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Dell I3558-10000BLK Review

Dell I3558-10000BLK touchscreen laptop is intended for students and home users. The laptop is powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor which is not as powerful as 7th gen Intel core i5-7200u processor. It has 6GB of DDR3L RAM which is enough for day to day computing tasks like typing docs, processing spreadsheets, creating presentation, skype, emailing, downloading music, streaming videos on screen or on external display etc. It also supports small photo and video editing and casual gaming. However, more memory is preferable for HD photo and video editing, compressing large files etc. Though the laptop has touchscreen display, it does not support 1080p content playback as the display supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixel which is good for 720p content. A full HD display is preferable for HD video editing. Dell I3558-10000BLK comes with 1 TB 5400 rpm hard drive.  It lacks Solid state Drive which is much faster than hard drive. When it comes to gaming, the laptop has integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics which supports Minecraft, Sims and Lego games but high end games like GTA V, star wars battlefront can also be played in low resolution and setting. Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG Laptop which is powered by 6th gen Intel core i5-6200u, 8GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB) and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940MX with 2GB video memory. It has full HD display as well. Premium features like backlit keyboard and type C USB 3.1 port are also available with this laptop.

Dell I3558-10000BLK does not offer backlit keyboard and Type C port. However, both the laptops come with inbuilt optical drive. Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG Laptop is not a touchscreen laptop but it can still increase your productivity to great extent. Again, Intel core i5-6200u operates with 2.3GHz of base frequency and the frequency can increase up to 2.8GHZ while Intel core i5-5500u operates with 2.2GHz and frequency can shoot up to 2.7GHz. Both are dual core processors with 3MB of cache. Thus i5-6200u is slightly faster than i5-5200u. Again, a Solid State drive can speed up thing further which is missing in Dell I3558-10000BLK. You can also consider HP 15-ay013nr laptop which comes with Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. It also has Full HD display. As it is an inexpensive laptop, touchscreen feature is not available with this laptop. But you don’t really need touchscreen with Windows 10 OS.

Dell I3558-10000BLK is installed with 6GB DDRL RAM and the memory is expandable up to 8GB. If you are looking to run memory intensive program like HD video editing then Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG will be more suitable for you. The laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office though. Acer laptop comes with discrete graphics which has its own video memory while the integrated graphics of Dell laptop uses system memory.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, Dell I3558-10000BLK offers all standard ports. It comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1USB 3.0, 1HDMI, 1 LAN port and 1 headphone/mic combo port. It has SD card reader as well. All the above mentioned laptops come with backlit keyboard.

Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN, wireless ac and Bluetooth. Dell I3558-10000BLK comes with removable battery which offers up to 5 hours battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

Final thoughts

Dell I3558-10000BLK is a decent laptop for home use, however, if you are looking for a budget laptop for photo and video editing or playing latest games then Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG will be a more suitable option.

Asus X756UX-HI51105W Review

Asus X756UX-HI51105W is a budget gaming laptop that comes with 6th generation Intel core i5-6200u processor. It is installed with 12GB RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. Solid state drive and backlit keyboard are missing in the configuration which may disappoint many users. To support gaming, it has NVIDIA Geforce GTX 950M graphics with 2GB video memory. This 17.3” laptop comes with full HD display and supports almost all latest games like Battle field 1, Call of Duty Infinite warfare, Star wars Battlefront etc., in highest details and settings. Asus X756UX-HI51105W supports processor intensive tasks like Adobe Photoshop, Blender, AutoCAD, Revit and 3Ds Max but a Solid State Drive could help speeding up things. You can also consider Acer Aspire E5-774G which comes with 7th generation Intel core i5-7200u processor which is much faster than Intel core i5-6200u (will be discussed later). It has discrete NVIDIA Geforce 940X  graphics  with 2GB DDR5 RAM. DDR5 RAM is faster than DDR3.It also has Full HD display and 256GB Solid State Drive. As this laptop is pretty inexpensive, some Hardware related compromises have been made. It comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB) but there is no optical drive. Like Asus X756UX-HI51105W, it also comes with standard hard drive. None of these laptops are high end gaming laptops. Again, Asus X756UX-HI51105W doesn’t support Wireless ac while Acer E5-774G supports wireless ac.

Asus ROG GL752VW-DH71 a high end gaming laptop and comes with attractive price as well. It has Intel core i7-6700HQ processor (2.6GHz-3.5GHz) which has 4 cores and operates with much higher frequency compared to Intel core i5-6200u processor (2.3 GHz to 2.8GHz). It comes with 16GB DDR4 and 1TB 7200rpm hard drive. The 7200rpm hard drive is much faster than 5400rpm hard drive. To support gaming, Asus ROG GL752VW-DH71 comes with NVIDIA Geforce GTX  960M with 2GB GDDR5 video memory. It has backlit keyboard and the laptop is optimized for high end gaming. It also has wireless ac and Bluetooth.

Asus X756UX-HI51105W is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor which has two cores. The processor operates with base frequency of 2.3GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. On the other hand, i5-7200u operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. Thus, Acer E5-774G 17.3” laptop offers better performance against Asus X756UX-HI51105W.  256GB Solid State Drive in the Acer laptop speeds up thing to some extent.

Asus X756UX-HI51105W is installed with 12GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. It has 1TB 5400rpm hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. It doesn’t come with full version of MS Office.

The 17.3” display offers full HD resolution. Ports and connectivity features include 1  COMBO audio jack ,1 VGA port, 1 USB 3.0 port(s), 2 x USB 2.0 port(s), 1 x USB-C Gen 1, 1 RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert , 1 x HDMI, 1 SD card reader and 1  AC adapter plug. It also has a VGA webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN and 802.11 b/g/n.  The battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

HP Notebook 15-AY163NR Review

If you are looking for a cheap yet powerful laptop then you can consider HP Notebook 15-AY163NR laptop which is powered by 7th gen Intel core i7-7500u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. As it is a cheap laptop, the manufacturer has made certain compromises in order to make it an inexpensive machine. For instance, the laptop doesn’t come with dedicated graphics and Solid state Drive, which could have helped in boosting performance of the laptop. Again, it lacks backlit keyboard and comes with standard display (1366 X 768) rather than a full HD display ( 1920 X 1080p). For HD image or video editing, Solid state drive and Full HD display are preferable.  Model: Z4L82UA#ABA or  15-AY163NR doesn’t support wireless ac  and lacks Type C port. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK which is powered by 6th generation Intel core i7-6500u processor and 8GB DDR4 RAM. It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 memory and it also comes with a Solid State drive. The display of this laptop supports full HD resolution and has backlit keyboard. It also supports wireless connectivity. Though it is expensive, compared to HP Ay163nr, it comes with plenty of features that increase your productivity. However, for regular computing and small multimedia tasks, HP Notebook 15-AY163NR is a good option. Both the laptops come with inbuilt CD/DVD burner.

Intel core i7-7500u operates with base frequency of 2.7GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. On the other hand, Intel core i7-6500u operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz while that frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. Both are dual core processors with 4MB of cache and are built with 14nm technology. You will find that i7-6500u is little slower than i7-7500u processor but Solid State  drive and dedicated graphics make Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK more useful especially for media editing jobs, gaming, digital designing and other graphics intensive tasks.

Please note that HP 15-AY163NR comes with Integrated graphics which allows you to play latest games like Battlefield 1, Call of Duty Infinite warfare and Star wars Battlefront in low to medium resolution and settings. However, you can play Minecraft, Dota 2 etc smoothly on this machine.

The laptop comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. However, memory is not user upgradable and it would be safe to contact the manufacturer if you want the memory to be upgraded. You can also consider Dell Inspiron i5567-7292GRY touchscreen laptop which has 16GB 2400MHZ DDR4 RAM, i7-7500u processor and full HD display. It also comes with full HD touchscreen display and backlit keyboard. The laptop has dedicated AMD Radeon R7 M445 Graphics with 4GB video memory.

The 15.6” non-touch display of HP Notebook 15-AY163NR supports max resolution of 1366 X768p which can stream 720p content but not 1080p.However, Acer E 15 E5-575G-76YK  supports full HD content play back ( 1920 X 1080p)

The laptop comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, One USB 3.0 port, HDMI, SD card reader, mic/headphone combo jack, LAN port and a webcam. It comes with non-backlit keyboard and supports Wireless 802.11 b/g/n and 10/100Mbps Ethernet port for network connectivity. HP 15-AY163NR lacks USB 3.1 Type C port.

The battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup depending upon usage.

HP NOTEBOOK 15-BA069NR Review

HP NOTEBOOK 15-BA069NR is designed for home users and students. This non-touch laptop is powered by AMD quad core A10-9600p Bristol Bridge or 7th gen processor. Though it is a quad core processor, its performance is comparable with Intel core i3-7100u 7th generation processor (as per Passmark scores). It has 6GB of RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive.  The laptop is good enough for regular computing tasks like working with Microsoft office, web browsing, streaming movies and videos, emailing/skype, running Spotify etc. You can do small photo and video editing job as well. Basically, performance of HP NOTEBOOK 15-BA069NR is equivalent to HP Pavilion 15-BA079DX which comes with similar specs but offers touchscreen display. As both are cheap laptops, premium feature like backlit keyboard is missing in the configuration. Both the laptops come with inbuilt optical drive as well.

However, if you are looking for a budget laptop for Adobe Photoshop or digital designing, then Lenovo Ideapad 310 15.6″ Laptop with 7th gen AMD A12-9700p processor, 12GB RAM and 1TB hard drive will be a more suitable option.  Media editing programs like Adobe Photoshop and Blender need more memory. However, none of these laptops make it to workstation grade.  Again, the Lenovo laptop supports wireless ac while HP 15-BA069NR supports up to 802.11 n. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Model: Z2K89UA#ABA or HP 15-ba069nr.

AMD A10-9600 accelerated processor or APU operates with 2.4GHZ speed and the frequency can rise up to 3.3GHz.  It has Radeon HD R5 graphics which supports casual gaming. It can run games likes Minecraft, Sims 4, Dota 2 etc., but it will struggle if you run Star wars battlefront and Fallout 4 in highest resolutions. As a matter of fact, it is not a gaming laptop. Lenovo Ideapad 310 15.6″ Laptop with 7th gen AMD A12-9700p processor comes with better integrated graphics. AMD A12-9700p operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz. Note that both are quad core processors.

HP NOTEBOOK 15-BA069NR comes with 6GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. There are two memory slots. The laptop comes with 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. You can also consider Lenovo Ideapad 310 15″ – Black 80ST0025US which comes with 12GB RAM and has same AMD 10-9600p processor along with 1TB hard drive. It also supports wireless-ac.

The 15.6” non-touch display of 15-BA069NR supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which means though it can stream content in 720p but not in 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI, you can watch Full HD content on compatible monitor, TV and external display.  You will require HDMI cable for this purpose.

Ports and connectivity features in HP NOTEBOOK 15-BA069NR include 1  DC-in port, 1  Ethernet port, 1  HDMI port, 1 headphone/microphone jack, 2  USB 2.0 ports and 1  USB 3.0 port. It has integrated webcam as well. Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN and 802.11 b/g/n. The battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Final Thoughts

HP NOTEBOOK 15-BA069NR is a decent laptop for regular computing. However, if you are more into media editing or gaming, Lenovo Ideapad 310 15.6″ Laptop with 7th gen AMD A12-9700p and 12GB RAM could be a better option.

HP Notebook 15-AY169NR Review

HP NOTEBOOK 15-AY169NR is an inexpensive touchscreen laptop integrated with powerful 7th gen Intel core i5-7200u processor. However, other than processor, the laptop has pretty average specs. For instance, it comes with only 4GB DDR4 2133MHz memory and 500GB hard drive.  Thus, memory hungry programs will struggle to run in this laptop. For instance, applications like Adobe photoshop, lightroom, Blender, Solidworks and AutoCAD need more memory.  It also lacks discrete graphics and Solid state Drive.  You really don’t need a touchscreen interface with Windows 10 laptop but more memory and Solid state Drive can make a great difference in performance and make the laptop more useful. You can also consider Acer Aspire e5-575-53VG which comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB Solid State drive and NVIDIA Geforce 940MX discrete graphics with 2GB DDR5 video RAM. It has 6th gen Intel core i5-6200u processor which is little slower than i5-7200u but in combination with 8GB RAM, discrete graphics and a Solid State Drive, Acer Aspire e5-575-53VG becomes more productive compared to HP 15-AY169NR. Furthermore, the Acer laptop comes with backlit keyboard and has a good selection of ports. It also has support for wireless ac which is missing in the HP Model: Z4L79UA#ABA. However, for regular computing and office work, HP AY169NR is a decent laptop. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP NOTEBOOK 15-AY169NR

Intel core i5-7200u processor operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. It has 3MB of cache memory while Intel core i5-6200u processor operates with 2.3GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. Please note that both are dual core processors with 3MB of cache. Model: Z4L79UA#ABA comes with Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which allows you to play Minecraft, Dota 2 etc. smoothly but games like Battlefield 1 and Fallout 4 will struggle at highest settings. Another point to note is that integrated graphics can’t be upgraded. If you are a gaming enthusiast and looking for an affordable gaming laptop, then Acer Aspire e5-575g-53VG will be a more suitable option as it comes with discrete graphics, more memory and faster hard drive. You can also use it for photo and video editing.

HP NOTEBOOK 15-AY169NR comes with 4GB RAM in 2 memory slots but the memory is not user upgradable.  It would be safe to contact the manufacturer if you want to upgrade memory. You can also consider Lenovo Ideapad 80TV00BGUS which ships with Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive.

Again, HP NOTEBOOK 15-AY169NR comes with 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive. For regular computing, it is decent but for media editing and digital designing Solid State Drive is recommended. If you know about laptop repairing, you can easily replace hard drive with a Solid State Drive.

15-AY169NR features 15.6” display which supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which can stream 720p content but not 1080p.However, Acer e5-575G-53VG supports full HD content play back ( 1920 X 1080p)

The laptop comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, One USB 3.0 port, HDMI, SD card reader, mic/headphone combo jack, LAN port and a webcam. It comes with non-backlit keyboard and supports Wireless 802.11 b/g/n and 10/100Mbps Ethernet port for network connectivity. HP 15-AY169NR lacks USB 3.1 Type C port. The Acer laptop has Type C port and supports wireless ac.
The battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup depending upon usage.

HP 15-ay127cl or X7T53UA#ABA Review

HP 15-ay127cl or X7T53UA#ABA is integrated with Intel core i5-7200u processor which is powerful enough for day to day computing and also supports CPU intensive tasks like photo and video editing, encoding/decoding video files, compressing large files, compiling programs and some 3D rendering work.  Though it offers plenty of memory, the laptop comes with slow hard drive (1TB 5400rpm hard drive) and standard display (1366 X 768p).  A Solid state Drive can speed up things and a full HD display produces images with more accurate color. These factors are important if you are into HD image/video editing or working with digital designing. It also lack a dedicated graphics.  HP 15-ay127cl comes with Integrated graphics Intel HD 620 which allows you to play games like The Witcher 3 and Star wars battlefront in low resolution and details. However, games like Minecraft, Sims 3, Dota 2 and league of legends Lego games are playable smoothly on this machine. There are few other drawbacks with this laptop as well. For instance, HP 15-ay127cl or HP X7T53UA#ABA doesn’t come with Backlit keyboard, wireless ac and USB Type C port.  You can  also consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG which is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor, NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 memory  and 8GB DDR4 RAM ( expandable up to 32GB). It has 256GB Solid State Drive and full HD (1920 X 1080p) display. It also comes with backlit keyboard and USB type C port.

Though i5-6200u processor is little slower compared to i5-7200u, but  dedicated graphics and Solid State drive make the Acer E5-575G-53VG more useful. However, the Acer laptop is not a touchscreen laptop but you don’t really need a touchscreen laptop with Windows 10. HP 15-ay127cl comes with integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which uses system memory and cannot be replaced. However, if you are looking for something more powerful, then Lenovo Ideapad 510 15.6″ Laptop will be a good option as it comes with powerful 7th gen Intel core i7-7500u processor, 12GB DDDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA GEforce 940MX graphics with 4GB Video memory. It also has backlit keyboard.

Intel core i5-7200u operates with 2.5GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz while Intel core i7-7500u operates between 2.7GHz to 3.5GHz frequency range. Both are dual core processors.

Model: X7T53UA#ABA comes with 12GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. However, memory slots are not user accessible. The 1TB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed and comes preinstalled with Windows 10. If you have knowledge about laptop repair then you can easily upgrade the hard drive with a Solid State Drive. Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG.

The 15.6” display of HP 15-ay127cl or X7T53UA#ABA   supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which can stream content in 720p resolution but not in 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible monitor, external display or on HDTV.

Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN and Wireless 802.11 b/g/n. Model #:  X7T53UA#ABA comes with only 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports while Acer E5-575G-53VG comes with 2 USB 3.0 port, one USB type C and one USB 2.0 port. Besides USB ports, the HP laptop has 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack and SD card reader. It has a webcam as well. The battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup (approx.), depending upon usage.

Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD Review

Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD is powered by Intel Celeron N3350 processor which is part of Intel’s Apollo-Lake family. Though it is the latest processor, it still operates between 1.1GHz to 2.4GHz frequency. Thus, CPU intensive tasks are ruled out in this laptop. The processor is a dual core processor and supports DDR4 RAM. Unfortunately, the laptop comes with 4GB DDR3L RAM which further limits its computing power. The laptop is designed for basic tasks like web browsing, typing doc, emailing/skype, streaming video and movies etc. Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD is not designed for running CPU intensive tasks like Adobe Photoshop, Blender, AutoCAD and Revit. There are few other drawbacks with this laptop as well. It doesn’t come with backlit keyboard and offers 500GB 5400 hard drive.  When it comes to gaming, the laptop comes with pretty weak integrated graphics so games like GTA V, Star Wars Battlefront, Call of Duty infinite warfare cannot be played on this laptop. However, you can play some app based game on this machine. Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM which is an inexpensive laptop, considering its specs. The laptop is installed with powerful 7th gen Intel core i3-7100u processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM  (expandable up to 32GB) and 1TB hard drive. It has full HD (1920 X 1080) display and backlit keyboard. The Intel core i3-7100u processor operates with 2.4GHz of fixed frequency.  It also has more cache memory compared to Intel Celeron N3350 processor.

Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD comes with standard 1366 X 768 display which supports upto 720p pixel resolution but can’t stream content in 1080p resolution. Again, Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM supports editing of small image and video files, encoding/decoding video files and small 3D designing.  It also offers better PC gaming performance compared to Acer ES1-533-C3VD. Acer E5-575-33BM comes with Intel HD 620 integrated graphics and you can play Minecraft, league of legends, Lego games, sims etc. smoothly on this machine.  However, it is not a high end gaming laptop. To play GTA V. Star wars battlefront you need to reduce settings.

If you are looking for a cheap gaming laptop that can also support photo and video editing, then you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG Laptop. It is powered by 6th gen Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 memory. It also has full HD display and backlit keyboard. All the above mentioned laptops come with inbuilt CD/DVD drive. Core i5-6200u is much powerful compared to Intel Celeron N3350. Again, solid state drives (SSD) are much faster than hard drives and durable as well.

The 1.1 GHz base frequency of Intel Celeron N3350 is too low to run any latest game or CPU intensive program. Intel HD 500 integrated graphic coming with Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD is very weak graphics and you can’t upgrade graphics either.

Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD is installed with 4GB DDR3L RAM and the memory is expandable up to 8GB. 1TB hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 10 64 bit operating system. This laptop doesn’t come with full Version of Microsoft office.

The laptop comes with 1 x DC-in, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone/Speaker, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 and SD card reader.  Other Acer laptops mentioned in the review above have 2 USB 3.0 port, 1USB 2.0 port and USB 3.0 type C port. All the laptops come with integrated webcam.

Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD offers both, wired and wireless, network connectivity. Wired connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. Wireless ac is missing in Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD while Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM comes with Wireless ac as well. The battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

HP 14-ax010wm stream Laptop PC Review

HP 14-ax010wm stream Laptop PC is intended for buyers with tight budget looking for a mid-size laptop that offers performance for processing documents, emailing/skype, web browsing and downloading movies and videos. This 14” laptop is powered by Intel Celeron N3060 processor which is a weak processor. Though it has two cores, you won’t get optimal performance for photo and video editing or 3D designing. HP Stream Laptop PC 14-ax010wm comes with 4GB DDR3L onboard memory and 32GB eMMC storage. As this laptop comes with very less storage, you have to rely on external Hard Drive, SD card or other storage media. You can also use cloud storage to store your files as you will get one year subscription for Microsoft office 365 which include 1TB of OneDrive storage. However, if you want similar priced laptop offering optimal performance for regular computing and good storage then you can consider HP 14-an013nr 14-Inch Notebook which comes with quad core AMD E2-7110 APU. It comes with 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC. It has full HD display (1920 X 1080) while HP 14-ax010wm comes with standard 1366 X 768 display.

You will not get 1 year MS Office subscription with this laptop but you definitely get better performance and great display compared to HP 14 ax010wm. Basically, HP 14-ax010wm is Walmart edition of HP 14-ax010nr. So you can buyers’ review here to know more about performance of the HP 14-ax010wm Both the laptops lack DVD drive and backlit keyboard. However, you can always use an external CD/DVD burner. Read the HP 14-ax010wm review to know more about the laptop.

Under the blue plastic casing, it has Intel Celeron N3060 dual core processor which operates with base frequency of 1.6GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.48GHz. On the other hand, AMD E2-7110 operates at fixed frequency of 1.8GHz. It has four cores though. Architecturally the processors are quite different but quad core has its own benefit and you get better multitasking performance. Passmark score for E2-7110 is 2173 while the score for Celeron N3060 is 1018. You can consider HP 14-an013nr which comes with AMD  E2-7110, 4GB RAM and 32GB EMMC.

Both the laptops come with integrated graphics – HP 14 ax010wm has Intel HD 400 and HP 14-an013nr has Radeon R2 graphics. None of these graphics are appropriate for latest PC games like Fallout 4, COD black ops 3 etc. However, some older games like sims 4, league of legends and app games are playable in this machine. It can stream videos without any interruption

HP Stream Laptop PC 14-ax010wm comes with 4GB DDR3L RAM which is not expandable further. It has 32GB eMMC. Windows 10 64 bit operating system consumes a big part of the storage.

14” display of the laptop offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can support up to 720p but not 1080p. The left edge of the laptop is arranged with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1USB 2.0 port, HDMI, headphone/Mic combo port and SD card reader. Please not that it doesn’t comes with RJ 45 LAN port. On the other hand, HP 14-an013nr comes with RJ 45 port. Wireless connectivity in HP 14-ax20wm is supported by Wireless ac and Bluetooth.

The battery offers up to 7-8 hours of power backup depending upon usage.

Final thoughts

HP 14-ax010wm is a decent laptop for regular use but it can’t take load of CPU intensive tasks. HP Stream laptop comes with very less storage and low end processors but it is light in weight. So if you are on tight

HP 15-ay198nr Review

HP 15-ay198nr is a powerful laptop that combines great hardware specs and an attractive price (Black Friday sale price). It is integrated with 7th generation Intel core i7-7500u processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid state Drive. However, it lacks discrete graphics and Intel HD 620 graphics is the only graphics option for this laptop. Integrated graphics uses system memory. This will be disappointing to gaming enthusiasts.  Few compromises have been made to make the laptop budget friendly and affordable. For instance, it doesn’t come with Full HD screen ( 1920 X 1080) and  backlit keyboard. HP 15-ay198nr doesn’t support Wi-fi ac either. The display of HP 15-ay198nr supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which means it can stream 720p content but will not be able to display 1080p content . You can also consider Dell i5567-7292GRY Full HD touch screen laptop, which is powered by Intel core i7-7500u processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. It has dedicated graphics, AMD R7 M445, with 4GB video memory and backlit keyboard. This laptop comes with Full HD IPS display which not only gives you great picture but also offers great viewing angle. It comes with backlit keyboard and supports Wireless ac. Both the laptops come with CD/DVD drive. Benefit of discrete graphics is not limited to boosting the gaming performance but it also supports media editing programs. Here is a brief review about specifications of HP  15-ay198nr.

Intel core i7-7500u is a dual core processor which operates with base frequency of 2.7GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. HP 15-ay198nr is not a workstation grade laptop but it is still useful for photo and video editing, 3D rendering and music creation. Though i7-7500u is part of Intel’s Kaby lake series, it is not as strong as Intel core i7-6700Hq processor. It has 4 cores and each core operates with 2.6GHz of base frequency while the frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. It has a massive 6MB of cache. Both the processors are built with 14nm technology. So, if you are more into media editing job or work with CAD software, i7-6700HQ processor will be a more suitable option for you.  ASUS K501UW-AB78 is powered by Intel core i7-6700HQ processor, 8GB RAM and 512GB Solid State Drive. It has powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M gaming graphics. Display of this laptop supports full HD resolution as well. However, it is not a touchscreen laptop, but you don’t really need a touchscreen laptop with Windows 10.

HP 15-ay198nr comes with integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which supports games like Fifa 17, Star wars battlefront, GTA V, The witcher 3, Fallout 4 etc., but you can’t play these games in highest settings with good fps. However, low end games like Minecraft, Dota 2 and league of legend can be played smoothly on this machine.

HP 15-ay198nr comes with 8GB RAM and there are two memory slots. Memory is not user expandable. The laptop runs Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. None of the above mentioned laptops come with full version of Microsoft office though.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, the laptop offers one USB 3.1 (USB 3.0), 2 USB 2.0; HDMI, RJ-45; headphone/microphone jack and SD card reader. It has a webcam as well. Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN and wireless 802.11 b/g/n. It does not come with backlit keyboard.

Final thoughts

HP 15-ay198nr is a good laptop but comes with few limitations. For instance, it has a low resolution display and offers non backlit keyboard. It also lacks dedicated graphics. It is a decent laptop for regular computing. If you want to play latest games or want to work with memory hungry programs, then Dell i5567-7292GRY will be a more suitable option.

Dell Inspiron 17 i5759-7660SLV Signature Edition Laptop Review

Dell Inspiron 17 i5759-7660SLV Signature Edition Laptop is a desktop replacement laptop that can perform little bit of every CPU intensive computing task. For instance, you can run Adobe Photoshop, Blender, Solid works etc alongside day to day computing tasks. The laptop comes with 6th generation Intel core i7-6500u processor, 16GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. However, it is not a true gaming laptop like Dell Inspiron 17 i5759-8837SLV as it lacks dedicated graphics. Check full specs of Dell  Inspiron 17 i5759-7660SLV here. The laptop comes with Integrated Intel HD 520 graphics which supports latest games like GTA V, Call of Duty infinite warfare etc. However, these games will run in low to medium details and settings. On other hand, Dell i5759-8837SLV comes with AMD Radeon R5 M335 with 4GB graphics memory and 2TB hard drive. Rest of the specs in the two laptops remains similar. Both the laptops are touchscreen laptop and display supports max resolution of 1920 X 1080p (full HD). The laptops also feature backlit keyboard and CD/DVD drive.

However, if you are looking for a laptop for HD video editing or for working with CAD programs, it is advisable to get speedy hard drive or a Solid State Drive. With little knowledge of  laptop repairing, you can easily replace hard drive with Solid State drive which makes the laptop faster.  All you need to do is to remove the battery and base cover to get access to the hard drive. Solid State drive boosts the booting process and uploads files faster compared to traditional hard drive. Here is a brief review about specifications of Dell Inspiron 17 i5759-7660SLV

Dell Inspiron 17 i5759-7660SLV is installed with Intel core i7-6500u processor which is a 6th generation Intel core processor. It perates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. It has 4MB of cache memory. Unlike Intel core i7-6700HQ, it is a dual core processor. Inspiron i5759-7660SLV is not a workstation grade laptop.  If you are looking for a more powerful laptop for heavy 3D modelling or designing, then you can consider HP Pavilion 17 Touch Gaming Laptop  which is powered by Intel i7-6700HQ quad core processor, 16GB  2133MHz DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB 7200rpm HDD and NVIDIA GTX 960M discrete graphics with 4GB video memory

Dell Inspiron 17 i5759-7660SLV is installed with 16GB 1600MHz memory which is not expandable further.  The 1TB 5400rpm hard drive is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. It doesn’t come with full Version of MS office and other bloatware.

The 17.3” touchscreen display supports max resolution of 1920 X 1080p. Ports and connectivity features in the laptop include 1 USB 3.0,  2 USB 2.0, HDMI and  Headphone output/Microphone input combo. It has SD card reader as well. Network connectivity is supported by 10/100MBps Ethernet LAN, Wireless ac and Bluetooth . It comes with integrated webcam.

Dell Inspiron 17 i5759-7660SLV Signature Edition Laptop comes with removable battery which offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.