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Lenovo 80XR00AKUS Review

Lenovo 80XR00AKUS is a cheap laptop and it comes with many comprises which make it inexpensive. It incorporates Intel Celeron N3350, which is a basic processor. The processor operates with 1.1GHz base frequency but the frequency can increase up to 2.4GHz. The cores are not hyper-threaded which means cores can handle only 2 threads at a time.  It is intended for basic computing only.  For instance, you can use this laptop for typing docs, browsing web, skype/emailing and watching videos etc. As the laptop incorporates a basic processor, it is not appropriate for running Adobe Photoshop, Sony Vegas pro, AutoCAD etc. The machine is not suitable for latest PC gaming either because it comes with very weak Intel HD 500 integrated graphics. The machine will struggle if you want to play latest games like Team Fortress 2, Rocket league etc.  The laptop doesn’t have backlit keyboard. If you need a decent laptop for home use, an i3-7100u integrated laptop will be more preferable as it operates with very high base frequency. For instance, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM comes integrated with Intel core i3-7100u processor (operates at 2.4GHz) and 4GB DDR4  2133MHzRAM (expandable up to 32GB).  Intel core i3-7100u has two cores and it supports hyperthreading technology which means 2 cores can handle 4 threads at a time. Lenovo Ideapad 320 80XR00AKUS is another such laptop but it comes with DDR3L 1600MHz RAM. DDR4 RAM is faster than DDR3L RAM. The Acer laptop comes with more powerful Intel HD 620 integrated graphics which allows you casual PC gaming.

The Acer laptop comes with backlit keyboard and has 4 USB ports while Lenovo 80XR00AKUS offers non-backlit keyboard and only 2 USB ports. It has 1 TB hard drive as well. Though the Acer laptop costs you more, it’s worth the money as it comes with more powerful processor, better integrated graphics and s Full HD display (1920 X 1080) which produce more accurate colors over standard 1366 X 768 pixel display. The 15.6” display of Lenovo 80XR00AKUS supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch Full HD content on compatible display and HDTV. None of these laptops are work station grade laptop.

Lenovo has another inexpensive model, Lenovo Ideapad 110 15.6″ Laptop, which is powered by AMD A4-7210. AMD A4-7210 has four cores and each core operates with 1.8GHz but the frequency can rise up to 2.2GHz. Additional cores and higher base frequency offer you better performance. This laptop is installed with 4GB DDR3L memory and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. It has Windows 10 operating system as well. It comes with AMD Radeon R3 integrated graphics which is not a high end integrated graphics but offers decent performance for low end PC games.

Lenovo Model 80XR00AKUS is installed with 4GB DDR3L RAM and the memory is expandable up to 12GB. The laptop comes with 1TB hard drive preinstalled with Windows 10 Home 64bit operating system. The hard drive operates with 5400rpm. You will hardly find Solid State Drive in a cheap laptop. The laptop offers many color options to choose from which include Plum Purple, CoraL red, Onyx Black and Denim Blue.

Lenovo Ideapad 320 80XR00AKUS 15.6″ Laptop is not a touchscreen laptop. Port and connectivity features are not very impressive in the laptop. You get 1 DC-in port, 1 Ethernet port, 1 HDMI port, 1 headphone/microphone jack, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB 3.0 port and SD card reader with the laptop. All the above mentioned laptops come with inbuilt CD/DVD burner. Network connectivity is supported by Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.1. The 2 Cell 30 Watt Hour Li-Polymer offers battery backup up to 4 hours (approx.).

 

HP Stream 14-ax030wm Review

HP Stream 14-ax030wm is the latest entrant to HP’s stream series. However, it offers similar hardware configuration as its predecessor. So performance of the laptop will be similar to HP 14-ax010nr. HP 14-ax030wm is powered by Intel Celeron N3060 processor. The processor has 2 cores which operate with base frequency of 1.6GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.48GHz. It comes with 4GB DDR3L RAM. The laptop is intended for basic computing and can be your companion during travel. It weighs around 3.17lbs.  HP 14-ax030wm is appropriate for basic use like typing documents, emailing/skype, web browsing etc. You will be disappointed if you run CPU intensive programs like Adobe Photoshop, 3DSMax or Audacity on this machine.  When it comes to storage, the laptop offers only 32GB eMMC drive. However, you get cloud storage with it. You can use external storage options if you need more storage. There is a SD Card reader slot so you can use SD cards or an USB based external drive to store files.

Model: 14-ax030wm lacks inbuilt optical drive. But you can always use an external CD/DVD burner. Again, it does not offer Ethernet connectivity. However, it supports wireless ac and Bluetooth 4.2. The display of the laptop comes with standard resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. You can also consider Acer A114-31-C4HH, which comes with Ethernet connectivity and also offers Full HD display ( 1920 X 1080)p. The Acer laptop is powered by latest Intel Celeron N3450 processor which is a quad core processor. It has 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM and 32GB EMMC storage.

Compared with Intel Celeron N3060, Celeron N3450 is more powerful as it has 4 physical cores while N3060 has only 2 cores. You will get better multi-tasking performance with Celeron N3540. However, the Acer laptop comes with 1 month Trial of Microsoft Office 365 while HP Stream 14-ax030wm offers 1 year subscription of Microsoft office 365.

As the machine comes with pretty weak integrated graphics (Intel HD 400), the laptop is not suitable for serious gaming. Even low end PC games will struggle to run in this machine.

Both the laptops are not gaming laptops but you can play some app based games. As the memory is on-board memory, you can’t upgrade Memory. The 32GB eMMC flash drive is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. Again, half of the storage is used by Windows OS itself and other preinstalled software.  You can also consider HP 14-ax050nr which has 64GB eMMC drive. It also offers 1 year subscription of Microsoft office 365.

HP Stream 14-ax030wm comes with standard number of ports and connectivity features which include 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI and 1 headphone/microphone combo. As told earlier, it comes with SD card reader as well. The laptop comes with VGA webcam. None of the above mentioned laptops coms with backlit keyboard.  The keyboard lacks dedicated numeric keypad as well. Audio is supported by DTS Studio Sound and there are two speakers installed in this machine. The 3 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup.