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HP 15-f010wm

HP 15-f010wm is an entry level laptop and is listed at Walmart with a price tag of $350.  Powered by Intel Celeron dual core N2830, this laptop does not have much processing power but is good enough for typing documents and spreadsheets, watching movies and videos and web browsing.  It offers limited performance for photo/video editing and encoding or gaming. You can play browser games but when it comes to PC gaming, only old and low end games will run on low resolution and settings. For instance, you can play Wow in low details and settings. HP 15-f010wm is installed with standard 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive. The machine weighs around 5.67lbs which is little heavy, probably due to touch screen and DVD burner. The laptop runs on Windows 8.1. Main competitors of this laptop are Asus K553MA-DB01TQ and Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT and both are touchscreen enabled laptops. Asus K553MA-DB01TQ comes with quad core Intel Celeron N2930 processor which is powerful than Celeron N2830. On the other hand, Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT is powered by Intel core i3-4030u processor and has 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. The cost of the laptops is similar to HP 15 f010wm, but the machine lacks DVD drive.Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-f010wm

Specifications and performance of HP 15-f010wm 

HP 15-f010wm is powered by Intel’s Celeron N2830 processor (Bay Trail). This dual-core processor works with a base clockspeed of 2.16 GHz and the speed can be increased up to 2.416 GHz via Intel burst technology. It comes with a low TDP rating of 7.5 watts. This HP laptop is a very affordable 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop and is suitable for office usage, Internet browsing and video playback. However, the processor is less powerful than 1.9GHz Intel core i3-4030u processor due to architectural reason.

The graphics is handled by Intel HD graphics which is a weak graphics for gaming but supports HD video playback. As mentioned earlier, you can play few browser games or games available in Apps.

HP 15-f010wm comes with 4GB RAM in single DIMM. Memory is not user upgradable/expandable. It comes with 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD Touchscreen display of HP 15-f010wm offers max resolution of 1366 X 768pixels. The screen is reflective with average viewing angle. You can also check out Acer Aspire ES1-512-C88M, if a non-touch laptop works for you. It is available at around $200-$250. It comes with Intel N2840 Celeron processor which is an advance version of N2830.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, the laptop comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 headphone-out/microphone-in combo port, 1  RJ-45 Ethernet port and 1  HDMI port. It also offers SD card reader, DVD burner and VGA webcam. Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Fast Ethernet.

3 cell battery pack offers battery life up to 5 hours

Pros of HP 15-f010wm

Decent laptop for basic work

Touchscreen

DVD burner

Cons of HP 15-f010wm

No Gigabit Ethernet

Single band wi-fi

HP 15-f023wm Black 15.6″ Laptop

HP Black 15.6″ 15-f023wm touchscreen laptop comes with simple configuration.  It is a budget model and is intended for users who want to spend less than $400 on a touchscreen laptop that can be used for office work, Web browsing, video chatting, social networking and can run music and video files. Although, Intel Celeron N2920 is a quad core processor, it is an entry level processor and doesn’t support CPU intensive tasks like large photo and video editing, but you can use it for color correction of images. You can play most of the windows app and browser games but it offers limited performance for PC gaming. Only some low end and older games can be played in this machine. HP 15-f023wm comes with all standard ports and connectivity features. The laptop is installed with 4GB memory and 500GB traditional hard drive and costs you around $370. At this price, it is not an expensive laptop but you can get more powerful options at this price.  For instance, Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT, which is a touchscreen laptop and is powered by Intel core i3-4030u processor and offers better performance compared to Intel Celeron N2920 processor.  However, Acer laptop doesn’t come with optical drive as HP 15-f023wm. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Black 15.6″ 15-f023wm:

Specifications and Performance of HP 15-f023wm

HP 15-f023wm is based on Intel Celeron N2920 processor, which delivers performance for basic computing tasks. This laptop is not suitable for media encoding and editing tasks or anything similar that requires CPU resource. It won’t be able to provide optimal performance for such tasks. However, while working with Word/Excel, web browsing, online communication and watching videos, you will get good performance.

HP 15-f023wm comes with on chip Intel HD graphics, designed for Baytrail processor, which doesn’t support much PC gaming. However, World of Warcraft like low end game can be played in low resolution and setting. But if you are ready to spend another $80-$100, you can get a good touchscreen laptop. Gateway NV570P10u  is powered by i5-3337U processor and you can play games like sims 4, Fifa 15, Tomb raider, Dirt 3, Guild wars 2, Minecraft  etc easily on this machine. HP 15-f023wm is capable of streaming internet videos smoothly though. The performance of core i5(even 3rd generation processor) is way better than Celeron processor.

When it comes to memory, HP 15-f023wm comes installed with 4GB memory as a single DIMM. There are two memory slots. But memory is not user upgradable/expandable. The laptop boasts a 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive. Windows 8.1 operating system is preinstalled on to it.

Edges of HP 15-f023wm are arranged with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1  USB 2.0 port, 1  HDMI port,1 headphone/microphone combo jack, 1 RJ-45 Ethernet port and SD card reader. There is a DVD burner as well. It comes with VGA Webcam rather than HD webcam.

Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and single band 802.11 b/g/n wifi. Bluetooth is not available with this model. On the other hand, similar priced, i3 powered Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT offers Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth, but lacks CD/DVD drive.

Pros of HP 15-f023wm

Decent budget touch screen laptop

2 USB 3.0 ports

Cons of HP 15-f023wm

VGA Webcam

No Bluetooth

Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT

Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT Laptop is a new Windows 8.1 based touchscreen laptop for everyday use.  Powered by fourth generation Intel core i3-4030u processor, it delivers performance for everyday computing tasks like working with word/excel, web surfing, Skype, emailing, watching HD videos onscreen or on external displays and light gaming. When it comes to photo and video editing, it can be used for color correction but is not suitable for pro level editing.  Acer E5-571P-31LT comes with 4GB RAM which is enough for basic multitasking. It offers 500 GB hard drive which works with 5400rpm. It doesn’t come with SSD or hybrid drive. Aspire E5-571P-31LT can be used for media encoding and installing iTunes but don’t expect fast performance as the processor is a ULV processor.  If you want smooth performance for similar tasks, you can take a look at Toshiba Satellite C55-B5287 which comes with Intel core i5-4210u processor and runs on Windows 7. Main disadvantage of the E5-571P-31LT laptop is that it doesn’t come with optical drive, on the other hand Toshiba C55-B5287 comes with DVD drive. Both the laptops have standard ports and connectivity features. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT.

Specifications and Performance of Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT.

Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT is integrated with dual core i3-4030u processor from Intel. Each core operates with 1.9GHz. The frequency is fixed and can’t rise further like other core i3 processors but it is hyper threading enabled, thus two cores can handle 4 threads at a time, which is definitely an advantage as it leads to faster overall execution. Aspire E5-571P-31LT doesn’t offer dedicated graphics and integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics is the only graphics option for the machine. At $350(Amazon and Staples) you can’t expect a laptop with dedicated graphics. It supports casual gaming, you can play Sims 4, Minecraft in low resolution and details but, if you are an avid gamer, this laptop is not for you. However, Acer has recently unveiled many budget gaming laptops. For instance Acer Aspire E5-571G-38VF (just under $500) which comes with same processor but has dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 820M graphics with 1 GB dedicated memory. So you will get much better performance for gaming.

Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT is installed with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM which is expandable up to 16GB. There are two memory slots. The 500GB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 comes preloaded on the hard drive.

The 15.6” LED backlit display of Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT supports maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can support up to 720p display but not 1080p. If you want to stream full HD laptop content, you can connect your laptop to compatible external displays with the help of HDMI port.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, you get 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, combo audio jack and a SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi.

According to the manufacturer, 6 cell lithium ion (5000 mAh) offers up to 7 hours of battery life

Pros of Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT

Inexpensive i3 powered touch screen laptop

Gigabit Ethernet

Bluetooth

Light in weight

Cons of Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT

No DVD burner.

Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7300

There is no doubt about the fact that Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7300 is a big laptop. For some people, it might be the perfect sized laptop, but for most of us it’s a heavy desktop replacement machine. It features AMD quad core A8-6410 processor, 6GB memory and 750GB hard drive. This non-touch enabled laptop has 17.3in screen and weighs less than 6lbs. In spite of its large footprint, it doesn’t look too bulky.  It is true that Toshiba C75D-B7300 comes with same basic textured design as Satellite C70 or C75 series, however, the company has scaled up the design a bit. This laptop is suitable for everyday use. You can work with word/excel and PowerPoint with ease. Streaming videos on screen and on external display wouldn’t be an issue with this laptop.  It comes with standard ports and connectivity features. However, if you are looking for Intel powered 17.3” laptop with similar price and slightly better performance, you can consider HP Pavilion 17-e117dx which comes with Intel core i3-3130M processor that operates with 2.6GHz fixed frequency and has 4GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. Both the laptops offer performance for causal gaming, light media editing and encoding. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7300.

Specification and performance of  Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7300

Under the hood, Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7300 comes with AMD A8-6410 processor which works with 2.0 GHz and core frequency can scale up to 2.4GHZ on system demand. It is a quad core processor and has 2MB of L2 cache. It comes with AMD Radeon HD R5 graphics which is not a dedicated graphics but supports casual gaming.  Though Radeon R5 (Beema) is not a very powerful graphics, it is able to run low end games smoothly. For instance, you can play Sims 4 and Dead space 3 smoothly on this machine. Some high end games like Dishonored, Call of Duty Ghosts can be played in low resolution and setting. This laptop can run Minecraft as well. If gaming is your priority, you can go for Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W as it comes with NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory and has 8 GB system memory.  It gets processing power from Intel core i5-4210u processor which operates with base frequency of 1.7 GHz and can turbo-boost up to 2.7GHz. This laptop will run almost all latest games. Also, if you are looking for better performance for photo editing and video editing tasks, video encoding /decoding then Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W could be a better choice.

Satellite C75D B7300 comes with 6GB DDR3L memory and memory is not user upgradable. Memory speed is 1600GHz. It comes with 750GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm. Windows 8.1 is preloaded on to the hard drive. The 17.3” non-touch LED backlit high definition display of the laptop offers resolution of 1600 X 900 pixels. It can’t support full HD (1080p) playback but it supports up to 900p content, which is almost close to full HD.  This is not a convertible laptop and you can’t use it in tablet or stand mode. However, if you are looking for affordable touchscreen convertible laptop, you can take a look at Lenovo Flex 2 15D (59418242). It offers same processor, 8GB memory and 1TB hard drive.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, Satellite C75D-B7300 offers standard ports and connectivity features. Besides HDMI, it comes with1-USB (3.0) port, 2-USB (2.0) ports, LAN jack, headset, VGA port and SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Fast Ethernet. On the other hand, HP Pavilion 17-e117dx offers 2 USB 3.0 ports.  Toshiba C75D-B7300 comes with HD webcam and integrated microphone. It comes with DVD driver as well.

6 cell battery of Satellite C75D B7300 offers up to 2-5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7300

Inexpensive desktop replacement laptop for everyday use

6GB memory for smooth multitasking

Cons of Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7300

No Bluetooth

Only one USB 3.0 port

Dell Inspiron I7547-3020SLV

Dell I7547-3020SLV is a mainstream 15.6” laptop that comes with good configuration.  Powered by Intel core i5-4210u and 6GB memory, it’s good enough for students, home and office users who are looking for reasonably fast, yet affordable, laptop with a Full HD screen. The price of the laptop is $650 (Best Buy).  You may find lots of i5 powered laptop at this price though. However, a full HD display panel, backlit keyboard and support for Wireless –ac makes Dell Inspiron I7547-3020SLV stand out in the crowd of similar priced laptops.  Weighing around 4.5lbs, the unit is easy to carry round on daily basic. It comes with forged aluminum built which makes it sturdy. But it comes with limited number of ports and connectivity features. Other shortcomings include lack of optical drive and LAN. Alternatively, you can go for  Dell Inspiron I15RMT-7564SLV which comes with 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0 ports and has LAN and DVD burner. It is installed with 8GB memory as well. However, it offers only 1366 X 768 pixel resolution and doesn’t come with fancy features like backlit keyboard.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Dell I7547-3020SLV.

Specification and Performance of Dell Inspiron I7547-3020SLV

Dell I7547-3020SLV is built with an Intel core i5-4210u processor which operates with 1.7GHz and, due to Turboboost technology, the frequency of the processor can rise up to 2.7GHz. The processor offers enough power for running MS office, creating PDF, watching video, Skype, listening to music and installing iTunes. It supports light photo and video editing but is not suitable for professional grade media editing and engineering stimulations.  Intel core i5-4210 is ULV processor and doesn’t offer performance like i5-4200M processor.  If you need a budget laptop for high end work, you can consider Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E440 20C5004YUS which comes with a faster drive, 8GB memory and i5-4200M processor. It runs on Windows 7 professional operating system.

Inspiron I7547-3020SLV comes with Integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics. The laptop lacks dedicated graphics, however, the installed graphics supports casual gaming. Games like Sims 4, Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infiniti, Minecraft  can easily run on this machine.  But if you are avid gamer,  you can take a look at Acer Aspire Acer Aspire V3-572PG-767J touchscreen laptop which comes with Intel core i7-4510u processor, 8GB memory and 1TB hard drive. It comes with dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics with 2GB dedicated memory. There is no harm in buying a laptop which offers more performance than your requirement, especially if there is a possibility of running high end tasks in future.

Dell I7547-3020SLV comes with 6 GB DDR3L RAM and the memory is upgradable up to 8GB. It comes with 1TB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed.  SSD drive is missing in this laptop. The laptop is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system.

15.6” LED backlit display of Dell Inspiron I7547-3020SLV offers resolution of 1920 X 1080p which means it can display up to 1080p content.

As mentioned earlier, the laptop comes with very limited number of ports and connectivity features. It offers One USB 2.0 port, One USB 3.0 port, One USB 3.0 port with PowerShare, One HDMI port, SD card reader  and One headphone and microphone combo (headset) port. Wireless Network connectivity is supported by Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0. The laptop is Intel WiDi capable which means you can stream files from your laptop to your HDTV over wireless, however, you would require an adapter such as NETGEAR Push2TV.

Dell Inspiron I7547-3020SLV comes with HD webcam and you can expect up to 6 hours of battery backup from 3-cell Lithium Ion (43WHr) Battery

Pros of Dell I7547-3020SLV

For the prices$650, you get decent features

Backlit keyboard

Wireless ac

Light in weight

Cons of Dell I7547-3020SLV

No optical drive

No Gigabit LAN

Final thoughts

Though Dell I7547-3020SLV comes with few shortcomings like lack in optical drive and no wired network connectivity, still it is good laptop to consider if you are always on move and need a full size laptop that offers enough performance for office applications and some entertainment.  Alternatively you can consider Dell Inspiron i5547-3751sLV if you are looking for Gigabit Ethernet LAN connectivity.

HP 15-g173wm Regal Purple Laptop

If you are planning to buy a stylish, sturdy and cheap computer for basic office and multimedia tasks, then you can’t go wrong with HP 15-g173wm Regal Purple laptop. Though the screen comes with low resolution (streams up to 720p), you still get an option to hook up to a big-screen TV or monitor via HDMI. HP 15-g173wm is a low cost laptop and is not touchscreen enabled.  Powered by AMD A8 quad core processor, it’s appropriate for home, students and for small offices, if you don’t need to work with AutoCAD, Revit 3DsMax and similar applications. However, it packs enough power for you to  work with Word/excel, make presentations, watch videos, listen to music, surf web with multiple tabs, some gaming and light photo editing and video editing.  This laptop comes with DVD burner and HD webcam. All standard ports and connectivity features are available with this machine. HP 15-g173wm cost you $400 (Walmart) approx. and price/feature ratio is good.  However, you can save few bucks if you go for HP 15-g012dx which comes with similar specs but has black exterior. Read further to know more about HP 15-g173wm laptop.

Specification and Performance of HP 15-g173wm

HP 15-g173wm purple laptop boasts AMD A8-6410 Quad core processor which is clocked at 2.0 GHz (base frequency) and frequency can boost up to 2.4GHz. It comes with 2MB of cache memory. The integrated Radeon HD R5 graphics supports casual gaming. If you want to play games like Sims 4, Fifa 15, Tomb Raider, Diablo III, Grid 2, Bioshock Infiniti and Minecraft, it is capable of running these games in low to medium resolution. However, if you want to play games like watch dogs, Thief, Assassin´s Creed IV: Black Flag this laptop is not for you. These are hardware demanding games. It will be better you take a look at Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W which comes with Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7-2.7 GHz Processor, 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive,15.6-Inch Screen, NVIDIA GeForce 840M with 2GB dedicated video memory and 7-hour battery life. As this Acer laptop comes with 8GB memory, it will offer better multitasking and performance for installing iTunes, or encoding decoding media, photo and video editing.

HP 15-g173wm comes with 4GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory. Memory is not user upgradable.  750GB, 5400rpm hard drive is preinstalled with Windows 8.1 operating system. 15.6 LED HD backlit non-touch display offers maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. You will get average viewing angle as the display features TN screen. It doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office.

This purple laptop comes with standard number of ports. You will get 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, 1 RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 HDMI port. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN.

3 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

Pros of HP 15-g173wm

Quad core CPU offers enough performance for day to day computing

750GB hard drive

Cons of HP 15-g173wm

Not a touchscreen laptop

Final thoughts

HP 15 g173wm is a reasonably priced laptop but is not touch enabled. However, if you are ready to spend $100 more, you will get Lenovo Flex 2 15D (59418242) Black which is not only touchscreen laptop but is a convertible laptop (300 degree hinge). It comes with 8GB memory and 1TB hard drive while HP 15-g173wm offers only 4GB memory and 750GB hard drive.

Acer Aspire V3-472P-324J

It is true that the conventional looking 14” Acer Aspire V3-472P-324J touchscreen laptop doesn’t have any distinct feature that makes it stand it out from the crowd of budget laptop, but if you consider its price-feature ratio, it becomes unconventional.  For a price of $379, you get core i3-4030u processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive and touch screen interface. Only shortcoming of this laptop is the missing optical drive. Acer Aspire V3-472P-324J is suitable for homes, home offices and school usage. Decent speed and a good touchscreen allow you to accomplish Windows 8.1 centric tasks more efficiently than a non-touchscreen-based notebook.  It can be used for running office programs, web surfing, watching videos on screen or on external display, online video communication and Skype etc. However, this laptop is not suitable for CPU or GPU intensive tasks like large photo and video editing, working with AutoCAD and similar software. Aspire V3-472P-324J still allows you to do little bit of photo editing like color correction.  As mentioned earlier, Aspire V3-472P-324J lacks optical drive. If you are looking for similar featured laptop with DVD burner and are ready to pay little extra, you can take a look at Gateway NV570P08u touch screen laptop.

Acer Aspire V3-472P-324J Specification and Performance 

Acer Aspire V3-472P-324J is powered by dual core i3-4030u processor which operates with 1.9GHz. It does not support Turboboost but is hyperthreading enabled, thus, two cores can handle 4 threads at time. The processor comes with Intel HD 4400 graphics which is integrated graphics and is merged with processor chip. With 4GB memory, it can support low end games but will barely run high end games like Battlefield 4, Watch dogs and Thief. However, games like Sims 4, fifa 14 can be played in low details and settings. If you need a powerful touchscreen laptop and are ready to invest around $50 extra, you can consider Gateway NV570P10u touchscreen laptop which is integrated with i5-3337U processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Though i5-3337u is a 3rd gen processor, still it is more powerful than i3-4030u processor.

Acer V3 472P 324J is installed with 4GB memory and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. It comes with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system. This laptop doesn’t come with SSD or hybrid drive.

14” touchscreen display of Acer Aspire V3-472P-324J offers resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which doesn’t support 1080p video playback but supports up to 720p. It comes with HDMI port and is capable of displaying HD content on compatible external display.

Besides HDMI, Acer Aspire V3-472P-324J boasts 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet port, Combo audio jack and SD card reader.  When it comes to network connectivity, it supports 802.11 b/g/n/ Wi-fi and Bluetooth. Wired networking is supported by Gigabit Ethernet. It also comes with HD webcam

Pros of Acer Aspire V3-472P-324J

Inexpensive touchscreen laptop

HD webcam

Price/feature ratio is decent

Cons of Acer Aspire V3-472P-324J

No cons considering the price

Asus X200MA-BCL0705Z

For a price of $230, Asus X200MA-BCL0705Z is a nice little touchscreen laptop if you are looking for a machine that can handle basic, everyday tasks. Powered by Intel Celeron N2830 processor and 4GB memory it doesn’t offer performance for running programs like Adobe Photoshop creative suite 6 and PC gaming but it will not leave you  waiting too long while launching or switching applications. Asus X200MA-BCL0705Z weighs around 3lbs and the touchscreen doesn’t make the machine feel or look too heavy. It can stream HD videos very well. The laptop comes with all standard ports and connectivity features which include 3 USB ports and one of them is USB 3.0. Most of the small laptops and netbooks are devoid of DVD drive, and Asus X200MA BCL0705Z is not an exception. No doubt, this small laptop is very inexpensive. If you are looking for something more powerful then you can take a look at Acer Aspire V3-111P-43BC touchscreen laptop which comes with quad core Intel Pentium N3530 processor (2.16-2.58), 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Asus X200MA-BCL0705Z.

Specifications and Performance of Asus X200MA-BCL0705Z

Intel Celeron N2830 processor is a dual core processor and operates with and each core operates with base frequency of 2.16 GHz. Core frequency can hit up to 2.41GHz, if system demands. It has only 1M cache. Asus X200MA-BCL0705Z comes with integrated HD graphics which is part of the processor. You can’t expect PC gaming from this laptop; however some old games and browser games can be played in this machine. It’s a useful model as you can view photos and videos while travelling. It comes with full-sized SD card slot so that you can easily store your photos and videos on it

Asus X200MA-BCL0705Z comes with 4GB memory but memory can’t be expanded further. It has 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. The hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system. The laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office.

The 11.6” LED backlit HD display of Asus X200MA offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can support up to 720p playback. This is not a 2 in 1 laptop. For 2-in-1 or convertible laptops you would be required to spend more money. For example, Dell Inspiron i3147-3750sLV touchscreen laptop comes with more powerful N3530 processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive.

As told earlier, Asus X200MA-BCL0705Z comes with all necessary ports and connectivity features. Besides USB ports, it has HDMI output, VGA, Ethernet port and audio jack. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n. Wireless ac is not available.

The 3 cell lithium ion battery offers 3-5 hours of battery backup.

Pros of Asus X200MA-BCL0705Z

Inexpensive laptop

500GB hard drive

Touchscreen

Cons of Asus X200MA-BCL0705Z

No as such cons considering the price.

Final thoughts

At $230 ( Best buy ), Asus X200MA-BCL0705Z is definitely an inexpensive laptop if you compare it with other laptops like ASUS X200MA-US01T. If you are looking for small 11.6” laptop for basic use it could be a good buy.

HP Pavilion 17-f001dx

HP Pavilion 17-f001dx laptop is best suited for those who want to replace their existing desktop or are looking for a big machine. Powered by AMD A8-6410 quad core processor, it offers more than enough performance for day to day computing, media encoding, entry level photo and video editing and is also allows you to play some games. It can easily be hooked up to an external big screen via HDMI.  HP 17-f001dx comes with stylish brushed aluminum look but is mostly made up of plastic. Still it doesn’t look cheap.  The laptop comes with 750GB hard drive and 4GB RAM. Audio is supported by beats audio.  The main disadvantage of this laptop is that it is not a touch screen laptop. However, for a price of $380, you will hardly get a touchscreen laptop along with these specifications. It has enough USB ports so that user can connect input peripherals and external storage at the same time. However, if you are looking for a touchscreen laptop, with more memory and hard drive space, then you can take a look at HP Pavilion 17-e123cl – 17.3″ TouchSmart Laptop which comes with AMD A8-5550M processor (2.1 GHz -3.1GHz and has massive 4MB of L2 cache), 8GB, 1TB hard drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 17-f001dx

HP Pavilion 17-f001dx specification and performance 

Pavilion 17-f001dx gets its processing power from AMD A8-6410 quad core accelerated processor or APU. Each core operates with 2GHz and frequency can rise up to 2.4GHz, if system demands. The processor comes with 2 MB of L2 cache.  It is good enough for office applications, web surfing, light photo and video editing and watching videos. It is integrated with Radeon R5 graphics which is though integrated graphics but is capable for running many games like Sims 4, Diablo III, Grid Autosport, Bioshock Infinite, Fifa 14 in low to medium details and settings. However, games like Thief, Watchdogs, Company of Heroes 2 will barely run in this machine. If you want to play Watch Dogs, Thief, Assassin’s Creed IV smoothly ,you can take a look at Acer Aspire E5-771G-51T2 which is 17.3” laptop which is powered by Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7-2.7 GHz Processor (3MB Cache) and has 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive,  NVIDIA GeForce 840M  graphics cardwith 2GB dedicated video memory and Windows 8.1 OS.  The 17.3” screen of this cheap Acer gaming laptop supports up to 1080p (full HD) while the HP 17-f001dx supports up to 900p playback.

HP Pavilion 17-f001dx is installed with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM in single slot. Memory is not user upgradable. The laptop offers massive hard drive space of 750GB. The hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed. Considering the price and features, we can’t expect SSD from it. Windows 8.1 is preloaded on the hard drive.

The 17.3” display of HP Pavilion 17-f001dx supports resolution up to 1600 X 900 pixels. The laptop comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports and single USB 2.0 port. Beside USB ports, it comes with HDMI, Ethernet Port, audio combo jack, SD card reader. VGA port is missing here. It comes with multiformat DVD burner and HD webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet and single band Wi-fi.

Pavilion 17-f001dx comes with 4-cell 41WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery which offers battery backup up to 4.5 hours, however, battery life  depends up on usage.

Pros of Pavilion 17-f001dx

Inexpensive desktop replacement laptop

Plenty of storage

2 USB 3.0 port

Cons of Pavilion 17-f001dx

No gigabit Ethernet

HP 15-g013dx

Under $400, HP 15-g013dx is a 15.6 laptop that’s packed with useful features and lots of processing power for multitasking. It runs on 2.0-2.4GHz AMD Quad core A8-6410 APU, has 4GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive and AMD Radeon HD R5 graphics. It can do pretty much everything that we need in our day to day computing. However, if you are an avid gamer then HP 15-g013dx is not for you. It can run Sims4 though, but if you want to run Watch Dogs or Thief you will be disappointed. Basically it is the newer version of HP 15-g012dx and is suitable for students and home users alike. Even small business users can also use this laptop if they just want to run office applications. The laptop comes with all necessary ports and connectivity features but lacks Bluetooth connectivity. It has VGA webcam rather than HD webcam which we expect from a similar priced laptop. On the other hand, HP 15-g012dx comes with HD webcam. HP 15-g013dx comes with DVD burner as optical drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-g013dx

Specifications and Performance of HP 15-g013dx

As told earlier, HP 15-g013dx comes with AMD A8-6410 quad core APU which means the processor and graphics are fused together. It has 2MB of L2 cache. The accelerated processor supports working with Microsoft office, running HD videos on screen as well as on external displays, encoding and decoding media files and online video communication. It supports entry level photo and video editing and casual gaming as well, but it is not a dedicated gaming laptop. If you are looking for a gaming laptop at affordable price, you can take a look at Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W which comes with Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7 GHz Processor (3MB Cache), 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive,  NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory and 7 hours of battery life.

HP 15-g013dx laptop will hardly support working with professional designing software like AutoCAD/Revit Solidworks, 3Ds Max and large video editing but for everyday use it offers enough power.

HP 15-g013dx comes with 4GB memory and memory is not user expandable. It comes with 750GB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm speed. It doesn’t come with SSD or hybrid drive, which can boost performance.  The laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. This is not a touch screen laptop.

The 15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView WLED-backlit display offers resolution of 1366 X 768, which is quite common among budget laptops, and comes with average viewing angle as the display panel is non-IPS panel.

Beside HDMI port, it comes with 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, Ethernet port, SD card reader and combo audio jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and much congested 1×1 b/g/n Wi-fi solution. However, you hardly get dual band Wi-fi at this price. The listed price of the laptop is $350 (at Bestbuy)

3-cell 31WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion polymer battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

Pros of HP 15-g013dx

Inexpensive laptop for home user and student

750 GB hard drive

Cons of HP 15-g013dx

No touchscreen

No Gigabit Ethernet

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a decent laptop for home and home office, HP 15-g013dx could be a good choice. However, it comes with VGA webcam. If you want HD webcam you can consider HP 15-g012dx which comes with similar spec.