HP 17-AK013DX Review

If you are looking for an affordable big screen laptop for home use then you can consider HP 17-AK013DX. It is powered by AMD A9-9420 APU which has two cores. Though it operates at very high frequency of 3GHz (frequency can rise up to 3.6GHz on system demand) yet it is not as strong as Intel core i7-7500u processor. Basically, A9-9420 is designed for home users and home offices. It could be an ideal desktop replacement laptop for typing documents, creating presentation, small photo and video editing, surfing web, emailing/skype etc. You can also stream videos and movies. It supports casual gaming as well. However, Model: 17-AK013DX comes with very less RAM or memory. Even though 4GB RAM is enough for basic computing, it is very low for media editing. Nowadays, minimum 8GB RAM is considered decent amount of memory.  The laptop offers a decent 1 TB storage and comes with integrated AMD Radeon HD R5 graphics, which supports casual gaming. The graphics uses system memory. High end games like Resident Evil 7 and Battlefield 1 will not run smoothly on this laptop.

If you are looking for an all-purpose laptop to increase productivity and for some entertainment then you can consider HP 17.3″ HD Premium High Performance Laptop. This HP laptop is quite inexpensive if you consider its spec. It is powered by Intel core i7-7500u processor which is a dual core processor and also supports hyper threading technology, which means 2 cores can work as 4 virtual cores. However, AMD A9-9420 lacks hyperthreading technology. When it comes to Benchmark, the 3D Mark for AMD A9-9420 is 2157 approx., while the same for i7-7500u is 5550. Thus, Intel core i7-7500u is more powerful compared to AMD A9-9420. So, HP 17.3” laptop with i7-7500u and 8GB 2133MHz RAM will offer better performance compared to HP 17-AK013DX, which has only 4GB 1866GHz RAM. However, you can expand memory up to 16GB. Accessing memory slot is quite easy. It comes with replaceable battery as well. None of these are touchscreen laptop.

Even AMD A10-9600p is more powerful compared to A9-9420. AMD A10-9600p operates with lower base frequency of 2.4GHz and its turbo frequency is 3.3GHz but AMD A10-9600p has 4 cores while A9-9420p is a dual core processor. So you will get better multi-tasking performance with A10-9600p. It makes sense to consider HP Pavilion 17.3″ Laptop, with AMD A10-9600p processor and 4GB RAM, if you are looking for something more powerful at an affordable price. However, it has only 500GB hard drive.

The 17.3” display of Model: 17-AK013DX supports max resolution up to 1600 X 900p, which means it is not full HD display. The 1TB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed which is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system along with some HP proprietary software. It doesn’t come with Microsoft office full version and you need to buy it separately.

All the above mentioned laptops come with inbuilt optical drive to burn CD/DVD. It has integrated HD 720p webcam as well. The edges of HP ak013dx are arranged with 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. It has SD card reader as well. It comes with standard keyboard which has dedicated numeric keypad. The keyboard is not backlit keyboard.

Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. The 3-cell, 31 Wh Li-ion battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup (approx.) however, it depends upon usage.

HP 15-BS016DX Review

HP 15-BS016DX is an affordable laptop that can accomplish computing requirements of home users and college students. It may not be the most stylish laptop around but it has the right mix of specs.  HP 15-BS016DX is powered by Intel core i5-7200u 7th generation processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive. The downside of this laptop is that it comes with integrated graphics. A dedicated graphics is always better as it comes with its own memory and does not depend on system memory. Integrated graphics uses system memory and is not replaceable.  The laptop comes with decent processor but it has a slow hard drive. A faster Solid State drive can boost performance to some extent. Replacing hard drive with a Solid State Drive is quite difficult in this laptop.  If you need to work with Adobe Photoshop, Sony Vegas Pro or Solid Works then a Solid State Drive equipped laptop will be preferable for you. However, for day to day computing tasks like running MS office, streaming videos, making presentation, surfing internet and emailing etc., HP 15-BS016DX will offer good performance. You can also consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-75MD laptop which comes with more powerful Intel core i7-7500u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 Video memory. Here you are getting a machine with Full HD display and backlit keyboard. It supports Wi-Fi ac connectivity as well while the HP BS016DX supports up to 802.11 b/g/n.

Model: 15-BS016DX doesn’t come with backlit keyboard and has standard 1366 X 768 display. None of these laptops are touchscreen laptop. If you are looking for a touchscreen laptop with similar specs  and within same price range then you can consider HP 15-AY103DX 15.6″ Touchscreen laptop which is integrated with Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB DDR4 RAM  and 1TB HDD.

Here is a quick review about HP 15 bs016dx:

Intel core i5-7200u processor operates with 2.5GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHZ. On the other hand, Intel core i7-7500u operates with 2.7GHz of base frequency and frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz.  Both are dual core processors and are part of 7th generation Intel Kabylake family. Intel core i5-7200u has 3MB of cache while Intel core i7-7500u has 4MB of cache memory. Thus i7-7500u processor will offer better performance than Intel core i5-7200u.

As told earlier, HP 15 BS016DX comes with Integrated graphics, more precisely, with Intel HD 620.  It supports DirectX 12 and allows casual gaming but demanding games like Battlefield 1, For Honor, Resident Evil 7 will run in low to medium resolutions and settings. Low end games like Dirt Rally and Sims 4 will run smoothly on this machine. If you want to play PC games and are looking for a cheap gaming laptop then Acer Aspire E5-575G-75MD laptop could be a suitable option for you.

Model: 15 BS016DX is neither touch enabled nor a 2 in 1 laptop. For touchscreen laptop you can consider HP 15-ay103dx. Display of the laptops support max resolution up to 1366 X 768p which means these are not Full HD display.

HP 15 BS016DX comes with two memory slots and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. However, memory slots are not user accessible. Internal 1TB hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 10 Home 64 bit operating system but you won’t get Full Version of Microsoft Office.

Edges of the HP laptop is arranged with 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only) ports, 1 USB 2.0 port; 1 HDMI; 1 RJ-45; 1 headphone/microphone combo and multi-format SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.

3 cell 31whr battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, however, it depends upon usage.

Dell I3567-3636BLK-PUS 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop Review

If you are a touchscreen aficionado and are looking for a mid-size laptop for regular computing, then you can take a look at Dell I3567-3636BLK-PUS. The laptop is reasonably priced and offers good specs which include a 7th generation Intel core i3-7100u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive. Intel core i3-7100u is not a high end processor but is capable of handling day to day tasks like typing documents and spreadsheets, creating presentation, compressing files, browsing internet, streaming movies and videos, downloading music, Skype etc. Though it is not suitable for editing large HD video files, you can still perform casual photo and video editing. But do not expect fast performance with such tasks.  Basically, Model: I3567-3636BLK-PUS is designed for home users. Students can also use it if they don’t need to work with large video editing, music creation or 3D rendering.  Again, If you are on tight budget but looking for a touchscreen laptop that offers better performance, you can consider HP 15-ay103dx which is powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive.

Both, Intel core i3-7100u and i5-7200u, are dual core processors but i3-7100u operates with fixed frequency of 2.4GHz. You can’t increase speed of the processor. On the other hand, Intel core i5-7200u operates with 2.5GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. So if you want to work with photo and video editing, HP 15-ay103dx touchscreen laptop will be more suitable option for you. Both the laptops offer inbuilt optical drive to burn CD/DVD. As both are inexpensive laptops, you can’t expect fancy features like backlit keyboard or full HD display.

If you can slightly increase your budget, you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4. It is integrated with Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB Solid State Drive and NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 memory. It has backlit keyboard and Full HD display.

Dell I3567-3636BLK-PUS comes with Intel HD 620 integrated graphics which uses system memory. Even though it supports many latest PC games, you can’t play games at highest settings. For example, you can’t play Battlefield 1 or Watch Dogs 2 smoothly in this machine but Minecraft can be played without any issue. On the other hand, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 can handle latest games.  However, this laptop is not a touchscreen laptop.

Again, Solid State Drives are faster than hard drives and access data almost instantaneously. Dell I3567-3636BLK does not offer Solid state Drive but you can replace hard drive with a Solid state Drive.  The Dell laptop comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM and the memory s expandable up to 16GB. The 1TB 5400rpm Windows 10 64 bit operating system is preloaded on the hard drive. The laptop doesn’t come with Full Version of Microsoft Office.

The 15.6” display supports max resolution up to 1366 X 768 which means it can only support playback up to 720p but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on external display, HDTV or compatible monitors.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, the laptop offers 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x combo headphone / microphone Jack, SD card reader and RJ 45 port. It comes with 720p HD webcam as well.  Network connectivity is supported by Ethernet LAN, 802.11 ac with backward compatibility and Bluetooth.

Dell I3567-3636BLK-PUS comes with removable battery which offers up to 6 hours of battery backup.

Lenovo 80TJ00LRUS Review

Lenovo 80TJ00LRUS is perfect for general computer user who wants something that can accomplish   everyday computing tasks smoothly. However, few compromises have been made to make it affordable. For instance, it incorporates earlier generation accelerated processor and has only 500GB hard drive. AMD A6-7310 is part of Carrizo family which is a predecessor of Bristol Bridge line of accelerated processors. The laptop comes with 4GB RAM which is enough for regular tasks but to do HD photo or video editing more memory would be preferable. AMD A6-7310 has 4 cores but it is an entry level processor. It can handle day to day tasks like writing papers, processing spreadsheets, making presentation, compressing files, streaming videos, downloading music etc. However, Lenovo 80TJ00LRUS is not a great choice if you are looking for a machine for HD photo and video editing on day to day basis or have to deal with 3D designing or music creation. It is not a gaming laptop either but low end games like Minecraft, world of Warcraft, Sims 4 etc can run in low to medium details and setting. Basically, the specs are similar to HP 15-ba009dx, thus, you can expect the performance to be similar to HP 15-ba009dx. However Lenovo 80TJ00LRUS offers only 2 USB ports (1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0) while HP 15-ba009dx offers 3 USB ports including USB 3.0

If you are looking for an all-purpose inexpensive laptop to increase productivity and for entertainment then you can consider Lenovo ideapad 310 Laptop which is powered by AMD A10-9600p accelerated processor, 12GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Now AMD A10-9600p APU has 4 cores and each core operates with base frequency of 2.4 GHz while the frequency can rise up to 3.4Ghz. A10-9600p is Bristol Bridge accelerated processor built with better architecture compared to A6-7310. Again A6-7310 operates at much lower frequency of 2GHZ to 2.4GHz.

Both the laptops come with integrated graphics, Lenovo 80TJ00LRUS comes with AMD Radeon R4 graphics while Lenovo ideapad 310 Laptop comes with Radeon R5 graphics. Radeon R5 integrated graphics offers better performance compared to Radeon R4 graphics.

None of the laptops are touchscreen enabled or 2 in 1 laptop. But you don’t need touchscreen with Windows 10 as it works well with non-touch environment.

Model: 80TJ00LRUS is installed with 4GB DDR3L RAM and the memory is expandable up to 8GB. The 500GB 5400rpm hard drive is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. You won’t get full version of Microsoft office with this machine.

The 15.6” display of lenovo 80TJ00LRUS supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which is not full HD. But you can’t expect Full HD display with such a low priced laptop. The keyboard is not a backlit keyboard. If you are looking for an inexpensive laptop with backlit keyboard and Full HD display then you should consider Acer E5-575-33BM. It comes with 7th generation Intel core i3-7100u processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive. Though i3-7100 is dual core processor, it is hyperthreading enabled which means 2 cores can work as 4 virtual cores. Also, it operates with 2.4GHz of fixed frequency while A6-7310 operates with 2GHz of base frequency. When it comes to benchmark,  the passmark score for Intel core i3-7100u is 3857(approx.) while A6-7310 is 2660 ( bigger is better) Again  the Acer laptop comes with more number of USB ports compared to Lenovo 80TJ00LRUS.

Sides of the Lenovo laptops are arranged with 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack,1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ45  LAN and 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC). Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN, wireless ac and Bluetooth. The non-removable battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup.

HP 15-bs062st Review

Selecting a laptop for regular use can be a tough job, especially if you want it to accomplish a specific array of tasks on budget. HP 15-bs062st could be good choice if you are looking for a non-touch laptop that can handle day to day computing smoothly and also stream movies and videos. It comes with right combination of hardware for such tasks. It has Intel core i3-7100u processor, 6GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive.  However, premium features like backlit keyboard, full HD display and USB type C port are not available with this machine.  You can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM, if you are looking for backlit keyboard, full HD display and USB type C port. The Acer laptop is powered by Intel core i3-7100u processor and comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. It comes with only 4GB RAM but you can expand memory up to 32GB. Both the laptops can handle day to day tasks like working with Microsoft office or other office applications, running videos and movies, emailing/skype, running Spotify, some photo and video editing etc.  However, these are not workstation grade laptops and are not suitable for large HD video editing, Music creation and 3D Modeling. Both the laptops come with CD/DVD burner. Here is a quick review about specifications and performance of HP 15-bs062st.

The Intel core i3-7100u processor has 2 cores and each core operates with 2.4GHz of frequency. Since the processor does not support Intel Turbo-boost technology, its frequency can’t be raised further. The processor is good enough for home computing.  You can also consider HP 15-ay103dx which is a budget touchscreen laptop powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. You will definitely get better performance with HP 15-ay103dx due to core i5-7200u processor. Intel core i5-7200u operates with higher clock speed of 2.5GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz if system needs. Aside from advanced processor, it is a touchscreen laptop as well.

Both the laptops come with integrated Intel HD 620 graphics and you can play low end PC  games like World of Warcraft, sims 4, etc.,  in low to medium details and settings. If you want to play latest games smoothly  and also want fast performance for photo and video editing,  then Acer E5-575G-75MD budget gaming laptop will be a more suitable choice for you  as it comes with Intel core i7-7500u processor ( 2.7Ghz – 3.5GHz), 8GB DDR4 RAM and discrete NVIDIA 940MX graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory. It has 256GB Solid State Drive which is much faster than traditional hard drive. Premium features like backlit keyboard and Full HD display are available with this machine.

The 15.6” display of HP 15-bs062st supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p, which is standard HD resolution. Full HD display offers more accurate colors and is useful for photo editing or watching videos.

HP 15-bs062st is installed with 6GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB.  1TB 5400rpm hard drive is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. It doesn’t come with MS office.

When it comes to ports and connectivity, there are 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. It has SD card reader as well as 720p HD webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Both Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM and HP 15-ay103dx support Wireless –ac . The 3-cell, 31 Wh Li-ion offers up to 6 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage as well.

Dell I3567-3629BLK-PUS Review

Dell has been consistently producing inexpensive and competent laptops. Dell I3567-3629BLK-PUS is one such laptop. The laptop is powered by Intel core i3-7100u processor which is a 7th generation Intel core i3 processor. It has two cores and each core operates with 2.4GHz frequency. You can’t increase the speed or over-clock the processors. Basically, it is designed for home users and students. It can handle tasks like office applications, presentations, streaming videos and movies, skype and emailing, surfing the internet with multiple tabs etc. It also supports casual gaming and entry level photo and video editing. The laptop doesn’t come with dedicated graphics and Integrated Intel HD 620 is the only graphics option for this laptop.  As it is an inexpensive laptop, few compromises have been made to make it affordable. For instance, it doesn’t come with backlit keyboard and the display is standard display. If you are looking for an inexpensive laptop, with backlit keyboard and Full HD display ( 1920 X 1080), then you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM which is also powered by Intel core i3-7100u processor and has 4GB DDR4 RAM plus 1TB hard drive. It has backlit keyboard and Full HD display. Both the laptops come with inbuilt optical drive. Here is a quick review about specifications and performance of Model: I3567-3629BLK-PUS.

Dell I3567-3629BLK-PUS is neither a touchscreen nor a 2-in-1 laptop. But you don’t really need a touchscreen laptop with Windows 10 operating system. However, if you are looking for an inexpensive touchscreen laptop that offers more power, compared to Dell I3567-3629BLK-PUS, then you can consider HP 15-AY103DX touchscreen laptop which is powered by more powerful 7th generation Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive. Though this HP laptop is not a workstation grade laptop, it will still offer you better performance compared to Dell I3567-3629BLK-PUS.

Intel core i5-7200u processor operates with 2.5GHz base frequency and frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz while Intel core i3-7100u operates with fixed frequency of 2.4GHz. Both the processors are dual core processors and have hyper threading enabled.

As discussed earlier, Dell I3567-3629BLK-PUS doesn’t come with discrete graphics and Intel HD 620 is the only graphics option for this laptop. You can play many PC games like Minecraft, World of Warcraft, Dirt rally etc., in low to medium details and settings, on this laptop.

The laptop comes with 6GB DDR4 RAM, arranged in two slots, and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. However, memory slots are not easily accessible and it is quite difficult for a novice to locate the slots. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive which is pre-installed with Windows 10 home premium 64 bit operating system. You won’t get full version of Microsoft office with this laptop.

The 15.6” display of Dell I3567-3629BLK-PUS supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. For full HD display and quality pictures, you can take a look at Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM. It comes with backlit keyboard and USB 3.1 Type C port while the Dell laptop comes with non-backlit keyboard and standard ports and connectivity features. When it comes to ports and connectivity, Dell I3567-3629BLK-PUS offers two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, one HDMI and a LAN port. There is a headphone/microphone combo jack as well as SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. However, the Acer laptop mentioned above comes with Wireless ac support as well.

Dell I3567-3629BLK-PUS come with removable battery and offers up to 6 hours (approx.) of battery backup. However, battery backup depends upon usage.

HP Pavilion 15-cc553cl Touchscreen Laptop Specs Review

HP Pavilion 15-cc553cl Touchscreen Laptop is an entry level gaming touchscreen laptop. It is powered by Intel Core i5-7200U Processor which has two cores. The processor is part of 7th generation Intel core family. The laptop comes with mid-level NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB Video memory. The NVIDIA Geforce 940MX is not as powerful as GTX 1050 which comes with 4GB RAM.  For extreme gaming, GTX 1050 is preferable over 940MX. For instance, if you want to play For honor, Resident Evil 7 and Watch Dogs 2 smoothly, you can take a look at GTX 1050 powered laptop.   NVIDIA 940MX will also support these game with reduced resolution but don’t expect to high fps.  For high-end gaming, you can consider Dell i5577-5335BLK-PUS which is powered by Intel core i5-7300HQ processor.  Unlike i5-7200u, it has 4 physical cores and turbo frequency capability of the processor is higher than i5-7200u. Intel core i5-7200u operates at 2.5 GHz of base frequency and frequency can rise up to 3.1 Ghz. However, the turbo frequency for i5-7300HQ is 3.5GHz. It also has 6MB cache while i5-7200u comes with 3MB cache. Bigger cache is helpful in reducing latency.

The Dell laptop has NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics with 4GB DDR5 memory and 8GB DDR4 system RAM (expandable up to 32GB). Again, HP 15-cc553cl doesn’t come with Solid State Drive which is faster than 5400rpm hard drive. If you are going to use the laptop for photo and video editing and 3D rendering then Solid state drive can improve performance. The Dell laptop comes with Solid State drive (256GB). However, this is not a touchscreen laptop and both the machine lack optical drive. Both, HP and Dell, laptops come with backlit keyboard.

If you are looking for a cheap gaming laptop that comes with CD/DVD drive and has similar hardware configuration, then you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 which is powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor and NVDIA 940MX graphics with 2G GDDR5 video memory. It also has 256GB Solid State Drive and backlit keyboard. However, it is not a touchscreen laptop.  The Acer laptop is installed with 8GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 32GB. Like HP 15-cc553cl it also comes with Full HD display.

HP Pavilion 15-cc553cl is installed with 12GB DDR4 memory and the memory is arranged in two slots. According to manufacturer, memory is not user upgradable. The laptop comes with 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. You can replace hard drive with a Solid state Drive if you have knowledge about computer repairing. However, before replacing drive, you must check with the manufacturer if it will void any warranty.

Edges of the laptop are arranged with 1 USB 3.1 type C port, 2 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, RJ 45, SD card reader and headphone/microphone combo. Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and Gigabit Ethernet. It has front facing HD webcam.  As mentioned earlier, HP 15-cc553cl comes with backlit keyboard with dedicated numeric keypad. The 3 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup. However, power backup depends upon usage.

HP 15-bs061st 15.6″ Laptop Computer Review

HP 15-bs061st 15.6″ Laptop Computer is an inexpensive laptop and comes with an average processor. The laptop incorporates Intel Pentium N3170 processor which supports regular computing tasks like typing docs, working with spreadsheets, making presentation, emailing/skype, listening music, watching video etc., but it is not suitable for CPU demanding tasks like HD video editing and 3D designing. It is not suitable for latest PC games as well. However, some app based games and Facebook games are playable in this machine. Most attractive feature of this laptop is that it comes with 8GB DDR3L RAM. But RAM alone is not enough to increase the performance of a machine. HP 15-bs061 st or Model: 1WJ88UA#ABA is not a touchscreen laptop and premium features like backlit keyboard and full HD display are not available with this machine. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM laptop that comes with more powerful 7th generation Intel core i3-7100u processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive. The laptop has only 4GB RAM but it has a powerful 7th gen Intel core i3-7100u processor.  Again, HP 15-bs061st comes with only 500GB hard drive. The Acer laptop offers backlit keyboard and full HD (1920 X 1080) display while HP 15-bs061st lacks both the features.

The 15.6” display of HP 15-bs061st supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which means it can support playback in 720p resolution only. With Full HD display you get more accurate colors. Here is a brief review about specifications and expected performance of HP 15-bs061 or Model: 1WJ88UA#ABA.

Intel Pentium N3170 has 4 cores and the processor operates with very low base frequency of 1.6GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.56GHz, if system needs it. There is only 2MB of L2 cache. Though Intel core i3-7100u is a dual core processor, it operates with high frequency of 2.4GHz and it has 3MB of smart cache. With the help of Hyperthreading technology the two physical core works as 4 logical cores. Intel Pentium N3710 is part of Braswell family while Intel core i3-7100u is part of Intel’s Kaby lake family which is technologically more advanced than Braswell series of processors. The current Passmark score ( at the time of posting this review) for the Intel core i3-7100u is 3857 while The same for  N3710 is 1898, which means Intel core i3-7100u is more powerful compared to Pentium N3710. HP 15-bs061st is non-touch laptop and is integrated with weak integrated graphics.

If you are looking for a budget  touchscreen laptop that can do small HD photo/video editing, some 3D modelling and casual PC gaming then you can consider HP 15-ay103dx laptop which is powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Though it comes with integrated graphics, it can still handle many games like Minecraft, World of Warcraft Dirt Rally etc. High end games like Battlefield 1 can be played in low resolution and settings.

HP 15-bs061st is installed with 8GB DDR3L RAM and the memory is not expandable further. However, you will hardly need more memory as 8GB RAM is sufficient for day to day computing tasks. The laptop comes with 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive. Windows 10 home premium operating system is preinstalled on the drive. The laptop doesn’t come with Full version of Microsoft office.

When it comes to ports, there are 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It comes with SD card reader and non-backlit keyboard. However,  Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM has backlit keyboard. All the above mentioned laptops come with inbuilt CD/DVD drive.

3 cell 31 whr battery of HP 15-bs061st offers up to 6 hours of power backup, depending upon usage.

HP Pavilion 15-cc561st or Model: 1KU29UA#ABA Review

HP Pavilion 15-cc561st or Model: 1KU29UA#ABA is a decent laptop for home users, students and small offices. It is a budget laptop and comes with few limitations. Let us start with specifications of HP 15-cc561st. The laptop incorporates a 7th generation Intel core i5-7200u dual core processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. It doesn’t come with Solid State Drive and dedicated graphics which could facilitate gaming, media editing and 3D designing performance. When it comes to graphics, HP 15-cc561st offers Intel HD 620 graphics which uses system memory. This laptop is not a touchscreen laptop. It is not a high end laptop but it supports HD video editing and 3D rendering but you won’t get fast performance for such tasks. However, the laptop can easily handle day to day computing requirements like typing docs, processing spreadsheets, emailing/skype, Evernote, streaming videos and movies etc. Model: 1KU29UA#ABA is not a gaming laptop and supports casual gaming only. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 which is a budget gaming laptop. It is powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 video memory. Solid state Drives are much faster than hard drives and are useful if you are going to use the laptop or notebook for photo and video editing and 3D Modelling. However, this is not a workstation grade laptop.

Basically, Intel core i5-7200u is a dual core processor and is designed to save energy.  Each core operates with 2.7GHz frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHZ.  Like HP Pavilion 15-cc561st, Acer E5-575G-57D4 also comes with backlit keyboard.  The Acer laptop allows you to upgrade memory up to 32GB. Even though there are two memory slots available, memory is not user accessible in HP Pavilion Model: 1KU29UA#ABA. The Acer laptop comes with CD/DVD burner which is missing in HP laptop.

If you are looking for a solid laptop with quad core processor, you can consider Dell i5577-5335BLK-PUS which has 7th generation quad core i5-7300HQ processor, operating between 2.5GHz to 3.5GHz frequency range.  Intel core i5-7200u coming with Acer laptop is a dual core processor. Again, Intel core i5-7300HQ comes with 6MB processor level cache while i5-7200u comes with 3MB of cache. This Dell laptop offers NVIDIA GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5 video memory plus 8GB RAM. This laptop is integrated with backlit keyboard but CD/DVD drive is missing in the machine. It also comes with Solid State Drive. Dell i5577-5335BLK-PUS is worth its price even though it is expensive.

The 15.6” display of HP 15-cc561st supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means the display supports up to 720p playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on a compatible TV or monitor. Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 and Dell i5577-5335BLK-PUS, on the other hand, come with Full HD display ( 1920 X 1080).

Ports and connectivity features in HP Pavilion 15-cc561st include 1 USB 3.1 type C port, 2USB 3.0 port, HDMI, RJ 45, SD card reader and headphone/microphone combo. Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and Gigabit Ethernet. It has front facing HD webcam. The 3 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-95K 15.6″ Notebook Review

Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-95K is a traditional 15.6” non-touch laptop notebook. It is available at a cheap price but you will hardly notice any difference in features while comparing it with other similar priced laptops. Key disadvantages of this laptop are the absence of inbuilt CD/DVD burner and Solid state drive.  The laptop is powered by 7th generation AMD A9-9420 dual core accelerated processor which operates with base frequency of 3GHZ and the frequency of some of the cores can rise up to 3.6GHz on system demand. It has 6GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. Acer A315-21-95K is suitable for home users and students. It can handle tasks like processing documents and spread sheets, creating presentations, streaming videos and movies, skype/emailing, running Spotify etc. It also supports small photo and video editing.  If you are looking for something more robust, without disturbing your budget, then you can consider Lenovo 310 80ST001MUS which is powered by 7th generation AMD A10-9600 quad core accelerated processor.  AMD a10-9600p operates with lower clock speed (between 2.4GHz to 3.3GHz) but it has 4 physical cores while A9-9420 has only 2 cores. So you can expect better performance from Lenovo laptop.  Again, Lenovo laptop comes with 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and it has inbuilt CD/DVD drive.

It is worth mentioning here that none of the laptops are gaming laptops and both come with integrated graphics. However, Lenovo laptop will give you slightly better gaming performance than the Acer. Model: A315-21-95K-US is integrated with AMD Radeon R5 graphics (Stoney Ridge) which is part of A9-9420 processor. So you can’t upgrade graphics. You can play games like Sims 4 and World of Warcraft in low to medium details. The laptop will struggle to run high end games like Battlefield 1, For Honor and Resident Evil 7 etc.

If you are looking for a cheap gaming laptop with discrete graphics and plenty of memory  then you can consider Dell Inspiron i5565-5850GRY 15.6″ FHD Touchscreen Laptop. It is powered by Solid AMD FX 9800p quad core accelerated processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM and AMD Radeon R8 M445DX discrete graphics with 4GB DDR5 video memory. The graphics is switchable with integrated graphics to reduce energy consumption. The Dell laptop is a touchscreen laptop and has Full HD display (1920 X 1080) while, Model: A315-21-95K-US is non-touch laptop and has standard 1366 X 768 display (supports up to 720p).  Dell Inspiron i5565-5850GRY comes with backlit keyboard.  AMD FX-9800p is a quad core processor and operates between 2.7 GHz to 3.6 GHz frequency.  Thus, AMD FX -9800p is more powerful compared to AMD A9-9420 dual core processor.  Dell laptop is not for extreme gaming but you can still play high end games by adjusting resolution and settings.

Acer A315-21-95K-US comes with 6GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 12GB.  1TB 5400 rpm hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. You won’t get full version of MS office with this laptop.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, the laptop offers 1 USB 3.0 Port, 2 USB 2.0 Ports, 1  HDMI™ Port with HDCP support, 1  Headphone/Speaker/Line-Out Jack, 1  Ethernet (RJ-45) Port, 1  DC-in Jack for AC Adapter and 1  Kensington Lock Slot. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet and wireless ac with backward compatibility. It supports Bluetooth as well.

The keyboard is non-backlit and has dedicated numeric keypad while Dell Inspiron i5565-5850GRY comes with backlit keyboard. Acer Aspire 3 A315-21-95K comes with 0.3 megapixel VGA webcam while Dell laptop offers HD webcam.  Acer laptop offers up to 5 hours of battery backup (approx.),  depending upon usage.