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Lenovo IdeaPad 310 80SM0074US Review

Lenovo IdeaPad 310 80SM0074US is a non-touch 15.6” laptop which comes with solid hardware specs. The laptop incorporates a dual core i7-6500u 6th generation Intel core processor, 12GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. This laptop doesn’t come with Solid state Drive though, which could have further boosted performance of the machine. With SSD, you get fast booting and file uploading as there are no moving parts involved. This feature is important if you are going to use the laptop for HD video editing, AutoCAD, Revit, music creation and other multimedia jobs. You can also consider Lenovo Ideapad 310 80SM00JSUS which comes with similar i7-6500u processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. The price of the laptop is little higher compared to Lenovo 80SM0074US. Even if you buy an internal 256GB Solid State Drive, it will cost you around $70-120$, depending upon the manufacturer and its features. None of the laptops, however, come with backlit keyboard. Both the laptops come with standard resolution display and optical drive which serves as CD/DVD burner. When it comes to gaming, the laptop supports almost all latest gaming including Battlefield 1, Need for Speed 2016, XCOM 2 and Fifa 17 but not all games are playable at highest resolution and settings. However Minecraft and league of legends will run smoothly on this machine.

If you are looking for an inexpensive gaming laptop that not only supports latest games but also delivers good performance for video editing and supports 3D rendering, then you can take a look at Lenovo IdeaPad 510 (80SV0058US). It is powered by 7th generation Intel core i7-7500u processor, NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 4GB Video memory and 12GB DDR4 system RAM. This laptop also offers 256GB Solid State Drive and the 15.6” anti-glare display offers full HD resolution ( 1920 X 1080). It features IPS display as well, which offers wide viewing angle and more accurate colors. Lenovo ideaPad 310, on the other hand, comes with 1366 X 768 resolution which is not so great if you are concerned about wide viewing angle. Again, the ideapad 510 comes with backlit keyboard which is missing in ideapad 310 80SM0074US. The ideapad 310 comes with standard non-backlit keyboard. Basically, Lenovo Ideapad 510 is a premium laptop from Lenovo.

When it comes to performance, the 7th generation (Kaby Lake processor) i7-7500u processor is faster than i7-6500u processor.  i7-7500u operates with base frequency of 2.7GHz and can Turbo-boost up to 3.5GHz while 6th generation i7-6500u processor operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the speed can reach up to 3.1 GHz. Both are dual core processors with 4MB of cache. So Lenovo IdeaPad 510 (80SV0058US) is more powerful compared to Lenovo IdeaPad 310 80SM0074US. Read Lenovo IdeaPad 310 80SM0074 review further to know more about the laptop.

Lenovo 80SM0074US has 12GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is not expandable further. 1TB hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. It doesn’t come with full version of MS office.

The 15.6” display supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it supports 720p playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on external display and monitor.  But you will need HDMI cable for this purpose.

Ports and connectivity features in the laptop include – 1 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 Ethernet and 1 VGA.  It also has SD card reader and webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Wi-fi  ac and Bluetooth. It offers up to 5 hours of battery life, depending upon usage.

HP 15-aw053nr Touchscreen Laptop Review

HP 15-aw053nr 15.6” touchscreen laptop is powered by AMD’s latest A12-9700p processor which offers ample performance for regular tasks like surfing the internet, watching movies and videos, typing documents and spreadsheets, emailing/skype etc. It also supports casual gaming and some photo and video editing. HP 15-aw053nr doesn’t come with dedicated graphics though and integrated Radeon R7 graphics is the only option for this machine. There are few other drawbacks with this laptop as well. It lacks Solid state Drive and comes with slower 5400rpm hard drive. Again, it comes with low resolution display rather than a Full HD display. The positive aspect of this laptop is that it comes with backlit keyboard. If you are looking for an inexpensive laptop for gaming and photo editing then you can consider Acer Aspire e5-575g which comes with latest 7th generation Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It also has Full HD display ( 1920 X 1080p) to offer more accurate color, It offers  NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics card with 2 GB GDDR5 video memory. However, it is not a touchscreen laptop. You really don’t need touchscreen interface with a Windows 10 laptop. Rather a strong hardware combination increases computing performance. None of these are 2-in-1 laptop. Both the laptops come with optical drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-aw053nr.

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AMD A12-9700p is a quad core processor based on AMD’s Bristol bridge architecture. It operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and, on system demand, the frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz. AMD is still using 28nm technology in this processor while Intel has been using 14nm since its 5th generation processor. Though A12-9700p has 4 cores, it is not even equivalent to Intel core i5-7200u processor, when you consider the performance (as per Passmark score). 7th generation Intel core i5-7200u operates with base frequency of 2.5 GHz and can Turboboost up to 3.1 GHz. Basically, the performance of A12-9700p is little better than i5-6200u 6th generation processor. Thus, if you are more into gaming and media editing then Acer e5-575g with 7th generation i7-7200u processor could be a decent choice for you. It has Solid state drive for faster booting and uploading, discrete graphics and full HD display.

If you are an AMD lover and looking for something extreme at a budget price then you can consider Dell Inspiron i5565-5850GRY 15.6″ FHD touchscreen Laptop which is integrated with powerful AMD FX-9800P processor, 16GB RAM and 1 TB HDD. It comes with Radeon R8 M445DX Graphics with 4GB GDDR5. It also offers backlit keyboard.

HP 15-aw053nr has 8GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. There are two memory slots and each hold 4GB memory stick. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. You can replace hard drive with a Solid state Drive but before replacing you should ask the vendor if it will void the warranty. The laptop runs on Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system.

The 15.6” display of HP 15-aw053nr supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which means it supports up to 720p of content playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on external compatible display and monitor. You need a HDMI cable for this purpose.

The laptop offers standard number of ports which include HDMI, headphone/microphone combo, 1 RJ-45, 1 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0. It comes with SD card reader and backlit keyboard. Network connectivity is supported by Ethernet LAN, Wi-fi ac and Bluetooth combo. The laptop offers up to 6 hours of battery backup (approx.), depending upon usage.

Lenovo IdeaPad 110 80UD001RUS Review

Lenovo has long been a top competitor in budget computer segment and Lenovo IdeaPad 80UD001RUS is a good example of it. Over the last few years, Lenovo has improved its quality resulting in fantastic products across a range of price. The Ideapad 110 80UD001RUS is powered by Intel core i5-6200u 6th generation processor and 8GB DDR4 2133Mhz memory. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. However, Lenovo 80UD001RUS laptop doesn’t come with discrete graphics and doesn’t have Solid State Drive. Discrete graphics come with its own memory while integrated graphics use system memory. Solid state Drives are much faster than 5400rpm hard drive, they are durable and consume less energy. If you are going to use this laptop for HD video editing, AutoCAD and Solid works, then Solid State Drive equipped laptop will be a better option. In such a case, you can consider Acer Aspire e5-575g laptop which comes with i5-6200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB) and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB RAM. NVIDIA graphics not only boosts gaming performance but also helps in media editing, 3D rendering etc. It has full HD display which produces more accurate color than standard display.

The Acer laptop also offers backlit keyboard which is missing in Lenovo 80UD001RUS (it comes with standard keyboard). Again, Acer 575g comes with USB Type C port for faster data transfer while Lenovo IdeaPad 80UD001RUS lacks this feature.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Lenovo IdeaPad 80UD001RUS.

Intel core i5-6200u is a dual core processor and operates with 2.3GHz. The frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz.  For day to day computing, like working with MS office, web browsing, running Evernote and Spotify, streaming videos and movies, Lenovo 80UD001RUS offers decent performance. When it comes to gaming, low end games like league of legends, Sims, Fifa 16, TF2, Minecraft will run smoothly on this machine. However, to run high end games like Battlefield 1, GTA V and Fallout 4, you need to turn down setting and resolution. The laptop comes with Integrated Intel HD 520 graphics and you can’t upgrade graphics.

The laptop can run AutoCAD, Solidworks etc but you won’t get fast performance when you are working with such programs. You can also opt for Acer F5-573G-510L which comes with 7th generation Intel core i5-7200u processor, NVIDIA GTX 950M with 4GB GDDR5 RAM plus 12GB System RAM.  It has hybrid drive – 1TB 5400rpm plus 128GB Solid State Drive. It also comes with backlit keyboard. Battery life of this laptop is quite good (up to 5 hours) while battery life of Model: 80UD001RUS is not so good.

Lenovo Ideapad 110 laptop is installed with 8GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is not expandable further.  It comes with 1TB hard drive. You can easily replace hard drive with Solid State Drive with little knowledge about computer assembling.

The 15.6” non-touch display of the laptop supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which means it supports up to 720p content playback. However, with the help of HDMI, you can watch Full HD content on compatible external monitor, display and on HDTV. You will require HDMI cable.

Another drawback of Lenovo IdeaPad 110 80UD001RUS is that it comes with only two USB  ports –  1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0. To connect external devices and networking,  you  get 1 HDMI; 1 Headphone/mi,  1 Ethernet and SD card reader. The laptop has VGA webcam. Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet and Wi-fi ac . It supports Bluetooth as well.

Basically, IdeaPad 110 80UD001RUS is a decent laptop if you are looking for a cheap device which can do little bit of everything. However, if you extend your budget to some extent, you can get Acer Aspire  e5-575g which offers better performance.

HP ENVY 17-s143cl 17t Touchscreen Laptop Review

HP ENVY 17-s143cl 17t Touchscreen Laptop is an expensive computing device from HP’s envy series but it comes with great specs that justify its pricey tag. It incorporates 7th generation Intel core i7-7500u processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive. On top of that, it offers mid-range discrete graphics, NVIDIA GeForce 940Mx with 4GB video memory, which allows you to play all the latest PC games like Battle field 1, XCOM2 etc. However, it is not a high end discrete graphics card like GTX 960M. The laptop is good enough for Adobe photoshop, lightroom, AutoCAD, Revit, 3Ds MAX etc. If you are buying the machine exclusively for photo and video editing or 3D designing then a Core i7 quad core processor equipped laptop would be better.  HP ENVY 17-s143cl 17t doesn’t come with inbuilt optical drive or CD/DVD burner. Even though Intel core i7-7500u is a 7th generation processor, it is still a dual core processor and can’t compete with 6th generation Intel core i7-6700HQ quad core processor. In terms of performance, Intel i7-6700HQ is much powerful than 7th generation Intel core i7-6500u processor. So, if you are looking for a laptop to run CPU demanding applications like AutoCAD, Revit, 3Ds Max or for heavy video editing, music creation and compiling software, then you can take a look at HP Pavilion 17 Touch Gaming Notebook. It is powered by Intel core i7-6700HQ quad core processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5 and 1TB 7200 rpm hard drive. It has a CD/DVD burner and you can also play latest games, even at highest details, smoothly on this Gaming Notebook.

Closer look at specs shows that HP ENVY 17-s143cl has 16GB DDR3L RAM which is slower than DDR4 RAM.  NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M graphics, coming with HP Pavilion 17 Touch Gaming Notebook, is more powerful than NVIDIA Geforce 940MX and 7200rpm drive is faster than 5400rpm drive. The 7th generation Intel core i7-7500u processor has two cores and it operates with base frequency of 2.7GHZ and its max turbo frequency is 3.5GHz. On the other hand, i7-6700Hq has 4 cores and each core operates with base frequency of 2.6GHZ while the frequency can rise up to 3.5 GHz. It has 6MB of cache while 7th gen i7-7500u has 34MB of cache. Both the laptops are built with 14nm fabrication. Thus, i7-6700HQ is a clear winner with its additional two cores and higher cache memory. As discussed earlier, if your work demands more CPU or graphics interaction, then HP ENVY 17 touchscreen with i7-6700HQ processor will be a better option. Envy 17 comes with metallic build while the pavilion 17 is mostly plastic but it’s sturdy.

HP 17-s143cl comes with 16GB DDR3L RAM and the memory is not expandable further. Similar priced other HP Envy 17 touchscreen models  that come with same i7-7500u 7th generation processor, offer DDR4 RAM. These HP Envy 17 modes come with 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB 7200rpm hard drive, NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB video memory and also offer backlit keyboard.

All the above mentioned laptops run Windows 10 operating system. However, none of them come with full MS office version. The 17.3” display features full HD resolution ( 1920 X 1080p).

HP ENVY 17 s143cl offers good number of ports and connectivity features which include 2  USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, 1x RJ-45,  SD Card Reader and 1x Combination Headphone-Out/ Microphone-In Jack. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-fi 802.11 ac with backward compatibility. It also supports Bluetooth. The laptop comes with webcam as well. It doesn’t come with stylus.

4 cell battery pack offers up to 6 hours of battery backup depending upon usage.

Lenovo ideapad 110 80UD007KUS Review

Lenovo Ideapad 110 80UD007KUS Laptop is decent for running office applications and watching movies and videos. It can also handle more-demanding tasks such as photo and video editing and light gaming. However, it is not a workstation grade laptop. Thus, editing large files will take time.  Key specs of the laptop are 6th generation Intel core i3-6100u processor, 6GB DDR4 SD RAM and 1TB hard drive. It is not a touchscreen laptop and doesn’t have 360 degree hinge. The laptop runs Windows 10 since it works in non-touch environment as well.  You can also consider Intel core i3-6100u integrated HP 15-ay091ms touchscreen laptop. The laptop comes with 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. HP 15-ay091ms is quite an inexpensive laptop considering its specs. These are not high end laptops and, thus, not appropriate for AutoCAD, Revit and similar other programs. Lenovo 80UD007KUS supports casual gaming and less demanding games like Minecraft, league of legends etc. are playable in this machine. However, games like XCOM2 and Witcher 3 will struggle to run in this laptop. The laptop does not have dedicated graphics and Intel HD 520 graphics is the only graphics option for the machine.  Both the laptops have inbuilt optical drive which serve as CD/DVD burner. Lenovo 110 doesn’t come with removable battery while HP comes with removable battery. None of them have backlit keyboard.

If you are looking for an inexpensive laptop for HD video editing, 3D designing and PC gaming then you can consider  Acer Aspire e5-575g which comes with Intel core i5-6200u 6th generation processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256 GB Solid State Drive. It has dedicated graphics NVIDIA Geforce 940MX with 2GB video memory. It also comes with backlit keyboard.  The display supports full HD resolution ( 1920 x 1080)p while Lenovo Ideapad 110 (model: 80UD007KUS) comes with low resolution screen. Full HD produces more accurate color over standard HD ( 1366 X 768) Intel core i5-6200u scores over i3-6100u  in terms of  performance,  as the speed of Intel core i5-6200u can boost up to 2.8GHz while Intel core i3-6100u operates at fixed frequency of 2.3GHz.

Also Solid State Drives is much faster than 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive and you will experience fast booting and uploading time. As the NVIDIA graphics has its own memory and rarely needs system memory, you can run other programs while playing games.

Lenovo 80UD007KUS lacks dedicated graphics and supports casual gaming only. It can run movies and videos smoothly though. The laptop is installed with 6GB RAM and the memory is upgradable up to 8GB. The hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 10 operating system. It doesn’t come with full version of Antivirus. Now you can Save up to 35% on Norton Security Suite products..

The 15.6” non-touch display of Lenovo Ideapad 110 80UD007KUS supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it supports up to 720p content playback but not 1080p.

Another drawback of Lenovo 80UD007KUS is that it comes with only 2 USB ports – 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0. Beside USB ports, it has 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 x HDMI,1 x RJ45 Ethernet and 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC). It has VGA webcam. Network connectivity is supported by 10/100 Mbps LAN wireless ac and Bluetooth. The battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

HP Pavilion 15-au123cl Touchscreen Laptop Review

If you are looking for a decent touchscreen laptop at an affordable price, you can consider HP Pavilion 15-au123cl Touchscreen Laptop which incorporates  7th generation Intel core i5-7200u processor, 12GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Note that Intel core i5-7200u is faster than 6th generation i5-6200u. However, both are dual core processors built with 14nm fabrication. There are few drawbacks as well with HP Pavilion 15-au123cl. The laptop comes with 1TB 5400rpm SATA hard drive whereas Solid State Drives are faster than 5400rpm and useful for rendering. This computer comes with integrated graphics, Intel HD 620, which can run PC games but not all games are playable at highest settings. You can play Sims and Minecraft smoothly on this machine but to play Battlefield 1, Fallout 4 or GTA V you need to compromise with the settings. HP 15-au123cl comes with low resolution screen rather than full HD display (1920 X 1080p). At the same price range, you can also consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-57D4 which is also powered by Intel core i7-5200u processor but has discrete NVIDIA 940MX graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video RAM + 8GB DDR4 system RAM. It offers full HD (1920 X 1080p) display. However, it is not a touchscreen laptop. It comes with 256GB Solid state drive as well.

You really don’t need touchscreen with Windows 10 OS as it works well with non-touch devices. However, having better hardware specs can enhance your computing experience.  Both the laptops come with optical drive, for burning CD and DVD.  With Acer, you will get Type C 3.1 USB port which enables faster data transfer. Acer laptop comes with Full HD display so you will get better picture clarity.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-au123cl.

Intel core i5-7200u operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. Basically, the performance is almost equivalent to 6th generation Intel core i7-6500u processor which also operates with same frequency. However, i7-6500u has 4 MB of cache while i5-7200u has 3 MB of cache. HP 15-au123cl doesn’t have discrete graphics and integrated graphics is the only option for the machine. Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics uses system memory.  A dedicated graphics not only supports gaming but also helps in photo and video editing and 3D designing. Thus, Acer Aspire E5-575G-57D4 is better option for such tasks. HP 15-au123cl offers decent performance for regular computing as well casual photo and video editing. It also supports Adobe photoshop, Solidworks but a Solid State Drive would be better for such an application.

The 15.6” display of HP 15-au123cl supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which means it supports up to 720p content playback. It is installed with 12GB Ram and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. The laptop runs on Windows 10 operating system. You won’t get full version MS office.

Ports and connectivity features include 2x USB 3.1, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, 1x RJ-45 (LAN), 1x Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader and 1x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. Network connectivity is supported by Ethernet LAN, wireless ac and Bluetooth. The backlit keyboard has dedicated numeric keyboard. The 2 cell battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

If you are looking for something more powerful, at budget price, then Acer F5-573G-510L will be more suitable option. It comes with i5-7200u processor, powerful discrete graphics NVIDIA GTX 950M with 4GB GDDR5 video RAM and 12GB DDR4 RAM. It also offers Full HD display and hybrid drive (1TB 5400rpm + 128GB Solid state Drive). It also has backlit keyboard. But it is not a touchscreen laptop.

HP 15-AY009DX Review

HP 15-AY009DX is an attractive and seemingly well-constructed laptop. Its 6th generation Intel core i3-6100u processor offers decent performance for everyday computing. The laptop is suitable for home office as well. It is good enough for running MS office programs, surfing internet, emailing and skype, running Spotify and similar applications. It can stream HD videos smoothly, though the display supports playback only up to 720p content. You can do small HD photo and video editing but it is not suitable for editing large media files. You can work with Solidworks but for 3Ds Max you need a laptop with better processor and a dedicated graphics. HP 15-AY009DX is a touchscreen laptop, installed with 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. In the similar price range, you can also consider HP 15-ay191ms touchscreen laptop which comes with 7th gen  i3-7100u processor and 1TB hard drive but it offers 8GB DDR4 2133MHz  RAM. Both the laptops come with CD/DVD burner and removable battery. Backlit keyboard is missing in these models as both are budget laptops and the manufacturer has dropped certain features to make them affordable. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-AY009DX.

Intel core i3-7100u operates at fixed frequency of 2.4GHz. It has two cores. HP 15-AY009DX laptop comes with integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which supports casual gaming. You can play Minecraft on this machine. Games like Sims 4, Fifa 16 and league of legends are very much playable in this machine.  However, GTA V and The Witcher 3, battlefield 1 will struggle to run in this machine. If you are looking for budget all-in-one machine that supports gaming as well as offers performance for HD photo/video editing and 3D designing then you can take a look at Acer e5-575g-53vg which comes with Intel core i5-6200u 6th generation processor, Discrete NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 video memory plus 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GGB Solid State Drive.

This Acer laptop has full HD display but it is not a touchscreen laptop. However, Windows 10 interface is well compatible with non-touch environment.  The Acer laptop comes with backlit keyboard while HP ay009dx offers non-backlit keyboard.

HP 15 ay009dx touchscreen laptop is installed 6 GB RAM arranged in two slots ( 4+2). Memory is expandable up to 16GB. It comes with 1TB hard drive 5400rpm, preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64 bit OS. It doesn’t come with full version of MS office.  However Best Buy is providing 6 month subscription for Kaspersky Internet Security for 3-Devices.  You can also Save up to 35% on Norton Security Suite products. if you need an AntiVirus software.

The 15.6” display supports up to 1366 X 768 resolution which can playback 720p content. The display will not support 1080p or Full HD content. 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 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. It has SD card reader and webcam as well. The network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet LAN and 802.11 b/g/n but there is no support for Wireless ac. However, Acer e5-575g-53vg supports wireless ac and Bluetooth.

Final thoughts

HP 15-AY009DX touchscreen laptop is an efficient laptop but it comes with only 6GB RAM. For the similar price range, you can get HP 15-ay191ms which is also a touchscreen laptop and has 8GB RAM.

Acer Aspire R5-571T-57Z0 Review

Acer Aspire R5-571T-57Z0 is a big 15.6” 2-in-1 convertible touchscreen laptop. The laptop is powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. It doesn’t come with Solid state drive. With Solid State Drive, you can experience faster booting and uploading.  If you are going to use the laptop for photo and video editing or 3D modelling then a Solid State Drive is preferable over a hard drive.  The 7th generation i5-7200u processor offers slightly better performance than i5-6200u. However, both are dual core processors, built with 14nm fabrication. The laptop weighs around 5.3lbs. If you are looking for a lighter and inexpensive laptop then you can consider Acer Aspire R 14 R5-471T-58F Signature Edition 2-in-1 Laptop which is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM and 256GB Solid State drive.  It will cost you around $499 (additional 10% discount for student, parents and faculty members). This 14” laptop weighs around 4.2lbs and offers faster booting and uploading. Both the laptops are suitable for office work, emailing/skype, streaming videos and movies , photo and video editing etc. Both the laptops come with backlit keyboard and Type C port. None of the laptops come with full version of MS office. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Model: R5-571T-57Z0.

Acer Aspire R5-571T-57Z0 is powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor which operates with base frequency of 2.5 GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz, on system demand. On the other hand,  i5-6200 operates at base frequency of 2.3GHz and the frequency can boost up to 2.8GHz. So performance of i5-7200u is little better than i5-6200u. However, slower hard drive may cause performance bottle neck. You can also consider Lenovo Flex 4 14” 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop which comes with 7th generation Intel core i5-7200u, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State drive. This laptop is affordable and quite light in weight (only 3.8lbs). As it comes with more memory, it can run memory hungry programs as well. It comes with backlit keyboard and has full HD touchscreen display. None of the above mentioned laptops come with CD/DVD burner.

Both Acer R5-571T-57Z0 and Lenovo Flex 4 have Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics.  You can play games like Minecraft, Overwatch, Fifa  etc smoothly on this machine. Hhowever, demanding games like GTA V and Witcher 3 will run in low details and settings.

Acer Aspire R5-571T-57Z0 is installed with 8GB DDR4 RAM and has 1TB hard drive. The memory is expandable up to 12GB. Hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 10 operating system.  Ports and connectivity features include 1 USB Type-C , 2 USB 3.0 (1 charge) , 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI and  Headphone output/Microphone input combo. It has SD card reader as well as a webcam . Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless ac and Bluetooth. The battery offers up to 9 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Final thoughts

For its price, Acer Aspire R5-571T-57Z0 comes with good set of features. However, we can’t expect SSD at this price. It is slightly on heavier side, if you are concerned about mobility. SSD improves the performance, specifically if you are going to use the laptop for editing and designing . Alternatively,  you can consider Acer Aspire R 14 R5-471T-58F Signature Edition 2-in-1 Laptop which comes with 6th generation i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive.

Dell I3452-0200BLK Review

A unique and efficient Chromebook alternative, Dell I3452-0200BLK is a compact laptop that runs full Windows 10 home OS to offer you more than just the cloud. The laptop is powered by Intel Celeron N3050 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB eMMC. The laptop is good enough for surfing internet and typing documents. You can also stream videos and movies smoothly.  However, 2GB RAM is not enough considering modern computing requirement.  Also, Celeron N3050 is pretty much an entry level processor. You can also consider HP 14-an013nr, which is an inexpensive laptop  powered by AMD E2-7110 quad core processor and has 4GB RAM.  It comes with Full HD display (1920 X 1080) while Dell I3452-0200 BLK comes with low resolution 1366 X 768 display. Again, HP 14-an013nr offers wired network connectivity which is missing in Dell I3452-0200BLK. Thus, by spending a few extra dollars, you can get good a laptop with quad core processor, 4GB Ram and a good display. AMD E2-7110 is not a high end processor but offers better performance compared to N3050. Both the laptops come with webcam but lack CD/DVD drive. As these are pretty inexpensive laptops, you should not expect backlight keyboard. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Dell Inspiron 14 i3452-0200BLK

Model: I3452-0200BLK is powered by Intel Celeron N3050 processor which operates with base frequency of 1.6GHZ and the frequency can rise up to 2.16GHz. The processor has two cores while AMD e2-7110 has 4 cores and it operates at fixed frequency of 1.8GHz. AMD E2-7110 is better for multitasking as it has higher number of cores. Both the laptops come with integrated graphics that can’t be upgraded.

Basically, Dell Inspiron 14 i3452-0200BLK is the latest version of Dell i3452-5600BLK. Both are non-touch and non- convertible laptops.

Dell I3452-0200BLK comes with 2GB 1600MHz RAM and the memory is upgradable up to 4GB. It has 32GB eMMc drive and laptop runs on Windows 10 home operating system. The laptop doesn’t offer full version of MS office.

The 14” display of Dell I3452-0200 BLK supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it support up to 720p content playback but not 1080p. However, you can watch full HD content on compatible monitors, HDTV and other devices.

The laptop comes with standard number of ports and connectivity features. As Dell i3452 is an old model, you can’t get features like USB 3.1 Type C port or Intel Realsense  webcam. It comes with 720p webcam though. The laptop comes with 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Ethernet 10/100 and 1 headphone/mic jack.  It also has full-size SD card reader.

Network connectivity is supported by Wireless 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. As told earlier CD/DVD burner is missing in the configuration. The battery offers up to 5 hours of power backup.

Final thoughts

If you are on a tight budget and looking for basic computer that offers mobility, you can go for Dell I3452-0200 BLK. As it comes with basic processor and very less memory, you can’t expect great  performance from it. Alternatively, you can go for HP 14-an013nr which has better hardware configuration.

Dell I31627142BLU 11.6″ laptop Review

The compact 11.6” Dell I31627142BLU offers   dual core Intel Celeron N3060 processor and 4GB RAM. The configuration provides better performance than average 11.6 “ laptop since most of the laptops in this segment come with  2GB RAM.  Like many other similar laptops available at this price, Dell I31627142BLU also comes with 32GB eMMC.  For instance, HP stream 11-y010nr offers same specs, at   lesser price ( at the time of publishing this review). Both the laptops come with Microsoft office 1 year free trial version. Basically, these laptops are suitable for light computing. You can type documents, send and receive emails, do video conferencing, stream movies and videos smoothly.  Dell I3162-7142BLU is not suitable for high end gaming. It is not appropriate for Adobe Photoshop either. Specs of the laptop hardly support CAD software. To sum it up, it is a pretty basic laptop. It is not a 2-in-1 laptop and does not have touchscreen display.  The Dell laptop doesn’t offer USB 3.1 Type C port while HP 11-y010nr comes with this port. Read the Dell I31627142BLU review further to know more about this laptop-

If you are looking for inexpensive 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop,  you can consider Lenovo Flex 3 11.6” 2 in 1 Touch-Screen Laptop which is powered by Intel Celeron N3050 processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Thus, you are getting enough space for storing your files. All the above mentioned laptops run on Windows 10. However, this Lenovo laptop doesn’t offer 1 year Microsoft office subscription.

Coming back to Dell Inspiron I31627142BLU, the laptop incorporates Intel Celeron N3060 processor which operates with 1.6GHz frequency and the frequency can rise up to 2.48 GHz. It has 2Mb of cache. On the other hand, Intel Celeron N3050 operates with same base frequency of 1.6GHz but the frequency can rise up to 2.16 GHz. If you compare performance of the processors, you will find Celeron N3060 is slightly better than N3050.

Dell Inspiron I3162-7142BLU doesn’t come with dedicated graphics and integrated Intel HD 400 graphics is the only graphics option for the laptop. You can’t upgrade graphics as it is integrated with the processor.

The laptop comes with 4GB RAM and the memory is not expandable further. The 11.6” display offers max resolution of 1366 X 768, which means it support up to 720p playback only. But, with the help of HDMI, you can watch full HD content on external monitor, high definition television and other compatible devices.

It comes with 32GB eMMC and a big part of it is used by operating system itself. However, you can use microSD card as external storage. You can buy external USB based hard drive as well, to fulfill your storage requirement.

Beside MicroSD card reader, Dell I31627142BLU comes with 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Ethernet 10/100 and 1 headphone/mic jack. The laptop supports wireless ac and Bluetooth as well.

2 cell battery of Dell I31627142BLU offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of Dell  I31627142BLU

Inexpensive laptop

Ethernet connectivity

Wireless ac

Cons Dell  I31627142BLU

No USB 3.1 Type C port

Final thoughts

Dell  I31627142BLU is not a very promising compact laptop but it is a good option  for those who are looking for  cost effective solution. You can also find Dell Inspiron i3162-0003BLU at Amazon which has same specs.