has non-backlit keyboard and supports Wireless-N. When it comes to wired connectivity, it supports 10/100Mbps. However, both laptop come with Bluetooth 4.1 and inbuilt CD/DVD burner.

Toshiba Satellite L55T-C5290 is powered by Intel core i7-5500u processor which operates with 2.4GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3GHz, if system needs. It comes with integrated 5500 graphic which, though, supports almost all latest games yet not all games are playable in highest resolution and settings. However, you can play Minecraft smoothly on this machine. The graphics is not upgradable as it is part of the processor. Rather you can take a look at similar priced Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP which is not a touchscreen laptop but comes with dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 4GB Video memory.  It is also powered by Intel core i7-5500u processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive. It has Full HD (1080p) display. NVIDIA graphics helps in Cuda programming as well. As told earlier, 15.6” display of Toshiba L55T-C5290 supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. Other benefits coming with Acer laptop are that you get Wireless ac and Gigabit Ethernet.

Toshiba Satellite L55T-C5290 comes with 8GB RAM which is not expandable further. If you want to run Adobe Photoshop CS then a laptop with more memory is recommended. The laptop comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. It doesn’t come with Solid State Drive. Preinstalled software include Microsoft Office 365 30-Day Trial and McAfee Live Safe Trial version.

Ports and connectivity features coming with the laptop are 1-USB (2.0) port, 1-USB (3.0) port, 1-USB (3.0) port with USB Sleep and Charge, HDMI with 4K Ultra HD output capability, Headphone jack (stereo), Microphone jack (mono) and RJ45. Audio is supported by Stereo speakers tuned by Skullcandy. It comes with HD webcam with dual microphones and a SD card reader as well.

Toshiba Satellite L55T-C5290 comes with 4 cell 45whr battery pack which provides up to 5 hours (approx.) of battery back up.

Lenovo 80E502SXUS 15.6-Inch LG50-80 Windows 10 Laptop

At under $600, the Lenovo 80E502SXUS 15.6-Inch LG50-80 Windows 10 Laptop includes all the essentials that make it a great everyday laptop for those looking for extra performance. It promises enhanced productivity and great entertainment experience. Under the hood, it includes Intel core i7-5500u dual-core Broadwell processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Model: 80E502SXUS is zippier enough for Microsoft office, web browsing with multiple tabs, streaming videos and movies, audio video decoding/encoding. You will get reasonable performance for video editing as well. As Lenovo G50-80 80E502SXUS 15.6″ Laptop lacks discrete graphics, you can’t expect all latest games to run in high resolution and settings. Also, the processor is dual core ULV processor which is not equivalent to Intel core i7-4720HQ quad core processor, in terms of performance. However, you can do small 2D/3D designing with this laptop. Note this is not a workstation grade laptop and doesn’t come with fancy features like backlit keyboard.

You can also consider Toshiba S55-C5248, if you are more into editing and gaming. It comes with quad core i7-4720HQ processor which operates with higher frequency of 2.6GHz and can Turboboost up to 3.6GHz. The laptop comes with 12GB RAM. It has backlit keyboard and full HD display screen (1080)p. Lenovo G50 80E502SXUS, on the other hand, doesn’t come with backlit keyboard and offers screen resolution support up to 1366 X 768 pixels. For HD video editing, a full HD display panel is preferable over standard 1366 X 768  display.

Intel core i7-5500u processor operates with 2.4GHz of base frequency and the frequency of any of the cores can rise up to 3GHz, if system demands. The integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics support almost all latest games. It is Directx12 capable. Games like Batman: Arkham Knight,  witcher 3 will run in low resolution and settings. However, titles like  Dirt Rally can be played smoothly on this machine.

Lenovo 80E502SXUS 15.6-Inch LG50-80 Windows 10 Laptop comes with 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM and the memory works with 1600 MHz speed. But memory can’t be upgraded or expanded further. It comes with traditional 1TB 5400 RPM hard disc drive. For the price, it almost impossible to get SSD equipped laptop with such configuration. HDD comes preinstalled with software like Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium 30-day trial and Evernote.

The 15.6”LED backlit non-touch display of Model: 80E502SXUS offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels.  It supports streaming content in 720p resolution but not in 1080p.

Edges of Lenovo G50 80E502SXUS are arranged with ports : 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, Audio Combo Jack (headphone and mic), HDMI-out, RJ 45 and 2-in-1 (SD / MMC) card reader. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet LAN, Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth. One of drawbacks of this laptop is that it comes with VGA webcam rather than HD webcam which can be found in similar priced laptops.

Lenovo G50 80E502SXUS comes with 4 cell battery pack which offers battery backup of up to 4 hours.

Final thoughts

Lenovo 80E502SXUS 15.6-Inch LG50-80 Windows 10 Laptop is decent budget laptop with strong processor and decent amount of memory. Budget laptops always come with compromises and there is no exception for this Lenovo laptop. It comes with standard non backlit keyboard. Overall it is good all-purpose laptop for the folks who looking for performance at budget price.

TOSHIBA Satellite C55-C5243

The hardware configuration of TOSHIBA Satellite C55-C5243 Laptop includes a fourth generation Intel Core i3-4005u CPU, 4GB of DDR3L SDRAM and a 750GB hard drive which looks pretty standard. It’s a machine that’s suitable for office work, Web browsing and communication tasks. However, Toshiba C55-B5243 can run video and movies smoothly.  You can consider this laptop for audio and video encoding/decoding and for installing iTunes as well. The manufacturer part number of this laptop is PSCPAU-01701E. Intel core i3-4005u operates at fixed frequency of 1.7GHz. The speed you get is suitable for lots of home-based computing tasks and connectivity features are good enough to allow for extra peripherals to be plugged in to the laptop. TOSHIBA Satellite C55 C5243 is not a 2-in-1 laptop. This laptop doesn’t come with SSD and the hard drive operates with 5400rpm but for under $450 price tag it is decent buy.  However, if you want to work with CPU intensive programs like photo editing and some video editing, video encoding, small 3D modelling, you can also consider Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 which is powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It cost you around $450. Like Model C55-C5243, it also comes with inbuilt optical drive which serves as CD/DVD burner. C55-C5241 runs on Windows 10.

TOSHIBA Satellite C55-C5243 Laptop is based on Intel core i3-4005u processor. It has two cores and each core operates at 1.7GHz frequency. It is Hyperthreading enabled which means it can work as four logical cores at a time.  On the other hand, the fifth generation Intel core i5-5200u operates with 2.2GHz of base frequency and clock speed can rise up to 2.7GHz with the help of Turboboost Technology. The Intel core i3-4005u doesn’t come with Turbo-boost feature. Toshiba C55-C5243 offers Intel HD 4400 graphics which is integrated graphics but able to run older and low end games in low-resolution and low-details. For instance, you can play World of Warcraft, Dota 2 in this laptop. If you are looking a laptop for gaming purpose or to run Adobe Photoshop, Blender then Acer Aspire E5-573G-56RG   is more suitable option which is powered by more powerful Intel core i5-5200u processor and 8GB RAM.  It comes with discrete graphics NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 4GB video memory. The screen of this Acer laptop supports (1920 X 1080) resolution and offers 1TB hard drive space. Model C55 C5243 doesn’t offer discrete graphics and integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics is only option for this laptop. You can’t upgrade graphics as graphics is the part of the processor chip.

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5243 comes with 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM which is not user upgradable. It comes with 750GB 5400 rpm hard drive. For the price, you will hardly get a SSD equipped laptop. However, if you can spend more, you can get Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5257 which is a 2 in 1 laptop and  it is powered by 2.1GHz Intel core i3-5015u ( offers better performance than core i3-4005u ) 6GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. It is a touchscreen laptop and runs on Windows 10. It also has full HD display. It is certainly worth the money. However, 4GB RAM supports basic multitasking as well.

The 15.6 touchscreen LED display of Toshiba PSCPAU-01701E or C55-B5243 offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can’t play content in 1080p or full HD resolution but it supports 720p resolution.

Ports and connectivity features are supported by Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader, 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0,  1 HDMI,  1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet LAN, single band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. The keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keypad. Satellite C55-C5243 comes with HD webcam and keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keypad. Keyboard is not a backlit keyboard

The 4-cell 45WHr lithium-ion battery pack offers up to 5 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

Final thoughts

Toshiba Satellite C55-C5243 is worth considering if you want a decent and inexpensive laptop notebook. It is appropriate for first-time PC user, students, families, and basically anyone who wants a laptop for office usage, Web and for video streaming.

HP-ac113cl Touchscreen Laptop

The specifications of HP-ac113cl Touchscreen Laptop, comprising of an Intel Core i3-5005u CPU, 8GB of DDR3L SDRAM and a 500GB hard drive, look very normal. It’s a machine that’s suitable for office work, Web browsing and communication tasks. It can also be used for a bit of music and video encoding. The speed you get is suitable for lots of home-based computing tasks and connectivity features are good enough to allow for extra peripherals to be plugged in to the laptop. HP-ac113cl is not a 2-in-1 laptop. The touchscreen doesn’t have full HD resolution and the hard drive speed is 5400rpm (not Solid State Drive), but for under $500 price tag it is decent buy.  However, if you want to work with CPU intensive programs like photo editing and some video editing, video encoding, small 3D modelling, you can also consider Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It cost you around $450. Like HP-ac113cl, it also has inbuilt optical drive. However, C55-C5241 is not a touchscreen laptop but Windows 10 is compatible with non-touch interface as well.

HP 15-ac113cl Touchscreen Laptop gets its power from Intel core i3-5005u processor. It has two cores and each core operates at 2GHz frequency. It is Hyperthreading enabled which means it can work as four logical cores at a time. HP-ac113cl comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is integrated graphics but able to run older and low end games in low-resolution and low-details. If you are looking a laptop for gaming purpose or to run Adobe Photoshop, Blender then Acer  Aspire E5-573G-56RG non-touch laptop  is more suitable option which is powered by more powerful Intel core i5-5200u processor and 8GB RAM.  It comes with discrete graphics NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 4GB video memory. The screen of this Acer laptop supports (1920 X 1080) resolution and offers 1TB hard drive space. HP 15-ac113cl doesn’t offer discrete graphics and integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics is only option for this laptop. You can’t upgrade graphics as graphics is the part of the processor chip.

HP 15-ac113cl comes with 8GB RAM and there is only one memory slot. Thus, you can’t upgrade memory further. It comes with 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive. For the price, you will hardly get a SSD equipped laptop. However, if you can spend $100 more, you can get Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5257 which is a 2 in 1 laptop and comes with Intel core i3-5015u ( slightly better performer than core i3-5005u ) 6GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. It is also a touchscreen laptop and runs on Windows 10. It also has full HD display. It is certainly worth the money.

The 15.6 touchscreen LED display of HP 15-ac113cl offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can’t play content in 1080p or full HD resolution but it supports 720p resolution.

Ports and connectivity features are supported by Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader, 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0,  1 HDMI,  1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet LAN, single band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. The keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keypad. HP-ac113cl Touchscreen laptop comes with HD webcam and keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keypad.

The 3-cell 31WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion polymer battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

Final thoughts

HP 15-ac113cl is worth considering if you want a decent and inexpensive laptop notebook. It is appropriate for first-time PC user, students, families, and basically anyone who wants a laptop for office usage, Web and for video streaming..