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HP Pavilion 17-g153us

HP Pavilion 17-g153us is a decent desktop replacement laptop for day to day computing and is installed with Intel core i3-5010u processor and 8GB RAM.  You can work with Microsoft office suite, web search with multiple tabs, watch YouTube and Netflix videos, stream movies, social networking and email/skype etc. The market is saturated with plenty of good laptop notebooks and it’s quite a hard task to choose the correct one for your needs. Trying to narrow down to the best Laptop is difficult because “best” could mean different things to different people. HP Pavilion 17-g153us is powered by i3-5010u processor which belongs to Intel’s 5th generation processor series. The processor supports dual core architecture and operates with a clock speed of 2.1GHz. But it has garnered only 3000 points in the CPU Passmark tests. Though it doesn’t stand in the line of faster Core i5-5200u processors from Intel, yet i3-5010u is powerful enough to breeze through day to day computing chores. You can also do some entry level photo and video editing and indulge in occasional gaming. However, it can’t run high end games like Battlefield hard line and Far Cry 4. Pavilion 17-g153us comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is an integrated graphics and games like Sims 4, World of Warcraft, Team Fortress 2 and others can scale up to 30-40 fps with lower settings . If you are looking for a 17” laptop for gaming as well as for small photo and video editing then you can consider HP 17-g101dx 17.3-Inch laptop ($460 current price) which is powered by Intel Core i5-5200u processor which has 2 cores. Each core operates at 2.2GHz and the speed can increase up to 2.7GHz in turbo mode. Intel core i5-5010u is a dual core processor but it operates with low clock speed and doesn’t have turbo feature.  This HP laptop comes with 1 TB HDD, 6 GB RAM and runs on windows 10. The cost of both the laptops are almost same.

Looking back at HP 17 g153us, it comes with 8GB DDR3 RAM. For a rock bottom price like this one, 8GB RAM is a bonus.  However, the memory can’t be expanded further. 1TB 5400 rpm internal hard drive provides ample storage space but is slow.  Of course, one could always bump up the storage speed by replacing it with high speed solid state device.

HP Pavilion 17-g153us boasts an enormous 17.3” screen, measured diagonally, having a maximum resolution of 1600×900 pixels. For normal day today computing chores, the above mentioned resolution is quite adequate but specialized professionals like digital artists would demand Full HD at the minimum. For such requirements, you can consider Acer 17.3” gaming laptop which offers full HD display. The hardware specifications include Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM, 1 TB hard drive and dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940M graphics with 4 GB video memory. It also runs on Windows 10. There are plenty of advantages of buying this Acer laptop. The main advantage of this laptop is that it comes with NVIDIA GeForce 940M Discrete Graphics with 4GB video memory. You also get full HD screen (1920 X1080p) and Wireless ac support. Note that HP 17-g153us comes with only Intel HD graphics which is integrated graphics and uses system memory. The laptop costs you around $650 because of the features it carries.  However, you won’t get tray load DVD drive. You can play latest games and work with Adobe photoshop, Blender etc.

Connectivity

HP Pavilion 17-g153us Laptop Computer with 17.3″ Screen and 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i3 Processor is equipped with 3 USB ports of which, only two conform to USB 3.0 specifications. HDMI port enables connectivity of the laptop to an external high resolution display like the HDTV. HD webcam is also present in this laptop.

There is an optical drive to burn DVDs for occasional data backup. The presence of the SD Card slot enables to and fro transfer of data from portable devices.

Wired network connectivity can be established by 10/100Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45) port and for wireless connectivity there is 802.11b/g/n WiFi adapter and Bluetooth.

Pavilion 17-g153us is a decent desktop replacement laptop and, thus, is not portable. It tips the scale at 6.75 pounds and stands 1.12” thick. Other than this, its 4-cell 48Wh battery will provide power backup up to 4 hours on moderate workload.

Final Thoughts

A dual core Intel i3-5010u processor bundled with 8GB RAM and a generous 1TB hard drive delivers a decent performance for an inexpensive laptop like the HP Pavilion 17 g153us. If the absence of a dedicated graphics is not a problem then, this laptop offers maximum value for its price tag and should make a worthy buy or you can take a look at Acer gaming laptop.

 

Dell Inspiron i5551-1668BLK

Dell Inspiron i5551-1668BLK laptop should be your choice if you’re on budget yet want good performance for writing documents, emailing, web searching and watching videos and movies. Dell i5551-1668BLK laptop is an Intel Pentium N3540 based laptop. Under $300, it offers good performance and comes with regular features. It offers 500GB hard drive space and 4GB RAM. When it comes to CPU intensive tasks, you can do little bit of photo editing and media encoding tasks. However, you need to be patient while executing such tasks. You can play low end games in low details and setting. The laptop comes with a 15.6” display. Dell Inspiron i5551-1668BLK doesn’t offer full HD resolution and supports max 1366 X 768 pixels resolution. If you can increase your budget a little, you can get Asus F555LA-AB31 laptop which comes with Intel core i3-5010u processor (operates with 2.1GHz), 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. You also get full HD display panel (1920 X 1080). Intel core i3-5010u processor is faster than Intel Pentium processor. Both the laptops come with integrated graphics but i3-5010u comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is better than Intel HD graphics integrated with Intel HD processor. Thus, Asus F555LA-AB31 will offer better performance when it comes to photo editing, media encoding, creating presentation alongside other office tasks.  As it comes with Full HD display, you will experience better clarity then Dell Inspiron i5551-1668BLK.

Intel Pentium N3540 operates with base frequency of 2.16 and the frequency can rise up to 2.67 GHz. Intel Pentium processor has 4 cores  while Intel core i3-5010u processor has 2 cores but it comes with hyperthreading technology which means two cores can work as 4 logical cores. Hyperthreading is missing in Pentium processor. Intel Pentium processor has 2MB cache while core i3-5010u processor comes with 3 MB of L3 cache.  Also, the Pentium N3540 is built with 22nm while Intel core i3-5010u built with 14nm. One may wonder why 14nm is so important.  “14nm” refers to the size of transistors – by reducing the size of transistors you can fit in more transistors within the same space and, in the bargain, you get greater performance. As the distance between two transistors decreases, it requires less power to activate them and less time for a signal to travel through them. Also Pentium N3540 supports slow memory of 1333 MHz while i3-5010u supports 1600 MHz memory.

Model: i5551-1668BLK comes with 4GB RAM and the memory is upgradable up to 8GB. It comes with 500GB hard drive. You may consider Dell i5558-2147BLK which comes with 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It also comes with Intel core i3-5015u processor which offers better performance than Intel Pentium N3540.

15.6” display of Dell Inspiron i5551-1668BLK supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. This is not a touchscreen laptop. However, the laptop comes with Windows 10 and it is not a 2 in 1 convertible laptop, thus touchscreen is not required.

To connect external devices,  it offers 1 USB 3.0 port, 2  USB 2.0 ports, 1  HDMI port, 3-in-1 memory card reader and headphone/mic combo jack.  It has 720p webcam with mic. It comes with CD/DVD drive.  Network connectivity is supported by Wireless ac, Bluetooth and 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet LAN

The 4 cell battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup.

Finally, if you are looking for a laptop that offers performance for basic computing Dell Inspiron i5551-1668BLK is a good choice. However, if you want to watch videos and movies on external display, do some photo editing and audio/video transcoding job and also want casual gaming then ASUS F555LA-AB31 is a more suitable option.

Toshiba Satellite C55t-C5300

Toshiba Satellite C55t-C5300 is a touchscreen Windows 10 laptop. Powered by Intel core i3-5020u processor, this laptop is appropriate for working with office programs, creating presentation, emailing, making video calls and watching HD videos.  Model: C55t-C5300 also supports basic photo editing, audio and video transcoding jobs and casual gaming. It is installed with 6GB of RAM so regular multi-tasking won’t be an issue.  However, this laptop is not suitable for applications like AutoCAD and Revit.  Demanding games like The Witcher 3, Far Cry 4 and GTA V will struggle even at low details. The laptop is good for day to day computing.  If you are more into creating presentations, need to do some photo and video editing and also want to play latest games, but can compromise with resolution and settings, then Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV Full HD touchscreen signature addition laptop would be a more suitable option. It comes with Intel core i5-4210u processor which works with 1.7GHz clock speed but the clock speed can increase up to 2.7GHz. It also comes with 8GB RAM and has 1TB hard drive. Moreover the display supports full HD resolution. It offers blacklit keyboard which is missing in Toshiba Satellite C55t-C5300. As Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV , it is bloatware free. On the other hand, Intel core i3-5020u processor coming with Satellite C55t-C5300 operates with fixed frequency of 2.2GHz and it is not a signature edition laptop.

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Toshiba Satellite C55t-C5300 comes with inbuilt optical drive. Intel core i3-5020u is dual core processor and operates with fixed frequency of 2.2GHz. It has 3MB of cache. On the other hand, Intel core i5-5200u operates with 2.2GHz and the frequency can boost up to 2.7GHz. Both the processors comes with Hyperthreading technology, which means 2 cores can process 4 threads at a time.  Model: C55t-C5300 has integrated Intel HD graphics. It supports DirectX 11.2. Low end games like Minecraft and  Sims 4 etc. are playable in low to medium resolution and setting. It can stream video smoothly. You can also consider similar priced Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 which comes with Intel core i5-5200u, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It is not a touchscreen laptop. Here you get a powerful processor and more memory but have to sacrifice touchscreen ability. But Windows 10 is compatible with non-touch platform as well.

Toshiba C55t-C5300 comes with 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. As told earlier, 6GB memory is enough for common multitasking. It doesn’t come with solid State drive. You can replace HDD with Solid state drive.  It doesn’t come with MS office or Antivirus.

Toshiba C55t-C5300 is not a 2-in-1 laptop. The 15.6” display offers max resolution of 1366X 768 pixels which means it support video playback up to 720p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible TV or monitor.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, it offers standard ports and connectivity options. It comes with 1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI, SD card reader and RJ45 port.  Network connectivity is supported Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n. It doesn’t support Wireless ac. It also has a webcam. Overall build quality of the laptop is average.

The 4 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours (approx) of battery backup

Toshiba Satellite C55t-B5300 could be a decent option if you are looking for a laptop that offers decent performance for regular computing.  Alternatively, you can consider Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV if you need more than regular computing, a backlit keyboard and wireless ac.

Dell Inspiron i3542-6333BK

Dell Inspiron i3542-6333BK is appropriate for budget conscious people who don’t want to do any major laptop investment.  This laptop can be used to perform simple tasks like typing documents, emailing, web searches, downloading music and watching videos etc. It also supports streaming YouTube videos smoothly. You can also do some entry level of photo editing along with audio/video encoding and decoding tasks. Dell i3542-6333BK comes with 4th generation i3-4005u processor. It offers 15.6” standard display which comes with 1366 X 768 pixels resolution, which does not support full high definition (HD) display. Latest Wireless technology like Wifi ac is missing in this laptop. However, it comes with CD/DVD drive, HD webcam and optical drive. You can also take a look at Asus F555LA i3 laptop which comes with 5th generation Intel core i3-5010u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It has full HD display. Core i3-5010u offers better performance compared to i3-4005u. Intel core i3-5010u operates with higher frequency of 2.1GHz while Intel core i3-4005u operates at lower clock speed of 1.7GHz.  From the fabrication point of view, i3-5010u is built with 14nm while Intel core i3-4005u built with 22nm technology.

One may wonder why 14nm is so important.  “14nm” refers to the size of transistors – by reducing the size of transistors you can fit in more transistors within the same space and, in the bargain, you get greater performance. As the distance between two transistors decreases, it requires less power to activate them and less time for a signal to travel through them. Thus, Asus F555LA promises better performance than Dell i3542-6333BK. Here is a brief review about specifications of this Dell laptop.

Dell Inspiron i3542-6333BK comes with Integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics which supports Directx 11.1 and capable of running low end and older games. Games like Sims 4 and Dota 2 will run with low to medium details and settings. It can stream videos smoothly. However Asus F555LA comes with integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics which is stronger than Intel HD 4400.

Model: i3542-6333BK comes with 4GB DDR3L 1600GHz RAM and the memory is upgradable up to 8GB. There is only one memory slot available in this model. It comes with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive, which comes preinstalled with Windows 10. It doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office suite.  The laptop also offers McAfee CB LiveSafe 30Day Trial version.

Ports and connectivity features include HDMI 1.4a (1), USB 3.0 (1), USB 2.0 (2), Security Slot, MediaCard Reader (SD, SDHC and SDXC) and Headphone/Microphone combo jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Etheret LAN and Dell Wireless-N + Bluetooth 4.0. Audio is supported by Stereo speakers + MaxxAudio

According to retailer, the 4 cell lithium ion battery pack offers more than 6 hours of battery life, however, it depends upon usage.

Dell Inspiron i3543-7000SLV Longitude Silver 15.6″ laptop PC

At $400, Dell Inspiron i3543-7000SLV Longitude Silver 15.6″ laptop PC is worth every penny. The laptop comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB HDD. Intel core i5-5200U offers enough performance for Office application, web browsing, downloading audios and videos, streaming YouTube and watching movies. It also supports casual gaming but is not a gaming laptop, so will not be able to run all latest gaming titles. You can run games like Minecraft, Dirt Rally and Fifa 16 etc. smoothly on this laptop. The only incongruity in the configuration of this laptop is the memory. It comes with 8GB RAM but more memory would have ensured better performance for memory intensive tasks like  photo editing and video editing, video encoding etc. Model: i3543-7000SLV doesn’t offer full HD screen and comes with standard 1366 X 768 display panel. It doesn’t have discrete graphics and integrated graphics is only solution. However, by spending another $100, you can get Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3 laptop which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It has full HD display panel and comes with discrete NVIDIA Geforce 940M graphics, with 2GB Video memory, in addition to 8GB system memory. Also, the graphics helps in video editing programs. This Acer laptop offers better gaming performance.  Acer laptop comes with wireless ac while Dell Inspiron 3543 i3543-7000SLV laptop doesn’t come with Wireless ac and networking is limited to wireless N. However, Dell Inspiron i3543-7000SLV comes with optical drive which is missing in Acer. Here is the brief review about specifications and performance of this Dell Longitude Silver 3543 laptop.

Dell Inspiron i3543-7000SLV incorporates Intel core i5-5200u 5th generation core processor. It has two cores operating with 2.2GHz frequency and the frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz if system needs. It comes with hyperthreading technology which means two cores can handle 4 threads at a time. It comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is integrated graphics but capable of running latest games in low to medium resolution and setting. It can also stream videos on external display smoothly.

Model: i3543-7000SLV is shipped with 4GB RAM in single slot. Memory is expandable up to 8GB only. Thus you need to pull out the 4GB stick and insert 8GB RAM in the slot. It uses DDR3L 1600Mhz memory.  If you want to upgrade memory the 8GB RAM, the stick will cost you another $40-$50. Alternatively, you can buy Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 laptop which comes with 8GB RAM and rest of specs are similar in both the models. It costs you around $450. Dell i3543-7000SLV comes with 1TB hard drive, with 5400rpm speed, and Windows 10 preinstalled on it. It doesn’t come with Solid State Drive though.

The 15.6” display offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it supports 720p video playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible external display or TV. This laptop is not a touchscreen laptop.

Ports and connectivity features include 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 headphone/microphone combo jack, 1 RJ-45 Ethernet port and 1  HDMI port. It comes with multi-format SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n. It also supports Bluetooth.

4 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup which depends upon usage.

Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7320 Jet Black 17.3″ Laptop PC

Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7320 is a budget laptop that be used as desktop replacement laptop as well.  Though it doesn’t come with exciting hardware specifications still it is good enough for home users. This 17.3” laptop comes with old AMD A8-6410 processor which operates with 2 GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.4GHz in Turbo mode. With 6GB RAM, you can do most of the computing task which you need to perform in your day to day life.  For instance, you can work with MS office, browse web, make video calls, watch videos and movies etc. Toshiba C75D-B7320 supports casual gaming along with entry level photo and video editing.  It is not a touchscreen laptop though. The performance of AMD A8-6410 is comparable with 2.2GHz Intel core i3-5020u which is a dual core processor but supports hyperthreading technology which means 2 physical cores can work as 4 logical cores.  It offers 750GB hard drive. If you stretch your budget by another $50-$60, you can get HP Pavilion 17 Windows 10 laptop which is powered by more powerful Intel core i5-5200u processor and 6GB RAM. It has 1TB hard drive which means you get additional 250GB storage. It is an added advantage for those who love to store movies. Both the laptops come with optical drive and have HD webcam. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7320.

Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7320 comes with AMD A8-6410 APU which operates with base frequency of 2 GHz and, in Turbo mode, the frequency of some of the cores can reach up to 2.4GHz. It has two MB of L2 cache. On the other hand, Intel core i5 operates with higher base frequency of 2.2GHz and frequency can reach up to 2.7GHz. It comes with 3MB of cache. Intel core i5-5200u comes with AVX2 and FMA3 instructions. Again, AMD A8-6410 is built with 28nm architecture while Intel core i5-5200u is fabricated with 14nm. Now, why 14nm is so important? “14nm” refers to the size of the transistors – by reducing the size of the transistors you can fit more transistors within the same space and, in the bargain, you get greater performance. As the distance between two transistors decreases, it needs less power to activate them and less time for a signal to travel. The performance of C75D-B7320 is somewhat similar to Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7297 17.3-Inch Laptop as it comes with similar specs. You can check the user reviews here  :

Toshiba C75D-B7320 comes with 6GB RAM in two slots. RAM is expandable up to 16GB. It comes with 750GB 5400rpm hard drive which is preinstalled with Windows 10.

17.3” display of Satellite C75D-B7320 supports max resolution of 1600 X 900 pixels which means it can support playback in 720p resolution but not in 1080p format. However, with the help of HDMI you can view full HD content on compatible HD monitor and TV. But you need to buy HDMI cable.

Ports and connectivity features include 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 headphone output, 1 microphone input, 1 RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 VGA port and HDMI port. Network connectivity is supported by Wireless 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. Wired connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet.

The 6-cell lithium-ion battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup, however, it depends upon usage.

Finally, Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7320 Jet Black laptop is a decent laptop for day to day use. For CPU intensive tasks like video and photo editing it won’t give you fast performance. This laptop is not suitable for AutoCAD and Revit. Also, heavy gaming titles like Witcher 3 and Far Cry 4 would struggle to run. If you need to work with media editing software or want to play games, you can take a look at HP Pavilion 17-g101 Windows 10 laptop which comes with i5-5200u processor, 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Please note that it is not a workstation grade laptop but can do little bit of everything.

Dell Inspiron I7353-8403BLK 13.3″ Touch-Screen Laptop

Dell Inspiron I7353-8403BLK is 13.3” powerful 2-in-1 laptop which is intended for office users, college students and people on the move. The laptop has a robust specification which includes Intel core i7-6500u sixth generation Intel processor, 256GB Solid State Drive and 8GB RAM which makes it fast enough for regular computing activities. It supports processor intensive tasks like Adobe Photoshop, Blender and Handbrake etc as well.  It also supports PC gaming. Though Model: I7353 8403BLK doesn’t offer discrete graphics yet the integrated Intel HD 520 graphics supports latest PC games. However, games like Battlefield Hardline and Far Cry 4 etc. are not playable at highest settings. The performance is somewhat similar to Dell Inspiron i7348-7143SLV laptop. Only difference being that Dell i7348-7143SLV comes with Windows 8.1 (upgradable to Windows 10 for free) while Dell Inspiron I7353-8403BLK is a Windows 10 laptop.  Dell i7348-7143SLV comes with earlier i7-5500u processor while i7353-8403BLK offers i7-6500u which is successor to i7-5500u. However, i7-6500u is only around 5% faster than core i7-5500u which hardly affects the performance.  Both are touchscreen laptops and come with backlit keyboard but lack optical drive.

Dell Inspiron I7353-8403BLK incorporates Intel core i7-6500u Skylake processor. It has two cores and each core operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz. Processor speed can Turboboost up to 3.1GHz. It is hyperthreading enabled as well which means 2 cores can handle 4 threads at a time. It has 4MB of cache. The laptop doesn’t come with dedicated graphics and Intel HD 520 graphics is the only graphics option which you can’t upgrade either. The graphics support DirectX 12.

Dell Inspiron I7353-8403BLK comes with 8GB RAM in single slot. The type of the memory is DDR3L-1600Mhz. The processor can support both DDR4-2133 and LPDDR3-1866 but Dell choose to use 1600Mhz memory. It comes with 256GB Solid State Drive. You can also consider much cheaper Lenovo Flex 3 14 2 in 1 touchscreen laptop which comes with similar specs. It offers 1TB 5400rpm hard drive instead of 256GB SSD. This Lenovo laptop has full HD IPS AntiGlare Multitouch touchscreen display, so you can expect good viewing angle.

Dell I7353-8403BLK comes with 13.3-inch Full HD WLED touch screen display. Max supported resolution is 1920 X 1080p.

Ports and connectivity features include two USB 3.0 ports, One USB 3.0 port with PowerShare,  One HDMI port,  One headset port and SD card reader. Only Wireless network connectivity is available with this laptop which include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiDi. It comes with backlit keyboard. Model: I7353-8403BLK comes with HD (720p) webcam.

3-cell (43 WHr) offers up to 5 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

Dell Inspiron I7568-2867T 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop

Dell Inspiron I7568-2867T touchscreen laptop is a decent choice for people looking for something more than regular computing. This Intel core i5-6200u powered laptop, which belongs to Intel Skylake family, supports running office applications, web surfing, HD video streaming and video calls smoothly. You can also do CPU intensive tasks like photo and video editing, video encoding/decoding and compressing large files etc. Dell I7568-2867T  comes with traditional 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. It supports latest PC games but not all games are playable in high resolution and settings. For instance, The Witcher 3 and GTA V are playable only in low resolution. Please note that this is not a gaming laptop. For demanding games and heavy HD video editing you need a machine with more powerful processor and faster drive.  You can consider Dell Inspiron i7559-763blk ($799) budget laptop which comes with Intel core i5-6300HQ processor, 8GB RAM (upgradable up to 16GB), 256GB Solid State Drive. It comes with NVIDIA Geforce GTX960M graphics with 4GB DDR5 video memory. It also has full HD display. Please note that i5-6300HQ (2.3GHz- 3.2 GHz) has 4 cores while Intel core i5-6200u has 2 cores. Inspiron i5-6300HQ has 6MB of cache while i5-5200u has 3MB of cache. It also comes with matte IPS Full HD display panel and has optical drive which is missing in Dell I7568-2867T.

However, i7559-763blk is not a 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop. If you are looking for a laptop that provides good performance for Adobe Photoshop, Sony Vegas pro, AutoCAD, Solidworks and heavy PC gaming then Dell I7568-2867T could be a good choice. However, if you just need a laptop for casual gaming and media editing alongside day to day computing, Dell Inspiron I7568-2867T offers enough performance. Here is a brief review about specifications of Dell I7568-2867T.

Intel core i5-6200u processor operates with 2.5GHz and frequency can reach up to 2.8GHz, if system demands. The processor supports hyperthreading technology which means 2 core can handle 4 threads at a time. The graphics processing is supported by Intel HD 520 graphics which is an integrated graphics. Model: I7568-2867T doesn’t offer discrete graphics. However, Intel HD 520 is capable of running games like Fifa 16, Dirt Rally etc.

Inspiron I7568-2867T comes with 8GB 1600MHz RAM in single channel. You can’t upgrade memory. However, i5-6200u can support faster memory. It comes with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive preinstalled with Windows 10. You can also consider Toshiba Satellite L55W-C5259  2-in-1 laptop which is powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB Solid State Drive. Solid State Drives are much faster than regular hard drives and consume less energy. SSD are less prone to damage as well. Toshiba laptop is touchscreen laptop and offers Full HD display and backlit keyboard.

The 15.6” display of Dell I7568-2867T offers max resolution of 1920 X 1080p which means it supports full HD playback. It is a 2 in 1 Windows 10 laptop.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, Dell Inspiron I7568-2867T offers 2 USB 3.0 port, 1USB 2.0 port, HDMI, SD card reader and combo audio port. It doesn’t support Ethernet LAN. Wireless connectivity is supported by Wireless ac and Bluetooth. It has webcam and comes with back-lit keyboard. On the other hand, Dell i7559-763blk comes with Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Wi-fi ac, Bluetooth and Intel WiDi.

Dell I7568-2867T has 3-cell battery pack which offers up to 5 hours battery backup (depends upon usage). However, Dell Inspiron i7559-763blk comes with 6 cell 74whr battery which offers up to 10 hours of battery backup.

HP Pavilion 15-ab153nr

HP Pavilion 15-ab153nr could be a good choice for those who are looking for a laptop that can do little bit of everything. Whether you are looking for a laptop for office or home use, it will be able to execute all tasks smoothly. HP 15-ab153nr comes with quad core A10-8700P APU which is based on AMD’s new Carrizo Line. The performance of A10-8700p could be compared with i5-5200u processor. According to AMD’s website, they have been able to implant 29% more transistors in almost the same die size as previous APU’s. It offers 40% rise in CPU energy efficiency and will deliver the greatest performance-per-watt. For example, it can decode 4K videos smoothly. However, the laptop screen doesn’t support this resolution. To make the machine affordable, the laptop offers screen resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can support up to 720p playback only. HP 15-ab153nr doesn’t come with discrete graphics and Integrated Radeon HD R6 graphics is the only option which uses system memory. It also does not offer Wireless-ac. Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3 laptop which is powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM and 1TB hard drive. It has dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940M graphics. It offers full HD (1920 X 1080p) display and will cost you around $70-$80 extra. This laptop is good for Adobe Photoshop as well as small 3D designing. However, this Acer laptop doesn’t come with optical drive while HP 15-ab153nr has it installed. Here is a brief review about HP Pavilion 15-ab153nr laptop:

HP 15-ab153nr comes with AMD A10-8700P APU which is a quad core processor and operates at base frequency of 1.8GHz. Processor frequency can Turboboost up to 3.2GHz. It comes with 2MB of L2 cache and new Radeon HD R6 graphics for Carrizo which supports DirectX 12. It can decode 4K videos, however, the display panel of the laptop in not compatible to play 4K videos. The laptop can run almost all latest games but not all games are playable in highest details and settings. The APU has only 2Mb of L2 cache whereas Intel core processor has L3 cache.  If you are an Intel lover, you can consider Toshiba satellite C55-C5241 which is also a Windows 10 laptop. It is powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Both the laptops don’t come with backlit keyboard. Intel core i5-5200u processor operates with 2.2GHz of base frequency and can Turboboost up to 2.7GHz. Thus base frequency of core i5-5200u is higher than AMD A10-8700p. Though core i5-5200u is dual core yet it has hyperthreading technology which means two cores can works as 4 logical cores.

HP 15-ab153nr comes with 8GB RAM in single slot and the memory is not user upgradable. It comes with 1TB hard drive with 5400rpm speed. It doesn’t come with SSD drive though. Note that SSD can improve performance of the laptop significantly and reduce boot time as well.

The 15.6” non-touch display of HP 15-ab153nr offers max resolution 1366 X 768 pixels. However, if you are looking for touchscreen laptop with full HD resolution, you can take a look at Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5152 laptop which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It comes with 1080p display panel. So you can watch movies in Full HD environment. The cost of the laptop is around $450.

HP 15-ab153nr comes with standard ports and connectivity features. The laptop comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 HDMI port, 1 RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 microphone/headphone combo jack and a SD card reader.  There is a HD webcam with integrated microphone.  It comes with built-in DVD drive. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n, Wireless ac and Bluetooth.

The 4-cell lithium ion battery comes with battery life of up to 5 hours which depends upon usage.

Final Thoughts

HP 15-ab153nr comes with decent features and can do all the work which needs to be accomplished at home or office. It is good for students as well. This laptop is also good for PC gaming though not all games are playable at highest settings. However, if you are more into video and photo editing, audio/video encoding, small 3D designing, then Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3 should be your call as it comes with dedicated graphics and Full HD display panel.

Dell Inspiron 15 i3552-4040BLK

Dell Inspiron 15 i3552-4040BLK laptop PC is a basic laptop which is powered by Intel Celeron N3050 Braswell processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It is able to do all basic tasks like typing documents, emailing, web browsing, social networking and skype etc. User can watch videos as well but if you are looking for a laptop that can handle some photo and video editing, video encoding and playing games like Fifa 16, then Dell i3552-4040BLK is not for you.  Actually, Intel Celeron N3050 is a very basic processor.  If you want something more than just basic computing then Intel core i3-5010u equipped ASUS F555LA-AB31 would be a more suitable option. However, you have to pay little extra for it but it is worth every penny. ASUS laptop comes with a faster i3-5010u processor compared to N3050 which allows you to do some photo and video editing along with playing low end games in low to medium resolution and settings. For instance, Minecraft, Fifa 16 and Dirt Rally are playable in this machine. Asus laptop comes with Full HD (1920 X 1080)p display while Dell i3552 4040BLK comes with 1366 X 768p display panel. Also, Asus laptop comes with Ethernet LAN while the Dell laptop doesn’t support wired network connectivity.  Both the laptop comes with inbuilt optical drive which can read/write CD and DVDs. Here is a brief review about specification and performance of Dell Inspiron 15 i3552-4040BLK.

Intel Celeron N3050 is a dual core Braswell processor. Each core operates with 1.6GHz frequency and frequency of some of the cores can increase up to 2.16 GHz, if system needs.  It comes with 2MB of L2 cache.  On the other hand, Intel core i3-5010u operates with fixed frequency of 2.1 GHz which means it operates with higher base frequency. It has two cores which are hyper threading enabled, which means two cores can work as 4 logical cores. Intel Celeron N3050 is not hyperthreading enabled. Moreover, it supports Advanced Encryption Standard instructions which are helpful for protection of disk data as well as network Data. Also, i3-5010u comes with more cache. It has 3MB of L3 cache. Frequently used data stored in cache memory.  So it is helpful in reducing latency. Again Intel HD 5500 graphics is better than Intel HD graphics that comes with braswell processor. Thus, Asus F555LA-AB31 will offer better performance over Dell i3552-4040BLK.

Dell Inspiron 15 i3552-4040BLK laptop PC comes with 4GB 1600MHz RAM in single slot. Memory is expandable  up to 8GB. It comes with 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. It doesn’t offer Solid State Drive though. Most of the non-cloud based cheap laptops lack in Solid State Drive. The hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 10

Dell 15 i3552-4040BLK has  standard ports and connectivity features which include 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 headphone output/microphone input combo jack, and 1  HDMI port. It also comes with SD card reader and HD Webcam. Wired network connectivity is missing in this laptop Wireless connectivity include 802.11 ac with backward compatibility. Bluetooth connectivity is also available with this machine.

4 cell lithium battery pack offers 3-6 hours of battery life which depends upon usage.