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Dell I3567-3657BLK-PUS Specs Review

Dell I3567-3657BLK-PUS is a cheap touchscreen laptop, designed for home users.  As it is a cheap laptop, you can expect some compromises.  This laptop lacks backlit keyboard and full HD display. The laptop is powered by 7th gen Intel Core i3-7100u processor which operates with the fixed base frequency of 2.4GHz.  The processor has two cores. With 6GB RAM, the laptop can accomplish day to day tasks smoothly. You can use this laptop to type documents, work with spreadsheets, create the presentation, stream videos, and music, browse the web, email, skype and small casual gaming. You can also do some HD photo and video editing. Model: I3567-3657BLK comes with Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which supports casual gaming. This laptop is neither high-end nor a gaming laptop. As told earlier, the laptop lacks backlit keyboard and full HD display. You can also consider Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM which is powered by same Intel Core i3-7100u processor but comes with 4GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB). It has the backlit keyboard and Full HD display ( 1920 X 1080).

Full HD display offers more accurate colors over standard HD display ( 1366 X 768). The Acer laptop also comes with USB 3.1 Type C port for fast data transfer. However, the Acer laptop is not touchscreen enabled. Touchscreen feature in the laptop has been compensated with the backlit keyboard and Full HD display. These are not 2-in-1 laptops so you don’t really need a touchscreen interface for Windows 10 works well with the non-touch interface.

Intel HD 620 graphics supports casual gaming. You can smoothly play games like Minecraft and Sims 4 on this laptop. However, this laptop is not suitable for running games like Destiny 2, COD WWII etc.  If you are looking for a budget gaming laptop, you can take a look at Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 which is powered by Intel Core i5-7200u processor (operates at 2.5GHz-7.1GHz) and 8GB RAM. It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX discrete graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory.

Furthermore, the laptop comes with 256GB Solid state Drive which is much faster than traditional hard drive. It also comes with Full HD display and backlit keyboard. Though the laptop cost you more, it is worth its price.

Model: I3567-3657BLK has 6GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. There are two memory slots. You can replace the hard drive with Solid-state Drive for better performance. The hard drive comes pre-installed on Windows 10 Operating system.

Dell I3567-3657BLK-PUS comes with 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI RJ 45 port and headphone/mic combo port. It has SD card reader and webcam as well. The network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.  It doesn’t support wireless ac. Both, Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM and Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4, support Wireless ac.

All the laptops mentioned in this review come with inbuilt CD/DVD drive. Model: I3567-3657BLK offers up to 6 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

 

Acer Aspire A315-51-51SL Review

Acer Aspire A315-51-51SL offers you great value for money. Under the hood, you will find a 7th gen Intel Core i5-7200u processor, 6GB RAM and 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with dedicated gaming graphics and Solid-state Drive. Solid State Drive is much faster than traditional hard drive and can boost overall performance a bit. Acer A315-51-51SL is powerful enough for regular computing. For instance, you can run Office applications, surf the internet, watch videos and movies, send emails and make video calls on this laptop. You can also do some HD photo and video editing. Non-touch display of the laptop supports the max resolution of 1366 X 768p which is not full HD resolution. The laptop comes with integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which supports casual gaming. To play games like Need for Speed Payback, Call of Duty WWII, Overwatch etc., a dedicated graphics would be recommended. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 which is a budget gaming laptop. This laptop is powered by Intel Core i5-7200u processor but it has dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory. It has 8GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB) and 256GB Solid State Drive. It comes with backlit keyboard and CD/DVD drive.

Acer Aspire A315-51-51SL comes with the non-backlit keyboard. Both are non-touchscreen laptops. The other touchscreen alternative is Dell – Inspiron 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop. This laptop is powered by Intel core i5-7200u, 8GB RAM and 2TB 5400rpm hard drive. However, it also comes with integrated graphics.  It also offers backlit keyboard and USB 3.1 Type C port which are found in Acer E 15 E5-575G-57D4.

Intel core i5-7200u has 2 cores and each core operates with 2.5GHz of frequency while the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHZ. The processor is fast enough for day to day tasks. It also supports CPU intensive tasks like Photo and video editing and 3D modeling. But don’t expect to get fast performance for such tasks. Please make a note this is not a workstation grade laptop. Core i5-7200u is SoC processor and has been designed to save battery life. The integrated Intel HD 620 graphics can run low-end games like Minecraft, league of legends, Sims 4 etc. It can stream Youtube and Netflix videos smoothly.

Acer A315-51-51SL has 6GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 12GB. It has 1TB hard drive which comes preloaded with Windows 10 home 64-bit operating system. It doesn’t come with full Version of Microsoft office. You need to purchase the license separately if required.

The laptop comes with standard ports and connectivity features. It has 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, Network (RJ-45), HDMI Output and SD card reader. It has VGA webcam and microphone. The network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Wireless ac and Bluetooth. 2 cell battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage. As told earlier, it has the non-backlit keyboard but the keyboard comes with the dedicated numeric keypad.

 

HP 15-bs190od Review

HP 15-bs190od is a decent touchscreen laptop available at an attractive offer price. In fact, there is only one major drawback which can impact the performance of the laptop while working with HD photo and video editing job and 3D designing etc. HP 15-bs190od comes with solid 8th generation i5-8250u processor but it has only 4GB RAM. The processor has 4 cores and it operates between 1.6GHZ- 3.4GHZ frequency range. However, 4 GB RAM is enough for day to day computing tasks like typing docs, streaming videos, emailing/skype etc.  Rather than a touchscreen display, HP could have to embed more memory to the laptop to make it more useful. The touchscreen display is not essential here since it is not a 2-in-1 laptop. Other specs of this laptop are quite average. It comes with standard touchscreen display which supports the max resolution of 1366 X 768p, which is not a Full HD (1920 X 1080) and 1TB hard drive. You can also consider Asus F510UA-AH51, which has the same processor but it comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM. It also has 1TB hard drive. However, this laptop is not a touchscreen laptop but it features Full HD IPS display which offers greater viewing angle.

The Asus laptop lacks CD/DVD drive, which is intentional to make it lightweight. But you can always use an external DVD writer. The laptop weighs around 3.7lbs ( while HP laptop weighs around 4.5lbs). It has fingerprint reader as well as Type C port which are missing in the HP laptop. Again, both the laptops lack dedicated graphics. HP laptop comes with Intel UHD 620 graphics which supports casual gaming. High-end games like COD WWII will run in low to medium resolution and settings. If you are looking for a budget gaming laptop with premium features like backlit keyboard and Solid State Drive then you can consider Acer E5-576G-81GD laptop. It has more powerful Intel Core i7-8550u processor, NVIDIA Geforce MX150 graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory and 8GB DDR4 RAM.

Again, the Acer laptop comes with Solid-state Drive which is much faster than traditional hard drive. It comes with Full HD display and backlit keyboard. Like HP laptop, it also comes with CD/DVD drive.

Intel core i7-8550u has 4 cores and it operates at 1.8GHZ of base frequency while the frequency can rise up to 4 GHz. It has 8MB of cache whereas Intel core i5-8250u operates at the base frequency of 1.6GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz. It has 6MB of cache. So, i7-8550u is more powerful compared to i5-8250u. Acer E5-576G-81GD costs you more but you are getting many features which you may need in future.

HP 15-bs190od has 4 GB memory and the memory is not user expandable. It comes with the 1TB hard drive, which is easily accessible. You can easily replace the hard drive with Solid State Drive and access memory on this laptop. However, you must take permission from the manufacturer, before upgrading hardware, in order to avoid warranty termination.

As Model 15-bs190od belong to HP’s basic series, you won’t get metallic exterior. It comes with the plastic exterior which is quite sturdy. Sides of the laptop are arranged 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. However, USB 3.1 Type C port is missing. It has the webcam as well but the keyboard is nonbacklit.

Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-fi ac, and Bluetooth. The 3 cell 31whr battery offers up to 6 hours ( approx) of battery backup.

HP 15-bs087cl Review

With the release of HP 15-bs087cl, HP has demonstrated its capability to offer mid to high-end laptops at the budget price. It comes with few compromises as well. HP has packed a 7th generation Intel Core i7-7500u processor and 8GB RAM in this laptop but failed to add discrete graphics and Solid-state Drive. HP 15-bs087cl incorporates a slower 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive and has integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which uses system memory. Again, the laptop comes with standard 1366 X 768-pixel resolution which is not full HD resolution (1920 X 1080). For editing videos and photos or 3D modeling, full HD display and Solid State drive are preferable. However, the laptop is fast enough for day to day workload like running Microsoft Office, surfing the internet, streaming video and movies, emailing and Skype. You can also edit HD photo and video, transcode audio and video files and do 3D designing/rendering on this laptop. But do not expect fast performance for such tasks. You can also consider Acer E5-575G-75MD which is powered by Intel Core i7-7500u processor but has NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics with 2GB video memory. Additionally, it has 8GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB). The Acer laptop comes with 256GB Solid state Drive, Full HD display, and Backlit keyboard.

HP 15-bs087cl doesn’t come with the backlit keyboard. Intel HD 620 graphics supports casual gaming. You can play games like Minecraft and Sims 4 smoothly on this machine but to play games like Need for Speed Payback Call of Duty WWII you need to reduce resolution. Keep in mind it is not a gaming laptop.

Unlike 8th gen Intel core i7-8550u, Intel core i7-7500u has only 2 cores and it operates with 2.7GHz base frequency while the frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. It has 4MB of cache. On the other hand, Core i7-8550u has 4 cores and it operates with 1.8 GHz and the turbo frequency of this processor is 4GHz. It has 8 MB cache. Both the processors are hyperthreading enabled which means each core can handle 2 threads at a time. Acer E5-576G-81GD is powered by Intel core i7-8550u quad-core processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid state drive. It also comes with Full HD display and backlit keyboard. The laptop offers latest dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics with 2GB Video memory. This laptop is suitable for editing videos, 3D designing, and PC gaming. However, this laptop is not a workstation grade laptop.  If you are looking for a laptop exclusively for 3D modeling or HD video editing or working with other CPU intensive tasks, you should go for a workstation grade laptop or desktop.

HP 15-bs087cl has installed with 8GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is not user expandable. It has two memory slots. If you want to expand memory, you must take permission from HP before the upgrade. Otherwise, you may end up voiding warranty. 2 TB hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 10 home 64-bit operating system. It doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office. This laptop is not a touchscreen laptop.

HP-bs087cl is part of HP’s basic series of laptops. It comes with standard ports and connectivity features. It has 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 the webcam as well as SD card reader. The laptop lacks USB 3.1 Type C port while both the Acer laptop comes with USB 3.1 Type C port. The keyboard comes with numeric keypad. All the laptops mentioned here come with the integrated optical drive to burn CD and DVDs.

Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth. The battery offers up to 5-6 offers of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Lenovo 81A40025US IdeaPad 11.6″ Laptop Review

Lenovo 81A40025US IdeaPad 11.6″ Laptop is an inexpensive laptop if you consider the Black Friday 2017 Sale Price. We all know cheap laptops come with compromises and it is applicable to Model: 81A40025US as well. This laptop comes with a slow processor. It incorporates Intel® Celeron® N3350 dual core processor which operates at the base frequency of 1.1 GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.4GHz. It has only 2GB RAM and the memory is not expandable further. The laptop offers 32GB Storage and a big part of it is used by Windows 10 home 32Bit operating system. However, you can get additional storage space by using microSD card or an external hard drive. Lenovo 81A40025US is suitable for basic tasks only. For instance, you can type documents, surf internet, watch movies and videos and stream music on this laptop. This machine is not suitable for photo and video editing. When it comes to gaming, this laptop supports some browser and app-based games. However, you can’t play latest games like COD WW11 or Need for speed Payback on this laptop. Like HP stream 11-y020nr, this laptop offers Microsoft office 365 subscription. HP stream comes with better Intel Celeron N3060 processor, 4GB RAM and 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365.

Intel Celeron N3060 operates at the higher base frequency of 1.6GHz and Turbo frequency of the processor is 2.48GHz. Both the laptops come with pretty weak integrated graphics which uses system memory. None of the laptops are touchscreen enabled or 2-in-1 laptop. If you are looking for 11.6” touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop, you can consider ASUS VivoBook TP200SA-DH01T-BL laptop which is powered by Intel Celeron N3060. It has 4GB RAM and 32GB Solid State Drive. Since these are pretty inexpensive laptops, you can’t expect the premium feature like the backlit keyboard in these models.

The 11.6” display of Model: 81A40025US supports the max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which is not full HD display. As told earlier, it comes with only 2 GB RAM. The 32GB EMMC is preloaded with Windows 10 home 32-bit operating system.

Though Lenovo 81A40025US is pretty inexpensive laptop yet it offers enough ports and connectivity options. It has 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 3.0 with always-on charging, 1 Type-C USB 3.0, 1  HDMI and Micro SD card reader. Like other 11.6” laptops, it also lacks CD/DVD drive. There is no Ethernet port either, but very few people now use the wired network connection. Model: 81A40025US supports wireless ac and Bluetooth. This laptop is designed for people who are always moving. It comes with .03 MP camera with single array microphone. The battery offers up to 8 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

HP 17-bs018cl Laptop Review

If you are looking for a desktop replacement laptop for basic productivity, you can consider HP 17-bs018cl.  It comes with average specs but offers backlit keyboard and enough storage space. The laptop is powered by Intel Core i3-7100u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 2TB 5400 rpm hard drive. Basically, this laptop is useful for regular computing like typing docs, working with spreadsheets, creating presentations, browsing the internet and emailing/skype. It can stream videos and movies flawlessly. It comes with dedicated Intel HD 620 graphics which supports casual gaming. You can use it for small HD photo and video editing as well, but you won’t get fast performance for such tasks.  Model: 17-bs018cl doesn’t have the touchscreen display. If you are looking for a 17.3” touchscreen laptop, that offers better performance, then you can consider HP 17.3” touchscreen laptop which is powered by Intel Core i5-7200u processor, 12GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It also comes with backlit keyboard. Both the laptops come with CD/DVD drive.

Intel Core i3-7100u processor operates at 2.4GHZ while i5-7200u processor operates at the base frequency of 2.5 GHz and the turbo frequency of the processor is 3.1 GHz. Both the processors are part of 7th gen Intel Core processor family.

Even though i5-7200u powered laptop offers more performance, it is not a high-end gaming or workstation grade laptop. It comes with Intel HD 620 integrated graphics which uses system memory. If you are looking for a budget gaming laptop then you can consider MSI GL72 17.3″ 1920×1080 Gaming Laptop. It is powered by Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor which has 4 cores and each core operates with 2.8GHz frequency while the frequency can rise up to 3.8GHz. It has 6MB of cache. MSI GL72 comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics with 2GB Video memory plus 8 GB DDR4 RAM. It has 1TB 7200 rpm hard drive which is faster than 5400 rpm hard drive. However, it comes with non-backlit steel series keyboard.

HP 17-bs018cl has 8GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB RAM. You can replace the hard drive with a Solid state Drive to get fast booting and file upload. This laptop runs on Windows 10 64 bit operating system. You won’t get Full version of Microsoft Office with this laptop.

HP 17-bs018cl is part of HP’s basic series. It comes wrapped in the smoke gray plastic cover. This laptop is also available in two color variants – Marine Blue ( Model: 17-bs068cl ) and Pale Mint ( Model: 17-bs088cl).

Both, HP 17-bs068cl and HP 17-bs088cl, come with Intel Core i3-7100u processor, 8GB RAM and 2TB hard drive. Thus, the performance of the laptops will be similar to HP 17-bs018cl.

When it comes to ports and connectivity options, edges of HP 17-bs018cl come organized with  2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ-45, 1 x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack and SD card reader. It has integrated webcam as well. The network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless ac with backward compatibility and Bluetooth.

3 cell battery of the HP 17-bs067cl offers up to 5-6 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage as well.

 

HP 17-bs067cl Review

HP 17-bs067cl is a basic 7th gen Intel Core i7-7500u processor powered 17.3” laptop. The laptop does not offer premium features like dedicated graphics and backlit keyboard.  It seems to have made a late entry to the market since laptops with 8th generation Intel processor are already being rolled out. The laptop is bundled with the dual-core i7 processor but it offers enough storage. It offers 2TB 5400 rpm hard drive, which is slower if you compare it with a Solid State Drive. You can use this laptop as a desktop replacement. HP 17-bs067cl is fast enough for regular computing such as running MS office, streaming videos and movies, playing music, surfing the internet etc. HP 17-bs067cl has integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which supports causal gaming.Low-end games like Minecraft can be played smoothly on this machine but to play games like Need for Speed Payback and COD WWII a laptop with gaming graphics is desirable.

You can also consider MSI GL72 17.3″ laptop which comes with Intel quad-core i7-7700HQ processor, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M graphics with 2GB Video memory and 8GB RAM. It comes with full HD display (1920 X 1080) which offers crisp pictures compared to 1600 X 900 display. HP 17-bs067cl laptop comes with 1600 X 900p display. The MSI laptop offers 1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive which is faster than 5400rpm hard drive. The MSI laptop not only offers performance for PC gaming but you can use it for HD photo and video editing, 3D modeling as well. Like Model #:  17-bs067cl, this laptop is non-touch enabled. None of these laptops offer the backlit keyboard.

Intel core i7-7500u has two cores and each core operates with base frequency of 2.7GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. Core i7-7700HQ has 4 cores and each core operates at 2.8GHz of base frequency and frequency can rise up to 3.8GHz. Both the processors support hyperthreading technology which means 4 cores of i7-7700HQ can handle 8 threads at a time. It has 6GB Of cache. Intel Core i7-7500u is SoC processor designed to offer better battery life.

You can also consider HP Flagship 17.3″ laptop which is a budget laptop but it comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD. It has 1600 X 900 display.

HP 17-bs067cl has 8GB DDR4 RAM and comes with two memory slots. Memory is expandable up to 16GB. The hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 10 Operating system. You can also replace the hard drive with Solid State Drive. This laptop doesn’t come with Microsoft office.

For external devices connectivity, HP 17-bs067cl  offers 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ-45, 1 x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack and SD card reader. It has integrated webcam. The network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless ac with backward compatibility and Bluetooth.

The 3 cell battery of the HP 17-bs067cl offers up to 5-6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

HP Pavilion 15-br095ms 2 in 1 PC Review

If you are looking for a big screen 2-in-1 laptop at an affordable price, look no further than HP Pavilion x360 Convertible 15-br095ms 2 in 1 PC.  This laptop incorporates 7th generation Intel Core i5-7200u processor, which has 2 cores, and 8GB DDR4 RAM. Though the laptop comes with a Solid State Drive, it offers very less storage space. It comes with a 128B Solid State Drive but a big part of it is used by Windows 10 OS. The best part of this laptop is that it comes with a dedicated graphics (AMD Radeon 530 with 2GB DDR3 dedicated VRAM) to satisfy gaming enthusiast on the tight budget. HP 15-br095ms is fast enough for all day to day tasks. It supports some HD video editing and 3D designing as well. However, this laptop is not a workstation grade laptop. The 7th gen Intel Core i5-7200u processor has only 2 cores while the 8th gen i5 and i7 SOC processors have 4 cores, with hyperthreading feature.

If you are looking for a 2-in-1 laptop for CPU intensive tasks like HD video editing, 3D modeling, program compilation and music creation, you can consider Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 14 2-in-1 PC. It is powered by Intel core i7-8550u quad-core processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has discrete NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB VRAM. Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 14 2-in-1 PC comes with stylus and fingerprint reader. Check here full specifications of HP Pavilion x360 Convertible 15-br095ms 2-in-1 PC.

Let us begin with a brief comparison between Intel core i5-7200u and i7-8550u features.

Intel core i5-7200u operates with 2.5GHz of base frequency and its turbo frequency is 3.1GHz. It has 3MB of cache. On the other hand, Intel core i7-8550u operates with base frequency of 1.8GHz and frequency can rise up to 4GHZ. However, base frequency hardly matters as it depends upon workload. Again, the 8th gen i7 has 8MB of cache memory. Thus, for CPU demanding tasks, i7-8550u is preferable over i5-7200u.

HP Pavilion 15-br095ms comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM. 128GB Solid State Drive is preloaded with Windows 10 Operating system. If you are concern about storage, you can consider HP 15-br010nr. It comes with similar hardware configuration but you get 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive instead of 128GB SSD.

HP 15-br095ms 2-in-1 PC comes with the backlit keyboard and has Full HD ( 1080)p webcam. The 15.6” IPS touchscreen display of the laptop supports the max resolution of 1920 X 1080. But it doesn’t come with fingerprint reader and inbuilt CD/DVD drive. However, you can always use a USB based external CD/DVD drive.

When it comes to port and connectivity options, the laptop offers 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 (data transfer up to 5 Gb/s), 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (data transfer only), 1 HDMI, Headphone output/Microphone input combo and SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by wireless ac and Bluetooth. The laptop weighs around 4.72lbs which is little heavy to lug around. The 3-cell 48WHr lithium-ion prismatic battery offers around 8 hours of power backup.

HP 17-BS049DX Review

HP 17-BS049DX is a cheap 17.3” laptop that supports all day to day tasks and also offers great entertainment. It is powered by Intel Core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. It offers plenty of features for its current price (Black Friday 2017 price). You can run Microsoft Office applications, browse the internet, stream videos and movies smoothly on this laptop. Emailing and video calling will not an issue with this laptop. Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Sony Vegas Pro will also run but you won’t get fast performance, especially while rendering. HP 17-BS049DX laptop is not a touchscreen laptop and it doesn’t come with the backlit keyboard. If you are looking for a touchscreen-enabled laptop with similar features, you can consider HP 17.3Inch Touchscreen Laptop which comes with i7-7200u processor, 12GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive. It has the backlit keyboard. None of the laptops comes with discrete graphics and Intel HD 620 graphics is only graphics option for these laptops. The graphics support casual gaming and you can play low-end games like World of Warcraft, Minecraft, League of legends etc on this laptop. However, latest games like Need for speed, Payback and COD WWII will be playable at low resolution and setting. You can’t expect high FPS though.

If you are looking for a solid 17.3” inch gaming laptop at the affordable price then you can consider MSI GL72 17.3″ laptop. It has quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor. Each of the 4 cores operates with 2.8GHz of base frequency and the turbo frequency of the processor 3.8GHz. It has 6MB of cache. On the other hand, Intel core i5-7200u operates at the base frequency of 2.5GHz while the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. It has 3MB of cache. Again, MSI GL72 17.3″ laptop comes with powerful discrete graphics. It incorporates an NVIDIA Geforce GTX960M graphics with 2GB VRAM plus 8GB system RAM. The laptop is installed with the faster 1TB 7200rpm hard drive. Furthermore, it has full HD display while 17.3” display of HP 17-BS049DX supports the native resolution of 1600 X 900p. However, it comes with the non-backlit keyboard. This laptop is suitable for HD video editing alongside PC gaming.

HP 17-BS049DX comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. It has 1TB 5400rpm hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 10 64 bit operating system. This laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office.

HP 17-BS049DX has 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 as well.  The laptop supports Gigabit Ethernet LAN, wireless 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth. It doesn’t support wireless ac. Both, HP 17.3” touchscreen laptop and MSI GL72 laptop, support wireless ac as well. The battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

Dell Inspiron 13 i3378-3340GRY-PUS 2-in-1 PC Review

Dell Inspiron 13 i3378-3340GRY-PUS 2-in-1 PC is a convertible touchscreen laptop suitable for home computing. You can use it for college as well if you don’t need to work with AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe Photoshop CS6 or similar other programs. The laptop supports small photo and video editing though. This Dell laptop is powered by Intel Core i3-7100u processor and 4GB RAM. Core i3-7100u is entry level processor and is not intended for the heavy workload. If you are looking for an affordable laptop for high-end tasks, you can consider Dell Inspiron 13 i5379-5296GRY-PUS 2-in-1 PC which is powered Intel Core i5-8250u processor and 8GB DDR4 RAM. The processor has 4 physical cores and.

The 7th gen i3-7100u is a dual core processor and operates at the fixed frequency of 2.4GHz while 8th gen i5-8250u operates at 1.6GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz. It has 6MB of cache while i3-7100u has 3MB of cache. You can’t increase the frequency of i3-7100u any further.

Dell Inspiron 13 i3378-3340GRY-PUS is appropriate for typing docs, surfing the internet, creating the presentation, streaming YouTube and Netflix, downloading music etc.  It comes with integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which supports casual gaming. You can play Minecraft, league of legends, Sims 4 etc. on this laptop. However, to play games like Need for Speed Payback, COD WWII and Destiny 2 etc., laptop with dedicated graphics will be more suitable. You can play such games on this laptop as well but with reduced resolution and settings. As the graphics is integrated, you can’t upgrade it. Dell Inspiron 13 i3378-3340GRY-PUS 2-in-1 PC comes with 1TB 5400 rpm hard driver (no SSD). Solid State Drives are faster than SATA hard drives and help speed up the boot process. It is also capable of faster file transfer compared to 5400 rpm Hard Drive. You can consider Acer Spin 5 SP513-51-38M1 2-in-1 laptop which is powered by same Intel core i3-7100u has 4GB RAM but it offers 128GB Solid State Drive. It is also a budget laptop.

Like Dell i3378-3340GRY-PUS, Acer Spin 5 SP513-51-38M1 2-in-1 laptop also comes with 13.3” full HD IPS touchscreen display which offers better viewing angle. Both the laptops come with the backlit keyboard. Again, this Acer laptop doesn’t come with dedicated graphics. With some increase in your budget, you can consider Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 14 81C9000CUS 2 in 1 PC which is a powerful gaming PC. It comes with 8th gen Intel Core i7-8550u processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 video memory.   The laptop comes with the stylus as well and offers fingerprint reader. The Dell laptop doesn’t offer such features. Core i7-8550u is a quad-core processor and operates at 1.8Gz of base frequency and it has 4GHz of Turbo frequency. It comes with the massive cache of 8MB. Alongside PC gaming, it supports HD video editing and 3D designing as well. Though it costs you more, it’s worth every penny you pay for it.

Dell i3378-3340GRY does not come with CD/DVD burner which is not unusual with budget laptops. Most 2-in-1 laptops lack CD/DVD burner but you always have the option to use an External CD/DVD drive. The laptop comes with 4GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. The 1TB hard drive is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64-bit operating system.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, this Dell laptop offers 2 USB 3.0 (1 with PowerCharge), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Headphone output, Microphone input and SD card reader. However, there is no Ethernet LAN port. It only supports wireless (Wireless ac and Bluetooth 4.1) connectivity.  However, Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 14 81C9000CUS 2 in 1 PC supports Gigabit Ethernet LAN as well.

Dell i3378-3340GRY comes with 3 cell 42whr battery which offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.