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Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) Touchscreen Laptop (White)

Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) is a decent model to consider if you are looking for a small and well featured laptop.  It is not very fast but offers enough performance for basic Web browsing, online communications and while working with word and excel. Driven by 2.16GHz Intel Celeron N2830 processor and 4GB RAM, this laptop weighs around 3lbs which means it can be easily carried out. This is a touchscreen machine and the latest addition to Asus K200MA series.  Earlier model, Asus K200MA-DS01T was integrated with less powerful Celeron N2815 processor.  Both the laptops have 11.6” display and are available in four colors- Black, Blue, White and Red.  Asus K200MA DS01T WH(S) comes with white exterior. This white outlook gives the machine a stunning look.  CPU and GPU intensive applications like Adobe Photoshop and AutoCAD can’t run on this laptop as it comes with very basic Celeron processor. Also, it doesn’t support high end games. Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) will cost you around$300-$330 and is available at different stores including WalMart and Amazon. As we know, 11.6” laptops don’t offer inbuilt optical drive and Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) is not an exception. However, it comes with USB 3.0 as well as HDMI port. Read the brief review to know more about specifications  and performance of the laptop.

Asus has installed an Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor in its K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) model. Each core operates with 2.16GHz and, due to Turbo burst Technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.41GHz.  Hyperthreading is missing in this laptop; hence the two cores can handle only two threads at a time. It comes with integrated HD graphics which is not equivalent to Intel HD 4400 graphics. However, the graphics performance is faster than old Atom processor powered netbooks and it can handle video processing tasks without any problems. You can play browser games as well.

Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) is shipped with 4GB DDR3 SDRAM. The memory cannot be expandable further. It comes with traditional 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 OS is preloaded onto it. If you are looking for SSD based computing solution then you can consider ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-WH(S).  This Asus K200MA white laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office.

The 11.6” LED backlit high definition  touch screen  of  Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) comes with native resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can play up to 720p content.  It comes with non-IPS panel. On the other hand, Asus Transformer book used to come with IPS panel.

Though Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) is a small laptop,  it offers all standard ports and connectivity features which include 1 COMBO audio jack, 1 VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor, 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports,  Ethernet port,  HDMI and SD card reader which also supports SDHC and MMC formats. It comes with HD webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi

The 3 cell battery of Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S)

Inexpensive touch screen Laptop for basic work

Decent battery life

500GB hard drive

Cons of Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S)

No hybrid drive

Final thoughts

With an Intel Celeron N2830 processor and lack of solid state drive, you can’t expect great performance from Asus K200MA–DS01T-WH(S), but considering its low price it’s a good buy.

ASUS K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Red)

Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) is a perfect mobile computing solution for those who need a small and compact laptop just for basic work. Powered by 2.16GHz Intel Celeron N2830 processor and 4GB RAM, this laptop can offer good performance for typing documents, web browsing, Skype, emailing, listening music and watching video. You can do social networking as well. This is a new model in Asus K200MA series.  Earlier model, Asus K200MA-DS01T used to come with less powerful Celeron N2815 processor. However, both are 11.6” models and are available in four colors- Black, Blue, White and Red. Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) comes with red exterior and black keyboard deck and bezel. This red and black combination gives the machine a stylish look.  Power demanding tasks like Photo and video editing can’t be done on this laptop as it comes with a very basic processor. Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) will cost you around $300-$330 and is available at different stores including Amazon.  As we know, 11.6” laptops don’t offer inbuilt optical drive and Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) is not an exception. However, it comes with USB 3.0 as well as HDMI port. The best part of the laptop is that it has touch screen display. Read the brief review to know more about specifications and performance of the laptop.

Asus has deployed Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor in its K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) model. Each core operates with 2.16GHz and, due to Turbo burst Technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.41GHz.  Hyperthreading is missing in this laptop; hence the two cores can handle only two threads at a time. It comes with integrated HD graphics which is not equivalent to Intel HD 4400 graphics. However, the graphics performance is faster than old Atom processor powered netbooks and it can handle video processing tasks without any problems. You can play browser games as well.

Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) comes with 4GB DDR3 SDRAM. The memory cannot be expandable further. It comes with traditional 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 OS is preloaded onto it. If you are looking for SSD based computing solution then you can consider ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-RD(S).  This Asus K200MA laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office.

The 11.6” LED backlit high definition  touch screen  of  Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) comes with native resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can play up to 720p content.  It comes with non-IPS panel. On the other hand, Asus Transformer book used to come with IPS panel.

Though Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) is a small laptop,  it offers all standard ports and connectivity features which include 1 COMBO audio jack, 1 VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor, 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports,  Ethernet port,  HDMI and SD card reader which also supports SDHC and MMC formats. It comes with HD webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi

The 3 cell battery of Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S)

Inexpensive touch screen Laptop for basic work

Decent battery life

500GB hard drive

Cons of Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S)

No hybrid drive

Final thoughts

With an Intel Celeron N2830 processor and no solid state drive, we can’t expect great performance from Asus K200MA -DS01T-RD(S) but considering its low price it’s a good buy.

HP 15-g035wm

HP 15-g035wm is a perfect computing solution for family as well as students. Integrated with Quad core AMD A8-6410 accelerated processor and 4GB of RAM, it is definitely not a power house but, with reasonable battery life and 500GB 5400rpm hard drive, it comes in at just below the $400 mark which makes it an attractive proposition to students and other users who are on budget. HP 15-g035wm offers more performance than just basic typing docs and browsing web. You can do entry level photo and video editing, install itunes, make presentation and convert file formats. But if you are looking for a laptop to run Adobe Photoshop CS6, AutoCAD, Revit, solid works,  Maya or similar applications, this laptop may turn you down. However, HP 15-g035wm is good for casual gaming. You can run latest games like Sims 4,  Gird Autosport Tomb Raider, Counter Strike GO, Dota 2 and Diablo III but you can’t run Watch Dogs and Thief smoothly on this machine. The laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system but it is not a touch screen laptop. You can take a look at HP 15-G012DX if you need more storage. Interesting part is that you don’t need to pay anything extra. Both the laptops come with inbuilt DVD drive and USB 3.0 port. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-g035wm.

Under the Black Licorice plastic case, there is an AMD A8-6410 APU which operates with 2.1 GHz frequency, which can rise up to 2.9GHz on system demands. It comes with 2MB of L2 cache. HP 15-g035wm comes with AMD Radeon R5 graphics which is part of APU. The unit offers more than enough performance for regular applications which include running office application and surfing the web. Watching internet video will not be a problem with this laptop. Compares with Intel processors, the performance of A8-6410 lies in between core i3-4010u and i5-4210u. As told earlier, HP 15 g035wm doesn’t support CPU intensive work. If you are looking for a budget beginner’s laptop for AutoCAD and Adobe Photoshop CS6, you can consider Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008SUS which comes with Intel core i5-4200M processor, 8GB memory, 7200rpm speed and Windows 7 professional operating system.

HP 15-g035wm comes with 4GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory which supports basic multitasking but the memory is not user upgradable. The 500GB hard drive operates with 5400rpm hard drive. You can’t expect a SSD drive in a $400 laptop. It doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office. Windows 8.1 OS is preloaded on to hard drive along with some HP proprietary software.

The 15.6” LED backlit high definition reflective screen comes with a native resolution of 1366×768 pixels which means it support up to 720p resolution but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible HDTV and monitor. Most budget laptops come with TN display panel and HP 15-g035wm is no exception, thus you will get limited viewing angle

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 2.0, combo audio jack, HDMI, Ethernet port and SD card reader. There is an HD webcam as well. DVD drive doesn’t support Blu-Ray. The keyboard comes with numeric keypad. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n

The 3-cell lithium-ion battery offers up to 2-5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of HP 15-g035wm

It is a decent laptop for every day computing

Reasonable battery life

Cons of HP 15-g035wm

Not a touch screen laptop

Final Thoughts

At $380, HP 15-g035wm is a reasonably priced laptop but there are laptops like Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212 which comes with similar spec but cost you much less.

 

HP Pavilion 15-p033cl

HP Pavilion 15-p033cl is designed for those who are looking for perfect combination of style and performance. At current price of $750, it is not overpriced but is not cheap either. If you look at its specs, you will find it comes AMD Quad-Core A10-5745M APU Processor, 12GB RAM, 1TB of hard drive and low resolution screen (1366×768). In my personal opinion, there is no need of 12GB RAM especially with this kind of a processor. Technically speaking, it is not a bad laptop but is just an odd mix of components.  You can take a look at HP ProBook 450 G1, which is suitable for more professional oriented computing, or choose Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W 15.6-Inch Laptop, if you are looking for an affordable gaming laptop with dedicated gaming graphics. Both laptops are available at much lower price.  HP 15-p033cl is a touch screen laptop and comes with inbuilt optical drive. It weighs around 5.62lbs which is little heavy considering its screen size. The entire casing is made of plastic and the exterior comes with brushed aluminum look. It comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports and runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. Read further to know more about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 15-p033cl.

Specification and performance of HP Pavilion 15-p033cl

As told earlier, HP 15-p033cl comes with AMD Quad-Core A10-5745M APU which is a quad core processor and each core operates with 2.1GHZ frequency. On system demand, frequency of some the cores can rise up to 2.9GHz. It comes with Integrated Radeon HD 8610G graphics which can support almost all PC games but not all games are playable smoothly on this machine. With 12GB memory, the laptop supports Borderlands 2 Fifa 15, Dead Space 3 etc Game play but for playing Watch Dog, Assassin´s Creed IV: Black Flag and thief, you need to turn down settings and resolution. You can edit photo and video in this machine. HP 15-p033cl offers enough power for media encoding and decoding but for professional grade photo and video editing, 3D modelling/ rendering you still need more  powerful options. A faster drive would be more preferable in that case. You can consider Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 which comes with Intel Core i7-4702MQ, 8GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HD and Windows 7 professional operating system.

HP 15-p033cl comes with 12GB DDR3 SDRAM in 2 slots and 1 TB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. Hard drive is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system. The 15.6-inch diagonal HD WLED-backlit touchscreen display offers 1366×768 pixel resolution which is common for most budget laptops. Considering its price, we can easily expect a 1080p display.

Ports and connectivity features include Multi-format digital media card reader for Secure Digital cards, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Ethernet Port,1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. When it comes to network connectivity, it offers 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi, Fast Ethernet. However, Gigabit-Ethernet would have been a better choice.

4-cell 41WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup, depending up on usage.

Pros of HP Pavilion 15-p033cl

Decent specs

12 GB memory

Touch screen

Cons of HP Pavilion 15-p033cl

No Gigabit Ethernet

No dedicated graphics

 

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 is one of the prime contenders if you are looking for a laptop for home or school use. It comes with 15.6” display which is perfect for typing documents, surfing the web and streaming videos. Toshiba has installed an AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 APU in this laptop, which means there are four processing cores and an integrated Radeon R5 GPU within the same chip. It comes with 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive which indicates that the laptop will not only support day to day computing but will also offer performance for casual gaming, media encoding, light photo and video editing. Toshiba C55D-B5214 is not a distinctive laptop. Basically it is an advanced version of Toshiba C55D-B5212 which comes with similar features. Only major difference between the two being that Toshiba C55D-B5212 comes with 500GB hard drive. Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 is not a touch screen laptop but runs on Windows 8.1, thus user will take some time to get used to. It weighs around 4.9lbs and is just 1.1” thick. Considering its size and inbuilt DVD drive, the weight is justified. The laptop comes in simple plastic casing and will cost you around $380, which is quite reasonable. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of the Satellite C55D-B5214.

Specifications and Performance of the Satellite C55D-B5214-

Under the hood, there is an AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 APU Quad Core processor which operates with 2.0GHz and, due to AMD Turbo Core technology, few cores can reach up to 2.4GHz speed on system demand. It comes with Radeon R5 integrated graphics. Coupled with 4GB RAM, it allows some casual gaming. You can play Sims 4, Tomb Raider, Gird 2 and Dead Space 3, in low to medium details and settings. You can also use Satellite C55D-B5214 for playing Minecraft, World of Warcraft, Team fortress 2 as well. This laptop can stream internet videos without any glitch. However, if you are going to use this laptop for applications such as Adobe Photoshop CS6, AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks and Sony Vegas Pro then this will not be an appropriate laptop for you to work with. To run such applications, you can look at some professional grade laptop coming with higher memory, faster hard drive or SSD and fast Processor. For instance, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008SUS is budget laptop and comes with Intel core i5-4200M processor (2.5GHz-3.1GHz), 8GB memory,500GB 7200rpm drive and runs Windows 7 Operating system.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 comes with 4GB DDR3L memory and the memory speed is 1600MHz. There are two memory slots in the laptop. According To Toshiba, memory is not user upgradable. It comes with 1TB hard drive which works with 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 is preloaded on to it. The laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office but it is preloaded with trial version.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD display of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 supports up to 1366 X 768 pixels resolution which means it can support up to 720p ( more precisely 768p) high definition video play back but not 1080p. However, it has HDMI output so you can connect the laptop with compatible HDTV and monitor to view Full HD content on external monitor or TV. As the display comes with TN panel, you can’t expect great viewing angle from this laptop.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, VGA , Ethernet port and combo audio jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Bluetooth and Wireless 802.11 b/g/n connectivity.

The 4 cell/45Wh lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup once charged fully. However, it depends upon usage as well.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214

Good processor for everyday use

Plenty of storage space

VGA port ( becomes handy if you have old projectors )

Cons of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214

Bland design

Not a touch screen laptop

Final thoughts

At $380, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 is an inexpensive laptop but you will find plenty of laptops, with similar specs, at this price. For instance, HP 15-g012dx. You can also save $20-$30 if you decide to buy Toshiba C55D-B5212 provided you don’t need 1 TB hard drive

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219

It is quite possible that the exterior of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 may fail to impress you but the configuration of the laptop will not turn you down for sure, especially if you consider its current price of $330 ( at Best Buy). Toshiba has deployed an AMD Quad core processor, A6-6310, 4GB RAM and 500GB RAM to ensure that you can furnish your day to day computing smoothly. Satellite C55D-B5219 is not for avid gamers and will struggle if you try to run resource demanding games like Battlefield 4, Watch Dogs and Thief, even at low resolution. However, it can run latest Sims 4 in low to medium resolution smoothly. It also supports browser games. Toshiba C55D-B5219 is not a touch screen laptop but it comes with Windows 8.1 operating system. Considering its price, we can’t say it is an extremely cheap laptop because you can find laptops with similar specs, for example HP 15 laptop ( only difference being that it comes with 500GB), at Amazon within price range of $310-$340. Both the laptops come with inbuilt DVD burner. Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 comes with HDMI output and USB 3.0 as well. To know more about specifications and performance of this laptop read the following review.

Specification and Performance of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219

As told earlier, Toshiba has opted for AMD A6-6310 APU for its C55D-B5219 , which is a Quad core APU.  The APU has 4 processing cores and an integrated Radeon R4 graphics chip within same chip. It doesn’t offer any dedicated graphics option. The APU or accelerated processor is clocked at 1.8GHz and can hit up to 2.4 GHZ, due to AMD Turbo core Technology. The processor can easily handle regular computing like working with MS office, surfing the web with multiple tab, Skype, social networking, watching videos, listening music etc. You can also use this laptop for media encoding and entry level photo editing but won’t get fast performance for such tasks.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 is not suitable for resource demanding programs. For instance, this laptop is not appropriate for HD video editing, 3D designing/Rendering, Animation and music creation.  For such tasks,  you can take a look at Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008QUS which comes with Intel Core i7-4702MQ 2.2 GHz 8GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HD, Windows 7 OS. It could be a decent choice if you don’t have budget for work station grade laptop.

Back to Toshiba C55D-B5219 , It is shipped with 4GB DDR3L memory and, according to company recommendation, memory is not user upgradable. Memory speed is 1600MHZ and there are two memory slots. The 750GB SATA hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed. It doesn’t come with Hybrid drive or SSD. Windows 8.1 operating system is preloaded on to hard drive along with some trial programs and Toshiba proprietary software. It doesn’t come with Full Version of Microsoft Office and Antivirus.

The 15.6” HD LED backlit display of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 comes with native resolution of 1366 X 768 which means it can support up to 720p but not full HD or 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI interface you can watch full HD content on compatible HDTV or monitor. If you are looking for a laptop with touch screen that offers similar performance then you can take a look at Toshiba Satellite C55T-B5109.

This laptop comes with standard numbers of ports and connectivity features which include 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, VGA , Ethernet port, combo audio jack. Now-a-days many manufacturers do not provide VGA port. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. The keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keypad. Satellite C55D-B5219  weighs around 4.9lbs and can be carried out easily.

4 cell 45whr lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219  

Decent performance for every day computing

Reasonable battery life

750GB hard drive

VGA port

Cons of Satellite C55D-B5219

Not a touch screen laptop

Final Thoughts

Considering the current price of $330, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219  is a decent laptop for home users and students. But it cannot handle high end tasks. F or a comparison, you can take a look at HP 15 g018dx laptop which comes with similar specifications.

HP 15-g007dx Flyer Red Laptop

Like most of HP products, the $380 price tag for HP 15-g007dx laptop is competitive. The laptop will be fine if you don’t have plans of running CPU intensive tasks like video editing, 3D gaming, Animation and demanding games on it. It is stylish and comes with flyer red plastic-built exterior. Under the hood, there is AMD A8-6410 quad core processor, 4GB memory and 750GB hard drive. If you need a laptop with black exterior you can consider HP 15-g012dx which comes with similar specs and performance. The hardware configuration is enough for running office applications, surfing the web with multiple tabs, watching videos, listening music and some casual gaming. HP 15-g007dx doesn’t offer full HD resolution neither does it come with fancy features like backlit keyboard. It is a simple laptop which supports everyday computing. It is not a touchscreen laptop and comes with DVD burner, HDMI and USB 3.0 ports. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-g007dx.

Specifications and Performance of HP 15-g007dx

HP 15-g007dx is powered by AMD A8-6410 accelerated processor. It has four cores and each core operates with 2 GHz to 2.4GHz clock speed. The APU has 2MB of L2 cache. It comes with Integrated AMD Radeon R5 graphics which supports casual gaming. You can play games like Tomb Raider, Skyrim, Fifa 14, Grid Autosport in low to medium details and settings. You can play Minecraft, League of legends, Team fortress 2 etc., as well. It can run internet videos smoothly. HP 15-g007dx can be used for personal photo editing, small video editing and encoding, making presentations and compressing large files etc. You can read customer reviews about HP 15-g012dx which is indeed the same laptop; only difference among the two being the color – the latter has black exterior.

HP 15-g007dx comes with 4GB RAM in single DIMM and 750GB, 5400 rpm hard drive. It doesn’t come with hybrid drive or SSD, as it is a budget laptop. The laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. Again, this laptop is not a touchscreen laptop so it will take time to get used to working with Windows 8.1 operating system. Alternatively, you can buy Windows 7 laptops with similar performance.

The LED backlit high definition display of HP 15-g007dx offers native resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can stream up to 720p HD content. However, with the help of HDMI, the laptop can be connected with full HD compatible monitor and HDTV to watch compatible content on full HD mode.

Besides HDMI, It comes with standard ports and connectivity features. You will get 1 USB 3.0 port, 2USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader and combo audio jack. It weighs around 4.82lbs and has DVD drive as optical drive. Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Fast Ethernet. No Bluetooth connectivity is available.

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

Pros of HP 15-g007dx

Inexpensive laptop for day to day computing

750GB hard drive

Stylish

Cons of HP 15-g007dx

No Bluetooth

 

HP Pavilion 17-f004dx

HP Pavilion 17-f004dx could be a good choice if you are looking for a cost-effective all-purpose desktop replacement laptop PC. It is powered by AMD Quad-Core A10-5745M Accelerated Processor and comes with 6GB memory, which makes it a useful laptop for users who want to do little bit of everything on this machine, alongside everyday computing. HP 17-f004dx comes with AMD Radeon HD 8610G integrated graphics, which can also be used effectively for playing games. However, games like Call of Duty Black ops 2 and World of Tanks can be played in low to medium resolution. But if you want to play all the latest games effectively on a laptop, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-771G-51T2 17.3-Inch Laptop which comes with i5-4210u processor and NVIDIA Geforce GT 840M graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory. It also comes with Full HD resolution which Pavilion 17-f004dx lacks. However, HP laptops come with 1600 X 900 pixels resolution which is close to full HD. HP 17-f004dx comes with DVD burner and has 2 USB 3.0 ports. At present, it is listed at $500 at Best Buy. The key to the HP laptop in being competitively priced is not just the AMD A10 APU but also solid supporting features that offer more than what you can get with other $500 laptops. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 17-f004dx

Specifications and Performance of HP Pavilion 17-f004dx

AMD Quad-Core A10-5745M operates with 2.1 GHz and, due to AMD turbocore technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.9GHz.It comes with 4MB of L2 cache. L2 cache is faster than L3 cache. The APU comes with AMD Radeon HD 8610G graphics which can run almost all games but not all games are playable in high settings. It’s worth noting that AMD APU has a more powerful graphics capability than Intel’s HD 4400.However, if you want to work with video editing, some 2D/3D designing along with playing games, Acer Aspire E5-771G-51T2  is more preferable. On the other hand, HP Pavilion 17-f004dx offers above average performance for casual gaming, entry level photo and video editing, media encoding and watching videos.

HP Pavilion 17-f004dx comes with 6GB memory which is not expandable further. It comes with 750GB 5400 rpm hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system along with some HP propriety software. It doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office. It is hard to remove system memory, especially for a non-geek.

The LED high definition non-touch display of the HP Pavilion 17-f004dx has a resolution of 1600×900 pixels, which is pretty much standard for a 17.3-inch notebook in this price range. It features TN display, so you can expect average viewing angle.

You also get one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports and HDMI. There is a full-sized SD card slot, a combo audio jack and Ethernet port. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and Wireless-N. There is a DVD burner as an optical drive and 720p HD webcam. Audio is supported by Beats audio with dual speaker.

The 4 cell 41whr battery offers up to 2-5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of HP Pavilion 17-f004dx

Inexpensive desktop replacement laptop for entertainment

6GB memory

Cons of HP Pavilion 17-f004dx

No touchscreen

Other budget Gaming laptop to consider -

Acer Aspire E5-471G-527B 14-Inch Laptop- which comes with i5-4210u processor, 8GB memory, 1TB hard drive and NVIDIA geforce GT 820M graphics with 2GB video memory and cost you $600 approx.

HP Pavilion 17-f065US

HP Pavilion 17-f065US is worth considering if you want inexpensive yet well featured desktop replacement laptop for home use. It provides good speed for everyday tasks and watching movies but is not suitable for avid gamers. Though it comes with plenty of storage capacity and RAM, the laptop comes with Intel core i3-4030u ULV processor  which doesn’t offer raw processing power for CPU intensive tasks like video editing, 3D rendering, Animation.etc. HP 17-f065US is not a touch enabled laptop and comes with non-backlit keyboard. As this laptop is devoid of dedicated graphics and Intel HD 4400 graphics is the only graphics option, you can’t expect much gaming from this laptop. However, some low end games are playable in low to medium details and setting. It is capable of entry level photo editing and media encoding but don’t expect fast performance for such tasks. It comes with a DVD burner. Basically, HP 17-f065US is suitable for typing documents, surfing the internet, video calls, social networking, playing some browser games, watching video and listening music. If you are looking for a more gaming oriented laptop, within same price range, you can consider HP Pavilion 17-E118Dx Laptop which comes with AMD A8 processor and AMD Radeon HD 7640G graphics which, even though not an integrated graphics, is optimized for gaming. You can play games like Dirt showdown, fifa 14, Dota 2, Sims 4 Minecraft, TF2, League of Legends etc. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 17-f065US.

Specifications and Performance of HP 17-f065US

Pavilion 17-f065US is powered by 1.9GHz Intel core i3-4030U dual core processor. The processor can’t be overclocked. It comes with 3MB of L3 cache. Due to Hypethreading technology, the processor can handle 4 threads at a time. Nowadays most of the programs are multithreaded. It comes with integrated HD graphics which can run games like Fifa 14, Dota 2, Grid 2, World of Warcraft etc in low resolution and settings. However, it can stream videos smoothly and, if you want to watch laptop content on big HDTV or monitor, it can stream videos on external display efficiently.

HP Pavilion 17-f065US comes with 6GB memory and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive which are decent for those who want to store lots of media files. Though we couldn’t expect a SSD for this price but it would have helped in improving performance a bit. With its current configuration, you can use the laptop for basic computing efficiently.

The LED display of the Pavilion 17-f065us comes with resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels, which is common for a budget 17.3-inch laptop. It comes with TN panel. Full HD IPS panel would have been a better option, but you can hardly find one for this price. Viewing angles are average and on par with similar priced laptops. For pro level video editing, a full HD screen could be better but the specs of the laptop hardly support this task. If you are on budget, you can consider Acer Aspire V3-572G-54L9 which comes with Intel core i5 processor, 8GB memory and 1TB hard drive. It has NVIDIA Geforce GT 840M graphics which is capable of running almost all games and can also help in video editing tasks.

Ports and connectivity options include Multi-format digital media card reader for Secure Digital cards, 2 USB 3.0,1 USB 2.0,1 HDMI,1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack and DVD burner. It comes with fast Ethernet and single band  802.11 b/g/n wi-fi. It also comes with a HD webcam.

The 4 cell 41whr battery offers 2-5 hours of battery backup depending upon usage.

Pros of HP Pavilion 17-f065US

Inexpensive desktop replacement laptop for a price of $450

Decent memory and storage

Cons of HP Pavilion 17-f065US

No Gigabit Ethernet

Dell Inspiron I3542-8333BK

Dell Inspiron I3542-8333BK is a mainstream laptop notebook which is a perfect combination of features, performance and battery life, at a competitive price. This Inspiron laptop isn’t the lightest laptop to carry along on a daily basis as it weighs around 5.26lbs, probably due to touch enabled display and DVD drive. The laptop offers enough power for everyday computing. With intel core i5-4210u processor and 8GB memory it can do a little bit of everything which include photo editing, small video editing, media encoding and casual gaming. Dell I3542-8333BK is capable of handling school and office works, along with multimedia tasks such as burning CD/DVD, large file compression, making presentation, converting movie files and editing photos. But Pro level video editing and 3D modelling/designing on this laptop will not give desired result. You need raw processing power and i5-4210u is an ULV processor which operates with much lesser frequency than mainstream i5 processor. Currently this Dell Inspiron I3542-8333BK is available at Amazon as well as Staples at under $600. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Dell Inspiron I3542-8333BK.

Dell Inspiron I3542-8333BK specification and performance

Inspiron I3542-8333BK is powered by Intel core i5-4210u processor which operates with 1.7GHz and, due to Turboboost Technology, it can clock up to 2.7GHz. It has 3MB of cache and is hyperthreading enabled. Speed will not be an issue while using this laptop for everyday tasks like running Microsoft Office, web surfing with multiple tabs, making presentations, skype and playing browser games. However, when it comes to PC gaming, you can play games like Grid Autosport, Dirt Showdown, fifa 14 in medium resolution and settings while games like NFS Rivals, Thief, Watch Dogs are hardly playable in this machine. You can play older games like Minecraft, world of Warcraft in this machine. This laptop can run internet videos smoothly. There will be no issues if you run Netflix and Youtube videos on his machine. If you are able to spend another $60-$70, you can take a look at HP ProBook 450 G1 15.6″ Laptop which comes with Intel core i5-4200M processor (2.5GHz-3.1GHz ), dedicated AMD Radeon HD 8750M graphics and 8GB RAM. You can run almost all games but you may need to turn down settings and resolution while playing high end games. Also, it supports CPU and GPU intensive tasks.

Dell  I3542 8333BK comes with 8GB RAM in single DIMM and 1TB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm speed. It doesn’t come with hybrid drive. SSD or speedy hard drive will surely help in boosting the performance but very few manufacturers offer hybrid drive in there machine, one such example is ASUS Vivobook S500CA-SI50305T.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD display of Dell Inspiron I3542-8333BK features native resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means you can play up to 720p content on laptop screen but for 1080p playback you have to connect your laptop to a compatible HDTV or monitor . This laptop comes with HDMI port.

Beside HDMI port the laptop offers 1 USB 3.0 , 2  USB 2.0,  SD card reader, combo audio jack and Ethernet port. There is a DVD burner. Wireless network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

4 cell 40whr battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of Dell Inspiron I3542-8333BK

A good laptop for everyday use, entry level photo editing and casual gaming

Decent battery life

Cons of Dell Inspiron I3542-8333BK

No Hybrid drive (Some budget laptops like ASUS Vivobook S500CA-SI50305T offer hybrid drive)