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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)

HP 15-g059wm

HP 15-g059wm is a touchscreen laptop that offers plenty of value for money, especially if you consider its listing price which is just under $450 plus taxes. It has a good APU for everyday task, decent storage option and a good touchscreen. However, when it comes to memory, it offers only 4GB memory which is pretty standard nowadays; which you can find even in a $250 laptop. Also, there is nothing new about built-in ports coming with the laptop. Like other budget laptops, it also offers USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, but its battery life is relatively long. This HP 15.6″ Touch 15-g059wm Laptop PC is good for home users and students and even business users, who are looking for something inexpensive that can handle workload of both office and home. With this laptop, you can make presentations, compress large files, convert PDFs, and do some media encoding and editing jobs alongside typing docs, web browsing and video calling. When it comes to gaming, you can play games like Dota 2, Dead space 3, Minecraft, Tomb Raider etc in low to medium resolution and settings, but it will struggle if you want to play games like Thief, NFS Rivals and Watch Dogs. If you need a more powerful budget machine (around $500) Acer Aspire V3-572P-540V touchscreen is a good option which comes with i5 processor,8GB memory ,1TB hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth. It can do little bit of everything, you can edit personal photo and video; do some 2D designing, work with Blender along with casual gaming. However, HP 15 g059wm comes with DVD burner which is missing in Acer. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15.6″ Touch 15-g059wm.

Specifications and performance of HP 15.6″ Touch 15-g059wm.

HP 15-g059wm is powered By AMD A8-6410 APU which is a quad core processor. Each core operates with 2 -2.4GHz frequency. It comes with 2MB of L2 cache. The APU supports entry level photo editing, media encoding and can stream videos smoothly. However, it is not good for Adobe Photoshop CS6, Solidworks and Inventor, especially, if you want to work at pro level. However, it can stream internet videos smoothly. The laptop comes with AMD Radeon R5 graphics which can run low end games smoothly. If you need an affordable gaming laptop, Acer Aspire E5-571G-38VF could be a good choice which comes with i5 processor and NVIDIA Geforce GT 820M graphics with 1GB dedicated video memory. Currently it is available at just under $500.

HP 15-g059wm comes with 4GB RAM in single DIMM and is installed with 750GB hard drive. Speed of the hard drive is 5400 rpm. Most of the budget laptops are devoid of hybrid drive or SSD. Some of the budget Asus laptops come with Hybrid drive though. For instance, ASUS VivoBook S500CA-SI30401U Touchscreen ultrabook comes with 500GB hard drive plus 24GB SSD cache.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD display of HP 15-g059wm comes with 1366 X 768 pixel resolution which supports playback of 720p but not 1080p. But the laptop is capable of streaming full HD content on external displays or HDTV.

When it comes to ports and connectivity, the laptop offers 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, 1  RJ-45 Ethernet port and 1 HDMI port . Network connectivity is supported by fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi. No Bluetooth connectivity and Wireless-AC available with this model

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

Pros of HP 15.6″ Touch 15-g059wm Laptop PC

Inexpensive general purpose touch screen laptop

Good amount of storage

Cons of HP 15.6″ Touch 15-g059wm Laptop PC:

No Bluetooth

Only 4GB memory

HP Pavilion Touchsmart 17-e155nr

HP Pavilion Touchsmart 17-e155nr is a big laptop with a 17.3in screen and shouldn’t be considered everyday mobile solution; instead, you can take it as a desktop replacement laptop. Powered by AMD A4-5000 quad core processor, you can do all the tasks which you can expect from your home PC. However, it is not suitable for CPU or GPU intensive tasks like working with Adobe Photoshop CS6, AutoCAD, Revit Inventor etc. or for playing latest 3D games.  But it would be a good choice for web browsing, Watching videos, casual gaming or for basic office tasks.  HP 17-e155nr offers average battery life. It is a touch screen laptop with 4GB memory and 750GB hard drive. For a price of $450, the laptop comes with reasonable specifications. This laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system and comes with DVD burner, USB 3.0 and HDMI port. If you need more processing power, without sacrificing budget, you can consider Lenovo B590 i5 laptop which is not a touchscreen laptop but comes with Windows 7 operating system and has 6GB RAM. Thus you can do photo and video editing, 2D models and light 3D modelling etc. You can also play latest games but high end games wouldn’t max out in this machine. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion Touchsmart  17-e155nr.

HP Pavilion Touchsmart 17-e155nr specification and performance

As mentioned earlier, HP Pavilion Touchsmart 17-e155nr is powered by AMD quad core A4-5000 processor. Each core of the processor operates with 1.5GHz frequency. It is comparable with third generation Intel core i3-3217u processor but when it comes to single threaded applications, Intel core i3 is ahead of A4-5000 processor.  HP 17-e155nr is capable of media encoding but you won’t get decent performance for the task. When it comes to gaming, you can play Dota 2, WOW, Diablo III, Tomb Raider, Dead space 3, Bioshock infinite in low to medium details and setting. It is not a gaming laptop and comes with integrated AMD Radeon HD 8330 graphics which uses system memory. If you look around carefully, you can get a good gaming laptop with dedicated gaming graphics at a very reasonable price though. For instance, Acer Aspire E5-471G-527B is one such laptop which comes with i5 processor and NVIDIA Geforce GT 820M graphics with 2 GB dedicated video memory.

HP Pavilion Touchsmart 17-e155nr comes with 4GB RAM (PC3-12800) and the memory is upgradable up to 8GB. It is installed with 750GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed.

The 17.3” touchscreen display of HP 17-e155nr offers max resolution of 1600 X 900 which means it can support up to 900p playback which is almost close to 1080p. However, the processor is capable of streaming HD content on external display as well.

It comes with good number of ports which include 2 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 Ethernet, SD card reader and DVD burner. The network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n .

The battery life is average. It offers 4.25 hours of battery backup

Pros of HP Pavilion Touchsmart 17-e155nr

Affordable touch screen laptop for regular use

750GB hard drive

Cons of HP Pavilion Touchsmart 17-e155nr

Quite heavy for its size

HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-p051us

Though HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-p051us is little heavy (5.62lbs), considering its 15.6” form factor, HP’s latest bargain laptop is solid but simple product. Powered by AMD Quad core A10-5745M APU, it not only offers smooth performance for day to day computing but also offers performance for gaming and other CPU intensive task like photo and video editing and encoding. However, not all latest game will max out in this machine; you can still play lots of games. It has 8GB of memory and 750GB 5400RPM hard drive. There are certain disadvantages with this laptop as well, for instance it doesn’t come with Full HD display and has average battery life. Also, there is no backlighting for keyboard. HP didn’t work on the exterior as well. HP 15-p051us laptop comes in plastic casing with brushed looks but for a price of $580 we can easily ignore such features. Pavilion 15-p051us comes with Bluetooth connectivity. However, when it comes to Wired connectivity, it doesn’t offer Gigabit Ethernet.  Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E1-572P-6403 touch screen laptop which comes with i5-4200u, is light in weight and comes with Gigabit Ethernet. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-p051us

Specifications and Performance of HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-p051us

AMD Quad core A10-5745M operates with base frequency of 2.1GHz and, due to turbocore technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.9GHz. It comes with AMD Radeon HD 8610G graphics which uses system memory. You can run almost all latest games including Grid Autosport, The Elder Scrolls Online, COD Ghosts and Titanfall but not all games are playable in high resolution and details. You can play games like Minecraft, Sims 4 on this machine. HP 15-p051us can stream internet videos smoothly.

HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-p051us comes with 8GB RAM which is also the maximum amount of memory supported by it.  It comes with 750GB 5400rpm hard drive. Windows 8.1 OS is preloaded on the hard drive.

The 15.6” touchscreen display of the HP TouchSmart 15-p051us offers maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 which means it can support up to 720p but not 1080p content. But it is capable of displaying contents on external devices thus you can watch full HD content on a HDTV. However, if you are ready to a spend few extra bucks, you can  take a look at  Acer V5-573P-9899 which comes with Intel core i7 processor, full HD IPS display panel and 6GB memory.

The laptop comes with all necessary ports and connectivity options. It comes with 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Ethernet, SD card reader and DVD burner. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi and Bluetooth.

4 cell 41whr battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup.

Pros of 15-p051us

8GB memory

750GB hard drive

Bluetooth

Cons of 15-p051us

No gigabit Ethernet

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-571-563B 15.6″ Midnight Black Laptop

Acer 15.6″ Aspire E 15 E5-571-563B Laptop comes with decent configuration for a price of $500. It can do a little bit of everything which include CPU intensive tasks like photo editing, small video editing, installing iTunes, converting video formats, watching videos, casual gaming alongside typing documents and browsing web. Acer E5-571-563B comes with 6GB memory and 1TB hard drive. It comes with decent battery life and has DVD burner. Weighing around 5.51lbs, the laptop is slightly heavy considering its size. Another drawback of this laptop is that it is not a touch screen laptop and is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system. So you need some time to get used to it. If you are looking for similar laptop with touch screen, you can consider Acer Aspire V3-572P-540V which comes with 8GB memory, core i5-4210u processor and 1TB hard drive. However, both the laptops are not suitable for professional grade 3D Modelling/Rendering jobs. Intel core i5-4210u is a ULV processor and operates with relatively slow clockspeed but casual gaming is possible in these laptops. E5-571-563B supports games like Fifa 14, Dota 2, Team fortress 2 and Sims 4. Here is a brief review about Acer E 15 E5-571-563B.

Acer  E5-571-563B specification and performance

Acer 15.6″ Aspire E 15 E5-571-563B is driven by Intel core i5-4210u processor which works with base clockspeed of 1.7GHz. The processor supports turboboost technology and is hyperthreading enabled thus two cores can process 4 threads at a time. It offers decent speed for Microsoft office (not included) applications, watching video, video calls and listening music. Even it offers fast performance for media transcoding job. Model E5-571-563B comes with Integrated HD 4400 graphics which uses system memory and runs low end games like fifa 14, Dota 2, Grid 2 and GRID: Autosport etc. You can play Minecraft but can’t use it for serious 3D gaming like Watch Dogs, Thief etc. If you want affordable gaming laptop you can take a look at Acer Aspire V3-572PG-50X5 touchscreen gaming laptop which is quite affordable and comes with  NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics with 2GB dedicated memory.

Aspire E 15 E5-571-563B is installed with 6GB memory which can be expanded up to 16GB. However, upgrading memory is not an easy task. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. There is no SSD or hybrid drive available with this laptop. The laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system.

Acer 15.6″ Aspire E 15 E5-571-563B comes with 15.6” display which offers 1366 X 768 pixel resolution which supports up to 720p HD playback. You can connect the laptop with full HD TV or monitor to watch full HD content. It uses Chiclet style keyboard which is comfortable for long typing session. Unfortunately, this model doesn’t include backlit keyboard. It comes with HD webcam (720p)

Ports and connectivity features include 1  USB 3.0 port, 2  USB 2.0 ports, 1  combo audio jack, 1  RJ-45 Ethernet, 1  HDMI port and 1  VGA port. Network connectivity includes Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth and Wireless –N. Wireless-ac is not available with this machine.

The 6-cell lithium Ion (Li-Ion), 2500 mAh offers up to 7 hours of battery life.

Pros of Acer 15.6″ Aspire E 15 E5-571-563B

Decent laptop at affordable price

1TB hard drive

Cons of  Aspire E 15 E5-571-563B

No backlit keyboard

Final thoughts

There’s no doubt that model E5-571-563B is yet another good laptop from Acer.  It is an inexpensive all-purpose laptop, has a decent design and feature-set but it is non touchscreen laptop and comes with Windows 8.1 whereas Windows 8 goes well with touch interface. In that case you can consider Acer Aspire V3-572P-540V.

HP 15-f059wm Black 15.6″ laptop

HP Black 15-f059wm 15.6″ Laptop comes with basic configuration and run-of-the-mill features. This laptop is a budget model intended for users who are looking for a machine under $300 that can deliver performance for jobs like processing word docs, web surfing, video calls and even manage to run music and video files. HP 15-f059wm doesn’t support latest PC games, even at low resolutions and setting, but it can run quite a few browser games and some older PC games like WOW and StarCraft II, in low to medium details and settings. It has Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor which operates with 2.16 GHz -2.41 GHz frequency range and is integrated with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. A 2GHz dual Celeron processor is much slower than 1.9GHz Intel core i3 dual core processor, due to architectural reasons. You won’t get performance like core i3 laptop but HP 15-f059wm could still be a decent choice for basic computing. This is not a touchscreen laptop. If you need decent speed for streaming HD videos or want entry level photo editing and media encoding tasks, you can take a look at Dell Inspiron i3542-6000BK Windows 7 laptop. However, it will not offer blazing fast performance for media editing or encoding tasks.

HP 15-f059wm specification and performance 

Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor of HP 15-f059wm operates with base frequency of 2.16GHz and, due to Turbo burst technology, it can rise up to 2.41GHz. For everyday tasks and web browsing, it is decent.  You can watch videos and stream music but it is neither suitable for Adobe Photoshop CS 6, AutoCAD, Revit, 3Ds Max SolidWorks etc., nor for running animation applications. If you are looking for a budget machine to run such programs, you can take a look at Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008SUS which comes with i5-4200M processor, fast hard drive and 8GB RAM. But if you just need a laptop just for basic computing, HP 15-f059wm could be a decent choice.

HP 15-f059wm comes with integrated Intel HD graphics, designed for Bay Trail M platform, and is part of the processor. The graphics uses system memory. It is a weak graphics compared to Intel HD 4400 and has only 10 execution units while Intel HD 4400 has 20 execution units. If you are looking for a under $600 gaming laptop, which supports latest games, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-471G-527B which comes with i5 processor, 8GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GT 820M. You can play almost all games on this machine though all games will not max out.

HP Black 15-f059wm is shipped with 4GB memory (One SODIMM non-customer-accessible/upgradable memory module slot) and has 500GB hard drive which operates at 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 with Bing operating system is preloaded on to the hard disk.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD display offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels and is capable of displaying 720p HD video contents only.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, the laptop offers 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, 1 RJ-45 Ethernet port and 1 HDMI port. The network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Bluetooth connectivity is not available.

The 3 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 4.5 hours of battery life depending upon usage.

Pros of HP 15-f059wm

Affordable laptop for basic computing

4GB memory

USB 3.0

DVD burner

Cons of HP 15-f059wm

No Bluetooth

Final Thoughts

There are plenty of laptops which come with similar configurations. For instance, Asus X551MAV and Dell Inspiron i3531-1200BK, which are available at around $250. These laptops do the basic tasks well enough, but don’t expect  lot of speed since it’s based on an Intel Celeron processor.

Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272

The 1.8GHz Intel Core i3-3217U processor of Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272 is still an older processor compared to other laptops available in the market. Most of the laptops are powered by latest Haswell processors, but with the help of 6GB of RAM, Toshiba c55-B5272 offers more than enough speed for everyday tasks. For instance, you can type documents, process spreadsheets, email, do video calling, watch videos and stream music in this laptop. However, the laptops may struggle if you are going to run hardware demanding applications and games like planetside 2, thief, Watch dogs or want to run AutoCAD , Revit, 3Ds Max application. The integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics is able to handle some of the latest games like Fifa 14, Tomb raider, Dota 2 and older games like Sims 3 or World of Warcraft but you need to turn down graphics settings and resolution to get a playable frame rate. This $350 Toshiba laptop (current price, at Staples) is not for avid gamers. If you are really looking for a laptop that can support latest games as well as deliver performance for media editing and encoding programs such as Blender, Handbrake, ITunes and Adobe photoshop CS6 then you can take a look at  Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W ($590) 15.6-Inch Laptop which is just under $600 at the time of publishing. It 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 with 2GB dedicated video memory, Windows 8.1 operating system and 7-hour battery life. The only drawback with this Acer laptop is that it lacks DVD drive which you can find in Toshiba c55-B5272. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272.

Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272 comes with Intel core i3-3217U dual core processor which operates with 1.8GHZ of fixed frequency. Due to Hyperthreading technology, both of the CPU cores can process 4 threads at a time. It comes with Intel HD 4000 graphics which is an integrated graphics and is part of the processor. The graphics uses system memory. This graphics is decent if you want to play World of Warcraft, Sims 3 in low resolution and details but any high end game would struggle in this laptop. Satellite c55-B5272 also supports entry level photo editing and media encoding but you won’t get fast performance for such tasks.  Intel core i3-3217U, a third generation ULV processor is designed to support Office application, watching videos, emailing, Skype and some browser gaming. If you are looking for Windows 8.1 touch screen laptop with 4th generation processor, you can consider HP 15-R018DX which comes with intel core i3-4010u processor 4GB memory and 750GB hard drive and costs around $440 or you can go for a cheaper touch screen laptop as well. For instance, $420 priced Toshiba Satellite C55T-B5109 which also have almost similar specs but doesn’t include an optical drive.

Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272 is installed with 6GB DDR3L 1600MHz (not user upgradable) arranged in two slots. 750GB (5400 RPM) hard drive is preloaded with Windows 7 home premium 64 bit operating system. It doesn’t include Microsoft Office full version.

The 15.6” LED HD backlit widescreen display offers 1366 x 768 native resolution which supports 720p but not 1080p. However, there is an HDMI port and you can use it to watch full HD contents on a compatible monitor or HDTV.

The edges of Toshiba c55-B5272  are arranged with  2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0, VGA , HDMI, Ethernet port, DVD/CD burner, combo audio jack and SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n . Bluetooth connectivity is not available.

The 4 cell/45Wh lithium ion battery (not user replaceable) offers 4.5 hours battery backup

Pros of Toshiba c55-B5272

At $350, it is quite cheap (considering its specification)

6GB memory

Windows 7

Cons of Toshiba c55-B5272

No gigabit Ethernet and bluetooth