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Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS

Selecting and buying a cheap laptop is not an easy task. Often, you have to work out on getting the right compromise, sacrificing one component for another. Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS is a budget 15.6” laptop which comes with attractive features. For instance, you get AMD A10-7300 quad core accelerated processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive with this laptop. You don’t have to sacrifice much for this price though.  Few shortcomings of this laptop are that it is not a touchscreen laptop and doesn’t have backlit keyboard. Again, AMD has released Carrizo processor which means older Kaveri-based laptops may suddenly be a lot cheaper and Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS is good example of it.  AMD A10-7300 Accelerated processor is based on Kaveri architecture. This laptop is capable of running MS office, surfing the internet with multiple tabs, streaming Youtube and Netflix, emailing/Skype, creating presentations, entry level photo and video editing. Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS supports casual gaming as well. However, if you are looking for a budget touchscreen laptop with similar performance, you can consider Dell Inspiron i5555-2866SLV Signature Edition Laptop which is currently on sale. It is powered by AMD A10-8700p accelerated processor which is based on Carrizo platform. It also offers 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Furthermore, it comes with backlit keyboard which is missing in Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS.

As told earlier, AMD A10-7300 is a quad core accelerated processor. Each core operates with 1.9GHz frequency and, if system needs, frequency of the cores can rise up to 3.2GHz. Comparatively, AMD A10-8700p operates with 1.8GHz of base frequency and can boost up to 3.2GHz. As A10-8700p is built with latest architecture and has more number of transistors than AMD A10-7300, you can expect better performance from AMD A10-8700p based laptops compared to AMD A10-7300 based laptops. Current (at the time of publishing) Passmark score of AMD A10-8700p is 3570 while AMD A10-7300 scores 3036, which means AMD A10-8700p offers better performance then A10-7300.

Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS comes with integrated AMD R6 graphics which supports DirectX 12. It is good for casual gaming but high end games will not be playable. You can, however, play Sims 3 smoothly on this machine.

15.6” display of Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS comes with 1366 X 768 pixels resolution which is common in budget laptops. If you are looking for a laptop for watching videos and movies then a Full HD IPS Panel is more preferable. For this purpose, you can consider Lenovo IdeaPad 500 15.6-inch Full HD Laptop which comes with Full HD display (1920 X 1080). It is powered by AMD A10-8700p processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Like Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS, Lenovo IdeaPad 500 is also a non-touch laptop.

Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS comes with 8GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. It has 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. If you have little knowledge about laptop repairing then you can easily replace hard disc drive with Solid State Drive to boost performance.

The laptop runs on windows 10 and you get Trial of Microsoft Office 2013. Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, 4-in-1 card reader, RJ-45 and audio combo jack. It has webcam as well as inbuilt dvd drive. Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS supports both Wireless and Wired network connectivity. The 41whr battery pack offers up to 4 hours of battery life.

Toshiba Satellite L75-C7140 Laptop

Equipped with 5th generation Intel core i5-5200u processor and 8GB RAM, the 17.3” Toshiba Satellite L75-C7140 laptop offers good productivity and performance at a very affordable price of $530 approx. It is good enough for running office applications, web browsing, watching videos and movies, skype/emailing etc. You can also do photo editing and small video editing. However, it is not a powerhouse and if you are looking for a machine to run software like 3Ds max, Solidworks etc, then Model: L75-C7140 is not a right choice. Intel core i5-5200u is a dual core ultra low voltage processor and will not support such tasks. You need workstation grade laptop to run these applications. HP Pavilion 17.3” touchscreen Full HD Laptop coming with 6th generation Intel core i7-6700HQ processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive could be a good choice. The i7-6700HQ processor has 4 cores while Intel core i5-5200u has 2 cores. Again i7-6700Hq operates with much higher frequency of 2.6GHz and frequency can boost up to 3.5GHz while i5-5200u operates with 2.2 GHz frequency and frequency rises upto 2.7 Ghz. Other than this, Toshiba Satellite L75 C7140 is not a touchscreen laptop (1600 X 900p) while the HP laptop mentioned above is touchscreen laptop and offers full HD resolution (1920 X 1080p). If you are looking for a laptop for watching videos, a full HD IPS display will be more preferable as it will deliver crisp images and offer great viewing angle. Coming back to L75-C7140 laptop, it has inbuilt optical drive and comes with all necessary ports and connectivity features. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite L75-C7140 laptop.

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Intel core i5-5200u is a 5th generation core processor. Graphics processing is supported by Intel HD 5500 graphics which is integrated graphics but can run low end games smoothly. For instance, you can play league of legend and Minecraft on this machine. However, games like Fall out 4, COD black ops 3 will run on low resolution with very low fps. Being integrated graphic, you can’t upgrade graphics. Alternately, you can buy Acer Aspire E 17 E5-773G-5464 laptop which is a budget gaming laptop, powered by 6th generation Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It has discrete NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 2GB VRAM. It also offers full HD display. However, like Model: L75-C7140 it is also non-touch laptop. The NVIDIA graphics is useful when it comes to media editing.

Toshiba L75-C7140 offers 1 month trial version of  Microsoft® Office 365 and 1 month trial of Anti-Virus along with other proprietary software. The laptop runs on Windows 10. It comes with 8GB RAM and the memory is not user upgradable (according to Toshiba). As told earlier, the 17.3” display of the laptop offers max resolution of 1600 X 900p which means it supports 720p playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on external HDTV and monitor. You need to purchase an HDMI cable separately though.

Ports and connectivity features include 1-USB (3.0) port, 1-USB (3.0) port with USB Sleep and Charge, 2-USB (2.0) ports, HDMI and Microphone input port/Headphone output port. It has SD card reader as well. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless a/c and Bluetooth. It has backlit keyboard while the HP Pavilion and Acer Aspire E 17 E5-773G-5464 mentioned above don’t have backlit keyboard.

Toshiba Satellite L75 C7140 is installed with 4 cell 45whr battery which offers up to 5 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

Dell Inspiron i5559-3349SLV

Dell Inspiron i5559-3349SLV comes with specifications good enough to support your daily computing needs. It’s a 15.6in laptop, weighing around 5.1lbs. It’s not lightweight but just scrapes in as something you can carry around in a sturdy backpack. Inspiron i5559-3349SLV is non-touch laptop and comprises of Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 128 Solid State Drive. But you get low resolution display (1366 X 768p), which is not full HD, with this laptop. If you can stretch your budget a little further, there are better options available for you. For instance, HP 15-ab292nr touchscreen laptop which comes with 6th generation Intel core i7-6700HQ processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. It is a touchscreen laptop and the display supports full HD playback.  However, it doesn’t offer Solid State Drive.  Please note that Intel core i7-6700HQ is more powerful than i5-6200u processor as i7-6700HQ has 4 cores and operates with much higher frequecy while i5-6200u  has only two cores and operates with lower frequency. However, Intel core i5-6200u offers sufficient performance for home computing and  for small office work. Inspiron i5559-3349SLV or model: S16 TUL15SKL is suitable for students as well. It is zippier enough for MS products like word, excel, powerpoint and also allows Skype/emailing, surfing the internet with multiple tabs, streaming videos and movies. The processor also supports photo/video editing, audio/video encoding and decoding tasks. However, for watching movies and videos, Full HD display is preferable as it will give you more accurate colors. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Dell Inspiron i5559-3349SLV.

Dell Inspiron i5559-3349SLV or model: S16 TUL15SKL is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor which operates with 2.3GHz frequency and, on system demand, the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. It has 3MB of cache memory. This laptop is not a 2-in-1 or convertible laptop. It comes with integrated Intel HD 520 graphics and you can’t upgrade graphics. Though it is integrated graphics, it still supports many latest games like Star Wars Battlefront, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 etc. However, FPS won’t be great for such games. You can still play Minecraft, World of Warcraft and Fifa 15 smoothly. Note this is not a gaming laptop but you can get gaming laptops pretty cheap these days.  Also, this laptop is not suitable for running Revit/3Ds Max and similar programs as i5-6200u is Ultra low voltage processor and is designed to run on low power and save energy.

Dell Inspiron i5559-3349SLV can be compared with Acer E5-575G-53VG which is also powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor and comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM. DDR4 RAM is faster than DDR3L. For graphics processing it comes with NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB Video RAM. It has  256GB Solid State Drive and full HD display. both Dell Inspiron i5559-3349SLV and Acer E5-575G-53VG have inbuilt Tray load DVD drive. The Acer laptop comes with backlit keyboard as well

Inspiron i5559-3349SLV is installed with 8GB Dual-channel DDR3L 1600 MHz memory. Memory is expandable up to 16GB. The laptop runs on Windows 10.

The 15.6” display supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can stream videos in 720p resolution but can’t play 1080p content. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible TV or monitor. However, you need HDMI cable

Inspiron i5559-3349SLV  offers standard number of ports and connectivity features which include 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45, 1 headphone/microphone combo and 1 multi-format SD media card reader. It has 720p HD Webcam. Sound is supported by Realtek ALC3234 with Waves MaxxAudio. The laptop comes two 2 watts speaker.

Wireless connectivity is supported by 802.11ac (1×1) and Bluetooth 4.0 combo while wired connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet.  Inspiron i5559-3349SLV comes with 4 cell 40 whr battery which offers up to 6 hours battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

HP Pavilion 13-s161nr x360 Convertible laptop

HP Pavilion 13-s161nr x360 Convertible laptop is a well-designed laptop but few compromises have been made in order to make it affordable. For instance, it comes with decent Intel core i5-6200u processor but offers only 4GB internal memory. Again, instead of Solid State Drive, it comes with traditional 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. However, HP 13-s161nr or Model: V2W87UA#ABA is good enough for those who are looking for 13.3” 2-in-1 laptop for simple office usage or plain entertainment. You can use this laptop to run MS office, make video calls, for emailing, streaming videos and movies and occasional media editing as well.  But this laptop is not suitable if you need to work with photo and video editing software since more memory and faster storage option are preferable to run such applications. To run editing software smoothly, you can consider HP Pavilion 13-s128nr x360 which is also powered by 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U processor and offers 8GB RAM plus 128GB Solid State Drive. Solid state drive offers significant benefits over conventional hard drive. While HDDs take longer to access data because it requires disks to spin, SSDs are much faster as data can be accessed instantaneously. It uses non-mechanical design of NAND flash mounted on a circuit board. Solid State Drives are durable and consume low energy compared to hard drive. However, both the laptops come with full HD touchscreen display. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 13-s161nr x360 Convertible laptop.

HP 13-s161nr or V2W87UA#ABA is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor which operates with 2.3GHz frequency and, on system demand, the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. It has 3MB of cache memory. The laptop comes with integrated Intel HD 520 graphics and you can’t upgrade graphics. Though it is integrated graphics, it still supports many latest games like Star Wars Battlefront, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 etc. However, FPS won’t be great for such games.  For gaming, you can consider Dell Inspiron i7359-8404SLV which is a 13.3” laptop with brushed aluminum finish. It comes with Intel core i7-6500u processor which is 10-15% (approx.) faster than i5-6200u. This Dell laptop comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive.

HP 13- s161nr doesn’t come with MS office suite and you need to buy it separately. The 500GB hard drive operates with 5400 rpm speed. As told earlier, the laptop comes with 4GB DDR3L-1600 SDRAM. The display supports 1920 X 1080 pixels resolution.

HP Pavilion 13-s161nr x360 Convertible laptop lacks DVD. Currently, most of the 2-in-1 laptops are devoid of optical drive. It comes with standards number of ports and connectivity features which include 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45, 1 headphone/microphone combo and 1 multi-format SD media card reader. It has HP TrueVision HD Webcam and audio is supported by B&O PLAY with 2 speakers. Built-in stylus is not available with HP pavilion 13 360 laptop but you will get this feature in Dell Inspiron i7359. HP Pavilion 13-s161nr offers both, wireless and wired, connectivity. Wireless connectivity is supported by 802.11ac (1×1) and Bluetooth 4.0 combo and wired connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet.

HP 13- s161nr doesn’t come with backlit keyboard while Dell Inspiron i7359 comes with backlit keyboard. The 3 cell 48 WHr lithium-ion prismatic battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup.

Lenovo G50 80KR0016US Touch laptop

Lenovo G50 80KR0016US Touch laptop is a nice laptop for home, small office users and students. This touchscreen laptop gets its power from Intel core i5-5200u processor which is a decent processor and is fast enough for home computing as well as for office tasks. Model: 80KR0016US comes with only 4GB RAM. More memory is recommended if you need to work with photo and video editing programs or 3D designing/rendering etc. However, for basic tasks like typing documents, browsing web, streaming videos and movies, emailing/Skype and Evernote, 4GB memory is enough. Alternatively, you can consider Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV Signature Edition Laptop which is a touchscreen budget laptop. It is powered by AMD A10-8700p APU, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. AMD A10-8700p has 4 cores and operates with base frequency of 1.8GHz while the frequency can rise up to 3.2GHz. On the other hand, Intel core i5-5200u has two cores and operates with base frequency of 2.2GHz while frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz. Multithreaded programs will get benefitted from multiple cores. Lenovo 80KR0016US lacks backlit keyboard while Dell i5555-2866SLV comes with backlit keyboard. Both the laptops have inbuilt optical drive though. Please note none of these are 2-in-1 laptop.

If you are looking for a budget 2-in-1 laptop with similar specs then you can consider Asus TP550LA 15.6in Transformer Book Flip which comes with Intel core 5200u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It also comes with inbuilt optical drive.

Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Lenovo G50 80KR0016US touch laptop.

Intel core i5-5200u processor is a dual core 5th generation processor. It operates with 2.2 GHz of base frequency and, with the help of Turbo-boost technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz. It has 3MB of level 3 cache memory. Lenovo G50 80KR0016US comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is part of Intel core i5-5200u processor. You can play low end games smoothly on this machine. However, high end games like Fallout 4 will run in low resolution and setting. You can run minecraft in this machine. You can also do some video editing and small 3D designing. But these are memory demanding tasks and more memory will be helpful in accomplishing such tasks. You can upgrade memory up to 16GB.

The memory used in Lenovo 80KR0016US is PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3L dual Channel RAM.  When it comes to storage, the laptop comes installed with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive which is preinstalled with Windows 10 operating system. You won’t get Microsoft office full version with this laptop.

The 15.6” display of 80KR0016US supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which is pretty common among budget laptops. You can watch content in 720p but not in 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on external display and monitor. You need to buy HDMI cable separately.

Lenovo G50-80 80KR0016US offers standard ports and connectivity features which include 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI, 2-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC) and Combo audio/microphone jack. It comes with 1.5W x 2 stereo speakers. It has 720p webcam and inbuilt optical drive. As told earlier, the laptop doesn’t come with backlit keyboard. Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi and Bluetooth. The 4 cell battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV Signature Edition Laptop

Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV Signature Edition Laptop is a cheap touchscreen laptop. Powered by AMD A10-8700P, it is zippier enough for daily computing tasks like working with MS office suites, emailing/Skype, web browsing with multiple tab, streaming movies and videos etc. It also supports PC gaming but not all games are playable in highest setting. For instance, you can play Battlefield Hardline, Fifa 16 and Anno 2205 in low to medium details and settings. However, Sims 3 and Dota 2 can be played smoothly on this machine. Though Dell i5555-2866SLV comes with integrated AMD Radeon R6 graphics yet it is optimized for gaming. You can also do some photo and video editing on this laptop. The notable feature of this laptop is that it comes with backlit keyboard which is generally not found in budget laptop. Only drawback of this laptop is that it doesn’t come with full HD display and offers standard HD display which can play 720p content but can’t display 1080p or full HD content. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch 1080p content on full HD display. Check here for full specification and review of Dell i5555-2866SLV here

The main competitor of Dell i5555-2866SLV is ASUS F555LA-US71 Signature Edition Laptop which comes with more powerful Intel core i7-5500u processor and offers full HD display. However, it is not a touch screen laptop but Windows 10 works well with non-touch interfaces as well. Asus laptop also lacks backlit keyboard. Both the laptops come with inbuilt CD/DVD drive. If you are more into photo and video editing or other CPU intensive tasks then Asus F555LA-US71 would be a better option. For regular computing and casual gaming, Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV offers more than enough performance. Please keep in mind that none of the laptops are workstation grade.

Dell i5555-2866SLV incorporates AMD A10-8700P accelerated processor which is based on AMD’s Carrizo platform and is fabricated with 28nm architecture. It is clocked with 1.8GHz and frequency of some of the cores can rise up to 3.2GHz, on system demand. The laptop comes with AMD Radeon R6 graphics which is part of the APU. The main benefit of APU over i7-5500u processor is that it comes with hevc decoder which is missing in i7-5500u.  This Dell i5555 is installed with 8GB Single-channel DDR3L RAM and the memory can be expanded up to 16GB.

Dell i5555-2866SLV comes with traditional 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive, preinstalled with Windows 10.  For better performance, you can replace hard drive with a Solid State Drive. Hard drive is very easily accessible. All you need to do is to remove the battery and then remove base cover to reach the hard drive. This laptop doesn’t have MS office suite installed and you need to buy it separately.

Ports and Connectivity features include 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI, Headphone output/Microphone input combo and a SD card reader. The network connectivity is supported by fast Ethernet LAN and 802.11 b/g/n. Bluetooth connectivity is available with this laptop. Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV comes with 720p webcam, while ASUS F555LA-US71 comes with VGA webcam.

4-cell lithium-ion battery offers battery life up to 5 hours, depending upon usage.

ASUS F555LA-US71 Signature Edition Laptop

ASUS F555LA-US71 Signature Edition Laptop is a decent laptop for those who are looking for a machine that not only supports everyday computing tasks but also offers performance for PC gaming, some HD video editing and 3D designing. However, don’t expect fast performance for CPU intensive programs, like HD video editing or 3D rendering, from this machine. ASUS F555LA-US71 incorporates dual core i7-5500u processor which is not as powerful as 6th generation Intel quad core i7-6700HQ but can do little bit of everything. Intel core I7-5500u is ULV processor which is designed to be energy efficient. The device comes with full HD display (1920 X 1080). However, this is not a touchscreen laptop. Main disadvantage of this laptop is that it comes with VGA webcam rather than a HD webcam. It also lacks backlit keyboard. Non-touch display interfaces, however, work well with Windows 10 environment. If you still need a touchscreen laptop with similar specifications then you can consider Acer Aspire V3-574-7481 Signature Edition Laptop which comes with i7-5500u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It also comes with backlit keyboard which is missing in ASUS F555LA-US71. Both the laptops come with inbuilt CD/DVD drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of this laptop.

Intel core i7-5500u is a dual core 5th generation processor and operates with 2.4 Ghz of base frequency. Base frequency can increase up to 3GHz if system needs. It has 4MB of cache. On the other hand, Intel core i7-6700HQ has 4 cores and operates with base frequency of 2.6GHz and can Turboboost up to 3.5GHz. It has 6MB of cache memory. So, if you need to work with HD video editing and 3D designing then HP Pavilion 15-ab292nr is a more suitable option. It comes with 6th generation Intel core i7-6700HQ processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Moreover, it is touchscreen laptop while ASUS F555LA-US71 is non-touch enabled laptop. HP Pavilion 15-ab292nr has Full HD display as well.

Back to ASUS F555LA-US71, the laptop is installed with 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz memory and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. Memory is not expandable further. It doesn’t come Solid State Drive and Windows 10 is preinstalled on the hard drive. Microsoft Office is not available with this machine.

The 15.6” display of ASUS F555LA-US71 supports max resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels.

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, Headphone output/Microphone input combo. It has media card reader as well as inbuilt optical drive.  Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless ac and Bluetooth.

ASUS F555LA-US71 is installed with 2 Cell 37whr battery which offers battery backup of 4 up to hours.

HP 15-ac158nr

If you just need a simple, conventional laptop to perform everyday tasks at a reasonable price, then HP 15-ac158nr is a decent choice. Powered by Intel Pentium N3700 quad core processor and 6GB RAM, you can perform all your daily tasks, like typing docs and spreadsheets, smoothly. You can use this laptop for emailing/skype, streaming videos and movies and occasional audio/video transcoding. However, 15-ac158nr or T0D77UA#ABA is not suitable for PC gaming as it comes with entry level integrated Intel HD graphics. This laptop is not appropriate for large video editing or for programs like AutoCAD, Revit etc. Though Intel Pentium N3700 is a quad core processor yet it is not as powerful as 4th generation Intel core i5 processor due to its architecture. Also, the integrated HD graphics is weak. If you are looking for a budget laptop that offers smooth performance for office tasks like creating presentations and large file compression as well as supports casual PC gaming, small photo and video editing then Acer Aspire F 15 F5-571T-569T is a more suitable option. It is a touchscreen laptop powered by Intel core i5-4210u processor and has 8GB RAM plus 1TB hard drive.

Acer Aspire F 15 F5-571T-569T offers backlit keyboard while HP 15-ac158nr comes with non-backlit keyboard. The 15.6” screen of this HP laptop is not touchscreen enabled. However, Windows 10 goes well with non-touch interface. Both the laptops come with inbuilt DVD drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-ac158nr.

Intel Pentium N3700 is a quad core processor. Each core operates with base frequency of 1.6GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.4GHz on system demand. It has only 2MB of cache memory. The processor is coupled with Intel HD graphics which can run low end and old games like world of Warcraft and Sims 3, in low to medium details and settings.  However, model: T0D77UA#ABA is capable of streaming videos smoothly. On the flip side, you can’t upgrade graphics.

If you are more into PC gaming, HD photo/video editing and want to do small 3D designing then Acer Aspire E 15 E5-574G-52QU is a better equipped laptop. It comes with 6th generation Intel core i5-6200u processor and discrete graphics NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 4GB VRAM. It also comes with 8GB system Ram which is upgradable up to 16GB. On the other hand, 15-ac158nr comes with 6GB RAM ( 4 +2) and the memory is upgradable up to 8GB only. Also, Acer laptop comes with Full HD (1920 X 1080) display while the 15.6” display of HP 15-ac158nr supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can play content in 720 p resolution but not in 1080p. Both are non-touch enabled laptops.

HP 15-ac158nr comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. As it is a budget laptop, you can’t expect Solid State Drive. The hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 10.

Ports and connectivity features included 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It comes with media card reader as well as inbuilt optical drive. Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Fast Ethernet while Acer Aspire F 15 F5-571T-569T offers Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless ac and Bluetooth.

4-cell 41WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery of HP 15-ac158nr offers battery life of up to 5 hours( approx. ). However, it depends upon usage as well.