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HP Jaguar 15-bs070wm Review

If you are looking for an all-purpose affordable touchscreen laptop then you can consider HP Jaguar 15-bs070wm. The laptop is installed with 7th generation Intel core i5-7200u processor which supports almost all day to day computing tasks. It also supports CPU intensive tasks like photo and video editing, audio editing and 3D designing. However, this is not a workstation grade laptop so don’t expect fast performance for such tasks. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive, however, a Solid State Drive or 7200rpm hard drive is preferable for such tasks. HP 15-bs070wm could be a decent choice for occasional photo and video editing and transcoding job. The laptop is fast enough for running Microsoft Office, internet surfing, watching videos and movies, downloading audio videos, skype etc. It supports casual gaming. The laptop lacks dedicated graphics and integrated Intel HD 620 is the only graphics option for this laptop. Integrated graphics use system memory. If you are a gaming enthusiast or are looking for a budget laptop with Solid State drive and dedicated graphics then you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 which comes with Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive.  It comes with dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB video memory. It also has backlit keyboard.

HP Jaguar 15-bs070wm doesn’t come with backlit keyboard. It has low resolution display while Acer E5-575G-57D4 comes with Full HD display. Acer laptop is not a touchscreen laptop. None of the laptops are 2-in-1 laptops. So you don’t really need Touchscreen interface.

Again, both are designed for home computing, so the laptops don’t come with finger print reader. You can also consider ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 business standard Laptop which is powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive. It offers Full HD display for better picture quality and TPM software is also available with this laptop. Basically it is a business laptop. All the above mentioned laptops come with integrated optical drive which can burn CD/DVD. Here is a brief review about specifications of HP Jaguar 15-bs070wm.

As told earlier, HP Jaguar 15-bs070wm is powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor which has two cores. It operates with base frequency of 2.7GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. It belongs to 7th generation of Intel core processors. 8th generation Intel core i5-8250u processor comes with 4 physical cores while i5-7200u has only two cores. Also, i5-8250u comes with higher cache of 6MB while i5-7200u comes with 3MB of cache. Though core i5-8250u operates with lower base frequency of 1.6GHz, its turbo-frequency is higher than i5-7200u. The frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz. Thus, 8th gen i5-8250u processor will handle CPU intensive programs much better than 7th gen i5-7200u. You can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G-5762 which has 8th gen i5-8250u and better dedicated NVIDIA MX150 graphics with 2 GB video memory. Rest of its specs are similar to Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4.

HP 15-bs070wm is preinstalled with 8GB DDR4 2133GHz RAM. There are two memory slots, each occupied with 4GB RAM. Memory is expandable up to 16GB. 1TB hard drive is preloaded with Windows 10 64 bit operating system. If you are well versed with laptop repair, you can replace hard drive with a Solid State Drive.

The 15.6” touchscreen display supports max resolution of 1366 X 768pixels which is not Full HD display.

When it comes to ports and connectivity, HP 15-bs070wm comes with 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45; 1 headphone/microphone combo and SD card reader. The laptop has integrated webcam as well. The non-backlit keyboard has dedicated numeric keypad.  Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2 combo. The 3-cell, 31 Wh Li-ion offers up to 6 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

HP Pavilion 15-cc563st Review

HP Pavilion 15-cc563st comes bundled with an impressive array of Hardware like 7th generation Intel core i7-7500u processor, 12GB RAM and IPS Full HD display. However, few compromises have still been made to make it affordable.  For instance, it offers slower 5400 rpm hard drive and lacks dedicated graphics. These features are important if you need to execute specific tasks like media editing, 3D modelling and play latest PC games. But the laptop is robust enough to run regular computing tasks smoothly. It puts up good performance with HD photo and video editing and audio/video transcoding. However, it is not zipper enough for such tasks.  When it comes to gaming, it can run almost all latest PC games but all games are not playable in highest setting. As told earlier, 15-cc563st lacks dedicated graphics. So, if you want to play games like Battlefield 1, The Witcher 3,  GTA V or other graphics demanding games , laptop with dedicated graphics is recommended.  Dedicated graphics also aid in media editing. Dedicated graphics come with its own video memory while integrated graphics use system memory.  You can also consider Acer E5-575G-75MD which is powered by Intel core i7-7500u processor and has 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory. Note that HP Pavilion 15-cc563st comes with Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which uses system memory.

The Acer laptop comes with inbuilt CD/DVD drive as well.  Like HP 15-cc563st, Acer laptop also offers backlit keyboard and full HD display ( 1920 X 1080). None of the laptops are workstation grade since i7-7500u is a dual core ultra low voltage processor.

If you are looking for more powerful laptop at budget price, you can consider HP 15-cb071nr which is powered by Intel core i7-7700HQ processor. It has 4 cores and each core operates with 2.8GHz while the frequency can rise up to 3.8GHz. Comparatively, Intel core i7-7500u operates with slightly lower base frequency of 2.7GHz and it has only two cores.  Both the processors are hyper threading enabled.  Thus  four cores of i7-7700HQ can handle 8 threads at a time while two cores of i7-7500u can handle 4 threads simultaneously. HP 15-cb071nr comes with AMD Radeon™ RX 550 discrete graphics with 2GB DDR5 memory plus 12GB DDR4 system RAM (expandable up to 16GB). Again, it comes with faster 1TB 7200rpm hard drive, backlit keyboard and full HD IPS display (1920 X 1080). You can use the laptop for photo and video editing, 3D rendering and avid PC gaming.

You can’t upgrade graphics in HP Pavilion 15-cc563st as it is merged with processor chip.  The HP laptop comes with decent screen.  The 15.6” IPS display (measured diagonally) supports max resolution of 1920 X 1080p. Again, IPS screen will offer great viewing angle.  This laptop is not a touchscreen laptop.

The laptop is preinstalled with 12GB DDR4 and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. However, it is very difficult to access the memory slot. The laptop comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive which is preinstalled with Windows 10 operating system. The laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office. You also get many preinstalled HP proprietary software with this laptop.

The edges of HP 15-cc563st are arranged with 1 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1 (Data up to 5 Gb/s),  2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45, 1 headphone/microphone combo and SD card reader. It has integrated HD webcam as well. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth.

The 3-cell, 41 Wh Li-ion battery offers battery backup up to 6 hours approx. However, battery backup depends upon usage and type of program you are running on the laptop.

HP 15-bs051od or 1TJ84UA#ABA Review

HP 15-bs051od or 1TJ84UA#ABA is an inexpensive laptop that can handle regular computing tasks with ease. There is nothing much to boast about hardware configuration of the laptop though. It comes with Intel core i3-7100u 7th generation Intel processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. The laptop supports typing documents, processing spreadsheets, surfing the internet, emailing, skype, streaming videos and music etc. It supports casual photo and video editing as well.  HP 15-bs051od doesn’t offer backlit keyboard and comes with standard keyboard. Also, the laptop display offers standard resolution (1366 X 768) which is not full HD resolution (1920 X 1080). Full HD display can enhance your video watching experience as it offers crisp pictures and accurate colors. Though the laptop offers Bluetooth connectivity, it doesn’t support Wireless AC.  Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch Full HD Notebook which has backlit keyboard, wireless ac and Full HD display. It is also powered by Intel core i3-7100u processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB ) and 1TB hard drive. Both the laptops come with inbuilt optical drive which works as CD or DVD burner. As both the laptops come with pretty ordinary hardware specs, one should not expect it to run CPU or graphics demanding games or programs.

Both the laptops offer integrated graphics which uses system memory. When it comes to PC gaming, these laptop can run low end games like Minecraft , Sims 4 etc in low to medium details and settings. However, games like For Honor 2017 and Prey will struggle to run in these machine. Intel core i3-7100u processor operates with 2.4GHz frequency and the frequency can’t rise further. The laptop comes with Intel HD 620 graphics which is integrated graphics and uses system memory. This is not a gaming laptop and user can’t upgrade graphics as it is part of the processor.

One shouldn’t expect base model laptops to do more than basic computing. If you need a budget laptop that offers performance for PC gaming, HD photo and video editing, running program like Solid Works and Audacity, then you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-57D4 which is powered by more powerful Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM ( expandable up to 32GB) and  256GB Solid State Drive. It comes with discrete graphics NVIDIA Geforce 940MX with 2GB GDDR5 video memory. It also has full HD (1920 X 1080) display and backlit keyboard. Intel core i5-7200u operates with 2.5GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz on system demand, while the frequency of i3-7100u can’t be increased further.

Solid state Drive offers faster booting and uploading of files. You can easily replace hard drive with Solid state Drive. To do this, you just need to remove battery, outer cover and optical drive to get access of hard drive and memory slot. The memory is expandable up to 16GB.

HP 15-bs051od offers 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (Data Transfer Only),1 USB 2.0 port, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. It has 1 multi-format SD media card reader and 720p HD webcam with integrated microphone. As told earlier, the keyboard is not backlit but it has dedicated numeric keypad. Wireless network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. It doesn’t support Wi-Fi ac. However, both the Acer laptops support Wireless ac and are integrated with backlit keyboard.

HP 15-bs051od comes with removable battery and the 3 cell battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

HP Jaguar 15-bs060wm Review

HP Jaguar 15-bs060wm is an Intel core i3-7100u powered laptop. The laptop comes with everything a user would need to accomplish day to day computing tasks. It comes with options for expandability, such as upgradeable RAM. However, the laptop is preinstalled for 8GB DDR4 RAM which is sufficient for day to day computing tasks and occasional photo and video editing.  HP 15-bs060wm laptop is basically designed for home users. This laptop doesn’t come with backlit keyboard and has low resolution display ( 1366 X 768) which is not a Full HD display ( 1920 X 1080)p. Full HD display offers more accurate colors so  it can enhance your video watching experience. Thus, if you are looking for a laptop for home use, you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM which is also powered by Intel core i3-7100u processor but offers backlit keyboard and full HD display. However, it comes with 4GB RAM (expandable up to 32GB). Both the laptops come with inbuilt CD/DVD drive. None of these laptops are suitable for serious gaming. Latest games like Resident Evil 7 Biohazard and Prey are not playable in this machine but you can run old games like Minecraft on this machine. You may still need to adjust settings and resolution.

These laptops lack dedicated graphics and Intel HD 620 graphics is the only graphics option. The graphics uses system memory and you can’t upgrade graphics as it is the part of the Intel core i3-7100u processor.  If you want a budget gaming laptop, you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 which is powered by more powerful Intel core i5-7200u processor and NVIDIA Geforce 940MX discrete graphics with 2GB video memory.  It also has 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive.

Solid state Drives are much faster than traditional 5400rpm hard drives which you will find in HP Jaguar 15-bs060wm or 1KV13UA#ABA.  The i5-7200u processor operates with 2.5GHZ frequency and, on system demand, the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz.  On the other hand, i3-7100u operates with 2.4GHZ and the frequency can’t rise further as it does not support turbo boost technology. Again, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 has full HD display and backlit keyboard while HP 15-bs060wm comes with standard 1366 X 768 display and non-backlit keyboard. You can read review of Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 here.

HP 15-bs060wm is installed with 8 GB RAM arranged in two slots and the memory is expandable up to 16GB RAM.  The 1TB 5400rpm hard drive is preinstalled with Windows 10 operating system. If you want to speed up your booting process or uploading, you can replace the hard drive with a Solid State Drive.

HP Jaguar 15-bs060wm offers standard ports and connectivity features, which include 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. It has SD card reader and integrated 720p webcam. The network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.2. The laptop comes with removable battery. The 3-cell, 31 Wh Li-ion offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

HP Silver Iridium Ci5 15-cc050wm Review

HP Silver Iridium Ci5 15-cc050wm 15.6″ Laptop is not a cheap laptop and offers decent value for its price. The laptop is perfect choice for home users as well as students. The machine is fast enough for day to day tasks like working with Microsoft Office, streaming videos, surfing the internet, Skype, emailing, creating presentation etc. It also supports casual PC gaming, 3D designing, photo and video editing but it is not suitable for heavy 3D designing or editing large HD videos. It lacks dedicated gaming graphics but you can play many latest PC games in low to medium details and settings. There are other drawbacks as well with this laptop. The laptop does not offer Solid State Drive which makes booting process fast. It comes with low screen resolution (1366 X 768 pixel) and the keyboard is not backlit.  The laptop is part of HP’s Pavilion series so you can’t expect metallic built. If you are looking for a budget laptop which comes with Solid State drive, backlit keyboard and dedicated gaming graphics then you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 laptop. Like HP 15-cc050wm, it is also powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor but it has dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics  with 2GB DDR5 video memory. The laptop also comes with backlit keyboard and a 256GB Solid state Drive. However, it has 8GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB). The Acer laptop is not a touchscreen laptop but you don’t need a touchscreen interface with Windows 10. None of the laptops are 2 in 1 but both come with inbuilt CD/DVD burner.

Read the review further to know more about HP 15-cc050wm.

HP Silver Iridium Ci5 15-cc050wm is powered by Intel core i5-7200u which is a 7th generation processor. Unlike 8th generation Intel core i5-8250u , i5-7200u is integrated with 2 cores while i5-8250u has 4 cores. Also, i5-7200u has 3MB of smart Cache while i5-8250u has 6MB of cache.

The Intel core i5-7200u operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz while the i5-8250u operates with 1.6GHz of base frequency and frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz. The quad core CPU definitely gives you more advantage over a dual core CPU, especially while running multi-threaded applications. So, if you are looking for a laptop with 8th generation processor, you can consider Acer SF315-51-518S 15.6” laptop which is powered by Intel quad core i5-8250u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid state Drive. It also offers Full HD (1920 X 1080) IPS display. It comes with integrated graphics which supports casual PC gaming. You can smoothly play games like Rocket League, Team Fortress 2, Dirt 4 etc., in low to medium details. Basically, the performance of Intel UHD 620 is less similar to Intel HD 620 which is integrated with HP 15-cc050wm or HP 1KU11UA#ABA. The Acer laptop is not a touchscreen laptop.

The 15.6” display of HP 15-cc050wm supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which is not full HD resolution. Full HD resolution can provide you more accurate colors.

When it comes to memory, HP 15-cc050wm comes with 12GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. The laptop comes with two memory slots and both are occupied (8GB + 4GB ).  The 1TB hard drive spins with 5400rpm speed. You can replace hard drive with Solid State Drive if you want to speed up booting process and store more files.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, the laptop offers 1 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1 (Data Transfer up to 5 Gb/s), 2 USB 3.0 (Data transfer only), 1 HDMI,  1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. As told earlier, HP 15-cc050wm comes with non-backlit keyboard but it has a dedicated numeric keypad. However, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 comes with backlit keyboard. HP 15 cc050wm offers Bang and Olufsen play speakers.

3-cell, 41 Wh Li-ion offers battery back up 5 to 6 hours ( approx.), depending upon usage.