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HP Jaguar 15-bs070wm Review

If you are looking for an all-purpose affordable touchscreen laptop then you can consider HP Jaguar 15-bs070wm. The laptop is installed with 7th generation Intel core i5-7200u processor which supports almost all day to day computing tasks. It also supports CPU intensive tasks like photo and video editing, audio editing and 3D designing. However, this is not a workstation grade laptop so don’t expect fast performance for such tasks. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive, however, a Solid State Drive or 7200rpm hard drive is preferable for such tasks. HP 15-bs070wm could be a decent choice for occasional photo and video editing and transcoding job. The laptop is fast enough for running Microsoft Office, internet surfing, watching videos and movies, downloading audio videos, skype etc. It supports casual gaming. The laptop lacks dedicated graphics and integrated Intel HD 620 is the only graphics option for this laptop. Integrated graphics use system memory. If you are a gaming enthusiast or are looking for a budget laptop with Solid State drive and dedicated graphics then you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 which comes with Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive.  It comes with dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB video memory. It also has backlit keyboard.

HP Jaguar 15-bs070wm doesn’t come with backlit keyboard. It has low resolution display while Acer E5-575G-57D4 comes with Full HD display. Acer laptop is not a touchscreen laptop. None of the laptops are 2-in-1 laptops. So you don’t really need Touchscreen interface.

Again, both are designed for home computing, so the laptops don’t come with finger print reader. You can also consider ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51 business standard Laptop which is powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive. It offers Full HD display for better picture quality and TPM software is also available with this laptop. Basically it is a business laptop. All the above mentioned laptops come with integrated optical drive which can burn CD/DVD. Here is a brief review about specifications of HP Jaguar 15-bs070wm.

As told earlier, HP Jaguar 15-bs070wm is powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor which has two cores. It operates with base frequency of 2.7GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. It belongs to 7th generation of Intel core processors. 8th generation Intel core i5-8250u processor comes with 4 physical cores while i5-7200u has only two cores. Also, i5-8250u comes with higher cache of 6MB while i5-7200u comes with 3MB of cache. Though core i5-8250u operates with lower base frequency of 1.6GHz, its turbo-frequency is higher than i5-7200u. The frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz. Thus, 8th gen i5-8250u processor will handle CPU intensive programs much better than 7th gen i5-7200u. You can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576G-5762 which has 8th gen i5-8250u and better dedicated NVIDIA MX150 graphics with 2 GB video memory. Rest of its specs are similar to Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4.

HP 15-bs070wm is preinstalled with 8GB DDR4 2133GHz RAM. There are two memory slots, each occupied with 4GB RAM. Memory is expandable up to 16GB. 1TB hard drive is preloaded with Windows 10 64 bit operating system. If you are well versed with laptop repair, you can replace hard drive with a Solid State Drive.

The 15.6” touchscreen display supports max resolution of 1366 X 768pixels which is not Full HD display.

When it comes to ports and connectivity, HP 15-bs070wm comes with 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45; 1 headphone/microphone combo and SD card reader. The laptop has integrated webcam as well. The non-backlit keyboard has dedicated numeric keypad.  Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2 combo. The 3-cell, 31 Wh Li-ion offers up to 6 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

HP Pavilion 15-cc563st Review

HP Pavilion 15-cc563st comes bundled with an impressive array of Hardware like 7th generation Intel core i7-7500u processor, 12GB RAM and IPS Full HD display. However, few compromises have still been made to make it affordable.  For instance, it offers slower 5400 rpm hard drive and lacks dedicated graphics. These features are important if you need to execute specific tasks like media editing, 3D modelling and play latest PC games. But the laptop is robust enough to run regular computing tasks smoothly. It puts up good performance with HD photo and video editing and audio/video transcoding. However, it is not zipper enough for such tasks.  When it comes to gaming, it can run almost all latest PC games but all games are not playable in highest setting. As told earlier, 15-cc563st lacks dedicated graphics. So, if you want to play games like Battlefield 1, The Witcher 3,  GTA V or other graphics demanding games , laptop with dedicated graphics is recommended.  Dedicated graphics also aid in media editing. Dedicated graphics come with its own video memory while integrated graphics use system memory.  You can also consider Acer E5-575G-75MD which is powered by Intel core i7-7500u processor and has 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory. Note that HP Pavilion 15-cc563st comes with Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which uses system memory.

The Acer laptop comes with inbuilt CD/DVD drive as well.  Like HP 15-cc563st, Acer laptop also offers backlit keyboard and full HD display ( 1920 X 1080). None of the laptops are workstation grade since i7-7500u is a dual core ultra low voltage processor.

If you are looking for more powerful laptop at budget price, you can consider HP 15-cb071nr which is powered by Intel core i7-7700HQ processor. It has 4 cores and each core operates with 2.8GHz while the frequency can rise up to 3.8GHz. Comparatively, Intel core i7-7500u operates with slightly lower base frequency of 2.7GHz and it has only two cores.  Both the processors are hyper threading enabled.  Thus  four cores of i7-7700HQ can handle 8 threads at a time while two cores of i7-7500u can handle 4 threads simultaneously. HP 15-cb071nr comes with AMD Radeon™ RX 550 discrete graphics with 2GB DDR5 memory plus 12GB DDR4 system RAM (expandable up to 16GB). Again, it comes with faster 1TB 7200rpm hard drive, backlit keyboard and full HD IPS display (1920 X 1080). You can use the laptop for photo and video editing, 3D rendering and avid PC gaming.

You can’t upgrade graphics in HP Pavilion 15-cc563st as it is merged with processor chip.  The HP laptop comes with decent screen.  The 15.6” IPS display (measured diagonally) supports max resolution of 1920 X 1080p. Again, IPS screen will offer great viewing angle.  This laptop is not a touchscreen laptop.

The laptop is preinstalled with 12GB DDR4 and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. However, it is very difficult to access the memory slot. The laptop comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive which is preinstalled with Windows 10 operating system. The laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office. You also get many preinstalled HP proprietary software with this laptop.

The edges of HP 15-cc563st are arranged with 1 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1 (Data up to 5 Gb/s),  2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45, 1 headphone/microphone combo and SD card reader. It has integrated HD webcam as well. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth.

The 3-cell, 41 Wh Li-ion battery offers battery backup up to 6 hours approx. However, battery backup depends upon usage and type of program you are running on the laptop.

HP 15-bs051od or 1TJ84UA#ABA Review

HP 15-bs051od or 1TJ84UA#ABA is an inexpensive laptop that can handle regular computing tasks with ease. There is nothing much to boast about hardware configuration of the laptop though. It comes with Intel core i3-7100u 7th generation Intel processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. The laptop supports typing documents, processing spreadsheets, surfing the internet, emailing, skype, streaming videos and music etc. It supports casual photo and video editing as well.  HP 15-bs051od doesn’t offer backlit keyboard and comes with standard keyboard. Also, the laptop display offers standard resolution (1366 X 768) which is not full HD resolution (1920 X 1080). Full HD display can enhance your video watching experience as it offers crisp pictures and accurate colors. Though the laptop offers Bluetooth connectivity, it doesn’t support Wireless AC.  Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch Full HD Notebook which has backlit keyboard, wireless ac and Full HD display. It is also powered by Intel core i3-7100u processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB ) and 1TB hard drive. Both the laptops come with inbuilt optical drive which works as CD or DVD burner. As both the laptops come with pretty ordinary hardware specs, one should not expect it to run CPU or graphics demanding games or programs.

Both the laptops offer integrated graphics which uses system memory. When it comes to PC gaming, these laptop can run low end games like Minecraft , Sims 4 etc in low to medium details and settings. However, games like For Honor 2017 and Prey will struggle to run in these machine. Intel core i3-7100u processor operates with 2.4GHz frequency and the frequency can’t rise further. The laptop comes with Intel HD 620 graphics which is integrated graphics and uses system memory. This is not a gaming laptop and user can’t upgrade graphics as it is part of the processor.

One shouldn’t expect base model laptops to do more than basic computing. If you need a budget laptop that offers performance for PC gaming, HD photo and video editing, running program like Solid Works and Audacity, then you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-57D4 which is powered by more powerful Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM ( expandable up to 32GB) and  256GB Solid State Drive. It comes with discrete graphics NVIDIA Geforce 940MX with 2GB GDDR5 video memory. It also has full HD (1920 X 1080) display and backlit keyboard. Intel core i5-7200u operates with 2.5GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz on system demand, while the frequency of i3-7100u can’t be increased further.

Solid state Drive offers faster booting and uploading of files. You can easily replace hard drive with Solid state Drive. To do this, you just need to remove battery, outer cover and optical drive to get access of hard drive and memory slot. The memory is expandable up to 16GB.

HP 15-bs051od offers 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (Data Transfer Only),1 USB 2.0 port, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. It has 1 multi-format SD media card reader and 720p HD webcam with integrated microphone. As told earlier, the keyboard is not backlit but it has dedicated numeric keypad. Wireless network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. It doesn’t support Wi-Fi ac. However, both the Acer laptops support Wireless ac and are integrated with backlit keyboard.

HP 15-bs051od comes with removable battery and the 3 cell battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

HP Jaguar 15-bs060wm Review

HP Jaguar 15-bs060wm is an Intel core i3-7100u powered laptop. The laptop comes with everything a user would need to accomplish day to day computing tasks. It comes with options for expandability, such as upgradeable RAM. However, the laptop is preinstalled for 8GB DDR4 RAM which is sufficient for day to day computing tasks and occasional photo and video editing.  HP 15-bs060wm laptop is basically designed for home users. This laptop doesn’t come with backlit keyboard and has low resolution display ( 1366 X 768) which is not a Full HD display ( 1920 X 1080)p. Full HD display offers more accurate colors so  it can enhance your video watching experience. Thus, if you are looking for a laptop for home use, you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM which is also powered by Intel core i3-7100u processor but offers backlit keyboard and full HD display. However, it comes with 4GB RAM (expandable up to 32GB). Both the laptops come with inbuilt CD/DVD drive. None of these laptops are suitable for serious gaming. Latest games like Resident Evil 7 Biohazard and Prey are not playable in this machine but you can run old games like Minecraft on this machine. You may still need to adjust settings and resolution.

These laptops lack dedicated graphics and Intel HD 620 graphics is the only graphics option. The graphics uses system memory and you can’t upgrade graphics as it is the part of the Intel core i3-7100u processor.  If you want a budget gaming laptop, you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 which is powered by more powerful Intel core i5-7200u processor and NVIDIA Geforce 940MX discrete graphics with 2GB video memory.  It also has 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive.

Solid state Drives are much faster than traditional 5400rpm hard drives which you will find in HP Jaguar 15-bs060wm or 1KV13UA#ABA.  The i5-7200u processor operates with 2.5GHZ frequency and, on system demand, the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz.  On the other hand, i3-7100u operates with 2.4GHZ and the frequency can’t rise further as it does not support turbo boost technology. Again, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 has full HD display and backlit keyboard while HP 15-bs060wm comes with standard 1366 X 768 display and non-backlit keyboard. You can read review of Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 here.

HP 15-bs060wm is installed with 8 GB RAM arranged in two slots and the memory is expandable up to 16GB RAM.  The 1TB 5400rpm hard drive is preinstalled with Windows 10 operating system. If you want to speed up your booting process or uploading, you can replace the hard drive with a Solid State Drive.

HP Jaguar 15-bs060wm offers standard ports and connectivity features, which include 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. It has SD card reader and integrated 720p webcam. The network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.2. The laptop comes with removable battery. The 3-cell, 31 Wh Li-ion offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

HP Silver Iridium Ci5 15-cc050wm Review

HP Silver Iridium Ci5 15-cc050wm 15.6″ Laptop is not a cheap laptop and offers decent value for its price. The laptop is perfect choice for home users as well as students. The machine is fast enough for day to day tasks like working with Microsoft Office, streaming videos, surfing the internet, Skype, emailing, creating presentation etc. It also supports casual PC gaming, 3D designing, photo and video editing but it is not suitable for heavy 3D designing or editing large HD videos. It lacks dedicated gaming graphics but you can play many latest PC games in low to medium details and settings. There are other drawbacks as well with this laptop. The laptop does not offer Solid State Drive which makes booting process fast. It comes with low screen resolution (1366 X 768 pixel) and the keyboard is not backlit.  The laptop is part of HP’s Pavilion series so you can’t expect metallic built. If you are looking for a budget laptop which comes with Solid State drive, backlit keyboard and dedicated gaming graphics then you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 laptop. Like HP 15-cc050wm, it is also powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor but it has dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics  with 2GB DDR5 video memory. The laptop also comes with backlit keyboard and a 256GB Solid state Drive. However, it has 8GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB). The Acer laptop is not a touchscreen laptop but you don’t need a touchscreen interface with Windows 10. None of the laptops are 2 in 1 but both come with inbuilt CD/DVD burner.

Read the review further to know more about HP 15-cc050wm.

HP Silver Iridium Ci5 15-cc050wm is powered by Intel core i5-7200u which is a 7th generation processor. Unlike 8th generation Intel core i5-8250u , i5-7200u is integrated with 2 cores while i5-8250u has 4 cores. Also, i5-7200u has 3MB of smart Cache while i5-8250u has 6MB of cache.

The Intel core i5-7200u operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz while the i5-8250u operates with 1.6GHz of base frequency and frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz. The quad core CPU definitely gives you more advantage over a dual core CPU, especially while running multi-threaded applications. So, if you are looking for a laptop with 8th generation processor, you can consider Acer SF315-51-518S 15.6” laptop which is powered by Intel quad core i5-8250u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid state Drive. It also offers Full HD (1920 X 1080) IPS display. It comes with integrated graphics which supports casual PC gaming. You can smoothly play games like Rocket League, Team Fortress 2, Dirt 4 etc., in low to medium details. Basically, the performance of Intel UHD 620 is less similar to Intel HD 620 which is integrated with HP 15-cc050wm or HP 1KU11UA#ABA. The Acer laptop is not a touchscreen laptop.

The 15.6” display of HP 15-cc050wm supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which is not full HD resolution. Full HD resolution can provide you more accurate colors.

When it comes to memory, HP 15-cc050wm comes with 12GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. The laptop comes with two memory slots and both are occupied (8GB + 4GB ).  The 1TB hard drive spins with 5400rpm speed. You can replace hard drive with Solid State Drive if you want to speed up booting process and store more files.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, the laptop offers 1 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1 (Data Transfer up to 5 Gb/s), 2 USB 3.0 (Data transfer only), 1 HDMI,  1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. As told earlier, HP 15-cc050wm comes with non-backlit keyboard but it has a dedicated numeric keypad. However, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 comes with backlit keyboard. HP 15 cc050wm offers Bang and Olufsen play speakers.

3-cell, 41 Wh Li-ion offers battery back up 5 to 6 hours ( approx.), depending upon usage.

Lenovo 80XR00AKUS Review

Lenovo 80XR00AKUS is a cheap laptop and it comes with many comprises which make it inexpensive. It incorporates Intel Celeron N3350, which is a basic processor. The processor operates with 1.1GHz base frequency but the frequency can increase up to 2.4GHz. The cores are not hyper-threaded which means cores can handle only 2 threads at a time.  It is intended for basic computing only.  For instance, you can use this laptop for typing docs, browsing web, skype/emailing and watching videos etc. As the laptop incorporates a basic processor, it is not appropriate for running Adobe Photoshop, Sony Vegas pro, AutoCAD etc. The machine is not suitable for latest PC gaming either because it comes with very weak Intel HD 500 integrated graphics. The machine will struggle if you want to play latest games like Team Fortress 2, Rocket league etc.  The laptop doesn’t have backlit keyboard. If you need a decent laptop for home use, an i3-7100u integrated laptop will be more preferable as it operates with very high base frequency. For instance, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM comes integrated with Intel core i3-7100u processor (operates at 2.4GHz) and 4GB DDR4  2133MHzRAM (expandable up to 32GB).  Intel core i3-7100u has two cores and it supports hyperthreading technology which means 2 cores can handle 4 threads at a time. Lenovo Ideapad 320 80XR00AKUS is another such laptop but it comes with DDR3L 1600MHz RAM. DDR4 RAM is faster than DDR3L RAM. The Acer laptop comes with more powerful Intel HD 620 integrated graphics which allows you casual PC gaming.

The Acer laptop comes with backlit keyboard and has 4 USB ports while Lenovo 80XR00AKUS offers non-backlit keyboard and only 2 USB ports. It has 1 TB hard drive as well. Though the Acer laptop costs you more, it’s worth the money as it comes with more powerful processor, better integrated graphics and s Full HD display (1920 X 1080) which produce more accurate colors over standard 1366 X 768 pixel display. The 15.6” display of Lenovo 80XR00AKUS supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch Full HD content on compatible display and HDTV. None of these laptops are work station grade laptop.

Lenovo has another inexpensive model, Lenovo Ideapad 110 15.6″ Laptop, which is powered by AMD A4-7210. AMD A4-7210 has four cores and each core operates with 1.8GHz but the frequency can rise up to 2.2GHz. Additional cores and higher base frequency offer you better performance. This laptop is installed with 4GB DDR3L memory and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. It has Windows 10 operating system as well. It comes with AMD Radeon R3 integrated graphics which is not a high end integrated graphics but offers decent performance for low end PC games.

Lenovo Model 80XR00AKUS is installed with 4GB DDR3L RAM and the memory is expandable up to 12GB. The laptop comes with 1TB hard drive preinstalled with Windows 10 Home 64bit operating system. The hard drive operates with 5400rpm. You will hardly find Solid State Drive in a cheap laptop. The laptop offers many color options to choose from which include Plum Purple, CoraL red, Onyx Black and Denim Blue.

Lenovo Ideapad 320 80XR00AKUS 15.6″ Laptop is not a touchscreen laptop. Port and connectivity features are not very impressive in the laptop. You get 1 DC-in port, 1 Ethernet port, 1 HDMI port, 1 headphone/microphone jack, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB 3.0 port and SD card reader with the laptop. All the above mentioned laptops come with inbuilt CD/DVD burner. Network connectivity is supported by Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.1. The 2 Cell 30 Watt Hour Li-Polymer offers battery backup up to 4 hours (approx.).

 

HP Stream 14-ax030wm Review

HP Stream 14-ax030wm is the latest entrant to HP’s stream series. However, it offers similar hardware configuration as its predecessor. So performance of the laptop will be similar to HP 14-ax010nr. HP 14-ax030wm is powered by Intel Celeron N3060 processor. The processor has 2 cores which operate with base frequency of 1.6GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.48GHz. It comes with 4GB DDR3L RAM. The laptop is intended for basic computing and can be your companion during travel. It weighs around 3.17lbs.  HP 14-ax030wm is appropriate for basic use like typing documents, emailing/skype, web browsing etc. You will be disappointed if you run CPU intensive programs like Adobe Photoshop, 3DSMax or Audacity on this machine.  When it comes to storage, the laptop offers only 32GB eMMC drive. However, you get cloud storage with it. You can use external storage options if you need more storage. There is a SD Card reader slot so you can use SD cards or an USB based external drive to store files.

Model: 14-ax030wm lacks inbuilt optical drive. But you can always use an external CD/DVD burner. Again, it does not offer Ethernet connectivity. However, it supports wireless ac and Bluetooth 4.2. The display of the laptop comes with standard resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. You can also consider Acer A114-31-C4HH, which comes with Ethernet connectivity and also offers Full HD display ( 1920 X 1080)p. The Acer laptop is powered by latest Intel Celeron N3450 processor which is a quad core processor. It has 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM and 32GB EMMC storage.

Compared with Intel Celeron N3060, Celeron N3450 is more powerful as it has 4 physical cores while N3060 has only 2 cores. You will get better multi-tasking performance with Celeron N3540. However, the Acer laptop comes with 1 month Trial of Microsoft Office 365 while HP Stream 14-ax030wm offers 1 year subscription of Microsoft office 365.

As the machine comes with pretty weak integrated graphics (Intel HD 400), the laptop is not suitable for serious gaming. Even low end PC games will struggle to run in this machine.

Both the laptops are not gaming laptops but you can play some app based games. As the memory is on-board memory, you can’t upgrade Memory. The 32GB eMMC flash drive is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. Again, half of the storage is used by Windows OS itself and other preinstalled software.  You can also consider HP 14-ax050nr which has 64GB eMMC drive. It also offers 1 year subscription of Microsoft office 365.

HP Stream 14-ax030wm comes with standard number of ports and connectivity features which include 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI and 1 headphone/microphone combo. As told earlier, it comes with SD card reader as well. The laptop comes with VGA webcam. None of the above mentioned laptops coms with backlit keyboard.  The keyboard lacks dedicated numeric keypad as well. Audio is supported by DTS Studio Sound and there are two speakers installed in this machine. The 3 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup.

 

HP 17-BS019DX 17.3″ Laptop Review

You need not always spend a fortune to get a powerful big screen laptop PC. A detailed look at HP 17-BS019DX may change your perception.  HP 17-BS019DX is a big screen ( 17.3” measured diagonally ) notebook laptop powered by a decent Intel core i7-7500u 7th generation processor, 8GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM and 1TB hard drive.  However, you must agree with compromises that come with budget laptops. For instance, this laptop is not a touchscreen laptop. It doesn’t offer dedicated graphics and integrated graphics is the only graphics option for this laptop. Again, it doesn’t come with a backlit keyboard. It comes with two memory slots and you can expand memory up to 16GB.  If you are looking for a 17.3” laptop with 16GB RAM and dedicated graphics with separate video memory then you can consider Dell i5767-6370GRY. This Dell laptop is powered by the same i7-7500u processor but has 16GB RAM and 2TB hard drive. It also comes with AMD Radeon R7 M445 Graphics, with 4G GDDR5 graphics memory, which allows you to play almost all demanding games in higher resolution. The laptop comes with Full HD display while HP 17 bs019dx comes with 1600 X 900 display. Full HD display offers better picture quality. Another great feature of this Dell laptop is that it comes with backlit keyboard. It supports wireless ac as well. HP 17-BS019DX doesn’t come with backlight keyboard. Both the laptops come with inbuilt CD/DVD drive. Here is a quick review of specs of HP 17-BS019DX.

Note that Intel core i7-7500u is a dual core processor and is not as powerful as i7-7700HQ quad core processor. Intel core i7-7700HQ has 4 cores and offers 6MB of cache. It is a main stream processor which is appropriate for CPU demanding programs like HD video editing, 3D designing/rendering, compilation and music creation.  Intel core i7-7500u operates with base frequency of 2.7GHz and upon system demand the frequency can go up to 3.5GHz, while Intel core i7-7700HQ operates with 2.8GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.8GHZ on system demand. Again Intel core i7-7500u has 4MB of cache while i7-7700HQ has 6Mb of cache. Extra cores, higher clock speed and higher cache make i7-7700HQ more powerful compared to i7-7500u. So, if you need a powerful budget laptop then you can consider MSI GL72 7QF-1057 17.3″ laptop. It is powered by Intel core i7-7700HQ processor, NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory plus 8GB RAM. It has full HD display as well. It is installed with the faster 7200rpm hard drive while the hard drive in the HP laptop spins with 5400rpm speed.

HP 17 bs019dx comes with Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics and uses system memory. The laptop can run demanding games but you may have to compromise with settings and resolution.

HP 17-bs019dx could be a good choice if you are looking for a laptop to run Microsoft office or other similar office application, web browsing, occasional photo and video editing, 3D modeling etc. However, the laptop doesn’t come with Microsoft office full version.

HP 17-BS019DX comes with 8GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. The laptop comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive which is installed with Windows 10 64 bit home operating system. You can replace the hard drive with a Solid State Drive to boost performance and get faster booting. However, you must verify with the vendor if expanding memory or replacing hard drive would void the warranty.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, the laptop offers 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only) ports , 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45, 1 headphone/microphone combo and SD card reader.

There is an integrated webcam. For network connectivity, you get  Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. The laptop has a removable battery ( 3 cell, 31whr).

HP 15-cc055od or HP 2DS86UA#ABA Review

HP 15-cc055od or model 2DS86UA#ABA is packed with decent features and can handle a lot of standard applications with ease.  It even supports some of the demanding tasks like Photo and video editing, 3D designing, and music creation. But the laptop is not fast enough for such tasks especially when it comes to rendering. Though the laptop is powered by Intel core i7-7500u processor, it still is a dual core Ultra low voltage processor and is not meant for CPU intensive programs. Again, HP 15-cc055od comes with Intel HD 620 graphics which is integrated graphics and uses system memory. The laptop lacks discrete graphics and you can’t upgrade graphics either. The laptop does not come with Solid State drive which offers faster booting and uploading of the program. However, other hardware specs of the laptop are sufficient for casual gaming. You can also consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-75MD which is powered by Intel core i7-7500u processor, NVIDIA Geforce 940MX dedicated graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory and 8GB DDR4 system RAM (expandable up to 32GB). Again it comes with 256GB Solid State Drive and full HD display (1920 X 1080)p which offers accurate color compared to (1366 X 768) display. Like HP Pavilion 15-cc055od, the Acer laptop also comes with a backlit keyboard and inbuilt optical drive.

None of the laptops is touch enabled or 2-in-1 laptop. But you don’t need touchscreen interface as Windows 10 works well with the non-touch environment. None of these laptops is work station grade laptop either. As discussed earlier, Intel core i7-7500u is a dual core Ultra low voltage processor. It operates between 2.7GHz base frequency to 3.5GHz turbo frequency and has 4MB of smart cache. HP 15-cc055od offers enough power to run office applications, stream videos and movies, emailing/skype. Please note that it doesn’t come with full version of MS office. It also supports CPU intensive task like HD photo/video editing, 3D modeling, music creation etc. But while rendering, it won’t give you fast performance. If you are more into media editing then you can take a look at Dell 15.6” laptop which is powered by Intel core i7-7700HQ processor ( 4 cores,  each core operates with 3.2GHz- 3.8GHZ and has 6MB of cache), 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400 rpm HDD plus 128GB SSD dual hard drive. When it comes to graphics, the Dell laptop incorporates a powerful NVIDIA GTX 1050 dedicated graphics with 4GB GDDR5 video memory. It can smoothly run most of the latest games like Battlefield 1, Resident Evil 7, The Witcher 3 etc. The graphics not only supports PC gaming but also boosts the performance when it comes to running Adobe Photoshop, Sony Vegas Pro software. Though it costs you more, yet it is worth every penny you spend on it. However, the Dell laptop doesn’t come with inbuilt CD/DVD drive and you need to buy an external one at around $30, if required.

HP 15 cc055od is installed with 8GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is not user expandable. Memory and hard drive slots are not easily accessible. It has 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive which comes installed with Windows 10 Home 64-bit operating system.

Model 2DS86UA#ABA comes with an impressive array of ports and connectivity features which include 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 (Data up to 5 Gb/s); 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 HDMI,1 RJ-45; 1 headphone/microphone combo and SD card reader. Wired network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet. Wireless connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2. As told earlier, you get a backlit key board with dedicated numeric keypad which this laptop.

3 cell 41whr battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

HP 17-BS011DX 17.3″ Laptop Review

HP 17-BS011DX is an affordable big laptop packed with impressive features. The laptop is powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive. It is not a high end laptop but is powerful enough for day to day computing. The machine is fast enough for tasks like typing docs and spreadsheets, creating presentation, office software, surfing the internet, skype/emailing and other daily computing needs. It supports small HD video editing and 3D modelling as well. But if you need to deal with such tasks on a day to day basis then you need a laptop with better configuration. Model: 17-BS011DX doesn’t come with dedicated graphics with video memory.  Instead the laptop offers Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which uses system memory. This laptop comes with 1600 X 900 display which is standard for a 17.3” laptop. However, full HD IPS display produces sharper images. Another disadvantage of the laptop is that it comes with slow hard drive. A faster 7200rpm hard drive or Solid State Drive can boost performance of a laptop to some extent. Basically, you have to make some compromise when you buy a cheap laptop. If you are looking for an affordable laptop that offers enough performance for all your tasks then you can consider MSI GL72 7QF-1057 which is powered by Intel i7-7700HQ quad core processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 7200rpm hard drive. It has NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M graphics with 2GB DDR5 video memory. None of the laptops mentioned above come with backlit keyboard. However, this MSI laptop comes with premium steel series 102 key keyboard and offers many premium features.

Here is a brief review about specifications of HP 17-BS011DX. Intel core i5-7200u has two cores which operate with base frequency of 2.5 GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. On the other hand, Intel core i7-7700HQ has 4 cores which operate with base frequency of 2.8GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.8GHz. Intel core i5-7200u has 3MB of cache while Intel core i7-7700HQ comes with a massive 6 MB of cache. Both the processors are part of Intel’s Kabylake family and support hyperthreading which means each core can work as two virtual cores. Thus, in case of i7-7700HQ, it will be 8 virtual cores.  Again MSI GL72 7QF-1057 comes with IPS full HD display which means it offers wide viewing angle. If you need a laptop for HD video editing, music creation, 3D modelling/rendering then MSI GL72 7QF-1057 will be a more suitable option for you. Again, HP 17-BS011DX supports up to 802.11 n while MSI laptop supports wireless ac.

If you are on tight budget and looking for a laptop with better processor, within similar price range, then you can consider HP 17.3″ HD Premium High Performance Laptop.  It comes with Intel core i7-7500u processor which is a dual core processor and operates within 2.7GHz to 3.5GHz frequency range. It has 4MB of cache. It also comes with 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400 rpm. All the above mentioned laptops come with inbuilt optical drive.

HP 17-BS011DX comes with 8GB DDR4 2133MHz memory. It has two memory slots and you can upgrade memory up to 16GB.  The hard drive is also easily accessible in this laptop. You can also replace hard drive with Solid State Drive to get faster booting. However, before upgrading or expanding memory you must check with the manufacturer if it voids the product warranty.

The laptop runs on Windows 10 home 64 bit. It doesn’t comes with MS office.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, the HP laptop offers 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only), 1 USB 2.0,  1 HDMI,  1 RJ-45, 1 headphone/microphone combo and SD card reader. It has integrated HD webcam as well. As told earlier, the keyboard is not backlit keyboard. For networking, it supports Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.

HP 17-BS011DX comes with 3-cell, 31 Wh Li-ion battery which offers battery backup of 4 hours (approx.). However, it depends upon usage. The battery is removable