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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

Acer ES1-511-C7YP 15.6″ Black laptop

Acer Black 15.6″ ES1-511-C7YP is intended for home users and students who are looking for inexpensive computing solution.  If all you require is web browsing, watching video, running few apps, social networking, typing documents and listening music, it can serve all your needs. Decent for grade school kids, Acer ES1-511-C7YP laptop offers standard 500GB storage capacity and 4GB memory.  It comes with an amazing price of $300 which includes Sleeve, Mouse and 6 months of anti-virus software.  It comes with Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor which is an improvement over Intel ‘s Atom processor, both in terms of processing power and graphics. This laptop is not a touchscreen laptop. However, if you are looking for touchscreen laptop you can consider Acer Aspire E1-532P-4819 which costs you $350 approx. and is powered by Pentium 3556U processor ( slightly better than N2830),4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. However, both the laptops are not powerful enough to run anything that is power demanding. For instance, you can hardly play any latest games in these laptops. But the laptop is capable of running few browser games. Acer ES1-511-C7YP comes with DVD burner. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Acer Black 15.6″ ES1-511-C7YP.

 Specifications and Performance of Acer  ES1-511-C7YP

Acer Black 15.6″ ES1-511-C7YP comes with Intel Celeron N2830 processor which is one of the popular processors these days. Basically, to provide buyers a 15.6” laptop with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive for under $300, Acer had to save money elsewhere and it is evident in use of  Celeron N2830 dual core processor which is intended for basic notebooks and laptops. The processor comes with Intel HD graphics which is unable to run most of the latest games like Thief and Gird Autosport. But you can play games like WOW in low to medium details and settings. If you need a budget touchscreen laptop with dedicated gaming graphics, you can consider Acer Aspire V5-561PG-6686 which comes with i5-4200u processor, 8GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. The graphics processing is powered by AMD Radeon AMD Radeon R7 M265 Graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory. It cost you $637 approx.

Acer ES1-511-C7YP can run videos and can stream videos to external monitors or HDTV as well. If you are looking at this laptop notebook for Photoshop, AutoCAD then this machine is not for you.

Acer Black 15.6″ ES1-511-C7YP is shipped with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM and memory is upgradable up to 8GB DDR3L. It comes with 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm. You can’t expect a SSD drive or speedy hard drive from such a cheap laptop.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD non-touch display of ES1-511-C7YP offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 which means it can support 720p HD content playback but not 1080p content.

Acer ES1-511-C7YP offers 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 headphone/speaker/line-out jack, 1  RJ-45 Ethernet, 1 HDMI port and 1 VGA port. Most of the ports are on the back side of the laptop. DVD drive is missing in this model. The network connectivity includes Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n and Gigabit Ethernet

The 4 cell 3220 mAh lithium ion battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup.

Pros of Acer ES1-511-C7YP

Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth

USB 3.0

Cons of Acer ES1-511-C7YP

No DVD burner

Final thoughts

For $300, it is good deal as you will get Sleeve, Mouse and 6 months of anti-virus software along with Acer ES1-511-C7YP.  However, if you are looking for only a laptop then you can consider Toshiba Satellite C55-B5298 which comes with same specs but it lacks in Bluetooth connectivity.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 boasts a solid configuration that’s headed by AMD A8-6410 quad core processor and costs you approx. $350.  It comes with 4GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. A decent configuration and reasonable price make Satellite C55D-B5206 a worthy choice for home users and students. Labor Day sales are a great time to score back to school deals. Most students want a machine for taking notes and writing up assignments, surfing the web, video calls on Skype, watching movies and streaming music. If this is your computing requirement too, then there is really no need for you to invest on high end laptops as specs of Toshiba C55D-B5206 are enough for you. The laptop also supports casual gaming, media encoding and decoding and entry level photo editing. But if you want to run AutoCAD, Revit and media editing software like Adobe Photoshop CS or Sony Vegas Pro then you certainly need a high end laptop, with speedy hard drive and more RAM. For instance, Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E440 20C5004YUS with Intel core i5-4200M, 8GB RAM. 500GB 7200rpm hard drive and Windows 7 profession OS, could be a good choice if you really want a powerful budget laptop notebook. Toshiba C55D-B5206 comes with all standard ports and connectivity features and has a DVD burner as well. It offers average battery life. Here is brief review about specifications and performance this Toshiba laptop with AMD A8-6410 processor.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 specification and performance 

For everyday computing, be it surfing web, running office applications or watching videos and listening to music, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 is perfect. Thanks to AMD A8-6410 quad core processor which is coupled with 4 GB of DDR3L SDRAM and AMD Radeon R5 graphics adapter, the laptop can do a whole lot more. You can play games like Gird Auto sport, Tomb Raider, fifa 14 and Minecraft in this machine. You may need to change setting and resolution to play smoothly. But you can’t play games like thief, NFS Rivals etc smoothly on this machine. Even at low resolutions and setting, you will not get decent frame rates. If you are looking for an affordable gaming laptop, you can choose Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W 15.6-Inch Laptop which comes with Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7- 2.7 GHz Processor (3MB Cache),8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce 840M with 2GB dedicated video memory and 7-hour battery life. However, it lacks DVD drive. Currently it is available at $610 (approx.) and is one of the cheapest gaming laptops.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 comes with 4GB DDR3L Memory. Memory speed is 1600MHz and memory is not user upgradable. It comes with 750 GB (5400rpm, Serial ATA) hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system along with 1 month trial version of Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Reader, Norton Internet Security (30-day trial subscription) and other TOSHIBA utility software.

The 15.6” LED backlit non-touch display of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 which supports HD video playback up to 720p. It comes with HDMI port so that you can connect the laptop with compatible HDTV or monitor to watch movies or videos in Full HD mode.

Besides DVD burner, the laptop edges house three USB ports (one of them being USB 3.0 ports), Ethernet, VGA, HDMI and a combination headphone/microphone jack. You will get an SD card reader and webcam as well. However, you won’t get fingerprint reader and Bluetooth support. Wireless connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and wired connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet.

The 4 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 4.5 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206

Inexpensive

Decent processor

750GB hard drive

Cons of Satellite C55D-B5206

No touch screen

At $350, Satellite C55D-B5206 could be a good choice. The performance of the laptop is similar to HP 15-g012dx as both come with same specs

HP 15-f039wm Laptop PC

HP Black 15-f039wm is a basic laptop for day-to-day basic computing tasks. It is suitable for home users and students who are looking for a cheap laptop that’s big enough (15.6”) and can deliver decent processing speed for typing docs, web browsing, social networking, emailing and skype etc. Unlike 11.6” laptops, 15.6” laptops are more comfortable during long typing sessions.  HP 15-f039wm costs you $250 (approx.) and includes Intel Celeron N2830 processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. There is nothing significant about the specification because you will found plenty of laptops at this price having similar features. Only thing which makes it stand out from others is the presence of inbuilt optical drive which, usually, is missing in most of the similar priced laptop. HP 15-f039wm is non touch laptop. However, if you are looking for inexpensive touchscreen laptop then you can consider Acer Aspire E1-532P-4819,  which comes with Pentium 3556U processor ( slightly better than N2830),4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive.  HP 15-f039wm is not suitable for CPU or GPU intensive tasks like large photo editing, video editing, AutoCAD, Revit and similar programs. It is a pretty basic laptop and weighs around 5.05lbs. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Black 15-f039wm:

HP 15-f039wm specification and performance

HP Black 15-f039wm is powered by Intel Celeron N2830 processor which is a dual core processor and operates with 2.16 GHz. Due to turbo burst technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.41 GHz. It comes with 1MB of L2 cache. The processor is integrated with Intel HD graphics which is weak for gaming. This HD graphics is weaker than Intel HD 4400 coming with Intel core ULV processor. It is struggle to run latest games, even at low resolution and settings. But some older and low end games like World of Warcraft can be run in this machine. Also, some browser games are playable in this machine. However, it is capable of streaming videos smoothly.

HP 15-f039wm comes with 4GB DDR3L memory. There is only single memory slot available which is occupied by 4GB RAM. It comes with 500GB hard drive with speed of 5400rpm. No SSD drive is available with this laptop.  The laptop comes preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system with Bing. It doesn’t come with Microsoft Office full version. However, McAfee: Free 180-day Trial of McAfee LiveSafe service is included.

The 15.6” LED backlit high definition display of the laptop supports maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means the display can support up to 720p but not 1080p. However, it comes with HDMI output which can be utilized to connect the laptop with HDTV and monitor

HP 15-f039wm offers standard ports and connectivity features. Besides HDMI, it comes with 1 Ethernet, 1 HDMI, 1 Headphone/Microphone, 1 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 ports. It comes with DVD burner which is usually missing in similar laptops available in the market. For instance, Toshiba Satellite C55-B5298 or HP 15-g070nr do not offer DVD burner and cost you around $200-$250.

HP 15-f039wm comes with fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n . Bluetooth connectivity feature is not available. However, Acer Aspire E1-532P-4819 comes with Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet connectivity as well.

HP 15-f039wm is installed with 3 cell lithium polymer battery, which offers around 4.5 hours of battery backup.

Pros of HP Black 15-f039wm

Inexpensive laptop with optical drive

Suitable for browsing, watching basic video, running some apps, using very simple applications and typing documents

USB 3.0

Cons of HP Black 15-f039wm

No Bluetooth

No SSD

HP Pavilion 15-p043cl

HP Pavilion 15-p043cl is built upon Intel core i5-4210u (1.7GHz – 2.7GHz) ultra-low voltage processor that can deliver performance which is more than a basic computing. It has a touchscreen and solid hardware configuration which includes 12GB memory and 1TB hard drive but it could have used hybrid hard drive or SSD and better display.  Besides day to day computing, HP 15-p043cl can do little bit of everything like entry level photo and video editing, casual gaming and media encoding along with web browsing, office applications, and movie watching.  It can stream videos smoothly.  However,  if you need a laptop mainly for Photoshop, 2D/3d modelling, video editing and encoding,  then Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008SUS   would be a better choice as it comes with Intel core i5-4200M (2.5GHz-3.1GHz) main stream processor, 8GB RAM and 500GB ,7200rpm hard drive. It is non touch Windows 7 professional laptop. But, you will be required to spend little extra ($25). Back to HP Pavilion 15-p043cl – The laptop offers decent battery life. It comes with DVD burner and 2 USB 3.0 ports. The laptop doesn’t come with Bluetooth connectivity and Wireless ac. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 15-p043cl.

HP Pavilion 15-p043cl specification and performance 

HP Pavilion 15-p043cl gets its processing power from Intel core i5-4210u processor which is a dual core processor and is clocked with 1.7GHz frequency to 2.7GHz frequency range. The processor supports Turboboost technology and is hyperthreading enabled thus two cores can operate 4 threads at a time. Pavilion 15-p043cl is integrated with integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics, which is better than earlier Intel HD 4000 graphics and is capable of running many PC games as well as browser games. You can play games like Fifa 14, Dota 2, Boderlands 2, BioShock Infinite, Gird 2, Simcity, World of Warcraft, Minecraft etc  in low to medium resolution and settings. You can also run COD Black ops 2, Metro last Night but you have to play in low resolution and frame rates. In other words, Pavilion 15-p043cl is not designed for gaming. However, most browser games can be played smoothly on this machine. If you want to play Watch Dogs, Thief, Titanfall, Grid: Autosport,  in low resolution and setting,   you can opt for i5-4200M powered laptop at least.

HP Pavilion 15-p043cl comes with 12GB memory arranged in two slots. Memory upgrade is difficult in this laptop. It is shipped with 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. The hard drive is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system along with some other trial version and HP proprietary softwares.

The LED backlit HD display offers maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 which means it can support 720p content only.  However, with the help of HDMI user can watch full HD content on compatible HDTV or monitor. Alternatively, you can consider HP ENVY TouchSmart m6-k125dx which offers full HD resolution and is powered by Intel core i5-4200u, 8GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. It doesn’t come with optical drive and will cost you $600-$650.

HP Pavilion 15-p043cl comes with standard ports and connectivity features which 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. There is a HD webcam. HP 15 p043cl comes with Fast Ethernet rather than Gigabit Ethernet and doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity. The wireless connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n. On the other hand,  HP m6-k125dx comes with Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity.

The keyboard of Pavilion 15-p043cl is non-backlit keyboard but comes with dedicated numeric keypad.

The 4 cell 41 whr battery packs offer up to 6 hours of battery life

Pros of HP Pavilion 15-p043cl

  • Long battery life
  • Full keyboard with touchpad
  • 1TB hard drive and 12GB RAM

Cons of HP Pavilion 15-p043cl

  • No full HD resolution
  • No Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity

 

HP Pavilion 15-p066us

HP Pavilion 15-p066us is a 15.6in notebook and is capable of replacing your old computer for office and multimedia tasks. It is designed for students as well as home users, but there is no reason why it shouldn’t be considered as an office laptop if you want something sturdy and speedy for office applications. HP 15-p066us gets its processing power from Intel core i3-4030u processor which comes with 3MB of L3 cache. It is shipped with 6GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. HP 15-p066us is not a touch screen laptop but comes with Windows 8.1 operating system. As you know, Windows 8 works well with touch interface but if you are looking for touchscreen laptop with core i3 processor within same budget, you can consider Dell inspiron (i15RVT-6195BLK). However, core i3 processor does not allow a lot of PC gaming but you can run office application, create presentations, compress large files, install iTunes, change formats of audio/video files and watch movies. HP Pavilion 15-p066us does not come with backlit keyboard.  But it offers DVD burner, USB 3.0 and HDMI ports. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of the new Pavilion 15-p066us:

HP Pavilion 15-p066us specification and performance 

An Intel core i3-4030u processor with a frequency of 1.9GHz provides the HP Pavilion 15-p066us its processing power. It is paired with 6GB of DDR3L SDRAM and integrated Intel HD graphics. The hardware configurations is not very special, in comparison with similar priced laptops, but it would provide optimum performance if you just want a simple machine for writing, emailing and web browsing.  It is decent for Internet video streaming, playing browser games and some games from the Windows Store. When it comes to PC gaming, some low end games like Fifa 14, tomb Raider, dead space 3, Dota 2, Diablo III etc can be played in low resolution and settings. Older games like Wow can be played in this machine as well.

HP Pavilion 15-p066us comes with 6GB DDR3L SDRAM (2 DIMMs) which is non user upgradable. It comes with 750GB hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system along with hp proprietary software.

HP 15-p066us comes with 15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView WLED-backlit display which offers max resolution of 1366×768 and the display supports up to 720p HD content playback.  Windows 8.1 operating system goes well with touch interface but model 15-p066us is non touch laptop. If you are looking for  Windows 7 laptop with better performance, you can take a look at Toshiba Satellite C55-B5287 which comes with Intel Core i5-4210U (1.7 -2.7) GHz Processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive and will  cost you around $460.

The edges of the laptops are arranged with DVD burner, 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. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi. Bluetooth connectivity is not available.

Audio is supported by Beats audio with dual speaker.

The 4 cell 41whr battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, once charged fully

Pros of HP Pavilion 15-p066us

Decent performance for everyday use

Good amount of features for the price

Cons of HP Pavilion 15-p066us

No Bluetooth

Not a touch screen laptop

 

HP 15-g018dx laptop

HP 15-g018dx laptop is perfect for home users and students who are looking for something cheap but do not want to sacrifice performance. It has an AMD A6-6310 quad core processor under the hood and it will do a good job while running office applications, emailing, using skype, watching video, encoding/decoding audio or video files and occasional PC gaming. As it is a budget laptop, you can expect few shortcomings but overall it’s a solid 15.6” laptop. The laptop is currently priced at $330 at online stores.   HP 15-g018dx is light in weight, just an inch thick and comes with DVD burner as well.  The laptop is installed with 4GB memory, which is enough for basic multitasking, and 500 GB hard drive.  It comes with decent battery life. This is not a touchscreen laptop and doesn’t come with full HD display. As told earlier, it is a standard budget laptop so expecting premium features like backlit keyboard and USB charging port are not feasible and it is true for HP g018dx 15.6” inch laptop as well.  The laptop comes with HD webcam, USB 3.0 and HDMI port. The laptop runs on windows 8.1 OS. As it is non-touch based laptop, you may need some time to get used to. Alternatively, you can choose HP 15-g080nr which comes with Windows 7 OS and uses same accelerated processor. It is installed with 750GB hard drive and 4GB memory.

HP 15-g018dx Specification and performance 

HP 15-g018dx is powered by AMD A6-6310 accelerated processor which operates with 1.8-2.4 GHz frequency. It is integrated with AMD Radeon R4 graphics which is sufficient for everyday use. You can play low end games like Dota 2, gird 2, Fifa 14, world of Warcraft, StarCraft 2 heart of the swarm etc in low to medium resolution and settings. But the processor will struggle to perform while playing high end games like Watch dogs, thief etc. HP 15-g018dx is not suitable for running AutoCAD, Revit , Solidworks and other 3D designing applications. You can do small 2D designing but editing large HD videos will not be possible on this laptop.  However, it supports entry level photo and small video editing.  You can watch internet video without any glitch. If you are looking for Intel powered laptop which offers similar or better performance then you can consider Acer Aspire E5-571-37SY which is powered by Intel core i3-4030u processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive and offers up to 7 hours of battery life. It also offers Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth which is missing in HP 15-g018dx

HP 15-g018dx comprises of 4GB DDR3L SDRAM as single DIMM and memory is not expandable further. It comes with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. The hard drive is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system, along with some other software.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD display of HP 15-g018dx offers 1366 x 768 pixel resolution which means it can play up to 720p content. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible HDTV and monitor.

Around the edges of the machince, you will find built-in DVD burner,  HDMI,  Ethernet port , 2 USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 ports, microphone and headphone ports and SD card slot. VGA port is not available. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n

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

Pros of HP 15-g018dx laptop

Inexpensive laptop that offers decent performance for office and multimedia tasks,

Good battery life

cons of HP 15-g018dx

Not a touch screen laptop

No Gigabit Ethernet

Final Thoughts:-

If you want to purchase a sturdy and cheap laptop for basic office and multimedia tasks, you can consider HP 15-g018dx non touch laptop. It runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. As told earlier, if you are looking for a Windows 7 based laptop, with similar specs, you can consider HP 15-g080nr.

 

HP Pavilion 17-f061US Touchscreen Laptop

If you are looking for a stylish touchscreen laptop to replace your space-eating home PC then HP Pavilion 17-f061US would be a decent choice. Big and affordable, this i3-4030u powered HP 17.3” TouchSmart Notebook laptop can be used as home entertainment hub. You can watch internet videos, listen music, install iTunes, type documents, browse web, email/skyp and do social networking. HP 17 f061US is integrated with beats audio with dual speaker so you will get quality sound. As the laptop gets its processing power from i3 ULV processor and there is no dedicated graphics, you can’t expect much gaming from this laptop. However, some low end games like Fifa 14, Dota 2, tomb Raider, Dead space 3 etc can run in low to medium resolution and settings. The laptop comes with 6GB memory and 500GB hard drive. Pavilion 17-f061US is a touchscreen laptop and runs on Windows 8.1 operating system.  If you need relatively faster performance, you can take a look to HP Pavilion 17-f040us 17.3-Inch touchscreen Laptop which is powered by Intel core i5-4210u processor which operates with 1.7- 2.7 GHz. It will cost you only $699 and shipping is free. The laptop offers 6GB memory and 750 GB hard drive space. On the other hand, 17-f061US cost you around $650 (at Staples). Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of the laptop:

HP Pavilion 17-f061US Specification and Performance 

As mentioned earlier, HP Pavilion 17-f061US comes with 1.9GHz, Intel core i3-4030u dual core Haswell processor which is not a speed demon but offers enough grunts for day to day computing. It comes with 3MB of cache. The Processor is Hyperthreading enabled but lacks turbo boost technology. Thus, processor will not be auto overclocked. HP Pavilion 17-f061US offers integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics which can stream HD videos on screen as well as on external displays.

HP Pavilion 17-f061US comes with 6GB DDR3L memory and 500GB 5400RPM hard drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection. Though, Solid state drive would have helped to boost up performance but the laptop doesn’t come with Hybrid hard drive or SSD . Windows 8.1 operating system is preloaded on the hard drive, along with other HP proprietary software.

The 17.3” LED backlit high definition display of the laptop offers maximum 1600 X 900 pixel resolution which does not support full HD (1080p) content playback but you will get close to full HD (900p). However, i3-4030u is capable of streaming 1080p content on Full HD external display with the help of HDMI.

Edges of the HP Pavilion 17-f061US are arranged with ports : 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. It comes with inbuilt DVD burner and HD webcam as well. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n.  Bluetooth connectivity is not available with this machine.  It comes with non-backlit keyboard.

The 4-cell 41WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery offers battery life of up to 4.5 hours.

Pros of HP Pavilion 17-f061US Touchsmart laptop

Affordable touch screen desktop replacement laptop

2 USB  3.0 port

6GB memory

Cons of HP Pavilion 17-f061US

Little heavy

Final Thoughts

HP Pavilion 17-f061US is a decent laptop for daily computing like typing documents, browsing web, online communications and little entertainment. However, if you are looking for better performance, especially if you are looking for smooth performance for media encoding task or personal photo editing,  you can consider i5 powered HP Pavilion 17-f040us

LENOVO G50 – 80E3007FUS

LENOVO G50 – 80E3007FUS is a competent inexpensive laptop with good specifications. It’s perfect for students and home users who want decent processing speed for tasks like word processing, creating presentations,  web browsing with multiple tabs, watching movies, playing music, video chat, audio/video encoding,  entry level photo editing and casual gaming. LENOVO G50 – 80E3007FUS is powered by AMD A6-6310 quad core processor and comes with 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It is installed with AMD R4 graphics. The price of the laptop is $330, which is quite reasonable. The laptop is not touch enabled but it runs windows 8.1 operating system.  LENOVO G50 – 80E3007FUS offers optical drive and comes with all standard ports and connectivity features. Premium features like backlit keyboard and wireless-ac connectivity are missing though. But it supports Bluetooth connectivity. The laptop weighs only 4.6lbs which means you can carry it around without much effort.  If you are looking for non-touch laptop with Windows 7 OS which offers similar performance, you can take a look at Toshiba Satellite C55-B5290 which comes with core i3 processor, 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of LENOVO G50 – 80E3007FUS:

Specification and performance of LENOVO G50 – 80E3007FUS

LENOVO G50 – 80E3007FUS integrates AMD Quad core A6-6310 APU which operates with 1.8- 2.4 GHz frequency. It comes with 2MB of cache memory. The accelerated processor houses integrated AMD Radeon R4 graphics. The graphics does not have its own memory and uses system memory.  With 4GB RAM, it supports all day to day computing and you can also play games like Fifa 14, Dota 2, Gird 2 etc., in low to medium details setting. It also supports browser games and can stream videos without any issue. You can also run video encoding applications but don’t expect blazing performance. If you are looking for an affordable laptop with dedicated gaming graphics, you can take a look at Acer Aspire E5-521G-60BX which comes with same APU but has discrete gaming graphics, AMD Radeon R5 M240 with 1 GB video memory. However, the graphics is entry level dedicated graphics, thus, high end games will run in low to medium resolution and setting.

LENOVO G50 – 80E3007FUS comes with 4GB memory and the memory can be expanded up to 8GB. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive which is preloaded with windows 8.1 operating system. The laptop doesn’t come with MS office full version.

The 15.6” non-touch LED backlit HD display of the laptop offers maximum resolution of 1366 x 768p which is not unusual for a budget laptop. Though the display supports up to 720p HD content playback only, it is capable of streaming full HD content on external display. Thus, user can watch Full HD content on compatible TV or monitor.

Though LENOVO G50 – 80E3007FUS is a low cost laptop,  still it offers all necessary ports. It comes with 2 USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI-out, 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC), headphone/mic combo and VGA.  Audio  is supported by two 1.5 watt speakers. Network connectivity is supported by fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. It comes with webcam as well.

Pros of LENOVO G50 – 80E3007FUS

Price/feature ratio is extremely good

1 TB hard drive

Bluetooth

Cons of LENOVO G50 – 80E3007FUS

No cons considering the price.

Acer Aspire E3-111-C0WA

At $200, Acer Aspire E3-111-C0WA is a good model to consider if you are looking for a laptop that is small and inexpensive. It’s not a fast machine but it has enough processing power to deliver basic tasks such as Web browsing (few tabs at a time), emailing, typing documents etc. Though it is equipped with Intel Celeron N2830 processor, it is shipped with only 2GB memory. Moreover, it comes with Windows 8.1 64bit operating system and a large amount of memory will be consumed by OS itself. Thus, you can’t expect much multitasking from it. The laptop is installed with 320GB hard drive. However, this 11.6” unit runs cool. Acer Aspire E3-111-C0WA lacks optical drive as well. The advantage of the Aspire E3-111-C0WA is that it comes with all standard ports and connectivity features including USB 3.0 and HDMI ports. It boasts webcam as well. This Acer E3 111 laptop comes with Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth which is hardly to be found in cheap laptops. It offers up to 5 hours of battery life. Alternatively, you can choose Acer Aspire V3-111P-C9Z3 11.6-Inch Touchscreen laptop which comes with Intel core N2930 quad core processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Acer Aspire E3-111-C0WA is not a touchscreen laptop. Read further to know more about the machine.

Acer Aspire E3-111-C0WA specification and performance 

Intel Celeron N2830 BayTrail M processor is an entry level processor and has two cores. Each core operates with 2.16GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.41GHz, due to Turbo burst technology. It has only 1MB of cache. These Baytrail processors are successor of Intel Atom processor and are designed to be used in manufacturing of low-cost laptops. Acer Aspire E3-111-C0WA is a good example of it. The laptop comes with integrated Intel HD graphics, especially designed for BayTrail processor which is a weak graphics compared to Intel HD 4400. With 2GB memory, you can enhance basic productivity like typing docs, emailing, skype and play some browser games. Even slightly harder tasks like installing itunes or audio/video encoding will struggle to complete in this machine. The idea behind this laptop is providing a simple machine that allows you to obtain better performance for your dollar.

Acer Aspire E3-111-C0WA comes with 2GB DDR3L RAM and the memory is expandable up to 8GB. However, for a non-geek it is not so easy to replace memory. It comes with 320GB hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system. Depending on your requirement, you can consider Acer Aspire E3-111-P8DW, which comes with better processor (Intel Pentium N3530 Quad core processor) and has 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive. However, it will cost you an additional $100 or so.

The 11.6’ non-touch display of Acer E3 111 C0WA offers decent resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. The Chiclet style keyboard is decent. However, Acer has squeezed Arrow keys, volume control, screen brightness, Page up/down, Home, and End buttons into a small space at the lower-right corner of the  keyboard.

It comes with 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, SD card reader and audio jack. It comes with VGA webcam. Optical drive is missing in this laptop- not unusual for 11.6”laptops tough. Wireless connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth

Acer E3-111-C0WA comes with 3 cell lithium ion battery which offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

Pros of E3-111-C0WA

Cheap laptop

Decent battery life considering the price

Cons of Model E3-111-C0WA

Only 2GB RAM

Final thoughts

Acer E3-111-C0WA is a good little laptop if you’re looking for something that can handle basic, everyday tasks. But if you want to spend around $320 you can get Acer Aspire V3-111P-C9Z3 which comes with a faster processor, touchscreen, 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive and better battery life (up to 7 hours as per Acer).