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HP 15-g039wm sparkling black Laptop

HP 15-g039wm sparkling black Laptop PC comes with glossy black lid and interior that make it very attractive. Inside the laptop there is a quad core AMD A8-6410 processor, which operates with up to 2.4 GHz frequency, 4GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. The cost of the HP 15-g039wm is around $400. It seems Walmart has stirred up a price war during Back to school 2014 season. The price is quite reasonable but is not the cheapest in its category. You can get HP 15-G012DX at a much lower price which comes with similar specifications. However, you won’t find many at this price. Model 15-g039wm is suitable for working with Office applications, web browsing with multiple tabs, watching movies in HD environment,  encoding audio and video, Skype, light photo editing and casual gaming. The weight of the laptop is 4.83lbs, which is light considering its size and the fact that it has inbuilt DVD drive. This is one of the major advantages of HP 15-g039wm because most of the light weight laptops available in the market lack optical drive. It comes with USB 3.0 as well as HDMI output. Fancy features like backlit keyboard is missing which usually is not found in budget machine. To know more about the laptop read further.

Specification and Performance of HP 15-g039wm

AMD A8-6410 is a quad core APU or accelerated processor which operates with up to 2.4GHz frequency. It comes with 2MB of L2 cache and Radeon R5 graphics which supports casual gaming. Games like Starcraft II Heart of the Swarm, Skyrim, Anno 2070, world of Tanks etc are playable in this laptop. However, not all games can be played in high or ultra-settings. You can play older games like World of Warcraft and Left 4 Dead 2 as well on this laptop. HP g039wm supports HD video streaming smoothly. However, the laptop display comes with 1366 X 768 maximum resolutions, thus, you can’t play full HD videos on laptop screen.  There is an HDMI port which allows you to watch full HD laptop content on compatible HDTV and monitor. All you need to do is to buy HDMI cable.

HP 15-g039wm is installed with 4GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. The configuration is enough for basic computing but if you need additional memory and storage then you should consider a different model as memory of HP 15-g039wm is not expandable further. You can buy Lenovo G50 (80E3005NUS)  15.6″ laptop Black which is available at $460 approx. However, both HP and Lenovo laptop are non-touch laptops.

As told earlier,  15.6” LED backlit high definition display of HP 15-g039wm offer maximum resolution of 1366 X 768. It is hard to get full HD resolution at this price range.

The laptop offers all  standard ports and connectivity features which include 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1  headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, 1 Ethernet port and 1 HDMI port. VGA port is missing in this laptop. It supports Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. Bluetooth connectivity is missing. 3 cell lithium-polymer battery offers up to 4 h 15 min battery life

Pros of HP 15-g039wm

Ample storage

Inexpensive laptop

Optical drive

Cons of HP 15-g039wm

No Bluetooth

No full HD

Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7260

Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7260 is a 17.3” desktop replacement laptop that offers you plenty of storage space. The laptop runs on AMD A6-6310 quad core accelerated processor. It comes with 8GB memory and 750GB hard drive. Though it doesn’t offer backlit key board or faster Solid State drive still, at $470, it is on par with most of similar priced laptops, for instance Satellite C75D-B7230. The laptop is suitable for working with Microsoft Office, web browsing, watching videos and movies and Skype etc. which we expect from our home desktop PC.  The laptop comes with integrated Radeon HD R4 graphics. Toshiba C75D-B7260 is not powerful enough to play games at higher settings. However, you can play games like Fifa 14, Dead space 3, Skyrim, Minecraft etc., if you turn down the resolution and settings. Other games like Team fortress 2 ,World of Warcraft like older and  Windows 8 compatible games can be played in high details and setting. You can also use the laptop for installing iTunes. The laptop offers good range of ports which include USB 3.0 and HDMI. The battery life is average. To know more about C75D-B7260 read the review further.

Specification and Performance Satellite C75D-B7260

Under the hood, the laptop is equipped with latest Quad core AMD A6-6310 accelerated processor or APU which operates with 2.4 GHz clock speed and comes with Radeon HD R4 graphics. Compared with Intel core i3-4030U, it offers almost similar performance. However, you may get improved performance while gaming as AMD R4 is designed to optimize gaming. The laptop can stream internet videos smoothly.

Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7260 offers 8GB memory which can be expanded up to 16GB. The 750GB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed and is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system. This laptop is installed with trial version of Microsoft Office.

The 17.3” display of Satellite C75DB7260 offers maximum resolution of 1600 X 900 pixels which is usual for this kind of laptop.

Satellite C75D-B7260 has a good number of ports. However, only one of its three USB ports is USB 3.0. You also get VGA and HDMI video output for connecting the laptop to an external display, an Ethernet port, a DVD optical drive, a multi-format card reader and combo headphone and microphone jacks. It comes with HD Webcam and Microphone. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and Wireless 802.11 b/g/n. Bluetooth connectivity is missing in this laptop.

6 cell 48whr Li-ion battery offers up to 3 Hours of battery backup depending upon usage.

Pros of Satellite C75D-B7260

This 17.3in laptop is powerful for its offer price,

8GB RAM for speedy multitasking

Cons of C75D-B7260

Average battery life

Touchpad is small compared to laptop size

HP 17.3” Pavilion 17-f019wm

Those who need an affordable desktop replacement laptop which allows casual gaming as well, can take a look at HP Pavilion 17-f019wm. Under an attractive Ash silver cover, it features AMD quad core A10-5745M APU Processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. This HP 17.3″ Pavilion 17-f019wm Laptop is designed for home use and is well tuned for entertainment. You can use it for watching movies, editing photos, playing games and installing ITunes. Interestingly, it is not too heavy, considering its 17.3” size, and weighs only 6.27lbs. However, it is not easy to carry it on day to day basis. Like many other laptops, HP 17-f019wm comes with few shortcomings- the screen doesn’t support full HD, no Gigabit Ethernet and it is not touch enabled. At $600 (Walmart), it is not very cheap either but is still a good laptop for its price. It comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports and audio is supported by Beats audio with dual speaker. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 17 f019wm.

HP Pavilion 17 f019wm Specification and Expected performance

HP 17.3” Pavilion 17-f019wm is equipped with AMD Quad core A10-5745M accelerated processor, with each core operating with 2.1 GHz frequency and, due to AMD Turbocore Technology, the frequency of some of the cores can scale up to 2.9GHz. It comes with AMD Radeon HD 8610G graphics which allows PC gaming to great extent. However, not all games are playable in high details and settings. You can play Dota 2, BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Skyrim, Minecraft and TF2 in low to medium details and settings. It can stream high definition videos smoothly.

HP 17-f019wm comes with 8GB memory and 1TB hard drive. Its 1TB 5400RPM hard drive is preloaded with Windows 8 operating system along with other HP proprietary software. The 17.3” high definition LED backlit display of the laptop supports max resolution of 1600 X 900 which doesn’t support 1080p or full HD playback. The display is capable of supporting up to 900p which is almost close to 1080p. It comes with HDMI output, so you can connect the laptop to HDTV with the help of HDMI cable and watch laptop content on big screen.

Pavilion 17-f019wm offers standard ports and connectivity features which you expect from a budget laptop. It comes with Ethernet port, HDMI output, Headphone/Microphone combo jack, one USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0 and SD card reader. It also comes with HD webcam. But VGA port is missing.  It is common nowadays for most of the laptop manufacturers to remove VGA port from configuration, but a VGA port comes handy if you have older TV and projector.

Network connectivity is supported by both wired and wireless network. It comes with Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n. Wireless-ac support is not available with this laptop.

The 4 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 3.5 hours approx. of battery life, once fully charged.

Pros of HP 17.3” Pavilion 17-f019wm

Affordable desktop replacement laptop for home use as well as for entertainment

8GB memory and 1 TB hard drive

2 USB 3.0 ports

Cons of HP 17-f019wm

No Wireless-ac and Gigabit Ethernet support

No SSD

Dell Inspiron i5547-5780sLV

Dell Inspiron i5547-5780sLV is a 15.6” laptop and has a powerful configuration that includes a Core i7-4510 ULV CPU and 8GB RAM. It also offers some premium features like backlit keyboard, brushed aluminum exterior and Wireless AC. Specifications of this Dell Silver 15.6″ Inspiron 15 5547 Laptop PC look good for its asking price ($720-$740 at Amazon as well as Walmart) but the only drawback with this laptop is its screen which supports low resolution of 1366 X 768 only and, thus, is unable to stream full HD content.  However, it comes with HDMI output so you can connect the laptop with compatible HDTV or monitor and watch Full HD content on big screen. Dell i5547-5780sLV is not a touch screen laptop and optical drive is missing in this Dell model.  The laptop lacks dedicated graphics as well. However, with the help of 8GB memory, its integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics allows you to play lots of PC games but all games are not playable in high or ultra-setting.  If you want to edit photos and personal videos or convert media file formats, you can consider this laptop. It supports light 3D designing as well, but for professional use you would quire a Workstation grade laptop.  So far customer reviews are positive about this laptop. Read customer reviews at Amazon.com

Dell Inspiron i5547-5780sLV specification and performance

Dell Inspiron i5547-5780sLV is powered by Intel core i7-4510u CPU which is a dual core processor and operates with 2 GHz frequency. Thanks to Turboboost technology the clock speed can rise up to 3.1GHz. It is Hyperthreading enabled and two processor cores can handle 4 threads at a time. It comes with Intel HD 4400 graphics which is an integrated graphics but can compete with any entry level dedicated graphics. This is the only graphics option for this Dell Silver 15.6″ Inspiron 15 5547 Laptop PC. It allows you casual gaming and you can play latest games like Gird autosport, Titanfall and COD ghosts in low to medium details and setting. Higher games like Thief, Assassin´s Creed IV: Black Flag and watch dog will also run on this machine if you lower the resolution and setting. However, you won’t get high frame rates. If you need a good gaming laptop at around $1000, you can try Dell Inspiron i5547-15001sLV which is a full high definition touch screen laptop and offers 16 GB memory along with 1TB hard drive. It comes with Intel core i7-4510u processor and has dedicated AMD Radeon HD R7 M265 graphics.  Both the laptops run Windows 8.1 operating system.

Model  i5547-5780sLV  is shipped with  8GB memory ( arranged in two slots )and memory is expandable up to 16 GB. The speed of the memory is 1600Mhz. It comes with 1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system, along with plenty of other software.

15.6” glossy LED backlit high definition display offers resolution up to 1366 X 768 pixels. It comes with average viewing angle.

Dell Silver 15.6″ Inspiron 15 5547 Laptop offers 3 USB ports rather than 4 which have been seen in earlier models (i15RM-7565sLV). Out of 3 USB ports, two are USB 3.0 and one is USB 2.0 port. It also offers HDMI, Ethernet port, combo head phone and microphone jack. The laptop lacks VGA output. Another shortcoming of this laptop is that it comes with fast Ethernet only and does not support Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. On the other hand, it offers 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-fi connectivity and Bluetooth.

The 4 cell 37whr offers up to 7 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of Dell Inspiron i5547-5780sLV

Back lit keyboard

Wi-Fi up to –ac

Bluetooth

8GB memory

Cons of Dell Inspiron i5547-5780sLV

No Gigabit Ethernet

No full HD display

 

ASUS R510LAV-RS51

Powered by Intel core i5-4210u, ASUS R510LAV-RS51 is a cool and efficient laptop which offers enough performance for everyday computing tasks and casual gaming. It also supports a few of CPU intensive tasks like media encoding, photo editing, iTunes installation and playing videos in High definition mode. But it is not suitable for CPU level 3D rendering (especially if you need it for professional use). It is so because the laptop comes with i5 ULV processor which is less efficient as compared to mainstream i5-4200M processor. So, if you are looking for a laptop which offers performance for smooth video editing, 3D designing and animation then this laptop is not for you.   It comes with 8GB memory and 500GB hard drive. Even though ASUS R510LAV-RS51 comes with a DVD drive, the weight (5.1lbs) of the laptop is not very high.  The touchpad of the laptop does not have buttons but the Chiclet style keyboard is comfortable to use. The laptop offers 2 USB 3.0 ports. It comes with Gigabit Ethernet and Wireless N. You won’t get Wireless AC. It comes with a VGA webcam rather than HD webcam. The price of the laptop is around $550 ( at Costco). This laptop is a successor to ASUS R510LA-RS51 15.6-Inch laptop which is integrated with Intel core i5-4200u processor and Windows 8 OS. Rest of the features in both the models remains same. You can read Customers Review at Amazon.

ASUS R510LAV-RS51 gets its processing power from 1.7GHz Intel core i5-4210U which is a dual core processor. The processor clock speed can rise up to 2.7GHz. The processor comes with 3MB of cache and incorporates Intel HD 4400 graphics which is integrated graphics. This laptop doesn’t offer discrete graphics. However, for day to day computing and casual gaming, Intel HD 4400 is more than enough.  You can play games like World of Tanks, World of Warcraft, Skyrim, Tomb Raider, Dead Space 3 Planetside 2, COD Ghosts etc. However, not all games are playable in high settings and details. ASUS R510LAV-RS51 can run Minecraft as well.  For Netflix and Youtube streaming, it could be good choice.

The laptop comes with 8GB memory and 500GB, 5400 rpm hard drive and runs on Windows 8.1 operating system.  ASUS R510LAV-RS51 is non touch laptop and its 15.6” LED backlit high definition display supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels.

Compare to Similar Best Seller Laptops

If you need a touch screen laptop with similar configuration but do not want to stretch your budget then you can take a look at Lenovo IdeaPad (59406579). It comes with much powerful i5-4200M processor, 8GB memory and 1TB hard drive. Read customer review of the Lenovo laptop.

Another competitor of R510LAV-RS51 is Dell Inspiron i3542-8334BK which is a non-touch laptop with Windows 7 operating system and offers 1 TB hard drive. The price is almost same as of Asus. Read Customer Review of Dell Laptop

Asus  R510LAV-RS51 comes with 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA, 1 Headphone Out/ Microphone In combo jack  Gigabit Ethernet Port and SD card reader. The 4-cell Li-ion Battery pack offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

Pros of ASUS R510LAV-RS51

Decent price feature combination

Gigabit Ethernet

2 USB 3.0 ports

Cons of ASUS R510LAV-RS51

Not a touchscreen laptop

HP 15-g013cl Laptop

HP 15-g013cl runs on AMD A8-6410, which is a quad-core processor with 2.4 GHz clock speed and has a small 2MB of L2 cache. It’s not the fastest in its category but is enough for this laptop. HP 15-g013cl isn’t intended for working with 3D modelling or editing HD videos, instead it is designed for running office applications, web surfing, photo editing, watching HD movies and listening to music. It also supports installing iTunes and encodes video files. It is a great unit for basic multitasking as well. HP 15-g013cl supports casual gaming as well. It’s well-suited to home users and students who need to work with word processor, preparing presentation, downloading videos and audios, personal photo editing and casual gaming. Although the laptop comes with integrated R5 graphics, but it can compete with entry level dedicated graphics. HP 15-g013cl is integrated with 4GB memory and 750GB hard drive which is common in most HP budget laptops. It comes with inbuilt DVD drive as well. Though the display of the laptop offers up to 720p HD playback but there is a HDMI output which allows the laptop to be hooked to a high-definition TV. The price of the laptop is around $400 at Costco. Read further to know Is the price justified.

HP 15-g013cl Specification and Performance

AMD A8-6410 APU is AMD’s new line up and offers enough performance for regular tasks. Each core operates with 2.4GHz frequency and the APU integrates AMD Radeon HD R5 graphics. With 4GB RAM, it can perform day to day tasks smoothly. For instance, you will get faster web browsing and glitch free internet video streaming. You can play games like Dota 2, Gird 2 and Tomb Raider etc in low to medium details. You can also play older games like World of Warcraft, MineCraft in the laptop.

So far there is no customer review available for HP 15 g013cl.  However, you can find similar laptops in Amazon. For example, HP 15- G012dx comes with similar specifications and is available at cheaper price of $370 approx. Only difference between the two modes is that G012dx runs on windows 8.1 operating system. You can read Customer Review of HP 15-G012dx, so as to get an idea about the laptop.

HP 15-g013cl comes with 4GB memory but the memory can’t be expandable further. It comes with 750GB hard drive which spins with 5400rpm. For this price you can’t get SSD.

The 15.6” HD LED backlit display supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. The laptop comes with both, wired and Wireless, connectivity. Wireless connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Wired connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet.  The laptop weighs around 4.83lbs which is light enough considering its 15.6” size. It comes with island keyboard with dedicated numeric keypad.

Beside HDMI output, it comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1USB 3.0, 1 RJ 45, combo audio jack and SD card reader. It has inbuilt DVD drive. VGA port is missing.

Pros of HP 15-g013cl

Budget non-touch laptop with Windows 7 operating system

USB 3.0 port

Cons of HP 15-g013cl

No bluetooth

HP 15-p030nr Beats Special Edition

As the name suggests, HP Beats Special Edition 15-p030nr is a special edition laptop which is packed with features and performance. It has been reasonably priced.  The laptop has been designed for specific consumers to meet their particular computing needs. HP 15-p030nr is equipped with AMD A8-5545 Quad core processor. This laptop is for people looking for entertainment like watching videos, movies, listening music beside general computing like typing documents and browsing web. The main advantage of the laptop is that it is a touch screen laptop and comes with 8GB memory and 1TB hard drive. Audio is supported by Beats. Additionally, it offers backlit keyboard which is commonly not available in budget laptops. However, the laptop does not come with full HD screen display and SSD drive. Other feature of the laptop is HP Connected Music. HP 15-p030nr comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports and has inbuilt DVD drive (Blu-ray not included). The laptop in red and black combo looks very attractive and is suitable for college students. The price of the laptop is $600 approx and it is available at Walmart, Amazon and other online stores.  The price/feature ratio of the laptop is decent. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-p030nr 15.6-Inch Special Edition Laptop:

HP 15-p030nr Specification and Performance

AMD Quad-Core A8-5545M APU is a quad core processor which operates with 1.7GHz and, if system requires, frequency of some the cores can rise up to 2.7GHz. It has 4MB of L2 cache. Compared with AMD A8-6410, A8-5545M APU is better as Passmark ( Benchmark) would suggest. It comes with AMD Radeon HD 8510G graphics which supports casual gaming. You can play games like Borderlands 2, Bioshock infinite, Skyrim, Team Fortress 2, MineCraft, Dead Island and Dead space 3. However, you may need to change settings and resolution as all games are not playable in high resolution and settings. It can stream movies and videos smoothly though.  The laptop is not meant for avid gamers. If you are looking for a dedicated gaming laptop then HP 15-p030nr is not for you.

HP Beats Special Edition 15-p030nr is shipped with 8GB memory (1 DIMM/single slot) and 1 TB, 5400 rpm hard drive. The hard drive is preinstalled with Windows 8.1 and lots of HP proprietary software.

The 15.6” LED backlit touch screen display offers maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 which means it can support 720p HD content playback but not 1080p. But you can watch full HD content on compatible external display through HDMI.

Ports and connectivity features include Multi-format digital media card reader for Secure Digital cards,2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. Network connectivity includes 802.11 b/g/n, Fast Ethernet and Bluetooth

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Pros of HP 15 p030nr

Good value for the money

2 USB 3.0 ports

Ample storage and memory

Bluetooth

Cons of HP Beats Special Edition 15-p030nr

Display doesn’t support 1080p

Toshiba 17.3″ Satellite C75D-B7215

Toshiba 17.3″ Satellite C75D-B7215 is a non-touch laptop but it comes with Windows 8.1 operating system. It is powered by AMD A8-6410 quad core processor, which not only does all the basic computing very well like writing documents, playing music, watching/streaming video, but also supports harder tasks like photo editing, video encoding and casual gaming. The 17.3” display is great for watching movies and videos. Basically, Toshiba C75D-B7215 is a good and versatile entry-level desktop replacement laptop that can be used for a little bit of everything except intense gaming and working with 3D software. The cost of the laptop is $500 and it is not a touch enabled laptop. It offers huge 8GB RAM and a massive 1 TB HDD. The downside of the laptop is that it doesn’t come with backlit keyboard and doesn’t offer full HD resolution. Toshiba C75D-B7215 Satellite offers up to 4.5 hours of battery backup. However, for its price it offers decent amount of memory and storage. It also offers USB 3.0 port and has inbuilt DVD drive. Read the review further to know more about its specifications, performance and similar other models available in the market.

Toshiba 17.3″ Satellite C75D-B7215 specification and performance

AMD A8-6410 is the latest accelerated processor which operates with 2.4GHz frequency. It is a quad core processor and comes with Radeon HD R5 graphics. Even though it is quad core processor, it is less powerful than Intel core i5-4200M.  With 8GB memory, Toshiba C75D-B7215 satellite can stream HD video easily and support PC gaming up to certain extent. You can play Minecraft on this laptop. Games like Dota 2, Gird 2, Fifa 14, Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite can also run on this laptop. You can play games available at Windows App store. As the 17.3” display of Satellite C75D-B7215 supports max resolution of 1600 X 900, you can’t watch video in full high definition mode. However, there is an HDMI output so you can connect your laptop with HDTV or other external display and watch full HD content on big screen.

Comparing Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7215 with Similar Best Sellers

Lenovo IdeaPad (59406579) touch screen laptop which comes with powerful i5-4200M (2.5-3.1GHz)processor ( Haswell/4th generation) and offers 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive could be a direct competitor to Toshiba Satellite. Lenovo IdeaPad offers 2 USB 3.0 ports. You will be getting touch enabled screen measuring 15.6” which Toshiba C75D-B7215 lacks. If you want to work with CPU intensive tasks like video encoding, photo editing and some 3D designing then Lenovo IdeaPad (59406579) is preferable over Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7215. However, you have to compromise with screen size. The price of Lenovo IdeaPad varies from 500$- 530$. Click Here to Read Customer Reviews on Amazon

Another model you can compare Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7215 is Lenovo IdeaPad G505s 15.6-Inch Laptop (59406417), which is equipped with AMD A10-5750M Quad core processor. This processor is more powerful than AMD A8-6410. IdeaPad G505s has 6GB RAM and 1 TB hard drive. The laptop is not a touchscreen enabled laptop and is suitable for those who are looking for some gaming alongwith day to day computing. The price of the laptop is $450 approx. Click here to see full specs and Customer Reviews

RAM, hard drive and other specification of Toshiba 17.3″ Satellite C75D-B7215

Toshiba C75D B7215 is installed with 8GB DDR3L RAM and memory is expandable up to 16 GB. Memory speed is 1600MHz. It comes with 1TB of hard drive. It doesn’t offer SSD or Hard drive + SSD cache. The laptop runs on windows 8.1 operating system.

The 17.3” display features high definition backlit screen which is not touch enabled. Satellite C75D-B7215 offers HD webcam. The edges are arranged with 1USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, VGA output, HDMI output, Ethernet port and SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi

Pros of Toshiba C75D-B7215

Reasonably priced desktop replacement laptop

Ample storage and memory to ensure smooth multitasking

Cons of Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7215

No Bluetooth

Not a touchscreen laptop

ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B

ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B laptop notebook is perfect for home users, students and those who want a cheap laptop, with good performance. Under the hood, it has an Intel Celeron N2830 processor and the laptop is shipped with 4GB memory. Thus, you can expect decent performance for tasks like running MS office, web browsing, Skype, social networking, playing music and watching videos. It is not suitable for harder task like video encoding and editing, 3D designing and rendering. For instance, Sony Vegus pro AutoCAD, Revit, 3Ds Max will not run on this machine. ASUS X551MAV EB01-B is not a gaming machine either. However, you can play some less demanding games available in Windows App Store. Overall, it’s a solid 15.6in laptop to consider. This laptop is recommended if you are happy with little bit of entertainment and some gaming. It comes with all standard ports, including USB 3.0 and HDMI. ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B laptop is available at Amazon, with a price tag of $250 -$300 approx. The laptop is available at Newegg and Tigerdirect as well. It is a non-touch laptop and there are some shortcomings like only 2 USB ports and VGA webcam. It doesn’t come with DVD drive, so you need to block one USB port for external DVD drive. Here is a brief review about the specifications and performance of the laptop.

ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B specification and performance

A 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron N3830 CPU offers processing power to ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B. It is the latest Celeron mobile processor, based on Intel’s Bay Trail platform released towards the end of 2013, which uses Intel’s latest 22 nanometre manufacturing method and has low TDP rating. Low TDP rating signifies this laptop will be power-efficient and will consume less power.  It’s a 64-bit CPU with two cores and core frequency can rise up to 2.41GHz. The laptop is not great for multitasking and high end programs but it does provide speed while running office applications and streaming HD videos.

You also get 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM and a 500 GB hard drive. The memory is not expandable further. The 500GB hard drive operates with 5400rpm. For this price you can’t get a SSD or HD +SSD.

The 15.6” LED backlit display of ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B supports maximum of 1366 X 768 pixels resolution.

Beside USB ports, the laptop offers HDMI out and VGA out to connect the machine with HDTV, monitors and projectors. There is an Ethernet port and SD card reader as well. Network connectivity is supported by 10/100 Base T and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi

3-cell Li-on Battery Pack offers up to 3.5 hours of battery life, depending upon usage.

Competitor

 

Pros of ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B

Inexpensive laptop for everyday use

Light in weight

Cons of ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B

No DVD drive

Only 2 USB ports

Toshiba Satellite L55 B5267

Powered by Intel core i3-4025U dual core processor, Toshiba Satellite L55 B5267 is a good buy, provided your computing requirements aren’t too demanding. Overall, this is a decent machine for people who just want to work with Word/excel, watch videos, email, use Skype  and social media, download music and video files, encode/decode media files and run light games. Toshiba L55-B5267 is not a touch screen laptop. Though it comes with DVD burner, the laptop is still considerably light in weight ( 4.85lbs). It is shipped with 6GB memory to ensure smooth multitasking. The laptop offers 750GB hard drive which means you will get plenty of space to store your media files. However, the hard drive doesn’t come with SSD cache and you won’t get Full HD display. The battery life is average. This is an inexpensive laptop and expecting too much is not realistic.  At present, the laptop comes with a price tag of $390 approx ( Officedepot back to school promotion). To know more about this fairly priced laptop, read the brief review of Toshiba Satellite L55 B5267 further.

Specification and performance of Toshiba Satellite L55-B5267

Intel core i3-4025u is 4th generation Intel ULV mobile processor which operates with 1.9GHz frequency. It is a dual core processor and has 3MB of cache memory. The processor comes with integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics. Paired with 6GB memory it allow you to play less demanding games like Dota 2, Tomb Raider and Skyrim  in low to medium details and setting. Toshiba L55 B5267 supports Minecraft game play. However, you may need to adjust settings. Compared to Intel core i3-4030u, i3-4025u comes with less advanced features. However, both the processors operate with same clock speed. Thus, you will hardly notice any difference in performance when it comes to regular computing.

Toshiba Satellite L55-B5267 comes with 6GB DDR3L SDRAM. The memory speed is 1600MHz. The laptop supports maximum 6GB memory so you can’t expand memory further. It comes with 750GB hard drive which is preinstalled with Windows 8.1 operating system. The keyboard coming with the laptop is Premium US keyboard with 10-key pad (Black), Touch pad pointing device with multi touch control.

15.6” HD backlit non touch display of Toshiba Satellite L55-B5267 supports maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which supports up to 720p HD content playback

It comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports (one sleep and charge) and one USB 2.0 port, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet port and SD card reader. The upper part of the bezel houses webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n.  Budget laptops commonly lack 802.11 ac.

The 4 cell battery offers 2-4 hours of battery life depend upon usage.

Competitor

Dell Inspiron i3542-3333BK 15.6-Inch Laptop which comes with Intel core i3-4030u processor (just one step advance version of i3-4025u), 4GB RAM 500GB hard drive is the direct competitor to Toshiba Satelling L55-B5267. Dell Inspiron offers with Bluetooth connectivity as well. The price of this Dell model is $400 approx.

Another competitor to Toshiba Satellite is Acer Aspire E5-571-37SY, which is powered by Intel core i3-4030U processor and comes with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It comes with Gigabit Ethernet,  Bluetooth and 6 cell lithium ion battery which offers up to 7 hours of battery life.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite L55-B5267

Inexpensive laptop for students and home users with decent specifications

6 GB memory and 750GB hard drive

Cons of Toshiba Satellite L55-B5267

No Bluetooth