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HP 15-ay039wm

HP 15-ay039wm is an entry level non-touch laptop which comes with 6th generation Intel core i3-6100u processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive.  The laptop is intended for home users and students. Intel core i3-6100u is an entry level core processor and supports day to day tasks like typing documents, number crunching and emailing/skype etc. It can also stream videos and movies and do some entry level photo editing as well. HP 15-ay039wm is not suitable for large photo and video editing though.  You can run low end games like Fifa 16, sims 4, Dirt Rally etc. smoothly on this machine but for playing GTA V, The Witcher 3  wild hunt you need to turn down settings as well as resolution. You can also consider HP 15-ay011nr laptop which is a budget laptop and comes with Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. One of the key features of this laptop is full HD display which enhances your video watching experience.  Both the processors, i5-6200u and i3-6100u, operate with same base frequency of 2.3GHz but in the case of i5-6200u, due to Turbo-boost technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.8 GHz. Intel Turbo-boost is not featured in i3-6100u processor. Thus, if you are more into photo and video editing  or into gaming, then HP 15-ay039wm will be more suitable for you  than HP 15-ay011nr. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-ay039wm.

HP 15-ay039wm comes with Intel core i3-6100u processor which belong s to Intel’s 6th generation of processors. It has two cores and each core operates with 2.3GHz of fixed frequency. Speed of the processor can’t be increased further. The laptop comes with Intel HD 520 graphics and supports casual gaming. You can play Sims 4 smoothly on this machine but games like The Witcher 3, GTV V will struggle to run in this laptop. If you want to play high end PC games,  Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG will be an appropriate option. It is an inexpensive gaming laptop coming with Intel core i5-6200u processor and 8GB DDR4 memory. Please note that HP 15 ay039 wm comes with DDR3 memory. DDR4 is faster than DDR3 RAM. This Acer laptop also comes with NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory.

As this GPU has its own source of video memory, it does use system memory. An integrated graphics, like Intel HD 520, uses system RAM and some percentage of the system RAM is available for graphics memory. When you are running graphics intensive tasks, say playing games, a good amount of system memory is used by graphics. It directly impacts performance of other programs which might be running at the same time. So, if you are more into game or graphics intensive tasks, E5-575G-53VG will be more suitable for you. Again, this Acer laptop comes with 256GB SSD.  It is a common fact that SSDs are much faster than HDD.  Acer laptop has backlit keyboard while HP 15-ay039wm doesn’t have backlit keyboard.

HP 15-ay039wm comes with 4GB RAM and there is only one memory slot. You can expand memory up to 8GB only. However, memory is not user expandable and you will require assistance of a qualified technician to do the job for you.  HP 15-ay011nr, on the other hand, comes with 8GB RAM. Thus, if you need more memory, HP 15-ay011nr will be a better option. Both the laptops come with 1TB hard drive.

15.6”non-touch display of HP 15-ay039wm offers resolution of 1366 X 768p, which supports up to 720p video playback but will not be able to display 1080p content. However, with the help of HDMI, you can watch 1080p content on a compatible TV or monitor. You need to buy HDMI cable separately for this purpose.

Besides HDMI, HP 15-ay039 wm   comes with 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0,  1 HDMI,  1 RJ-45 (LAN) and  1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It has multiformat SD card reader as well. The 3-cell 31 WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Final thoughts

HP 15-ay039wm is a good laptop if you are on tight budget. By stretching your budget to some extent, you can own HP 15-ay011nr which comes with better i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It also has Full HD display while HP 15-ay039wm has 720p display.

 

Asus X540SA-BPD0602V

Asus X540SA-BPD0602V is an inexpensive laptop. It is decent for those who are on tight budget and need a laptop for basic computing. Though it comes with quad core processor, it is hardly useful for CPU intensive tasks like photo and video editing, AutoCAD and Revit. However, you can easily browse web with multiple tabs, type documents, watch videos and movies etc. With some amount of patience, you can also do some video editing and video transcoding on this laptop. When it comes to gaming, this laptop is not suitable for high end games like GTA V.  The base frequency of the processor, 1.6GHz, is very low for such tasks. Most of the games are single threaded so higher frequency and good graphics are basic requirements of a gaming laptop. Asus X540SA-BPD0602V comes with low end integrated HD graphics designed for Braswell processor. When it comes to overall performance, the processor is weaker than Intel HD 520 graphics.  The Intel HD braswell graphics has 16 execution units while Intel HD 520 has 24 EUs. However, it can stream videos smoothly. If you need better performance from a machine within same price range, take a look at Asus 15.6″ X540LA-SI30205P which comes with Intel core i3-5020u processor that operates with 2.2GHz frequency. It also offers 1TB hard drive space while Asus X540SA-BPD0602V comes with 500GB hard drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Asus X540SA-BPD0602V.

Intel core N3700 has four cores and it operates with base frequency of 1.6GHz. The frequency can rise up to 2.4GHz on system demand. It has 2MB of L2 cache. L3 cache is missing in its configuration. On the other hand, i3-5020u processor has 3MB of L3 cache. Though Intel core i3-5020u is a dual core processor, it supports hyperthreading technology, which means two cores can work as 4 virtual cores at the same time. Also, it has Intel HD 520 graphics which is better than Intel HD graphics coming with Asus X540SA-BPD0602V processor. Asus  X540LA-SI30205P, therefore,  will offer  better performance than Asus X540SA-BPD0602V.

Asus X540SA-BPD0602V comes with 4GB 1600 MHz SDRAM (on board memory) and 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. If you need more internal storage,  go for X540LA-SI30205P as it comes with more storage option. Both the laptops run Windows 10 OS.

15.6” non-touch display offers resolution of 1366 X 768p which can support up to 720p video playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI, you can watch 1080p content on a compatible TV or monitor.  You need to buy HDMI cable separately for this purpose.

Besides HDMI output, the edges of Asus X540SA-BPD0602V are arranged with 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 x VGA, 1 x RJ45 Ethernet and 3-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC).  It comes with 0.3MP (VGA) webcam with Microphone. Network connectivity is supported by Integrated 802.11 b/g/n, Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.0 and 10/100/Gigabits Base T. The laptop comes with CD/DVD burner as well.

3Cells 33 Whrs  battery offers upto  4 hours of  power  backup, depending  upon usage.

Final Thoughts

At $250, Asus X540SA-BPD0602V is a decent laptop for basic use. However, it offers limited performance. If you are looking for a laptop that offers smooth performance  for day to day tasks  and also supports some entry level photo and video editing,  then Asus  X540LA-SI30205P will be a better choice for you. However, none of the laptops offer backlit keyboard.

HP X0S24UA#ABA or HP 15-ay012dx

HP X0S24UA#ABA or HP 15-ay012dx is a decent laptop if you consider its current price. For around $400, you will get a machine with 6th generation i5-6200u processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. The main drawback of this laptop is that it comes with low memory and has standard 1366 X 768 pixels display panel. Generally people, who are looking to buy i5-powered laptop, have more expectations from the device than just regular computing.  Some of them look for smooth performance while performing photo and video editing or small 3D rendering while others want performance for latest PC gaming. 4GB RAM is low for such tasks, especially when it comes to media editing. Again, memory is not user accessible so if you want to expand memory by yourself it may lead warranty violation. So it is better to buy a laptop with 8GB RAM if you are looking to work with media editing job. However, for regular computing, 4GB Ram is good enough. Also, a full HD display is expected when it comes to HD media editing. In such case, you can consider HP 15-ay011nr which comes with same Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD and a full HD anti-glare display panel.  HP ay011nr also comes with Wireless ac and Bluetooth connectivity which is missing in HP X0S24UA#ABA. As the laptops are part of HP’s ay000 series, rest of the features are almost similar in both models. HP X0S24UA#ABA comes with CD/DVD burner and has a VGA webcam. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of  HP 15-ay012dx or HP X0S24UA#ABA.

HP X0S24UA#ABA is installed with Intel core i5-6200u processor which is a 6th generation Intel core processor. It has two cores, each operating with 2.3GHz of base frequency, and the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz if system needs. It has 3MB of L3 cache. Model: X0S24UA#ABA comes with integrated HD 520 graphics which supports almost all latest games but not all games are playable at highest settings. For instance, you need to turn down the settings for playing GTA V, XCOM 2 or similar games.

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If you are a gaming enthusiast and looking for a solid gaming laptop at budget price then you can consider Acer 575G as an alternative. It comes with same Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 VRAM. Note that it comes with faster memory, powerful discrete graphics and faster storage solution. NVIDIA graphics not only boosts the gaming performance but also helps in media editing jobs. SSDs offer low latency, enabling faster access to your data and a more responsive computer, than a standard HDD.

Back to HP X0S24UA#ABA, it is preinstalled with 4GB RAM and there is only one memory slot. Memory is not user upgradable either. The 1TB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed and comes preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64 bits operating system. It doesn’t come with Full Version Microsoft Office 365.

HP X0S24UA#ABA comes with non-touch display and offers resolution of 1366 X 768p which can support up to 720p video playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI, you can watch 1080p content on a compatible TV or monitor. However, you need to buy HDMI cable separately for this purpose. Else, you can buy HP 15-ay011nr which comes with Full HD display and watch full HD content at full HD resolution on the laptop’s display itself.

Besides HDMI, HP X0S24UA#ABA comes with 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It has multiformat SD card reader. Wireless Network connectivity is supported by  802.11 b/g/n. Bluetooth connectivity is not available.

According to the manufacturer, 3-cell 31 WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup which depends upon usage.

Final thoughts

You can consider HP X0S24UA#ABA if you are on a tight budget and want a laptop that offers some performance for high end tasks alongside day-to-day computing. The laptop falls short of expectations due to its of configuration of 4GB RAM, 1366 X 768pixel display panel , no wireless ac and Bluetooth connectivity. As an alternative, you can consider HP 15-ay011nr which comes with full HD display panel, 8GB RAM and Wireless ac as well as Bluetooth connectivity.

HP M3-u001dx 13.3″ 2-in 1 laptop

If you are looking for a mid-size 2-in-1 laptop that can increase your day to day computing productivity then you can consider HP M3-u001dx x360 2-in-1 13.3″ Touch-Screen Laptop . It has 360 degree hinge which means you can use it in multiple modes such as laptop, audience, tabletop, presentation and tablet mode. However, the display can’t be detached from the base. HP Pavilion x360 M3-u001dx is installed with 6th generation Intel core i3-6100u processor, 6GB RAM and comes with standard touchscreen display which supports 1366 X 768 resolution. Unfortunately, it offers 500GB of standard 5400rpm hard drive rather than a Solid State Drive. Basically this laptop is designed for home and office usage and not for processor demanding tasks like video editing, high end PC gaming and 3D rendering.  You can run MS office programs, browse web, watch videos and email/Skype easily on this laptop. You can do some entry level photo editing as well but it is not suitable for editing large HD video files. If you need to work extensively with photo and video editing software or want to play latest PC games then Dell Inspiron 13 i7359-8408SLV would be a better option. Though it costs you more, it comes packed with plenty of features. Dell Inspiron 13 i7359-8408SLV comes with Intel core i7-6500u processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has Full HD display panel, backlit keyboard and includes stylus with integrated holder. HP M3 u001 dx, on the other hand, comes with standard display and non-backlit keyboard. Both the laptops, however, don’t offer optical drive. But you can always buy an external USB based DVD drive. Here is a brief review about Model: M3-u001dx

HP M3-u001dx is powered by Intel core i3-6100u processor which operates with 2.3GHz. Unlike i7-6500u, the clock speed of i3-6100u can’t be increased further. It has 3MB of cache memory. For basic computing, the processor offers enough performance. The processor comes with Intel HD 520 integrated graphics. The performance of this integrated graphics is comparable with any low end discrete graphics card. But with a low end processor, like i3-6100u, the graphics can’t perform to its full extent. If you want to play games like Minecraft and do some HD photo and video editing but can’t afford a high end laptop, then HP Pavilion 13-s128nr could be a good choice. It comes with Intel core i5-6200u processor which operates with same base frequency but the clock speed can rise up to 2.8GHz, if system demands. It has 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. Since solid state drives are faster compared to standard HDD, you can do small 3D rendering job as well. Moreover, you are getting full HD display panel with Pavilion 13-s128nr while Model:  M3-u001dx offers standard 1366 X 768 pixels resolution display.

HP Pavilion M3-u001dx comes with 6 GB SDRAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. There are two memory slots and both are populated. It comes with 500 GB 5400 rpm SATA hard drive, preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64bit OS. This laptop comes with a 30-day trial subscription to Office 365. After trial period ends, you can renew the program.

The 13.3″ diagonal HD IPS UWVA WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass display offers max resolution of 1366 x 768p which means it can support 720p video playback but can’t display Full HD or 1080p content.  With the help of HDMI, you can watch Full HD videos on compatible external display or HDTV.

Ports and connectivity features of the laptop include 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45, 1 headphone/microphone combo and 1 multi-format SD media card reader. Wireless Network connectivity is supported by Intel 802.11ac (1×1) and Bluetooth® 4.0.

3 cell lithium ion 41whr battery offers backup up to 5 hours approx., depending upon usage.

Final thoughts

HP Pavilion M3-u001 dx 2-in-1 laptop is a decent choice for those who are looking for a convertible laptop for home computing. As this laptop is powered by entry level core i3-6100u processor, you won’t get fast performance for high end jobs like photo/video editing and video encoding. You can also consider HP Pavilion 13-s128nr which is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. The configuration offers you faster processor, more memory and a faster hard drive. It also has Full HD display which makes watching videos and gaming a pleasant experience. Little extra that you pay for this laptop is justified by the features it offers.

Asus Q304UA-BBI5T10

Asus Q304UA-BBI5T10 is a solidly built 13.3” 2-in-1 laptop designed for those who are looking for a machine that can be used as a laptop as well as a tablet. However, you can’t detach the display from its base. It comes with 360 degree hinge so you can flip the display completely backwards. The configuration of this 2-in-1 laptop includes Intel core i5-6200u processor, 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It has a Full HD touch screen display. Some buyers might get disappointed as the laptop does not offer solid state drive. You can compare Asus Q304UA-BBI5T10 with HP Pavilion 13-s128nr laptop which comes with same i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. It also has Full HD display but it doesn’t come with backlit keyboard which you can find in Asus Q304UA-BBI5T10 Model. Both the laptops accomplish day to day tasks like working with office suite, web browsing, skype/emailing and streaming videos smoothly. The laptops also support photo and video editing, video encoding and decoding etc. When it comes to PC gaming, you can play low end games like Minecraft and TF2 but games like the Witcher 3 wild hunt and XCOM 2 will run in low details and settings, with very low fps. None of the laptops come with CD/DVD drive. However, most of the 2-in-1 laptops lack optical drive. As a workaround, you can use USB based external CD/DVD drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Asus Q304UA-BBI5T10.

Asus Q304UA BBI5T10 is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor which is a 6th generation/Skylake processor. It has two cores, each core operates with 2.3GHz, and the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz on system demand. Intel core i5-6200u is one of the most popular processors of 2016 as it can do little bit of everything. Other hardware components also impact performance of a laptop to a great extent. For instance, if the laptop has Solid State Drive installed, it will enable faster loading. A discrete graphics will help boosting gaming performance as it uses its own memory and not the system memory. However, Asus  Q304UA BBI5T10 comes with integrated Intel HD 520 graphics, which supports casual gaming.  If you can spend a little more, you can get much powerful Dell Inspiron i7359-8404SLV laptop which is a premium laptop and has aluminum chassis. It is powered by 6th generation i7-6500u processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive.  The laptop offers Full HD touchscreen display and also has backlit keyboard. Additionally, you will get passive stylus with this Dell Inspiron. The laptop, however, comes with same integrated Intel HD 520 graphics but you get more powerful processor, more memory and a Solid State Drive. Solid State Drive offers low latency, enabling faster access to your data and a more responsive  than a standard HDD.

Asus  Q304UA-BBI5T10 comes with 6GB DDR3L SDRAM which is expandable up to 12GB.  1TB hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 10 64 bit operating system. It doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office and you need to buy it separately, if required.

Ports and connectivity features include 3 USB 3.0 ports with backward compatibly, HDMI output and a SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by Wireless Ac and Bluetooth.  It offers long battery life.

Final thoughts

Asus  Q304UA-BBI5T10 is a decent touchscreen 2 in-1 laptop. But it comes with 5400rpm hard drive which may disappoint some buyers especially students and office users. Alternatively, you can take a look at Dell Inspiron i7359-8404SLV which comes with i7-6500u processor, 256GB Solid State drive and 8GB RAM. You may have to pay little extra but it is worth its price.

Lenovo 110-15IBR 80T7000HUS

Lenovo 110-15IBR 80T7000HUS is a pretty basic laptop for those who want to do basic computing on the machine. For instance, you can use this laptop for typing documents, watching videos, making skype calls and emailing etc. It also supports audio video encoding and decoding along with editing small photo but you won’t get fast performance while doing such tasks. The laptop comes with Intel Celeron N3060 processor which is a basic processor. It has two cores clocked at base speed of 1.6GHz. Again, it comes with 2MB of L2 cache which is very low. If you are concerned about audacity, Lenovo 80T7000HUS laptop is not suitable for long duration of audio/video sessions, say for an hour or more of audio or multiple shorter tracks. If you are on budget and looking for a decent laptop, you can consider 6th generation i3-6100u equipped laptop like Dell Inspiron i5559-1348SLV which supports much wider range of tasks. It offer enough performance for office computing, supports casual gaming and small video editing as well. The i3-6100u processor operates with higher base frequency of 2.3GHz.

Though i3-6100u is a dual core processor, it supports hyper-threading technology which means two cores can work as 4 virtual cores.  It comes with 3MB of L3 graphics and the integrated 520 graphics offer much better performance over Intel HD 400. You can play games like Sims 4 and Fifa 16 smoothly on this machine. You can also play GTA V in low resolution and settings.  Lenovo 110-15IBR 80T7000HUS is not a touchscreen laptop while Dell Inspiron i5559-1348SLV is touchscreen enabled and also offers 4GB RAM and 500GB storage.  Moreover, this Dell laptop comes with Intel Realsense 3D camera which is missing in Lenovo 110-15IBR 80T7000HUS. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of the Lenovo laptop.

Intel Celeron N3060 processor is an entry level processor from Intel’s Braswell family. It operates with low base frequency of 1.6GHz and, on system demand, the frequency can rise up to 2.48GHz. It is not integrated with Hyperthreading technology which means two cores can handle only two threads at a time. On the other hand, core i3-6100u processor can handle 4 threads at a time.

Lenovo 80T7000HUS comes with Intel HD 400 graphics, which is integrated graphics, and is part of the processor. You can’t upgrade processor/graphics.  The graphics supports DirectX 11.2. It has 12 execution units while Intel HD 520 has 24 execution units.

The laptop is installed with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM which is not expandable further. On the other hand, you can expand memory up to 16GB in Dell i5559-1348SLV. It comes with 500GB hard drive which spins at 5400rpm speed. If you are looking for a Solid State Drive equipped laptop, with in similar price range, then you can consider Dell Inspiron i3552-8040BLK which has more powerful Intel Pentium N3700 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB Solid state Drive. Please note that Intel Pentium N3700 has four cores. It also operates with base frequency of 1.6GHz but you can expect better multitasking ability since it has four cores.

Lenovo 80T7000HUS comes with non-touch display and offers resolution of 1366 X 768p which can support up to 720p video playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI, you can watch 1080p content on a compatible TV or monitor. However, you need to buy HDMI cable separately.

Ports and connectivity features in Lenovo 110-15IBR 80T7000HUS include 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 x HDMI™1 x RJ45 Ethernet, 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC and MMC. It comes with 0.3MP (VGA) webcam with Microphone. However, Dell i5559-1348SLV comes with Intel realsense 3D webcam and is a touchscreen laptop.

24whr battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup.

Final thoughts

No doubt Lenovo 110-15IBR 80T7000HUS is an inexpensive laptop but you need to make compromise with performance. Basically, you get what you pay for.  For basic computing, it is a decent inexpensive option. You can opt for Dell i5559-1348SLV if you want to complete day to day tasks without interruption. Moreover, this Dell laptop comes with touch interface while Lenovo 110-15IBR 80T7000HUS is a non-touch laptop.

Lenovo IdeaPad 300 80Q70020US

Powered by Intel core i7-6500u processor and 8GB DDR3 RAM, Lenovo IdeaPad 300 80Q70020US offers robust performance for regular computing tasks and also supports media editing along with audio/video transcoding jobs. It runs almost all high end PC games but all games are not playable in highest settings. Unlike Quad core i7-6700HQ processor, core i7-6500u has only 2 cores.  This laptop is not suitable if you are considering it for Adobe photoshop or other photo and video editing programs. Lenovo 80Q70020US comes with standard 1366 X 768 resolution TN screen which can support upto 720p playback but will not  be able to display l 1080p content.  A full HD display is more suitable for photo/video editing. Another drawback is that this laptop is not touchscreen enabled. You may also consider HP Pavilion 15.6″ Flagship Laptop which is powered by 6th generation Intel core i7-6700HQ processor. This processor has 4 cores and it operates with higher clock speed compared to Intel core i7-6500u. Again, the HP laptop is a touchscreen laptop and offers full HD( 1920 X 1080)p resolution.

Core i7-6500u operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and, with Turbo-boost technology, the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. It has 4MB of smartcache. On the other hand, Intel core i7-6700HQ operates with base frequency of 2.6GHz and frequency can boost up to 3.5GHz. It has 6MB of smart cache. More cache memory is preferable since frequently used data is stored here. Thus, larger cache size may lead to improved performance. Both processors are hyperthreading enabled which means each core can handle two threads at a time. Thus, i7-6700HQ can handle more threads compared to Intel core i7-6500u. So, HP Pavilion powered with i7-6700HQ would be a is better option if you want to work with media editing jobs and play latest games as well. Though HP laptop cost you more yet it is worth buying as you are getting get high end processor, full HD display and touchscreen interface.

However, none of these laptops come with dedicated graphics.  Intel HD 520 integrated graphics can handle most of the latest games but not all games are playable in highest settings. IdeaPad 300-15ISK 80Q70020US Notebook is not a gaming laptop or notebook.  If you are looking for a budget gaming laptop then Acer E5-575G-76YK is a more suitable option. It is powered by i7-6500u processor and 8GB DDR4 RAM but comes with NVIDIA GeForce 940MX dedicated graphics with 2GB Video RAM. This NVIDIA graphics not only boost up gaming performance but also aids in media editing jobs. Lenovo IdeaPad 300 80Q70020US comes with DDR3 RAM which is slower than DDR4 RAM. Moreover, this Acer laptop comes with 256GB of Solid State Drive instead of standard hard drive which also helps in boosting the performance of the laptop. It has Full HD display and comes with backlit keyboard.

IdeaPad 300 80Q70020US doesn’t come with backlit keyboard. It has standard 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. Note that Solid State Drives are much faster than standard hard drive. It doesn’t come with full Version MS office and you need to buy it separately, if required.

Ports and connectivity features of the laptop include 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA 15-pin D-sub. 4-in-1 card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC) and audio combo jack. It comes with CD/DVD drive as well. Wired networking is connected by Gigabit Ethernet and Wireless connectivity is supported by Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.0

Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15ISK 80Q70020US comes with  4 cell lithium battery which offers up to 4 hours of battery backup on single charge.

Final thoughts

Lenovo Laptop IdeaPad 300 80Q70020US is a decent laptop which can do little bit of everything. It is zippy enough for office tasks and home usage. It comes with low resolution display and those who are planning to buy it for watching videos and movies or editing photo and video might be disappointed. Alternatively, you can buy HP Pavilion 15.6″ Flagship Laptop which has Full HD touchscreen display and better quad core processor which is much powerful compared to core i7-6500 processor coming with Lenovo 80Q70020US laptop.

Dell Inspiron I3558-5500BLK

Dell Inspiron I3558-5500BLK is pretty much a budget laptop. It is not a touchscreen laptop and incorporates 5th generation Intel core i3-5015u processor which operates with 2.1GHz. The laptop is suitable for home users, students and such users who don’t need to work with Adobe Photoshop and other media editing programs. Basically, it can do day-to-day tasks like processing documents and spreadsheets, creating presentation, emailing/skype, watching videos and movies etc . You can also do entry level photo editing, download itunes and encode/decode media. However, you won’t get fast performance for such task. Model: I3558-5500BLK doesn’t come with Intel real sense camera and it is not a touchscreen laptop.  You can compare the laptop with Dell Inspiron i5559-1747SLV which is also a budget touchscreen laptop.  Inspiron i5559-1747SLV is powered by more powerful 6th generation Intel core i3-6100u processor which operates at higher frequency of 2.3GHz. It comes with 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It also offers Intel real sense 3D camera. Both the laptops run on Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system and come with CD/DVD burner.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Dell Inspiron I3558-5500BLK.

Dell I3558 5500BLK gets it’s processing power from Intel core i3-5015u which is a 5th generation Intel core processor. It operates with fixed frequency of 2.1 GHz that means the processor can’t be overclocked. It has 2 cores and, with the help of  hyperthreading technology , each core can handle 4 threads at a time. Dell I3558 5500BLK comes with integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics which is part of the processor and uses system RAM.  This laptop is not suitable for gaming enthusiasts. However, low end games like Fifa 16 can be played in low to medium details and setting.  If you are exclusively looking for a budget gaming laptop then you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG which comes with more powerful 6th generation Intel core i5-6200u processor, NVIDIA Geforce  940MX with 2GB DDR5 VRAM.  It also offers 8GB DDR4 RAM while Dell I3558-5500BLK comes with 4GB DDR3 RAM. DDR4 memory is faster than DDR3 RAM.  This Dell laptop doesn’t offer Solid State Drive. As you know, Solid state Drives are much faster than traditional hard drive and have a great impact on performance of the laptop.  Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG comes with 256GB Solid State Drive and Full HD display (1920 X 1080p) while Dell Inspiron I3558-5500BLK doesn’t come with full HD display.  Dell model offers standard 1366 X 768p display which supports resolution up to 720p only.

Model: I3558-5500BLK offers 4GB dual channel DDR3L RAM and the memory is upgradable up to 8GB. On the other hand, Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG supports up to 32GB memory. So if you need to work with photo/ video editing and gaming, Acer will be a more suitable option. Moreover, this Acer laptop comes with backlit keyboard while Dell comes with non-backlit keyboard.

When it comes to preloaded software, none of the laptops mentioned above come with full version of Microsoft Office and you need to buy it separately.

Dell Inspiron I3558-5500BLK comes with standard Ports and connectivity features which include One RJ45 port, One USB 3.0 port, Two USB 2.0 ports, One HDMI port, One headphone and microphone combo (headset) port. As this Dell laptop is a budget laptop, you can’t expect USB Type- C port. However, Aspire E5-575G-53VG comes with USB Type- C port.

Network connectivity is supported by Wireless AC with backward compatibility and Bluetooth. Wired Connectivity is supported by 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN

The 4 cell battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, however, it depends upon usage as well.

Final thoughts

If you are on budget and looking for a laptop that can smoothly accomplish day to day tasks, you can consider Dell Inspiron I3558-5500BLK. However, if you want to play latest games or want to edit HD photos and videos, then Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG is a more suitable option. Considering the current price, it is worth the money.

HP 15-BA079DX laptop

HP has introduced AMD’s latest Bristol Ridge processor, AMD A10-9600p, to its 15-BA079DX laptop.  This accelerated processor or APU has 4 cores and each core operates with 2.4GHz. On system demand, the frequency of the cores can rise up to 3.3GHz.  Performance of the APU can be compared with 6th generation Intel core i5-6200u processor. In spite of addition of the latest AMD processor, there are few drawbacks with HP 15-BA079DX.  Even though AMD A10-9600p supports DDR4 memory, HP 15-BA079DX comes with 6GB DDR3L 1600Mhz memory which fails to take advantage of the processor’s feature. It impacts the performance of the laptop greatly. Again, instead of Solid State Drive, the laptop comes with 1TB of standard hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. Solid State Drives are much faster than standard hard drive.  The laptop display comes with standard resolution of 1366 X 768p. HP 15-BA079DX comes with integrated Radeon R5 graphics. With 6GB memory, you can play low end games like Fifa 16, in low to medium details and settings, along with day to day computing tasks. High end games like Far Cry Primal will barely run on this laptop. This laptop is not appropriate for AutoCAD and similar applications. There are, however, plenty of budget gaming laptops available which not only support high end gaming but also boost the performance of media editing.

For instance, Acer Aspire E 15 575G, comes with Intel core i5-6200u processor and offers 8GB DDR4 memory which is faster than DDR3 memory. The graphics is processed by discrete NVIDIA 940MX card which has 2GB Video memory.  The laptop comes with 256GB Solid State Drive. It also supports Full HD display (1920 X 1080p) while HP 15-BA079DX supports only 1366 X 768p display. Acer model supports wireless ac and Bluetooth while both the features are missing in HP laptop. This Acer laptop comes with backlit keyboard which is missing in HP laptop. However, HP 15-BA079DX is a touchscreen laptop while Acer E 15 575G is not a touchscreen laptop. Still, Acer laptop gives you value for money if you are looking for a budget laptop that supports gaming, media editing and small 3D designing. However, don’t expect to run high end games, at higher detail and setting, on this laptop.

AMD A10-9600p has four cores and max TDP of the processor is 15W. The processor is integrated with AMD Radeon R5 graphics which uses system memory. It doesn’t have separate video memory. 1TB hard drive in the laptop is preinstalled with Windows 10 home operating system. HP 15-BA079DX comes with 6GB RAM arranged in two slots and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. Both the memory slots are occupied (4GB + 2GB). It doesn’t come with full Version of MS office and you need to purchase the license separately. The laptop is suitable for most of day to day tasks like typing documents, number crunching, creating presentation, surfing the web, watching videos, emailing and skype etc. You can do some photo and video editing as well. However, a full HD laptop is more suitable for watching videos and other media jobs.

You can also consider Dell Inspiron 15 i5559-4682SLV Full HD touchscreen Signature Edition Laptop which comes with 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. The laptop is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor and comes with touchscreen HD display (1920 X 1080p). It also offers Intel real sense 3D camera and wireless ac, features which are missing in HP laptop. Again, this Dell laptop comes with backlit keyboard while HP 15-BA079DX comes with non-backlit keyboard.

HP 15-BA079DX offers standard number of ports and connectivity feature which include 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. It has micro-SD slot. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and wireless 802.11 b/g/n. It has a DVD burner. The 3-cell, 31 Wh Li-ion battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup which depends upon usage.

HP 15-ba013cl Touchscreen Laptop

HP 15-ba013cl Touchscreen Laptop is an AMD based entry level laptop. Just because it is powered by AMD A8-7410 quad core processor, you can’t expect it to perform resource demanding jobs like Adobe Photoshop and similar other programs. However, for basic usage, it offers decent performance. For instance, you can work with word, excel, PowerPoint or similar application, surf the web, watch movies/videos on Netflix and youtube. You can also play browser based and low end games. On this laptop, you can do some entry level photo editing as well. HP 15-ba013cl comes with 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive.  8GB memory is enough for basic computing.  However, those who are looking for a system with more memory, can consider HP ProBook 455 G3 which comes more powerful AMD A10-8700p quad core accelerated processor, 16GB RAM and 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. Both the models are priced almost similar but these are not touchscreen laptops. Both the laptop runs Windows 10 home, which is preinstalled on the hard drive, come with inbuilt optical drive and have webcam.

The downside of HP 15-ba013cl is that it doesn’t come with Solid State Drive which is much faster than a conventional hard drive. If you want a faster drive, you can consider Asus X555DA-AS11 which comes with AMD A10-8700p processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. Again, this Asus laptop is not a touchscreen laptop.

As mentioned earlier, HP 15 ba013cl is powered by AMD A8-7410 accelerated processor which has four cores. Each core operates with 2.2 GHz frequency and some of the cores can turboboost upto 2.5GHz. It comes with Radeon R5 integrated graphics which is the only graphics option for this machine. You can’t upgrade graphics in this laptop.  AMD A10-8700p operates with low base frequency of 1.8GHz but its turbo frequency is much higher than AMD A8-7410. The frequency of AMD A10-8700p can rise up to 3.2GHz. Single threaded applications get benefitted from higher frequency of a core. However, both accelerated processors are not suitable for high end gaming.

For gaming, you can consider Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop which is a budget gaming laptop and comes with attractive hardware specifications for its price. It has solid quad core Intel processor (i5-6300HQ) which operates with base frequency of 2.3GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.2GHz. It comes with NVIDIA Geforce GTX  960M  graphics with 4GB DDR5 video memory. Additionally, it comes with 8GB system RAM and 256GB SSD. Display of this Dell laptop supports full HD resolution while HP 15-ba013 comes with standard 1366 X768p display which can stream content in 720p resolution but not in 1080p. If you are an avid video watcher, you will love to watch videos in full HD environment. You can use the Dell laptop for photo and video editing as well.  The laptop has two storage slots and you can easily expand storage. The m.2 is occupied with a 256GB SSD while the SATA bay is empty and can accommodate 2.5” HDD or 2.5”SSD. The downside of this Dell laptop is that it is not a touchscreen laptop and lacks CD/DVD drive.

None of the laptops discussed above come with full version of Microsoft Office and you need to buy it separately.

Back to HP 15-ba013cl, the laptop comes with standard ports and connectivity features which include 1 HDMI, 1 headphone/microphone combo,  2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 RJ-45 and SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by Wireless ac and Integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN.

3 cell 31whr lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, however, it depends upon usage.

The keyboard of HP 15-ba013cl is not a backlit one. If you are looking for a similar laptop with backlit keyboard then Dell Inspiron 15 i5555-2866SLV could be a good alternative. It has a touchscreen laptop and comes with AMD A10-8700p processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. The price is similar but you won’t get wireless ac.