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HP Pavilion 15-au067cl 15-au097cl 15-au087cl 15-au057cl

HP Pavilion 15-au067cl and HP Pavilion 15-au097cl are touchscreen laptops integrated with 6th generation Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive.  Specification of the laptops makes them perfect for home and small office use. As these laptops lack dedicated graphics, you can’t play high end games smoothly on these machines. But you can play GTA V, Fallout 4, Overwatch and similar games in low details and settings. These laptops can run Minecraft smoothly. Another drawback of HP 15-au097cl and 15-au067cl is the traditional 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive which is considered slow if you are going to use the laptops for editing images and videos.  Furthermore, the laptops come with low resolution display ( 1366 X 768) which can support playback of 720p content but not 1080p. A full HD display is preferable for editing photo and video as it produce more accurate colors. You can also consider inexpensive Acer Aspire E5 575g 53VG which comes with Intel core i5-6200u,  8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory. It has full HD display as well ( 1920 X 1080). Like au067cl and au097cl, it also comes with backlit keyboard and has CD/DVD burner.

The RAM is not user expandable in HP Pavilion 15-au067cl and HP Pavilion 15-au097cl but  you can upgrade RAM up to 32GB  in Acer Aspire 575G. It also has a SATA slot and you can install additional hard drive.  Acer laptop is not touchscreen enabled but Windows 10 works well with non-touch environment as well.

HP 15-au097cl is encased in sport purple body while HP au067cl comes in modern gold cover. You can also get it in two other colors- Dragonfly Blue 15-au087cl and Natural Silver 15-au057cl. All four laptops have same specs  and run on Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system.

The laptops are integrated with intel core i5-6200u processor which has 2 cores and each core operates with base frequey of 2.3GHz. The frequency can increase up to 2.8GHz and system demand. The processor is hyperthreading enabled which means 2 cores can handle 4 threads at a time. Intel core i5-6200u is a decent processor for home usage as well as for small office. It offers smooth performance for jobs like making presentations, video calls, streaming youtube, Netflix and Spotify, downloading itunes, small photo and video editing  etc. For the similar price, you can also consider 2016 Newest Acer High Performance Premium 15.6″ FHD IPS Touchscreen Laptop which is powered by Intel core i7-6500u processor ( 2.5GHz-3.1GHz)  and has 8GB DDR3L RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. It also comes with backlit keyboard and CD/DVD drive. As i7-6500u operates with higher frequency compared to i5-6200u so you will get better performance.

All of four laptops (HP 15-au097cl, 15-au067cl, au057cl and au087cl) have integrated Intel HD 520 graphics which supports casual gaming. The graphics supports DirectX 12.These laptops come with integrated battery as well.

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0,  1 USB 2.0,  1 HDMI,  1 RJ-45 (LAN),  1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack and SD card reader. HP laptops do not come with USB 3.1Type C port which is available with Acer 575G. All the above mentioned laptops come with webcam. The Network connectivity of HP 15-au067 cl and other models are supported by Fast Ethernet, Wirless-ac and Bluetooth.

For the asking price, HP 15-au097cl, 15-au067cl, au057cl and au087cl are decent laptops but you get more features with Acer Aspire E5 575G which can improve overall  performance.

HP 15-ay087cl Laptop

HP 15-ay087cl comes with pretty decent specs that support day to day office tasks, photo and video editing, PC gaming, video transcoding job and small 3D rendering as well. However, you won’t get fast performance for such tasks as it comes with a slow hard drive (1TB 5400 rpm hard drive). A Solid State drive is much better for CPU intensive tasks and a Solid State Drive would have made the laptop more useful, especially for multimedia jobs. Solid State Drives are faster than traditional hard drives since SSDs don’t have any moving part while hard disk drives come with mechanical arm, with a read/write head, to move around and read information from the right location on a storage platter. Also a full HD display is preferable as it offers more color accuracy. The 15.6” display of HP ay087cl comes with 1366 X 768 pixels. You can also consider HP 15-ay018nr which comes with same Intel core i7-6500u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. DDR4 RAM is faster than DDR3L RAM.  Moreover, it comes with Full HD display ( 1920 X 1080). None of these laptops come with backlit keyboard but they have optical drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-ay087cl.

Both HP 15-ay087cl and HP 15-ay018nr come with non-touch screen. You can consider HP Pavilion 15-ab292nr if you are looking for a touchscreen laptop. Though it is a budget laptop, it comes with more powerful 6th generation Intel core i7-6700HQ processor which has 4 cores while Intel core i7-6500u has only 2 cores. This laptop also comes with Full HD display (1920 X 1080) and has 8GB DDR3L RAM. HP 15-ay087cl comes with 12GB DDR3L RAM but RAM alone won’t be able to increase raw processing power which you need to accomplish CPU intensive tasks. A quad core i7 processor is a better option. Both, i7-6700HQ  and  i7-6500u, are hyperthreading enabled. So,  i7-6700HQ can handle 8 threads at a time while i7-6500u will handle 4 threads at a time. Thus, for running multithreading programs like Adobe photoshop , i7-6700HQ will be a more suitable option.

None of these laptops come with dedicated graphics and Intel HD 520 graphics is the only graphics option for HP 15-ay087cl. You can’t upgrade graphics. However, HP pavilion 15-ab292nr comes with Intel HD 530 graphics which is slightly better compared to Intel HD 520 graphics. Both the graphics are capable of running high end games like GTA V, Fallout 4 in low to medium resolution and settings. However, games like Minecraft and TF2  will run smoothly on this machine.

HP 15-ay087cl comes with 12GB DDR3L RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. The 1TB 5400rpm hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64bit operating system. None of these laptops offer full Version of Microsoft office.

The 15.6” display of HP 15 ay087cl supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which supports 720p playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch Full HD content on compatible TV and monitor.

Ports and connectivity features include 1 USB 3.0 2 USB 2.0 1 HDMI 1 RJ-45 (LAN) 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack and SD card reader. It comes with webcam as well. The non-backlit keyboard incorporates a numeric pad. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, 802.11 ac Wi-fi and Bluetooth. The 3 cell 31whr battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup for general use, depending upon usage. You can remove battery easily.

Lenovo ideapad 500s 80Q3002WUS

Lenovo ideapad 500s 80Q3002WUS is a 14” non-touch laptop with decent specs for its price. It incorporates Intel core i7-6500u dual core processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It also offers full HD display. However, it doesn’t come with CD/DVD drive and has integrated Intel HD graphics. Lenovo 80Q3002WUS not only offers performance for day to day computing tasks but supports photo and video editing as well. Though this laptop lacks discrete graphics, you can still play high end games like Overwatch, GTA V and Call of Duty Black ops 3 in low to medium details and setting. You can play Minecraft smoothly on this machine. If you are looking for similar priced laptop with CD/DVD drive and dedicated graphics then you can consider Dell Inspiron 14 i5458 laptop. It is a touchscreen laptop powered by Intel core i7-5500u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It has switchable graphics- dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 920M with 2GB graphics memory and integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500. Graphic intensive tasks will be taken care by dedicated graphics. However, touchscreen display of this laptop supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p only. Both the laptops come with backlit keyboard. I7-6500u processor is slightly better than i7-5500u but processors are built with 14nm technology. i7-6500u operates with slightly higher base frequency ( 2.5-3.1GHz) while i7-5500u operates between 2.4 to 3.0 GHz range. Both the processors have 4MB of cache. Again, Lenovo 500s is non-touch laptop while Dell Inspiron 14 i5458 is touchscreen laptop.

If you are ready to switch to 15.6” laptop, you can get much better options to choose from. For example, you can consider Acer Aspire 575g which comes with Intel core i7-6500u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It comes with dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940MX with 2GB GDDR5 video memory and its display supports 1920 X 1080p resolution. This Acer laptop has CD/DVD drive and backlit keyboard with dedicated numeric keypad. Note that the keyboards of both, Lenovo ideapad 500s 80Q3002WUS and Dell 14 i5458, lack numeric keypad.

All the above mentioned laptops come with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system.

Lenovo 80Q3002WUS comes with 8GB DDR3L RAM (onboard) but the memory is not expandable further. In case of Acer Aspire, you can expand memory up to 32GB. Dell 14 i5458 touchscreen laptop comes with 2 memory slots and the memory is upgradable up to 16GB. Dell laptop has removable battery while Lenovo 500s has integrated battery.

The 14” display of the Lenovo laptop supports max resolution of 1920 X 1080p and it is not a touchscreen laptop.

Ports and connectivity features of Lenovo ideapad 500s 80Q3002WUS include 2 USB 3.0, 1USB 2.0, HDMI, RJ 45 and SD card reader. It lacks Type C USB 3.1 port which is available with Acer laptop. The Lenovo laptop comes with webcam as well.

The network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless ac and Bluetooth. 3 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Final Thoughts

Lenovo IdeaPad 500S 80Q3002WUS is a good laptop with few drawbacks. It is not a touchscreen laptop and lack dedicated graphics. It also doesn’t have optical drive. With Windows 10 OS you don’t need a touch interface though and you always use an external USB based optical drive. If you are comfortable with a 14” touchscreen laptop at lower budget and reduced performance then you can consider Dell 14 i5458 laptop. It has inbuilt CD/DVD burner and it comes with dedicated numeric keypad. But then the laptop comes with 1TB traditional drive while Lenovo offers a faster 256GB solid Sate drive.

Dell Inspiron 15 I5568-1210GRY 2-in-1 laptop

Dell Inspiron 15 I5568-1210GRY is a big 2-in-1 laptop designed for home users as well as students who need to deal with processing docs and spreadsheets, making presentations, streaming videos and movies, making video calls etc. You can edit small image files as well on this laptop. Dell I5568 1210GRY incorporates an entry level Intel core i3-6100u processor, 8GB RAM and 500GB Hard drive.  If you are looking for a budget 2-in-1 laptop for photo editing, small video editing and transcoding job, then i5-6200u processor will be more preferable. With a small increase in your budget you can get Dell i7568 15.6” 2-in-1 laptop which is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Intel core i3-6100u operates with fixed frequency of 2.3GHz while Intel core i5-6200u operates between 2.3GHz – 2.8GHz frequency range. You can play demanding games like GTA V and overwatch but not all games are playable at highest settings. Both the laptops come with Full HD (1920 X 1080) touchscreen display and backlit keyboard. None of these laptops, however, come with CD/DVD burner. But you can always use an external USB based CD/DVD burner. Dell i7568 comes with aluminum cover while Dell I5568-1210GRY comes with faux metallic finish but it is sturdy. Here is a brief review about specifications of the laptop:

Dell Inspiron 15 I5568-1210 GRY is powered by Intel core i3-6100u processor. It has 2 cores and 3MB of cache. The processor incorporates Intel HD 520 graphics which is the only graphics option for this machine. It can stream video smoothly on external display as well. When it comes to gaming, low end games can be played smoothly on this machine. For instance, you can play Minecraft, World of warcraft and Fifa 16 on this machine in low to medium resolution.  However, if you are just looking for a laptop for running MS office, surfing web, video calling, streaming videos and movies then you can consider Dell inspiron-15 i7568-5343blk which is cheaper compared to i5568-1210GRY. It is also powered by Intel core i3-6100u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. 4GB RAM is enough for day to day tasks. The laptop also offers backlit keyboard.

Dell Inspiron 15 I5568-1210GRY comes with 8GB DDR4 memory and the memory is upgradable up to 16GB. The laptop comes with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. It doesn’t come with full version of the Microsoft office though.

The 15.6-inch display offers max resolution of 1920 X 1080p. Ports and connectivity features in the laptop include One USB 3.0 port with PowerShare,  One USB 3.0 port,  One USB 2.0 port,  One HDMI port and One headset (headphone and microphone combo) port. It doesn’t offer Ethernet connectivity and the keyboard doesn’t come with dedicated numeric keypad. The laptop has webcam and SD card reader. Wireless connectivity is supported by Wireless ac and Bluetooth. The laptop weighs around 4.61lbs.

3 cell smart lithium ion battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup. However, it depend upon usage as well.

Final thoughts

Dell Inspiron 15 I5568-1210GRY is a decent 2-in-1 laptop for general purpose. However, if your work includes photo and video editing then Dell i7568 15.6” 2-in-1 laptop with i5-6200u processor and 8GB RAM will be a better choice.

HP ENVY 15-w191ms x360 Convertible Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC

HP ENVY x360 Convertible 15-w191ms Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC is a powerful convertible laptop. Its specs consist of Intel core i7-6500u processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM and 256GB Solid state Drive. However, it doesn’t come with dedicated graphics card and Intel HD 520 is only graphics option for this machine. It is fast enough for office programs (even though it doesn’t come with Microsoft office), web browsing, streaming YouTube, Netflix and other video streaming programs etc.  It is also suitable for Adobe Photoshop. However, if you are looking for a laptop to play high end games like GTA V and Overwatch then a machine with dedicated graphics will be better option. You can also consider ASUS VivoBook Flip TP501UQ-UB71T Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC which comes with same Intel core i7-6500u processor, 12GB DDR4 Memory and NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics. However, this laptop comes with 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive and doesn’t have backlit keyboard. As this Asus TP501UQ-UB71T comes with more memory and dedicate graphics, you can use it for video editing as well as for running CAD software. Drawback of this Asus laptop is that it comes with slower drive. It will be better if you can replace hard drive with a Solid State Drive. Like most 2-in-1 laptops, HP Envy 15-w191ms and Asus TP501UQ-UB71T also lack CD/DVD drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-w191ms.

Intel core i7-6500u operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz.  It is a dual core processor and comes with 4MB of cache memory.  However, with the help of Hyperthreading technology, the process can handle four threads at a time. The processor incorporates Intel HD 520 graphics. With 8GB RAM it can run high end games like GTA V, Fallout 4 etc., but not all games are playable at highest setting.  You can use HP 15-w191ms for heavy video editing and 3D rendering but more memory is preferable. Instead, you can consider Dell i5568-7477GRY touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop coming with 16GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. This 15.6” 2-in-1 laptop also has backlit keyboard.  The laptop costs you more but it is worth the price.

HP ENVY x360 Convertible 15-w191ms Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC is installed with 8 GB DDR3L-1600 Dual Channel memory and 256GB SSD.  Memory is not user upgradable. Upgrading memory and storage is not an easy task as you have to remove both top cover and the system board. The hard drive is preinstalled with Windows 10 64 bit operating system. None of the above mentioned laptops come with Microsoft office.

The 15.6” display of the laptop offers full HD resolution of 1920 X 1080p. It comes with HDMI 1.4 so it can’t support 4K or UHD playback on external display.

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0 (1 HP USB Boost), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45, 1 headphone/microphone combo and 1 multi-format SD media card reader. It doesn’t come with USB 3.1 Type C port but Asus VivoBook Flip TP501UQ-UB71T offers Type C USB 3.1 port. Both the laptops support Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless ac with backward compatibility and Bluetooth. The keyboard has dedicated numeric keypad.

3-cell lithium-ion 48WHr battery offers battery life up to 6 hours.

HP ENVY x360 Convertible 15-w191ms Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC is a decent laptop for day to day tasks and multimedia editing but it lacks dedicated graphics. If you are more into gaming then ASUS VivoBook Flip TP501UQ-UB71T Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC will be a more suitable option.

Asus VivoBook Flip TP501UQ-UB71T Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC

Asus VivoBook Flip TP501UQ-UB71T Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC would be a good choice if you are looking for a 2-in-1 laptop for gaming, photo and video editing alongside day to day computing. The 2-in-1 laptop comes with a solid processor, 12GB DDR4 RAM and switchable graphics ( NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB VRAM and Intel HD 520). Only drawback of this laptop is that it comes with traditional 5400rpm hard drive rather than a Solid State Drive. The laptop doesn’t come with backlight keyboard as well.  Alternatively, you can consider Lenovo Flex 4-1470 80SA Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC which comes with 16GB RAM and 512GB Solid State drive. It is powered by Intel core i7-6500u processor and has switchable graphics (AMD Radeon R5 M430 with 2GB graphics memory and Intel HD Graphics 520).  This laptop is not only suitable for video editing, you can also use it for CAD programs. You can use ASUS TP501UQ-UB71T to run such programs as well but you won’t get fast performance, especially when it comes to rendering. None of these laptops come with optical drive. Lenovo Flex 4-1470 80SA comes with backlight keyboard while the same is missing in ASUS VivoBook Flip TP501UQ-UB71T Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC.

Intel core i7-6500u operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz.  It is a dual core processor and comes with 4MB of cache memory.  However, with the help of Hyperthreading technology the processor can handle four threads at a time. The processor incorporates Intel HD 520 graphics. With 12GB DDR4 and dedicated NVIDIA graphics, you  can run high end games like GTA V, Fallout 4 and Call of Duty Black ops smoothly on this laptop .

ASUS VivoBook Flip TP501UQ-UB71T Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC is installed with 12 GB DDR4 memory (4GB onboard and 8GB on single slot).  Memory is not expandable further. The laptop comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. If you are more into graphics designing or want to run AutoCAD, Revit, 3Ds MAX etc.,  then Lenovo Flex 4-1470 80SA Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC  is a better option. VivoBook runs Windows 10 64 bit operating system. None of the above mentioned laptops come with Microsoft office.

The 15.6” display of the laptop offers full HD resolution of 1920 X 1080p. Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0, 1 x USB-C Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45, 1 headphone/microphone combo, volume up/down button and 1 multi-format SD media card reader. The keyboard has dedicated numeric keypad as well. Lenovo Flex 4-1470 80SA Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC doesn’t come with USB 3.1 Type C port.  Again Lenovo laptop doesn’t offer Ethernet connectivity. Both, ASUS VivoBook Flip TP501UQ-UB71T and Lenovo Flex 4 laptop, come with Wireless ac with backward compatibility and Bluetooth.

3-cell lithium-ion 48WHr battery offers battery life up to 6 hours.

Final thoughts

ASUS VivoBook Flip TP501UQ-UB71T is a decent laptop for day to day tasks as well as for multimedia jobs, but it lacks dedicated graphics. However, if you are more into 3D designing, Lenovo Flex 4-1470 80SA Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC with 512GB RAM will be more appropriate option.

Lenovo Ideapad 510 1352000006

Lenovo Ideapad 510 1352000006 15″ laptop is an entry level budget gaming laptop. Besides gaming, this laptop is also useful for photo and video editing as it comes with i5 processor and discrete NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 4GB DDR3 RAM. However, this laptop is not fast enough for heavy multimedia editing tasks.  Powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor and 8GB RAM, the laptop comes with slower 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. A Solid State Drive would be a better option for such tasks as Solid State Drives are much faster than 5400rpm hard drive. Booting and file upload are also faster with SSD. Memory speed of DDR3L is 1600MHz which is lower than DDR4 SDRAM. However, for regular computing, such as working with office programs and web browsing, you really don’t need high speed memory. Lenovo Model 1352000006 comes with integrated battery. Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG which comes with same i5-6200u memory and NVIDIA Geforce 940MX with 2GB GDDR5 RAM. GDDR5 is faster than GDDR3 and has 8GB DDR4 2133MHZ RAM, further expandable up to 32GB. However, in case of Lenovo  510 1352000006, the memory can be expanded up to 12GB.  The Acer laptop comes with 256GB Solid State Drive and has backlit keyboard. It also has USB 3.1 Type C port which is missing in Lenovo 510 1352000006. Both the laptops offer Full HD display. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Lenovo Ideapad 510 1352000006.

Intel core i5-6200u processor operates with base frequency 2.3GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. Lenovo Ideapad 510 1352000006 is not an extreme gaming laptop as the i5-6200u is ULV processor and has only 2 cores.  If you are looking for an extreme gaming laptop, at an affordable price, then you can consider HP Pavilion 15 Gamer Gaming Laptop coming with Intel core i5-6300HQ processor which has four cores and it operates at much higher Turbo frequency. On system demand, the frequency of i5-6300HQ can rise up to 3.2GHz. It incorporates NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5, 8GB DDR4 memory and 1TB 7200rpm hard drive. 7200rpm is much faster than 5400rpm. This HP laptop is useful for Adobe Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas pro as well. You can use it for AutoCAD , Revit, 3Ds Max as well.

Back to Lenovo Ideapad 510 1352000006, the laptop comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 12GB ( 4 GB onboard and 8GB in memory slot).  However, in case of Acer Aspire E5-575G, you can expand memory up to 32GB. It comes with 1TB hard drive preinstalled with Windows 10. However, none of the above mentioned laptops come with Full Version of Microsoft office.

The 15.6” non-touch display supports max resolution of 1920 X 1080p. Ports and connectivity features in the laptop include 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Gigabit LAN and 4-in-1 Card Reader. Wireless network connectivity is supported by Wireless ac and Bluetooth. The battery offers 5 hours of power backup.

Final thoughts

Lenovo Ideapad 510 1352000006 15″ laptop powered by Intel Core i5-6200U, 8 GB RAM and 1 TB HDD is a decent entry level gaming and Windows 10 laptop. However, it has slower hard drive which can cause performance bottleneck, especially if you are going to use the laptop for video editing or 3D rendering. Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575G which comes with same specs but offers Solid State Drive instead of traditional 5400rpm hard drive. It also comes with USB type C port for faster data transfer.

HP Envy 17-s017cl touchscreen laptop

HP Envy 17-s017cl touchscreen laptop is a decent desktop replacement laptop for multimedia and similar jobs. It is powered by Intel core i7-6500u processor, 16GB DDR3L RAM and 1TB hard drive. However, this laptop comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive which is not suitable for heavy video editing, music creation or for running CAD software like AutoCAD, Revit, 3Ds Max and animation programs. There will be considerable lag if you use this laptop for 3D rendering job. Again HP 17-s017cl or P4W27UA#ABA doesn’t come with dedicated graphics and integrated Intel HD 520 is the only graphics option for this laptop. Again, Intel core i7-6500u is a dual core processor. If you are willing to expand your budget to some extent then you can consider HP Pavilion 17-ab091ms Signature Edition Gaming Laptop. It comes with Intel core i7-6700HQ quad core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M dedicated graphics with 4GB video memory and 12GB DDR4 2133MHz memory. 2133MHz memory is faster than 1600MHZ and it is useful for 3D modelling/rendering and media editing program. It comes with faster 1TB 7200rpm hard drive. You can run all the latest games on this laptop. HP 17-s017cl is bloatware free as it is signature edition laptop. It comes with backlit keyboard as well. However, if you need a laptop for running office applications, surfing internet, streaming movies and videos, occasional photo and video editing and small 3D designing then HP Envy 17-s017cl touchscreen laptop will be more suitable option. Premium features like backlit keyboard is also present.

Intel core i7-6500u operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz on system demand while Intel core i7-6700HQ processor operates between 2.6GHz – 3.5GHz frequency range. Both the processors are hyperthreading enabled and i7-6700HQ, for example, with 4 cores can process 8 threads at a time. So this processor gives you better performance for both, single threaded and multithreaded applications, as compared to i7-6500u. Also I7-6500u has 4Mb of cache while i7-6700Hq has 6MB of cache memory. Now if you need an inexpensive laptop with Intel core i7-6700Hq processor then you can consider HP 17-g192nr which comes with 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400 hard drive.This laptop is a touchscreen laptop and has full HD display as well.

HP 17-s017cl is installed with 16GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. Memory is not expandable further. The hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 10 operating system. None of laptops mentioned above offer full version of Microsoft office and you need to buy the license separately.

The laptop comes with full HD display. It comes with HDMI 1.4 so you can’t watch 4K or UHD content on external display.

Ports and connectivity features include 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, HDMI, RJ-45, 2 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0. It comes with SD card reader as well as a webcam. The backlit keyboard has dedicated numeric keypad. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Wireless ac and Bluetooth.

The 4 cell lithium battery offers up to 6 hours of power backup, depending upon usage.

HP Pavilion 15-ab247cl

HP Pavilion 15-ab247cl is a touchscreen laptop coming with pretty attractive specs, considering the current discount price. It has Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. It also comes with discrete graphics NVIDIA Geforce 940M with 2GB GDDR3 video memory. The laptop runs on Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. But there are few drawbacks with this laptop as well. For instance, it doesn’t come with Solid State Drive and lacks USB type C port.  Also, this laptop comes with DDR3 RAM and not the latest and faster DDR4 RAM. Solid State Drives are much faster than standard hard drive and help in faster booting and uploading of files. For image and video editing or while working with CAD software, a speedy storage and faster memory are preferable. You can also consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG laptop which comes with Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB) and 256GB Solid State Drive. It also comes with more powerful NVIDIA Geforce  940MX graphics with 2GB GDDR5 memory. It has USB 3.1 Type C port and backlit keyboard as well. It is not a touchscreen laptop but you really don’t need a touchscreen laptop with Windows 10 operating system.  However, if you are going to use this laptop for running office applications, web surfing, skype, emailing, casual gaming, small photo and video editing then HP Pavilion 15-ab247cl could be decent choice. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 15-ab247cl.

Intel core i5-6200u is a dual core processor and operates at base frequency of 2.3GHz while the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz.  It has 3MB of cache. The processor can accomplish day to day computing smoothly. It also supports photo and video editing, graphics designing and working with AutoCAD. However, quad core i7 processor will be a better option for such tasks. You can consider HP Pavilion 15-ab292nr touchscreen laptop which comes with Intel core i7-6700HQ processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM and 1TB hard drive. This touchscreen laptop also has full HD display. However, it doesn’t come with backlit keyboard. Intel core i7-6700HQ processor has four cores and each core operates between 2.6 to 3.5 GHz frequency range. It has 6MB of cache while i5-6200u has only 3Mb of cache. Frequently accessed data is stored in cache memory thus larger cache helps in reducing latency.

However, HP Pavilion 15-ab292nr comes with Integrated Intel HD 530 graphics which can run almost all latest games but all games are not playable at highest details.

HP Pavilion 15-ab247cl comes with 8GB DDR3L memory and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. The laptop comes with 1TB hard drive.  With little knowledge of laptop assembling, you can replace hard drive with Solid State drive.  The 15.6” touchscreen display offers max resolution of 1920 X 1080p. It comes with HDMI 1.4 so it doesn’t support streaming of 4K content on external display.

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. The laptop comes with SD card reader and webcam as well. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, wireless ac and Bluetooth

HP 15-ab247cl comes with  4-cell 41WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery which offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, however, battery life depends upon usage.

Final thoughts

Considering the discounted price, HP 15-ab247 looks attractive. It is a good touchscreen laptop but, instead of touchscreen, Solid State Drive would make it more useful. Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG laptop which is not a touchscreen laptop but comes with Solid State Drive and faster memory . It comes with USB Type C port as well.

HP Pavilion 17-g167cl

HP Pavilion 17-g167cl offers good amount of memory (12GB DDR3L SDRAM) but it is integrated with dual core i7-6500u ultra-low-voltage processor. So you will get limited performance for programs that  need raw processing power , for example –  Adobe premiere Pro, light works, Sony movie studio, AutoCAD and Revit etc. Again, HP 17-g167cl comes with 1600 X 900 display and not full HD display (1920 X 1080). This laptop is not touchscreen enabled either, but Windows 10 works well with non-touch environment as well. If you could stretch your budget a little more, you can get HP Pavilion 17-g192nr which is a touchscreen laptop and is powered by Intel core i7-6700HQ processor which has four cores.  i7-6700HQ operates with higher frequency of 2.6GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz, if system needs it. It has 6MB of cache while i7-6500u has 4MB of cache. Display of HP 17-g192nr incorporates full HD IPS touch screen display (1920 X 1080). This display will give you wider viewing angle and more accurate color saturation which is useful for photo and video editing and also enhances your movie viewing experience. On the flip side, HP Pavilion 17-g192nr offers only 8GB RAM and has non-backlit keyboard. But you are still getting a strong processor and full HD IPS touchscreen display. Both the laptops come with 1TB hard drive and DVD/CD  read/write drive. Both the processors are part of Intel’s 6th generation family.

It’s worth making a note here that none of these laptops come with dedicated graphics. If you are a gaming enthusiast and want to play latest high end PC games like Overwatch and GTA V in high resolution, but looking for a budget laptop capable of graphics designing, then you can consider HP Pavilion 17-ab091ms touchscreen Signature Edition Gaming Laptop. This Signature edition laptop is powered by Intel core i7-6700HQ quad core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 4GB DDR5 video memory plus 12GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM.  DDR4 RAM is faster than DDR3L. It also has backlit keyboard. The best part of this laptop is that it comes with 1TB 7200rpm hard drive while HP g167cl comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. To conclude, with HP 17-ab091ms you are not only getting solid processor, discrete graphics and speedy memory but you are also getting 1TB faster storage solution. It also comes with Full HD touchscreen display and, being signature edition laptop, it is bloatware free as well. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 17-g167cl or V0P99UA#ABA.

Intel core i7-6500u operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz on system demand while Intel core i7-6700HQ processor operates between 2.6GHz – 3.5GHz frequency range. Both the processors are hyperthreading enabled and i7-6700HQ, for example, with 4 cores can process 8 threads at a time. So this processor gives you better performance for both, single threaded and multithreaded applications, as compared to i7-6500u.

HP Pavilion 17-g167cl comes with Intel HD 520 integrated graphics and you can’t upgrade graphics further. It has 12GB DDR3L 1600MHz and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. 1TB hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system.

As told earlier,  17.3” non-touch display of HP 17-g167cl offers max resolution of 1600 X 900p which supports up to 720p resolution. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch Full HD (1080p) content on Full HD monitor or compatible TV. If you need full HD display then you can consider HP Pavilion 17-g192nr.

Beside HDMI port, you also get 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. It comes with multi-format SD media card reader and webcam as well. The backlit keyboard also has dedicated numeric keypad. Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN, Wireless ac and Bluetooth.

HP Pavilion 17-g167cl comes with 4 cell 41whr battery which offers up to 5 hours of battery backup. However, HP 17-ab091ms comes with 6-cell, 62 Wh Li-ion battery which offers up to 8 hours of battery backup.

Final thoughts

HP Pavilion 17-g167cl is zippier enough for day to day computing and MS office applications but if you need raw processing power for 3D rendering, graphics designing or high end PC gaming then HP 17-ab091ms will be a more suitable option.