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Asus L402SA-WH02-OFCE Review

Asus L402SA-WH02-OFCE is a pretty basic non-touch 14” laptop. Powered by Intel Celeron N3060 processor and 4GB RAM, it supports basic computing tasks like typing docs, surfing internet, emailing/skype, downloading music and streaming videos. The laptop comes with very less physical storage space (32GB eMMC). You can’t upgrade RAM or storage as both are soldered to the motherboard. However, it comes with 1 year MS office subscription. The Intel Celeron N3060 processor has two cores and it operates with very low frequency of 1.6GHz while the frequency can rise up to 2.48GHz on system requirement. It comes with low resolution display as well (1366 X 768p), which can display content at 720p resolution. The display does not support 1080p or full HD content.  Asus L402SA WH02 OFCE comes with very weak integrated graphics which can’t be upgraded. As an alternate, you can consider HP 14-an013nr, which is an inexpensive laptop but comes with AMD E2-7110 processor having 4 cores. It operates with higher base frequency of 1.8GHz. So you will get better multitasking performance compared to Asus L402SA-WH02-OFCE. It has full HD display ( 1920 X 1080) which produces more accurate color compared to 1366 X 768. Again, Asus L402SA-WH02-OFCE doesn’t support Wireless ac connectivity while HP 14-an013nr supports wireless. You won’t get one year MS office subscription with the HP laptop though.

None of the two laptops come with inbuilt CD/DVD drive. However, you can use external CD/DVD drive. These are not gaming laptops and are not suitable for application like AutoCAD, Revit etc.  If you are looking for a laptop that can help you accomplish day to day tasks smoothly and also supports casual gaming, some photo and video editing and small 3D designing, then you can consider HP 15-ay191ms which is a touchscreen laptop and comes with very solid configuration. It has Intel core i3-7100u 7th generation processor which operates at very high clock speed of 2.4GHz. It is integrated with 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive. It has inbuilt optical drive as well. However, as this laptop is touchscreen enabled and bigger compared to Asus L402SA-WH02-OFCE, it is little heavier. It also comes with Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which is capable of running Minecraft smoothly. You can run high end games like GTA V in low resolution and settings on this laptop. HP ay191ms is expensive compared to Asus L402 but it is worth the money you pay for it.

As told earlier, the memory of Asus L402SA-WH02-OFCE can’t be expanded further as RAM is soldered onto the motherboard. However, you can get additional storage via external hard drive, SD cards or Flash drives. The laptop comes with a full Size SD card reader slot.

Though it lacks optical drive, you can still use external USB based DVD/CD burner.  Beside SD card reader, it comes with following ports : 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, Interface 1x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack, 1x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 1x VGA Port (D-Sub) and 1x HDMI.  It supports 10/100 Mbps Ethernet. Wireless connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Asus L402SA-WH02-OFCE comes with integrated VGA webcam. The battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

 

Dell i5567-3656GRY Review

Dell i5567-3656GRY offers you just about all the features and  specs you need to accomplish day to day computing tasks, plus extra niceties like PC gaming and editing photos and videos. This touchscreen laptop comes with 7th gen Intel core i7-7500u processor and 8GB RAM.  In order to make the laptop affordable, the manufacturer has removed some features from the configuration. For instance, it comes with a 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive instead of a Solid State Drives.  It also lacks dedicated graphics and Intel HD 620 is the only graphics option with the laptop.  If you are more into media editing or 3D rendering, Solid state Drive is recommended as it is much faster compared to traditional 5400rpm hard drive. Dedicated graphics not only boosts performance of gaming but it also improves performance of certain video and photo editing software. You can also consider Acer E5-575G-75MD which is also powered by Intel core i7-7500u processor but has dedicated NVIDIA 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 video memory. It offers 256GB Solid state Drive which can speed up booting and file upload. It also has 8GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 32GB. Like Dell i55673656GRY, it comes with full HD display. However, the Acer laptop is not a touchscreen laptop but it comes with backlight keyboard.  Both the laptops offer optical drive.

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However, if you are not a gaming enthusiast but looking for a touchscreen laptop with Solid state Drive or SSD,  you can consider HP touchscreen laptop with i7-7500U processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and  256GB SSD.  Like Dell i55673656GRY, it also comes with integrated graphics. Note that none of these laptops are workstation grade laptop as Intel core i7-7500u processor is a dual core ULV processor. It is still good for Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, Solidworks etc. Intel core i7-7500u processor is 7th gen Kaby-lake processor which operates with 2.7GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. It has 4MB of Cache. Dell i5567-3656GRY comes with integrated graphics, which uses system memory, and you can’t upgrade graphics or processor. You can play games like GTA V,  Fallout 4, etc on this laptop.

Dell i55673656GRY is installed with 8GB DDR4 memory (PC4-19200) and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. There are two memory slots. You can replace hard drive with Solid state Drive to speed up the machine.

The 15.6” touchscreen display features max resolution of 1920 X 1080p. The laptop comes with 1 HDMI, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 headphone/microphone jack, memory card reader and 10/100 Ethernet port. It doesn’t have USB 3.1Type C port. It lacks Gigabit Ethernet port as well. On the other hand, Acer  E5-575G-75MD offers Gigabit Ethernet and Type C port.

For wireless connectivity,  Dell i5567-3656GRY supports  Wireless ac and Bluetooth 4.2 . It has webcam as well as SD card reader. The battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage

Final thoughts

Dell i5567-3656GRY is a decent laptop if you are looking for a cheap laptop that offers performance for both – regular computing and multimedia.  If you are using the laptop for media editing or digital designing, SSD can speed up things for you. Alternatively, you can consider HP touchscreen laptop with i7-7500U processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD.

Dell I3558-10000BLK Review

Dell I3558-10000BLK touchscreen laptop is intended for students and home users. The laptop is powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor which is not as powerful as 7th gen Intel core i5-7200u processor. It has 6GB of DDR3L RAM which is enough for day to day computing tasks like typing docs, processing spreadsheets, creating presentation, skype, emailing, downloading music, streaming videos on screen or on external display etc. It also supports small photo and video editing and casual gaming. However, more memory is preferable for HD photo and video editing, compressing large files etc. Though the laptop has touchscreen display, it does not support 1080p content playback as the display supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixel which is good for 720p content. A full HD display is preferable for HD video editing. Dell I3558-10000BLK comes with 1 TB 5400 rpm hard drive.  It lacks Solid state Drive which is much faster than hard drive. When it comes to gaming, the laptop has integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics which supports Minecraft, Sims and Lego games but high end games like GTA V, star wars battlefront can also be played in low resolution and setting. Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG Laptop which is powered by 6th gen Intel core i5-6200u, 8GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB) and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940MX with 2GB video memory. It has full HD display as well. Premium features like backlit keyboard and type C USB 3.1 port are also available with this laptop.

Dell I3558-10000BLK does not offer backlit keyboard and Type C port. However, both the laptops come with inbuilt optical drive. Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG Laptop is not a touchscreen laptop but it can still increase your productivity to great extent. Again, Intel core i5-6200u operates with 2.3GHz of base frequency and the frequency can increase up to 2.8GHZ while Intel core i5-5500u operates with 2.2GHz and frequency can shoot up to 2.7GHz. Both are dual core processors with 3MB of cache. Thus i5-6200u is slightly faster than i5-5200u. Again, a Solid State drive can speed up thing further which is missing in Dell I3558-10000BLK. You can also consider HP 15-ay013nr laptop which comes with Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. It also has Full HD display. As it is an inexpensive laptop, touchscreen feature is not available with this laptop. But you don’t really need touchscreen with Windows 10 OS.

Dell I3558-10000BLK is installed with 6GB DDRL RAM and the memory is expandable up to 8GB. If you are looking to run memory intensive program like HD video editing then Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG will be more suitable for you. The laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office though. Acer laptop comes with discrete graphics which has its own video memory while the integrated graphics of Dell laptop uses system memory.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, Dell I3558-10000BLK offers all standard ports. It comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1USB 3.0, 1HDMI, 1 LAN port and 1 headphone/mic combo port. It has SD card reader as well. All the above mentioned laptops come with backlit keyboard.

Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN, wireless ac and Bluetooth. Dell I3558-10000BLK comes with removable battery which offers up to 5 hours battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

Final thoughts

Dell I3558-10000BLK is a decent laptop for home use, however, if you are looking for a budget laptop for photo and video editing or playing latest games then Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG will be a more suitable option.