HP 17-bs067cl Review

HP 17-bs067cl is a basic 7th gen Intel Core i7-7500u processor powered 17.3” laptop. The laptop does not offer premium features like dedicated graphics and backlit keyboard.  It seems to have made a late entry to the market since laptops with 8th generation Intel processor are already being rolled out. The laptop is bundled with the dual-core i7 processor but it offers enough storage. It offers 2TB 5400 rpm hard drive, which is slower if you compare it with a Solid State Drive. You can use this laptop as a desktop replacement. HP 17-bs067cl is fast enough for regular computing such as running MS office, streaming videos and movies, playing music, surfing the internet etc. HP 17-bs067cl has integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which supports causal gaming.Low-end games like Minecraft can be played smoothly on this machine but to play games like Need for Speed Payback and COD WWII a laptop with gaming graphics is desirable.

You can also consider MSI GL72 17.3″ laptop which comes with Intel quad-core i7-7700HQ processor, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M graphics with 2GB Video memory and 8GB RAM. It comes with full HD display (1920 X 1080) which offers crisp pictures compared to 1600 X 900 display. HP 17-bs067cl laptop comes with 1600 X 900p display. The MSI laptop offers 1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive which is faster than 5400rpm hard drive. The MSI laptop not only offers performance for PC gaming but you can use it for HD photo and video editing, 3D modeling as well. Like Model #:  17-bs067cl, this laptop is non-touch enabled. None of these laptops offer the backlit keyboard.

Intel core i7-7500u has two cores and each core operates with base frequency of 2.7GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. Core i7-7700HQ has 4 cores and each core operates at 2.8GHz of base frequency and frequency can rise up to 3.8GHz. Both the processors support hyperthreading technology which means 4 cores of i7-7700HQ can handle 8 threads at a time. It has 6GB Of cache. Intel Core i7-7500u is SoC processor designed to offer better battery life.

You can also consider HP Flagship 17.3″ laptop which is a budget laptop but it comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD. It has 1600 X 900 display.

HP 17-bs067cl has 8GB DDR4 RAM and comes with two memory slots. Memory is expandable up to 16GB. The hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 10 Operating system. You can also replace the hard drive with Solid State Drive. This laptop doesn’t come with Microsoft office.

For external devices connectivity, HP 17-bs067cl  offers 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ-45, 1 x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack and SD card reader. It has integrated webcam. The network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless ac with backward compatibility and Bluetooth.

The 3 cell battery of the HP 17-bs067cl offers up to 5-6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

HP Pavilion 15-br095ms 2 in 1 PC Review

If you are looking for a big screen 2-in-1 laptop at an affordable price, look no further than HP Pavilion x360 Convertible 15-br095ms 2 in 1 PC.  This laptop incorporates 7th generation Intel Core i5-7200u processor, which has 2 cores, and 8GB DDR4 RAM. Though the laptop comes with a Solid State Drive, it offers very less storage space. It comes with a 128B Solid State Drive but a big part of it is used by Windows 10 OS. The best part of this laptop is that it comes with a dedicated graphics (AMD Radeon 530 with 2GB DDR3 dedicated VRAM) to satisfy gaming enthusiast on the tight budget. HP 15-br095ms is fast enough for all day to day tasks. It supports some HD video editing and 3D designing as well. However, this laptop is not a workstation grade laptop. The 7th gen Intel Core i5-7200u processor has only 2 cores while the 8th gen i5 and i7 SOC processors have 4 cores, with hyperthreading feature.

If you are looking for a 2-in-1 laptop for CPU intensive tasks like HD video editing, 3D modeling, program compilation and music creation, you can consider Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 14 2-in-1 PC. It is powered by Intel core i7-8550u quad-core processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has discrete NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB VRAM. Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 14 2-in-1 PC comes with stylus and fingerprint reader. Check here full specifications of HP Pavilion x360 Convertible 15-br095ms 2-in-1 PC.

Let us begin with a brief comparison between Intel core i5-7200u and i7-8550u features.

Intel core i5-7200u operates with 2.5GHz of base frequency and its turbo frequency is 3.1GHz. It has 3MB of cache. On the other hand, Intel core i7-8550u operates with base frequency of 1.8GHz and frequency can rise up to 4GHZ. However, base frequency hardly matters as it depends upon workload. Again, the 8th gen i7 has 8MB of cache memory. Thus, for CPU demanding tasks, i7-8550u is preferable over i5-7200u.

HP Pavilion 15-br095ms comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM. 128GB Solid State Drive is preloaded with Windows 10 Operating system. If you are concern about storage, you can consider HP 15-br010nr. It comes with similar hardware configuration but you get 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive instead of 128GB SSD.

HP 15-br095ms 2-in-1 PC comes with the backlit keyboard and has Full HD ( 1080)p webcam. The 15.6” IPS touchscreen display of the laptop supports the max resolution of 1920 X 1080. But it doesn’t come with fingerprint reader and inbuilt CD/DVD drive. However, you can always use a USB based external CD/DVD drive.

When it comes to port and connectivity options, the laptop offers 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 (data transfer up to 5 Gb/s), 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (data transfer only), 1 HDMI, Headphone output/Microphone input combo and SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by wireless ac and Bluetooth. The laptop weighs around 4.72lbs which is little heavy to lug around. The 3-cell 48WHr lithium-ion prismatic battery offers around 8 hours of power backup.

HP 17-BS049DX Review

HP 17-BS049DX is a cheap 17.3” laptop that supports all day to day tasks and also offers great entertainment. It is powered by Intel Core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. It offers plenty of features for its current price (Black Friday 2017 price). You can run Microsoft Office applications, browse the internet, stream videos and movies smoothly on this laptop. Emailing and video calling will not an issue with this laptop. Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Sony Vegas Pro will also run but you won’t get fast performance, especially while rendering. HP 17-BS049DX laptop is not a touchscreen laptop and it doesn’t come with the backlit keyboard. If you are looking for a touchscreen-enabled laptop with similar features, you can consider HP 17.3Inch Touchscreen Laptop which comes with i7-7200u processor, 12GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive. It has the backlit keyboard. None of the laptops comes with discrete graphics and Intel HD 620 graphics is only graphics option for these laptops. The graphics support casual gaming and you can play low-end games like World of Warcraft, Minecraft, League of legends etc on this laptop. However, latest games like Need for speed, Payback and COD WWII will be playable at low resolution and setting. You can’t expect high FPS though.

If you are looking for a solid 17.3” inch gaming laptop at the affordable price then you can consider MSI GL72 17.3″ laptop. It has quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor. Each of the 4 cores operates with 2.8GHz of base frequency and the turbo frequency of the processor 3.8GHz. It has 6MB of cache. On the other hand, Intel core i5-7200u operates at the base frequency of 2.5GHz while the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. It has 3MB of cache. Again, MSI GL72 17.3″ laptop comes with powerful discrete graphics. It incorporates an NVIDIA Geforce GTX960M graphics with 2GB VRAM plus 8GB system RAM. The laptop is installed with the faster 1TB 7200rpm hard drive. Furthermore, it has full HD display while 17.3” display of HP 17-BS049DX supports the native resolution of 1600 X 900p. However, it comes with the non-backlit keyboard. This laptop is suitable for HD video editing alongside PC gaming.

HP 17-BS049DX comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. It has 1TB 5400rpm hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 10 64 bit operating system. This laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office.

HP 17-BS049DX has standard ports and connectivity features which include 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. It has SD card reader as well.  The laptop supports Gigabit Ethernet LAN, wireless 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth. It doesn’t support wireless ac. Both, HP 17.3” touchscreen laptop and MSI GL72 laptop, support wireless ac as well. The battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

Dell Inspiron 13 i3378-3340GRY-PUS 2-in-1 PC Review

Dell Inspiron 13 i3378-3340GRY-PUS 2-in-1 PC is a convertible touchscreen laptop suitable for home computing. You can use it for college as well if you don’t need to work with AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe Photoshop CS6 or similar other programs. The laptop supports small photo and video editing though. This Dell laptop is powered by Intel Core i3-7100u processor and 4GB RAM. Core i3-7100u is entry level processor and is not intended for the heavy workload. If you are looking for an affordable laptop for high-end tasks, you can consider Dell Inspiron 13 i5379-5296GRY-PUS 2-in-1 PC which is powered Intel Core i5-8250u processor and 8GB DDR4 RAM. The processor has 4 physical cores and.

The 7th gen i3-7100u is a dual core processor and operates at the fixed frequency of 2.4GHz while 8th gen i5-8250u operates at 1.6GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz. It has 6MB of cache while i3-7100u has 3MB of cache. You can’t increase the frequency of i3-7100u any further.

Dell Inspiron 13 i3378-3340GRY-PUS is appropriate for typing docs, surfing the internet, creating the presentation, streaming YouTube and Netflix, downloading music etc.  It comes with integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which supports casual gaming. You can play Minecraft, league of legends, Sims 4 etc. on this laptop. However, to play games like Need for Speed Payback, COD WWII and Destiny 2 etc., laptop with dedicated graphics will be more suitable. You can play such games on this laptop as well but with reduced resolution and settings. As the graphics is integrated, you can’t upgrade it. Dell Inspiron 13 i3378-3340GRY-PUS 2-in-1 PC comes with 1TB 5400 rpm hard driver (no SSD). Solid State Drives are faster than SATA hard drives and help speed up the boot process. It is also capable of faster file transfer compared to 5400 rpm Hard Drive. You can consider Acer Spin 5 SP513-51-38M1 2-in-1 laptop which is powered by same Intel core i3-7100u has 4GB RAM but it offers 128GB Solid State Drive. It is also a budget laptop.

Like Dell i3378-3340GRY-PUS, Acer Spin 5 SP513-51-38M1 2-in-1 laptop also comes with 13.3” full HD IPS touchscreen display which offers better viewing angle. Both the laptops come with the backlit keyboard. Again, this Acer laptop doesn’t come with dedicated graphics. With some increase in your budget, you can consider Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 14 81C9000CUS 2 in 1 PC which is a powerful gaming PC. It comes with 8th gen Intel Core i7-8550u processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 video memory.   The laptop comes with the stylus as well and offers fingerprint reader. The Dell laptop doesn’t offer such features. Core i7-8550u is a quad-core processor and operates at 1.8Gz of base frequency and it has 4GHz of Turbo frequency. It comes with the massive cache of 8MB. Alongside PC gaming, it supports HD video editing and 3D designing as well. Though it costs you more, it’s worth every penny you pay for it.

Dell i3378-3340GRY does not come with CD/DVD burner which is not unusual with budget laptops. Most 2-in-1 laptops lack CD/DVD burner but you always have the option to use an External CD/DVD drive. The laptop comes with 4GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. The 1TB hard drive is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64-bit operating system.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, this Dell laptop offers 2 USB 3.0 (1 with PowerCharge), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Headphone output, Microphone input and SD card reader. However, there is no Ethernet LAN port. It only supports wireless (Wireless ac and Bluetooth 4.1) connectivity.  However, Lenovo Ideapad Flex 5 14 81C9000CUS 2 in 1 PC supports Gigabit Ethernet LAN as well.

Dell i3378-3340GRY comes with 3 cell 42whr battery which offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

HP 15-bs095ms Laptop Review

If you are looking for a cheap laptop for home, small office or college then you can consider HP 15-bs095ms Laptop. At its current price (Black Friday 2017 Price), it is an absolute steal. From outside, it may not look appealing to you but it has 7th generation Intel Core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive. The laptop comes with the touchscreen display as well. However, certain sacrifices have been made to make it affordable. HP 15-bs095ms doesn’t come with the backlit keyboard and, unlike Dell Inspiron 15 i5567-3654GRY Laptop, the display is not full HD display. This Dell laptop comes with the backlit keyboard and 720p HD webcam while HP 15-bs095ms comes with VGA webcam only. Both the laptops have integrated graphics and both will offer almost similar performance. However, if you are buying a laptop to stream videos and movies, you can consider a laptop with Full HD display as it produces more accurate colors. HP Laptop 15-bs095ms is fast enough for day to day tasks such as running office application and surfing the internet. Streaming movies and videos will not be an issue with this laptop. It also supports HD photo and video editing and 3D designing. However, laptop with Solid State Drive is more suitable for such tasks. Please bear in mind this laptop is not a gaming laptop. Check the specs of HP 15-bs095ms Laptop here

You can run low-end games like Minecraft, league of legends etc., smoothly on this machine. In order to play high-end games like COD WWII and Destiny 2, you need to reduce resolution and settings. You also have to compromise with FPS rate while playing high-end games on this laptop. If you need a cheap and affordable gaming laptop then you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 which is also powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor and 8GB DDR4 RAM but it has NVIDIA GeForce 940MX dedicated graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory. It comes with 256GB Solid State Drive, full HD display, and backlit keyboard. It also has USB 3.1 Type C port which offers faster data transfer. However, it is not a touchscreen laptop. As told earlier, cheap laptops come with compromises and this machine is not an exception to this rule.

Intel core i5-7200u has two cores and each core operates with base frequency of 2.5GHZ and can Turboboost up to 3.1GHz. It has 3MB of cache but you can’t upgrade graphics or processor.

When it comes to memory, the laptop offers 8GB DDR4 Memory. Though it has two memory slots, according to the manufacturer, the memory is not user accessible. It has 1TB of the hard drive, preloaded with Windows 10 home 64-bit operating system. You won’t get Microsoft office with this laptop. Both hard drive and memory slots are easily accessible. Before replacing hard drive with a Solid State Drive, you must inform HP so as not to end up voiding warranty.

Edges of HP 15-bs095ms are arranged with 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45, 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack and SD card reader. It lacks USB 3.1 Type C port and has a VGA webcam. Again, the non-backlit keyboard comes with the dedicated numeric keypad. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN, wireless ac, and Bluetooth. 3 cell 42whr battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

HP Laptop 15-bs091ms Review

HP Laptop 15-bs091ms is integrated with 7th generation i3-7100u processor. This touchscreen laptop is designed for home users and students. At the current price (Black Friday 2017), the laptop offers plenty of features. It has 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1 TB 5400rpm hard drive. On the downside, it comes with the non-backlit keyboard. Again, the touchscreen display supports the max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which is not full HD display. HP 15-bs091ms can accomplish day to day tasks smoothly which include typing documents, processing spreadsheets, making the presentation, surfing the internet, streaming videos and movies, emailing/skype etc. It also supports some HD photo and video editing, transcoding audio and video files etc.  You can do small 3D designing as well. However, the laptop is not fast for such task.  The laptop comes with integrated graphics which supports casual gaming. By increasing your budget a bit, you can get an all-purpose laptop like Dell Inspiron 15 i5567-3655GRY. This laptop is powered by Intel core i5-7200u 7th generation processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive.  The key attractions of this laptop are full HD (1920 X 1080) display and backlit keyboard.

Both the laptops mentioned above come with inbuilt CD/DVD drive and integrated Intel HD 620 graphics. The graphics will support low-end games like Minecraft and Sims 4 etc. But to decently play latest games (Destiny 2, COD WWII etc) you need a laptop with gaming graphics.

HP 15-bs091ms lacks Solid-state Drive which could have boosted the overall performance of the laptop. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4, which comes with Intel Core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 video memory and Full HD display. It incorporates backlit keyboard as well as USB 3.1 Type C port.  You can play almost all latest games on this laptop. However, all games are not playable at the highest setting. This graphics helps in Video editing as well. Please bear mind that this laptop is not a workstation grade laptop.

Intel core i3-7100u is clocked at the fixed frequency of 2.4GHz while Intel core i5-7200u comes clocked at 2.5GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. Both are dual-core processors and are hyperthreading enabled. Being integrated, you can’t upgrade graphics or processor.

HP 15-bs091ms is installed with 8GB DDR4 RAM. The memory is not user expandable. However, 8GB DDR4 RAM is more than enough for day to day tasks. The laptop comes with 1TB hard drive, preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. If you want to speed up your laptop then you can consider replacing hard drive with a Solid State Drive. However, you must take permission from the manufacturer before replacing the drive.  You won’t get the full version of Microsoft office with this laptop.

HP 15-bs091ms offers standard ports and connectivity options which include 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45, 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack and SD card reader. It has VGA webcam. However, the Dell Inspiron 15 i5567-3655GRY comes with 720p HD webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN, wireless ac and Bluetooth. 3 cell 42whr battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

 

HP Pavilion 15-cc195cl Review

HP Pavilion 15-cc195cl Touchscreen Laptop is integrated with an 8th gen quad-core processor and 16GB RAM. The only drawback with this laptop is the missing Solid State Drive. The laptop offers slower 1TB 5400rpm hard drive which may disappoint a few potential buyer. Even though FPS of a game primarily depends upon GPU card, Solid State Drive can help in faster loading of the game. Again, Solid State Drive is able to boost the performance of such games that constantly stream data.  HP Pavilion 15-cc195cl incorporates a previous generation discrete NVIDIA Geforce 940MX (4GB DDR3 video memory) graphics card, which is based on Maxwell architecture (28nm). Currently, laptops with Pascal architecture based NVIDIA graphics (14nm) with higher clock speed are already in the market. HP Pavilion 15-cc195cl is able to run almost all latest games but all games are not playable at highest settings and high fps. This laptop is not a high-end gaming laptop. Nowadays, high-end gaming laptops have become affordable and are easily available under a grand. Dell Inspiron i5577-7342BLK-PUS is one such laptop that comes with Quad core i7-7700HQ processor, 16GB RAM, and 512GB PCIe Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA GTX 1050 card with 4GB GDDR5 RAM. The GTX 1050 is based on Pascal architecture and operates at higher speed. Also, GDDR5 is much faster than GDDR3 memory.

Dell Inspiron i5577-7342BLK-PUS comes with Full HD ( 1920 X 1080) display and has the backlit keyboard as well. It comes with metallic chassis while HP 15-cc195cl is wrapped in the plastic cover. However, the Dell laptop is not touch-enabled and it lacks the optical drive. But the touchscreen is not essential as none of these are convertible laptops.

Intel 8th gen i7-8550u is Soc processor and has 15-watt TDP. It has four cores. The processor operates with 1.8GHz of base frequency and frequency can rise up to 4 GHz. Turbo frequency of  4GHz is applicable to one core only. When all cores are involved, max turbo frequency will be only 2.5GHz. On the other hand, Intel Core i7-7700HQ has 4 cores but it operates at the higher base frequency of 2.8GHz and the Turbo frequency of the processor is 3.8GHz. Again, when all cores of this processor are engaged, maximum turbo frequency will be 3.5GHz. The TDP of i7-7700HQ is 45watt. So, when it comes to multi-core performance, Dell Inspiron i5577-7342BLK-PUS will be a better choice.  Basically, i7-8550u is a revision of i7-7500u. Both processors are built with 14nm lithography.

HP Pavilion 15-cc195cl is installed with 16GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is not expandable further. The laptop comes with the 1TB hard drive, preloaded with Windows 10 Pro operating system. However, Dell Inspiron i5577-7342BLK-PUS comes with Windows 10 home operating system. The 15.6” touchscreen display of the laptop supports the max resolution of 1920 X 1080p. If you are looking for an affordable gaming laptop with 4K resolution then you can consider HP Pavilion 15 Power 4K Gaming Laptop. It has the i7-7700HQ processor, NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics with 4GB DDR5 and 1TB + 128GB SSD dual drive. It has the backlit keyboard as well.

HP 15-cc195cl comes with 1 USB 3.1 Type C, 2 USB 3.1, 1x HDMI, 1x RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It has SD card reader as well as the webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless ac and Bluetooth. 3 cell battery offers up to 5-6 hours of battery backup which is dependent upon usage.

HP Pavilion 15-cc183cl Touchscreen Laptop Review

HP Pavilion 15-cc183cl Touchscreen Laptop is an entry level gaming laptop that comes with 8th gen Intel core i7-8550u processor, 12GB RAM and 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. It offers NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 4GB DDR3 video RAM. The graphics is the previous generation NVIDIA graphics based on 28nm Maxwell architecture. It is capable of running almost all PC games but all games are playable smoothly at Full HD resolution.  If you want to play games like Call of Duty WWII, Need for Speed Payback and Playerunkown’s Battlegrounds, you should consider the laptop with latest GTX graphics. Again, this laptop comes with 5400 rpm hard drive. A Solid State drive could have boosted the performance of the laptop a bit. Solid State Drive is useful in video rendering and faster file uploading. Games that constantly stream data will get a substantial performance boost from Solid state Drive. You can also consider Dell Inspiron i5577-7342BLK-PUS, which has Intel quad-core i7-7700HQ processor, 16GB RAM (expandable up to 32GB) and 512GB PCIe Solid State Drive. The laptop comes with NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050 graphics with 4GB GDDR5 video memory. It has Full HD IPS display as well. However, the laptop is not touchscreen enabled. GTX 1050 is much powerful compared to NVIDIA Geforce 940MX.

Dell Inspiron i5577-7342BLK-PUS comes with the metallic cover but HP Pavilion 15-cc183cl is cladded in plastic. Both the laptops come with the backlit keyboard. The Dell laptop doesn’t come with the optical drive, which is intentional, in order to keep the laptop lightweight. But you can always use an external CD/DVD drive. None of these are 2-in-1 laptops but the HP laptop comes with inbuilt CD/DVD drive.

Here is a brief comparison between Intel core i7-7700HQ and i7-8550u.

Intel 8th gen i7-8550u is Soc processor and has 15-watt TDP. It has four cores. The processor operates with 1.8GHz of base frequency and frequency can rise up to 4 GHz. Turbo frequency of  4GHz is applicable to one core only. When all cores are involved, max turbo frequency will be only 2.5GHz. On the other hand, Intel Core i7-7700HQ has 4 cores but it operates at the higher base frequency of 2.8GHz and the Turbo frequency of the processor is 3.8GHz. Again, when all cores of this processor are engaged, maximum turbo frequency will be 3.5GHz. The TDP of i7-7700HQ is 45watt. So, when it comes to multi-core performance, Dell Inspiron i5577-7342BLK-PUS will be a better choice.  Basically, i7-8550u is a revision of i7-7500u. Both processors are built with 14nm lithography.

HP Pavilion 15-cc183cl comes with 12GB RAM arranged in two slots. The memory is expandable up to 16GB. The laptop comes with integrated battery and to access memory slot you need to remove the optical drive, base cover and integrated battery.  As told earlier, the laptop incorporates a 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. You can replace the hard drive with a Solid State Drive. You may also consider Acer E5-576G-81GD which has same Intel Core i7-8550u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. However, the laptop comes with better integrated NVIDIA Geforce MX150 (Pascal based, 14nm) graphics with 2GB DDR5 video memory. It comes with full HD display and backlit keyboard. It comes with CD/DVD burner as well.

HP Pavilion 15-cc183cl offers enough ports and connectivity options which include 1 USB 3.1 Type C, 2 USB 3.1, 1x HDMI, 1x RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It has SD card reader as well as the webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless ac and Bluetooth. 3 cell battery offers up to 5-6 hours of battery backup which depends upon usage.

HP 15-bs194od Review

This Black Friday, if you are looking for a $500 laptop, you can take a look at HP 15-bs194od. This laptop is powered by latest Intel Core i7-8550u processor and has 12GB RAM. It is also a touchscreen laptop. However, some sacrifices have been made to make it affordable. The laptop comes with slower 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive and lacks Full HD display. You get a standard 1366 X 768 display with this laptop. It is fast enough for day to day tasks like working with Microsoft office, surfing the internet, streaming YouTube and Netflix, downloading music etc. It also supports CPU demanding tasks like Photo and video editing, 3D designing/rendering, music creation etc. A Solid State Drive, however, is suitable for the smooth execution of such tasks. It helps in the faster upload of files and speeds up booting process. A full HD display is useful for HD media editing. Touchscreen display is not necessary as it is not a 2-in-1 or convertible laptop. HP 15-bs194od does not come with dedicated video graphics. It has Intel UHD 620 graphics which is capable of running the latest and high-end games in low to medium details and settings. However, if you are looking for the dedicated gaming laptop at the budget price, you can consider Acer E5-576G-81GD which is powered by Intel Core i7-8550u processor and has NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory. Again, it comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has Full HD display and backlit keyboard. However, this laptop is not touchscreen enabled. As told earlier, you don’t need touchscreen interface with a traditional laptop and Acer E5-576G-81GD is not an exception.

If you are looking for an affordable 2-in-1 laptop, take a look at Dell i5579-7978GRY-PUS 2 in-1 touchscreen laptop. It incorporates Intel Core i5-8550u processor and has 8GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 16GB). It comes with the 1TB hard drive, backlit keyboard and Full HD IPS display which gives you more accurate colors and wider viewing angle. The Dell laptop offers IR webcam while the HP 15-bs194od laptop comes with the standard 720p webcam. The laptop does not come with CD/DVD drive, which is not unusual with 2-in-1 laptop notebooks. If required, you can always use an external USB based CD/DVD drive.

HP 15-bs194od comes with 12GB DDR4 RAM. It has two memory slots and it supports up to 16GB memory expansion. It is advisable to take permission from the manufacturer before adding memory, otherwise, you may end up voiding product warranty. The laptop has 1TB hard drive and you can replace the hard drive with a Solid State drive. The laptop runs Windows 10 home operating system. It does not come with full version of Microsoft office.

When it comes to ports and connectivity options, there is nothing special to talk about. The laptop offers 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only); 1 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 RJ-45; 1 headphone/microphone combo and SD card reader. The backlit keyboard has dedicated numeric keypad. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Wireless ac, and Bluetooth. HP 15-bs194od offers 3 cell 31whr lithium-ion battery which offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

HP 14-ax069st Stream Laptop Review

HP Stream Laptop 14-ax069st is highly portable and can be easily carried around. The laptop comes with pretty basic Intel Celeron N3060 processor, 4GB DDR3L RAM, and 64 GB eMMC.  The laptop is useful for running basic tasks like typing docs, emailing/skype, surfing the internet, watching videos etc. However, this laptop is not suitable for photo and video editing, 3D designing, and latest PC games. Again, Model 14-ax069st offers very less storage and a big part of it is used by Windows OS. You can’t expand storage internally, but you can use SD card or external hard drives to store files. To compensate low storage space, Microsoft offers free cloud storage, for 1 year, with this laptop. It is not a touchscreen laptop and you don’t get wired network connectivity option with this laptop. However, it supports wireless ac and Bluetooth combo. As this is an inexpensive laptop, you can’t expect features like backlit keyboard and fingerprint scanner with it. The laptop lacks inbuilt CD/DVD drive as well. If there is a scope for you to increase your budget, you can get Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM which has Intel core i3-7100u processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive. It offers full HD display, backlit keyboard, and inbuilt CD/DVD drive.

Intel core i3-7100u is much powerful compared to Intel Celeron N3060. The processor has only two cores but it operates at the higher clock speed of 2.4GHz and, with the help of hyperthreading technology, 2 cores can work as 4 virtual cores. It has 3MB of cache. Intel Celeron N3060 operates at the base frequency of 1.6GHz and frequency can rise up to 2.48GHz. It has 2MB of cache.

Intel core i3-7100u is fast enough for day to day tasks and also supports casual photo and video editing. It comes with better integrated graphics. You can play low-end PC games like Minecraft, Sims 4 etc on this machine. Even some latest games can be played in low resolution and settings.

HP Stream Laptop 14-ax069st comes with very weak integrated graphics which will hardly support any latest PC games. However, some browser games and Facebook games can be played on this machine. If you are looking for a laptop with similar configuration but more storage then you can consider HP 14-bw010nr which is powered by AMD E2-9000e processor, 4GB RAM, and 500GB hard drive. Unlike HP stream, it supports wired network connectivity. This laptop is suitable for basic tasks only.

You can’t upgrade processor and memory in HP 14-ax069st. The 14” display supports max resolution 1366 X 768p which is not full HD resolution.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, the laptop offers 1 HDMI, 1 headphone/microphone combo, 1 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only). It has SD card reader and integrated webcam as well. The laptop comes with the non-backlit keyboard. Wireless networking is supported by Wireless ac and Bluetooth. The laptop offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.