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Toshiba Satellite C55-B5356

Encased in plastic covering, Toshiba Satellite C55-B5356 is not a laptop you would like to show off to your friends. But for a price of $400, it can deliver performance for more than basic computing and offers good hardware configuration. It comes with Intel core i5 processor, 8GB memory and 1TB hard drive. Toshiba C55-B5356 can be used for casual gaming, installing ITunes and entry level photo and video editing, alongside day to day computing. If you want a laptop that supports latest games like Call of duty advanced warfare then you need something better.  By spending another $200 or so, you can get Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W laptop which comes with i5-4210u processor, NVIDIA Geforce 840M graphics with 2GB dedicates video memory and 8GB RAM. It would make a better long-term investment. Toshiba Satellite C55-B5356 comes with inbuilt DVD drive but it doesn’t support Blu-Ray formats. Satellite C55-B5356 is not a touchscreen laptop. If you are looking for a cheap but good laptop with similar configuration, you can take a look at Dell Inspiron i3542-8333BK 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5356

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5356 specification and performance

Toshiba C55-B5356 comes with Intel core i5-4210u processor which operates with 1.7GHz and, due to Turboboost technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz. It comes with 3MB of cache. The graphics processing is taken care of by Intel HD 4400 graphics which is integrated graphics. But it supports casual gaming. For instance, you can play Minecraft, Sims 4, Guild wars 2 and Tomb Raider etc. on this machine.  The laptop can stream internet videos fluently.  Its specification also supports light photo and video editing. However, for large HD photo and video editing, you will need a machine with higher configuration. Toshiba C55-B5356 comes with ULV processor which not a main stream processor like Intel core i5-4200M which can operate at much higher frequency. For example, you can take a look at Lenovo Y50 15.6-Inch (59428533) which comes with Intel core 2.8 GHz, i5-4200H processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M with dedicated 2GB video memory, 8GB RAM and  1TB hard drive. Though it costs you more, yet it is worth every penny you spend on it. You would be able to play all latest games, edit HD photo and video,  do 2D designing , some 3D modelling and Rendering as well which you can hardly think of doing in Toshiba C55-B5356.

Toshiba C55-B5356 doesn’t come with full HD display. The15.6” display of the laptop comes with 1366 X 768 pixels which supports up to 720p but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible external display.

As told earlier, Toshiba C55-B5356 is shipped with 8GB DDR3L RAM. The speed of the memory is 1600MHz and the memory is not user upgradable. 1TB hard drive operates with 5400rpm and comes preloaded with  Windows 8.1 system.  Microsoft office full version is not available with this laptop.

Besides DVD burner, it comes with 2USB 2.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA port, Ethernet, audio port and SD card reader. The network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and fast Ethernet. Bluetooth connectivity is not available with the machine.

The 4 cell 45 whr battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup.

Toshiba C55-B5356 pros

Inexpensive

8GB RAM

1 TB hard drive

Toshiba C55-B5356 cons

Not touchscreen

HP Pavilion 15-p157cl

HP Pavilion 15-p157cl 15.6” laptop offers enough performance for day to day computing activities. With Intel core i5-4210u and 6GB RAM, you can efficiently perform day to day activities like running Microsoft Office, Web browsing with multiple tabs, emailing/skype, watching videos and installing itunes. Casual gamer will be happy with this laptop but this machine will not run high end games smoothly.  For instance, Far Cry 4 can’t be played smoothly on this machine. However, games like Sims 4, Team fortress 2 and  Minecraft can be played easily on this machine. HP 15-p157cl will also support casual photo and video editing. However, if you are looking for HD video editing, a faster processor with good amount of memory is recommended. User should keep in mind that Intel core i5-4210u is an ULV processor and operates at much slower speed compared to Intel core i5-4200M. The machine doesn’t offer features like backlit keyboard, wireless ac or USB Charging port. HP Pavilion 15-p157cl comes with 750GB hard drive but doesn’t have SSD. The price of the laptop is $500 (Black Friday price). At the same price, you can also get Dell Inspiron i3542-8333BK 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop ($550-$600) and it comes with 8GB memory and one 1TB hard drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 15-p157cl-

HP Pavilion 15-P157cl specification and performance 

HP Pavilion 15-p157cl is powered by Intel core i5-4210u processor which is a dual core processor and each core operates with 1.7GHz to 2.7GHz frequency. It comes with 3MB of cache. It doesn’t have discrete graphics and integrated Intel HD 4400 is the only graphics option with this machine. As told earlier, this unit is suitable for casual gaming and regular computing. Office users can also consider this machine as it supports office applications, making presentation, creating pdf and video conferencing. However, if you are looking for a professional grade laptop to run applications like AutoCAD, Revit and Solidworks, better go for mainstream processor with enough memory.  You can consider Lenovo Y50 15.6-Inch(59418222) which comes with Intel core i5-4200H processor (2.8GHz- 3.4GHz), 8GB memory and 1TB hard drive with 8GB cache. It comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics with 2GB video memory. The screen of this Lenovo laptop also supports fullHD video playback while the same is not possible with HP Pavilion 15-p157cl.

HP Pavilion 15-p157cl is shipped with 6GB memory and the memory can be upgraded up to 8GB. The 750GB 5400 rpm hard drive is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system. It doesn’t come with Microsoft office full version though.

The 15.6” LED backlit display of HP Pavilion 15-p157cl offers 1366 X 768 pixels resolution, which supports up to 720p playback. With the help of HDMI you can watch FHD (1080p) laptop content on compatible TV or monitor.

Ports and connectivity features of the laptop  include 1 headphone/ microphone combo, 2 USB 3.0, 1 SD card reader, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 and DVD burner.  Wireless network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. Wired connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet.

The 4-cell, 41WHr 2.8ah lithium-ion battery up backup up to 6 hours

Pros of HP Pavilion 15-p157cl

Touch screen laptop

6GB memory

Cons of HP Pavilion 15-p157cl

No backlit keyboard.

Final thoughts

If you are looking for a laptop for home or office, HP Pavilion 15-p157cl could be a good choice.  However, if you need a  machine for extreme gaming, Photoshop creative suite and  CAD,  Lenovo Y50 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (59418222) could be a more suitable option.

 

HP 15-F014WM Black 15.6″ Laptop PC

HP Black 15.6″ 15-F014WM is an AMD A8-6410 APU based laptop which offers performance for day to day tasks as well as casual gaming. It also offers performance for entry level photo and video editing. However, if you are going to perform some CPU or GPU intensive tasks like 3D Modelling and Rendering, Animation, professional grade video editing, music creation or web designing this laptop is not preferable. HP 15-F014WM comes with 4GB memory which is standard for budget laptops. It offers 750GB hard drive but the hard drive doesn’t have SSD cache. Most attractive part of this laptop is that it is a touchscreen laptop and comes at an attractive price of $450 ( at Walmart). However, you may get it at a reduced price of $350-$400, during 2014 black Friday sale.  If you are looking for more powerful touchscreen i5 based laptop, with 8GB memory and 1TB hard drive, you can take a look at Dell Inspiron i3542-8333BK 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop which is currently available at around $530. Both the laptops come with inbuilt DVD drive. Here is a brief review about specification and performance of  HP  15-F014WM

Specification and Performance of HP  15-F014WM

HP Black 15.6″ 15-F014WM comes with AMD A8-6410 accelerated processor which is a quad core processor and operates with base frequency of 2.0GHz. On system demand, the frequency of processor can rise up to 2.4GHz. Compare to 1.7GHz Intel core i5-4210u processor, AMD A8-6410 processor is an underperformer, due to architectural reasons. HP 15-F014WM comes with AMD Radeon HD R5 graphics which is implanted in the APU itself. The graphics uses system memory. You can play sims 4, Tomb Raider, World of Warcraft, Minecraft etc in low to medium resolution and settings. Alternatively, You can choose Acer Aspire E5-571-588M 15.6″ Notebook Computer which is powered by Intel Core i5-210U 1.7GHz -2.7GHz, has 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD. It comes with Windows 8.1 operating system and is currently offered at a price of $400 approx. However, this is not a touchscreen laptop.

Model 15-F014WM is installed with 4GB memory but the memory is not user upgradable/expandable. 750GB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed and has Windows 8.1 operating system preloaded on to it. Though the laptop comes with free Wireless mouse, laptop case and Antivirus,  it doesn’t offer Microsoft Office full version.

The 15.6” touchscreen LED backlit display offers native resolution of 1366 X 768 which means it supports 720p but not 1080p. However, you can watch full HD content on compatible external display via HDMI. This is not a 2-in-1 laptop. However, if you are looking for 15.6” 2-in-1 laptop you can take a look at Lenovo Flex 2 15D 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (59418242) which comes with same processor but is installed with 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive.

Ports and connectivity features include Secure Digital card reader, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 port and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It comes with CD/DVD burner as well but the optical drive doesn’t support Blu-Ray format.

The 3 cell battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of HP Black 15.6″ 15-F014WM

Under $400, it will be good deal

Optical drive

Touchscreen

Cons of HP Black 15.6″ 15-F014WM

Only 4GB memory

No Bluetooth

Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7350

Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7350 is a cheap 17.3” non-touch laptop and could be a decent choice if you are looking for a laptop that can replace your old desktop. The laptop is integrated with AMD A4-6210 quad core processor, 4GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. Toshiba C75D-B7350 supports all  day to day computing such as working with Microsoft office, surfing the web, watching videos, listening to music, social networking and entry level photo editing etc. It also supports light gaming. However, if you are thinking far beyond that, you will be disappointed with this laptop. Although AMD A4-6210 is a quad core processor, it is not a high end processor and the laptop does not offer dedicated graphics and video memory.  Satellite C75D-B7350 comes with Inbuilt DVD drive and offers USB 3.0. The laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. This doesn’t come with gorgeous exterior. Current price of the laptop is $450, but during Black Friday Sale you will get it at much cheaper price. However, you can consider similar priced HP Pavilion 17-e118dx as well, if you are looking for more performance. It supports many PC games like Sims 4, Tomb Raider and Gird autosport. Some latest high end games are also playable in low resolution and settings. It comes with A8-4500M quad core processor. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7350.

Specification and Performance of Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7350

Toshiba C75D-B7350 is powered by AMD A4-6410 processor which has four cores and each core operates with 1.8GHz. It comes with 2MB of L2 cache. It offers AMD Radeon R3 graphics which is embedded in the processor chip. The graphics uses system memory. The unit is comparable with Intel core i3-4030U processor plus Intel HD 4400 graphics. Toshiba C75D-B7350 supports low end and some older PC games. You can play Sims 4, Tomb Raider, Dishonored and older games like World of Warcraft in low resolution and settings. The machine is not suitable for high end games like Watch Dogs and duty advanced warfare. If you are looking for more powerful laptop that can do little bit of everything, you can check Acer Aspire E5-571-588M which is installed with Intel core i5-4210u processor, 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive. The price of the laptop is $400. However this laptop has 15.6” display.

Toshiba C75D-B7350 comes with 4GB RAM but memory is not user expandable. The hard drive capacity of laptop is 750GB and it operates with 5400rpm speed. It comes with Windows 8.1 operating system preloaded.

The LED backlit display of Toshiba C75D-B7350 offers max resolution of 1600 X 900 which means it can support 720p but not 1080p content display. You can watch full HD content on HDTV via HDMI.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, you get 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, VGA, headset port and SD card reader.  There is an ethernet port as well to support 10/100 Mbps Ethernet connectivity. Wireless connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n

The lithium ion battery pack offers up to 4 hours of battery backup, once charged fully.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7350

Inexpensive laptop for home use

Cons of Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7350

Not a touch screen laptop

HP Pavilion 17-f113dx

Powered by Intel core i5-4210U ULV processor, HP Pavilion 17-f113dx laptop is a decent laptop for those who are looking for big laptop that delivers performance for everyday computing, casual gaming and other CPU intensive work like installing iTunes, video encoding/decoding and entry level photo and video editing. HP 17-f113dx comes with 4GB memory and 750GB hard drive and it will cost you only $400 (on Black Friday sale 2014 at BestBuy). It’s definitely inexpensive but many sacrifices have been made in its configuration to reach this budget price. It is not a touchscreen laptop and offers only 4GB memory. The laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system and it works best with Touchscreen interface. However, if you are looking for more RAM and touchscreen interface you can take a look at Dell Inspiron i3542-8333BK which comes with same i5 processor, 8GB memory and 1TB hard drive. It has 15.6” screen and is available at a price of $540 (on sale with free shipping). Both laptops come with inbuilt DVD/CD drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 17-f113dx.

HP Pavilion 17-f113dx specification and Performance

HP Pavilion 17-f113dx has Intel core i5-4210u processor which operates with base frequency of 1.7GHz and, due to Turboboost Technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz. The processor is ULV processor and is energy efficient. However, it is not as fast as main stream i5-4200M or i5-4210M. These two processors operate with much higher frequency and come with better integrated graphics. The performance of core i5-4120u processor is comparable with 2.4GHz Intel core i3-4000M processor. So if your computing requirements include resource demanding applications ( Adobe Photoshop Creative suite, Sony Vegas pro, AutoCAD) a i5-4200M (2.5GHz-3.5GHz) equipped laptop with sufficient memory ( min 8GB) and faster hard drive or SSD would be more preferable.

HP Pavilion 17-f113dx comes with integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics which supports casual gaming. You can play Minecraft, Sims 4, World of Warcraft etc on this machine smoothly. But it will hardly run games like Risen 3 Titan lords, Watch Dogs, Hitman absolution etc.,  even in low resolution and settings. Graphics is not replaceable. As an alternative, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-771G-51T2 which is a budget 17.3” gaming laptop and comes with NVIDIA Geforce 840M graphics with dedicated 2GB video memory, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. The screen also supports full HD playback (1080p) while HP 17-f113dx supports only up to 720p playback.

Model 17-f113dx comes with 4GB memory which is not user expandable; however, 4GB memory is enough for basic multitasking and regular computing. The laptop comes with 750GB 5400rpm hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system.  The laptop doesn’t come with MS office 365 full Version.

The 17.3” LED backlit TN display offers max resolution up to 1600 X 900 which is pretty much common for a 17” laptop. However, if you are looking for full HD resolution, you can take a look at E5-771G-51T2. You can stream full HD content to compatible TV and monitor via HDMI.

When it comes to ports and connectivity, it offers reader for Secure Digital cards, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Ethernet port and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It also comes with a HD webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n (Wireless connectivity). It comes in an attractive silver exterior which,  though made up of plastic, doesn’t look cheap.

Pavilion 17-f113dx comes with 4cell lithium ion battery which offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, however, it depends upon usage.

Pros of HP Pavilion 17-f113dx

Inexpensive laptop

Decent performance for home computing as well as light entertainment

750GB hard drive

Optical drive

Cons of HP Pavilion 17-f113dx

Only 4GB memory

HP ENVY TouchSmart m6-n015dx laptop

People looking for attractive yet powerful laptop at budget price, during this Black Friday, must take a look at HP ENVY TouchSmart m6-n015dx laptop which offers plenty of performance and features for a price of $500 (Black Friday price, current price is $700). It comes with powerful Core i5-4210M processor and 8GB memory which means you get plenty of performance for CPU intensive tasks as well. Though there are few shortcomings, such as no full HD display and SSD, yet for this price ($500) you will hardly get another machine with its existing features. HP m6-n015dx does not offer inbuilt DVD drive which makes it light in weight.  You can also take a look at Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 Touchscreen convertible Ultrabook which comes with 128GB SSD and will cost you around $560. Even though it comes with 8GB memory, it has less powerful i5-4200u processor. It also supports video encoding and decoding along with casual gaming. HP TouchSmart m6-n015dx is not a convertible or 2-in-1 laptop. It offers plenty of USB ports, wireless-ac and voice recognition software. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP ENVY m6-n015dx.

HP ENVY m6-n015dx specification and performance

HP ENVY TouchSmart m6-n015dx comes with Intel core i5-4210M processor which is a dual core processor and operates with base frequency of 2.6GHz. Due to turbo boost technology, the frequency can hit up to 3.2GHz. It comes with Intel HD 4600 integrated graphics. Together with 8GB memory you can play a lot of games in this machine, although not all games are playable in high resolution and settings. You can play Call of Duty Advance warfare, Civilization: Beyond Earth etc. in low resolutions and settings. But low end games like Sims 4, minecraft, Fifa 15 can be played smoothly on this machine. The graphics is integrated and you can’t replace it. HP m6-n015dx supports photo editing and light HD video editing. However, the display of laptop doesn’t support full HD playback. If you are looking at this laptop for professional computing, you can choose to buy a professional laptop like Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008QUS which comes with i7-4702MQ processor and 8GB RAM. It comes with faster hard drive and Windows 7 professional operating system. It will cost you around $750 though.

HP ENVY m6-n015dx touchscreen laptop is shipped with 8GB memory, which is not expandable further. It comes with 750GB 5400rpm hard drive preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system. It doesn’t offer Microsoft Office full version but comes with Dragon Assistant voice recognition software.

The 15.6” LED backlit touchscreen display of the laptop supports max resolution of 1366 X 768. For some, this may be little disappointing but, if you consider Black Friday Sale price, you would easily understand that it is not a feasible option at this price. However, you can always watch full HD content on compatible HDTV or monitor by connecting it to the laptop via HDMI port.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, the edges of HP ENVY m6-n015dx are arranged with 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, SD card reader, audio port and Ethernet port. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN and 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi. It comes with Bluetooth connectivity as well

6-cell lithium-ion battery offers 3-6 hours of battery backup, however, it depends upon usage

Pros of HP ENVY TouchSmart m6-n015dx

Great specs for a  price of $500,

Touchscreen

Powerful processor

Wireless –ac

Cons of HP ENVY TouchSmart m6-n015dx

No optical drive, however, it offers enough USB ports.

Dell Inspiron I3542-6003BK

Dell Inspiron I3542-6003BK Touchscreen laptop has a good combination of processor, memory and storage for its current price ($300, Black Friday Deal). In the laptop, you get a core i3-4030u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. The laptop is suitable for home, home office and students. The hardware configuration supports working with Microsoft office, web browsing with multiple tabs, Skype and emailing, listening to music and watching videos. Inspiron I3542-6003BK is capable of running low end PC games as well but is not suitable for running high end games. It also supports entry level photo editing (like color correction) but is not suitable for large photo editing. You can encode or decode media files as well but will not get fast performance. Considering the Black Friday price, it is not too attractive as touch screen laptops like Dell Inspiron i3542-5000BK or Acer Aspire E5-571P-31LT are available now at slightly higher prices, which have similar features. Both are touchscreen laptops. Dell Inspiron I3542-6003BKcomes with inbuilt DVD burner and has all standard ports which we usually look for while buying a laptop. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Dell Inspiron I3542-6003BK

Dell I3542-6003BK specification and expected performance

Dell Inspiron I3542-6003BK comes with Intel core i3-4030u processor which operates with fixed frequency of 1.9GHz. It has two cores, is hyperthreading enabled and comes with 3MB of cache. It is integrated with Intel HD 4400 graphics which uses system memory. With 4GB RAM, you will get enough performance for regular computing but, if your computing requirements involve installing iTunes, photo and small video editing and playing games, you should look for i5 based laptop with sufficient memory and dedicated graphics. Nowadays, due to heavy competition, you can easily get such kind of laptops at around $600. For instance, Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W which comes with i5-4210u processor, 8GB memory and dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 840M graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory. Though it will not run all high end games in high details and settings, it is capable of running almost all PC games.

Dell I3542-6003BK comes with 4GB memory and which is expandable up to 8GB. It offers 500GB, 5400rpm hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system.  The laptop doesn’t come with Microsoft Office full version.

15.6″ LED-backlit high-definition touch-screen display offers native resolution of 1366 X 768 which is common for a 15.6” laptop and supports 720p video playback but not 1080p. with the help of HDMI you can watch 1080p content on external display and monitors.

Dell Inspiron I3542-6003BK comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, SD card reader, Ethernet port, Combo headset port and DVD burner. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. It has HD webcam as well.

Pros of Dell Inspiron I3542-6003BK

Price feature ratio is decent

Touchscreen

Bluetooth

Cons of Dell Inspiron I3542-6003BK

Only 4GB memory

Final thoughts

If you are looking for a mid-size touchscreen laptop for working with Microsoft office, web browsing with multiple tabs, Skype and emailing, listening music and watching videos, Dell Inspiron I3542-6003BK could be good choice but for running latest games and photo/video editing you should look for a more powerful CPU with higher memory. Performance of  Model I3542-6003BK will be similar to Dell Inspiron i3542-5000BK

Asus X205TA-RHATMN01

Asus X205TA-RHATMN01 is an 11.6” light weight and compact laptop which offers day long battery life.  Asus introduces 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3735F quad core processor to this machine which is not as powerful as Intel Celeron N2830 or N2840 processor that comes with HP Stream 11. However, Atom Z3735F is capable of basic computing.  Asus X205TA RHATMN01 is shipped with 2GB memory and 32GB SSD but a significant amount of storage and memory will be taken up by Windows operating system and other preinstalled software. However, you get Micro SD card reader option to balance the deficit. As this is a small laptop you won’t get inbuilt DVD drive. Asus X205TA RHATMN01 offers limited number of ports and connectivity options. It comes with only 2USB 2.0 ports and USB 3.0 port is not available with this machine. You can consider HP stream 11 which, though comes with same price of $200, yet offers slightly better configuration. It comes with USB 3.0 port and has better Intel Celeron N2840 processor. The HP stream also comes with free MS office 365 personal subscription for one year. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Asus X205TA-RHATMN01

Asus X205TA-RHATMN01 specification and performance

Asus X205TA-RHATMN01 is powered by Intel Atom Processor Z3735F which operates with 1.33GHz frequency and the frequency can rise up to 1.83GHz, if system demands. With 2MB of cache, it supports basic computing like web browsing, listening to music, watching videos, typing docs, emailing and video chat. The graphics is Integrated HD graphics which is very weak but supports internet video streaming. You can play few browser games as well. Basically it is an alternative to Chromebook that comes with Windows operating system and has similar hardware configuration as ASUS X205TA-DH01. Read Buyers’ review here

Asus X205 TA RHATMN01 comes with 2GB onboard DDR3L memory and 32GB SSD, neither of the two are expandable. Memory operates with 1333MHz.

The 11.6” back lit LED display offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. For a small laptop like Asus X205 TA this is enough. It supports up to 720p HD playback. However, the laptop comes with micro HDMI as well.

As told earlier, Asus X205TA-RHATMN01 comes with limited numbers of ports. There are only 2 USB ports and both are USB 2.0. Besides USB ports, it comes with Micro SD, Micro HDMI and combo audio jack.  There is a VGA webcam and wireless network connectivity is supported by 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth.

The 38 Whrs Polymer Battery offers up to 12 hours of battery life.

Pros of Asus X205TA-RHATMN01

Light in weight – 2.2lbs only

Long battery life

Attractive exterior

Cons of Asus X205TA-RHATMN01

No USB 3.0

Final thoughts

At $200, it is reasonably priced. However, we expect during Black Friday sale you can get it at much cheaper price. If you are not in hurry, better wait till Black Friday sales are announced.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5310

There is nothing new about Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5310. The laptop uses AMD A8-6410 quad core processor which delivers performance for everyday computing and supports light entertainment as well. It comes with standard 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Basically it is the newer version of Toshiba C55D-B5212 which has same specification as well. Toshiba C55D-B5310 is non-touch laptop and comes with inbuilt DVD drive. If you are looking for touchscreen laptop that offers similar performance, you can consider Dell Inspiron i3542 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop which comes with Intel core i3-4030u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Both the laptops are suitable for running office applications, surfing the web, listening music, downloading music and videos, social networking, watching videos and emailing/Skype. However, when it comes to games, Toshiba C55D-B5310 offers little better performance as AMD integrated graphics are more optimized for PC gaming. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5310

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5310 Specification and Performance

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5310 gets its power from a quad core AMD-A8-6410 processor. Each core operates with 2GHz and frequency can rise up to 2.4GHz, if system needs. It comes with AMD Radeon HD R5 graphics which is an integrated graphics and offers power for casual gaming. If you are up to Sims 4, Minecraft, World of Warcraft, Dota 2,Fifa 15, it could be your decent choice. However, don’t expect high fps from it. High end games are not playable in this machine. This machine is not suitable for AutoCAD, Revit, Sony Vegas pro, Maya and other similar software.

Toshiba C55D-B5310 comes with 4GB memory and 500GB, 5400rpm hard drive. Speed of the memory is 1600MHz. Memory is not user upgradable. The 500GB hard drive is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system along with some Toshiba Proprietary Software. It doesn’t offer full Version of Microsoft Office 365 Personal

The 15.6” non-touch LED backlit display offers native resolution of 1366 X 768pixels which supports up to 720p playback. However, you have option to stream 1080p content on compatible HDTV and monitor via HDMI.

It comes with standard ports and connectivity features which is found in most budget laptops. These are as follows- 1-USB 3.0 port, 2-USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, SD card reader, Ethernet Port and headset port. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Bluetooth and wireless b/g/n. It doesn’t come with backlit keyboard.

The 4 cell 45whr battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, however, it depends upon usage.

Pros of Toshiba C55D-B5310

Inexpensive laptop

Bluetooth

Cons of Toshiba C55D-B5310

Considering the current price of $330 (Best Buy), no cons as such .

Final Thoughts

For the price of $330, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5310 is undoubtedly a decent laptop. On the other hand it is true that Windows 8 goes well with touch interface. You can consider Toshiba Satellite C55-B5290

Lenovo G50 – 59433840

Lenovo G50 – 59433840 is a non-touch decent laptop for those who are looking for a computer that delivers performance for day-to-day tasks along with casual entertainment. Powered by Intel core i5-4210u processor and 6GB memory, it not only offers smooth performance for office applications, web browsing and watching internet videos but also allows you to install itunes, small photo and video editing, video encoding and of course casual PC gaming.  Though you can’t play high end games like Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed IV etc. but can play Sims 4 easily.  Lenovo G50 – 59433840 comes with 500GB 5400rpm drive. No SSD and HD webcam there.  Only 0.3 MP VGA webcam comes with the laptop. Main competitor of this laptop is ASUS F555LA-AH51 which comes with i5 processor, 8GB memory, 1TB hard drive and will cost you $500. Lenovo G50 – 59433840 costs you $450 (Best Buy). Both the laptops come with inbuilt optical drive (CD/DVD burner, doesn’t support Blu-Ray). Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of new Lenovo G50 – 59433840.

Lenovo G50 – 59433840 Specification and Performance 

Lenovo G50 – 59433840 is powered by Intel core i5-4210u processor which is a dual core processor and operates with base frequency of 1.7GHz. Due to Intel’s Turbo boost Technology, processor frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz. The processor is hyperthreading enabled as well, which means two cores can handle four thread at a time. The processor is fused with Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics. Together with 6GB RAM it can run Blender, Handbrake but you can’t get fast performance. The laptop comes with ULV processor and not mainstream processor like i5-4200M. Thus if you want to work with latest Adobe Photoshop CS or AutoCAD you can consider Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 20C6008SUS which comes with i5-4200M (2.5GHz-3.5GHz),  8GB memory,  500GB 7200rpm  hard drive and runs on Windows 7 professional OS. The cost of the laptop is around 650$.

Lenovo G50 – 59433840 comes with 6GB memory which is upgradable up to 8GB RAM. It comes with traditional 500GB 5400rpm hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8 operating system. This is not a touchscreen laptop and we know Windows 8 really works well with Touch interface. You can consider Dell Inspiron i3542-8333BK 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop as a decent alternative which comes with Intel Core i5-4210U Processor, 8GB DDR3 and 1 TB Hard Drive.

The 15.6”non-touch LED backlit display offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which supports 720p but not full HD video playback. However, you have option to stream 1080p content on compatible HDTV and monitor, with the help of HDMI.

Besides HDMI, there is 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports, VGA, SD card reader, Ethernet port and combo audio jack. The network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi and Bluetooth. It doesn’t offer Gigabit Ethernet. However, Dell i3542-8333BK comes with Gigabit Ethernet. The laptop weighs around 4.6lbs which is reasonably low considering its size and inbuilt DVD burner.

4-cell lithium ion battery (2200 mAh) offers battery backup  up to 5 hours, once fully charged.

Pros of Lenovo G50 – 59433840

Reasonably priced

6GB memory

Cons of Lenovo G50 – 59433840

Not a touchscreen latop

Final thoughts

Lenovo G50 – 59433840 is a decent laptop for those who are looking for light weight, 15.6” laptop that offers enough performance for everyday computing and casual gaming. Only drawback of the laptop is that it is not a touchscreen laptop.