HP Pavilion 17-g113dx

HP Pavilion 17-g113dx is a 17.3” desktop replacement laptop which is suitable for typing documents, browsing web, watching videos, social networking and video calling/emailing etc. Powered by 5th generation Intel core i3-5020u processor, it also supports small photo and video editing, video transcoding and casual gaming. You won’t get fast performance for such tasks since more memory and full HD display is preferable for HD photo and video editing.  When it comes to gaming, you can run games like Dirt Rally and Sims 4 smoothly on this machine but it will struggle if you try to run Fallout 4 and Anno 2205 etc. HP Pavilion 17-g113dx is not a touchscreen laptop and supports max resolution of 1600 X 900p which can playback up to 720p but not 1080p or full HD content. You can also consider HP Pavilion 17-f233 which is a touchscreen laptop and comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 12GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It also comes with full HD display panel (1920 X 1080). However, it is Windows 8.1 refurbished laptop and will cost you around $500. You can upgrade it to Windows 10 at no extra cost. This laptop also supports games like Fallout 4 and Call of Duty Black ops III but you may need to turn off extra and fancy features. However, for home users, HP 17-g113dx offers more than enough performance. As discussed earlier, it is not a touchscreen enabled laptop.

Thus, if you are looking for a touchscreen laptop with same hardware specifications, you can consider HP Pavilion 17-g140 which comes with similar specs as Pavilion 17-g113dx. Only difference between the two is that the former is touch-enabled while HP 17-g113dx is not a touchscreen laptop. None of these laptops come with backlit keyboard but both have DVD drive. Here is a brief review about specifications of HP Pavilion 17-g113dx.

Pavilion 17-g113dx comes with Intel core i3-5020u processor which operates with fixed 2.2GHz frequency. Unlike Intel core i5-5200u, the frequency can’t be increased further. On the other hand, Intel core i5-5200u operates with 2.2 GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz on system demand. Both the processors are dual core processor and have 3MB of processor level cache.

Model: 17-g113dx comes with integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics which is the only graphics option for it. It has 6GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. The laptop comes with 1TB, 5400rpm hard drive, preinstalled with Windows 10. It doesn’t come with MS office subscription and you need to buy Microsoft Office Suite separately.

Ports and connectivity features include Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It comes with HD webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Ethernet LAN and Wireless ac. Audio is supported by bang & olufsen PLAY.

HP Pavilion 17-g113dx comes with 4-cell 41WHr battery pack which provides up to 4 hours of battery backup on single charge.

Final thoughts

HP 17-g113dx is a decent desktop replacement laptop for home. However, if you need to work with CPU intensive tasks, like photo and video editing, then HP 17-f233 or similar laptop will be more suitable option as it comes with more memory, stronger processor and full HD display.

HP ENVY 15-u499nr Convertible Signature Edition 2 in 1 Laptop

HP ENVY x360 Convertible 15-u499nr Signature Edition 2 in 1 Laptop comes with decent price/features ratio. It incorporates an Intel core i7-6500u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It is not only zippier enough for daily tasks but can also support CPU intensive tasks like photo and video editing, video transcoding and small 3D designing/Animation. However, it is not a workstation grade laptop. The i7 processor it uses is a dual core processor and is powerful enough to accomplish office tasks smoothly along with day to day computing. Basically, it is Windows 10 version of HP Envy 15-u399nr, so performance of 15-u499nr will be similar to 15-u399nr. Envy 15-u399nr comes with 5th generation Intel core i7-5500u processor while HP 15-u499nr comes with Intel core i7-6500u processor. However, in real life, you will hardly notice any difference in performance. Both the laptops come with 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive and offer premium features like backlit keyboard and Wireless ac support.  The main competitor of HP Envy 15-u499nr is Lenovo Flex 3 80R40006US 2 in 1 laptop which comes with same hardware specification but it has anti-glare Full HD display. It also comes with backlit keyboard. None of these laptops come with inbuilt optical drive.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP ENVY x360 Convertible 15-u499nr:

Intel core i7-6500u processor is a dual core processor operating with 2.5GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz on system demand. It comes with 4MB of cache memory while Intel core i7-5500u processor operates with 2.4GHz of base frequency and frequency can rise up to 3 GHz in turbo mode. It has 4MB of cache memory as well.

HP 15-u499nr comes with Intel HD 520 graphics. The graphics is integrated and is part of the processor. You can’t upgrade graphics. However, it is capable of running high end games like Fallout 4 and Anno 2205 in low resolution and settings. The laptop comes with 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16 GB. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive preinstalled with Windows 10.

If you are looking for more memory, you can consider HP Envy 15.6 Inch x360 Convertible 2 in 1 Laptop with 12GB RAM. Other features in this laptop are similar to HP Envy u499nr.

As Envy 15-u499nr is signature edition laptop from HP, you won’t find third party software with it.

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI, Headphone output/Microphone input combo and RJ45 LAN Jack. It comes with HD webcam. It doesn’t feature Intel Realsense 3D webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Wireless-ac, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet. The 4 cell battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup.

Dell Inspiron i3543-4975BLK Signature Edition Laptop

Dell Inspiron 3543 i3543-4975BLK Signature Edition Laptop is 5th generation Intel core i3-5005u powered touchscreen laptop which can accomplish day to day computing tasks smoothly.  This laptop can be used for writing term papers, number crunching, web browsing, skype/emailing, social networking and other similar tasks. It also supports casual gaming but high end games like Fall out 4 and Assassin’s creed syndicate will struggle, even at low settings. But you can play Minecraft and Fifa 15 in low to medium details and setting. Dell i3543-4975BLK supports basic photo and video editing as well. However, it offers only 4GB RAM and more RAM is preferable if you are using the laptop for media editing. You can also consider Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1671SLV Signature Edition Laptop which comes with 8GB RAM and more powerful Intel core i5-5200u processor. You will get better performance compared to i3543-4975BLK. Inspiron i5548-1671SLV also comes with backlit keyboard which is missing in i3543-4975BLK. However, i5548-1671SLV doesn’t offer inbuilt optical drive while Dell i3543-4975BLK comes with DVD read/writer as optical drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Dell Inspiron 3543 i3543-4975BLK.

Intel core i3-5005u operates with 2 GHz of fixed frequency and frequency can’t be increased further. However, Intel core i5-5200u operates with 2.2GHz of fixed frequency and the frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz on system demand. Both the processors have dual core and belong to 5th generation Intel core processors and come with 3MB of cache memory.

Both, Dell i3543-4975BLK and Dell i5548-1671SLV, don’t have discrete graphics. Discrete graphics not only enhances the PC gaming but the cores of the graphics help in media editing programs as well. So, if you are more into gaming and media editing jobs then Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3 budget gaming laptop will be more suitable option for you. It is powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor, NVIDIA Geforce 940M graphics with 2 GB video memory and 8GB RAM. It also comes with 1TB hard drive.  Dell i3543-4975BLK offers only 4GB RAM.  This Acer laptop comes with full HD display while the display of Dell i3543-4975BLK supports max resolution 1366 X 768 pixels which supports video playback in 720p but not in 1080p. With the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible TV or monitor. However, you need to buy HDMI cable separately for this purpose.

Dell Inspiron 3543 i3543-4975BLK Signature Edition laptop is shipped with 4GB DDR3L RAM and the memory is expandable up to 8GB. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive preinstalled with Windows 10. It doesn’t come with Microsoft Office Suite.

Ports and connectivity features include 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI , Headphone output/Microphone input combo,  LAN Jack, Security slot and SD cared reader. It comes with webcam as well. Wireless network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and while Acer E5-573G-52G3 supports Wireless ac. Both the laptops come with Bluetooth connectivity. However, Dell Inspiron i3543-4975BLK comes with DVD burner while Acer doesn’t have DVD burner. The 4 cell battery pack offers up to 6 hours of battery life on single charge.

HP ENVY m7-n109dx

Those who are looking for big gaming touchscreen laptop can consider HP ENVY m7-n109dx laptop. It comes with dual core Intel i7-6500u processor, 16GB RAM and NVIDIA Geforce 940M graphics with 2GB video memory. The display of the laptop supports full HD resolution. The most exciting feature of this laptop is the Intel® RealSense™ 3D camera. HP ENVY m7-n109dx could be a decent choice if you are looking for desktop replacement laptop for your home or office. It can offers performance for both office application as well as CPU intensive tasks like media editing, 3D designing and other similar computing jobs. It can run almost all latest PC games including GTA V and Fallout 4. Unlike ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71, HP m7-n109dx is not for extreme gaming as it comes with dual core i7 processor while Asus GL752VW comes with quad core Intel i7-6700HQ processor which operates with much higher speed. Also, Asus GL752VW comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics with 2 GB GDDR5 video memory which is much powerful than NVIDIA 940M.

Again, HP m7-n109dx comes with 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive while ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH71 comes with 1 TB 7200rpm speedier hard drive. Moreover, the Asus laptop comes with faster DDR4 2133 memory while HP m7-n109dx comes with DDR3L 1600Hz memory. Both the laptops come with full HD IPS panel. However, the Asus laptop is not a touchscreen enabled and doesn’t come with Intel realsense 3D camera but costs you just extra about $60-$70.  The most exciting feature of this Asus laptop is that it has one standard 2.5″ notebook drive bay where the 1 TB drive is installed and it also comes with one M.2 slot if you want to install an M.2 SSD drive. Both are easily accessible. The speedier hard drive and memory plus strong graphics help you in CAD work as well. You will get  1 x USB 3.1 Typ-C with ASUS laptop. Like HP ENVY m7-n109dx it also comes with backlit keyboard.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP m7-n109dx.

Intel core i7-6500u has two cores and each core operates with 2.5GHz of base frequency while frequency can rise up to 3.1 GHz. It has 4MB of cache memory. On the other hand, Intel core i7-6700HQ has four cores and each core operates with 2.6GHz while frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz, if system needs. It has 6MB of cache.

HP ENVY m7-n109dx laptop comes with 16GB 1600Hz RAM but memory is not expandable further. 1TB hard drive operates with 5400 rpm speed and comes with Windows 10 preloaded. None of these laptop come with full Microsoft office subscription though.

Ports and connectivity features include Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader, 4 SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 1 supporting USB Boost, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It has inbuilt optical drive. Wireless connectivity is supported by 2×2 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth. For wired connectivity it supports Gigabit Ethernet.

The 4-cell 41WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup which depends upon usage.

Dell Inspiron I5559-1347SLV

Dell Inspiron I5559-1347SLV is a decent laptop for everyday productivity as well as for entertainment but its touchscreen offers a better way to interact with your content. It also supports some CPU intensive tasks like photo and video editing and small 3D designing. It supports most of the latest PC games like Dirt Rally and World of Warships but Fallout 4 and Call of Duty of Black ops 3 will be playable in low resolution and settings. The main downside of this laptop is that it doesn’t offer discrete graphics and comes with standard (1366 X 768) display panel. A discrete graphics with dedicated video memory not only increases the gaming performance, the cores of this graphics processor also help in video editing and data encryption. You can also consider similar priced Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3 which is powered by 5th generation Intel core i5-5200u processor, NVIDIA Geforce 940M graphics with 2GB Video memory plus 8GB system RAM. It comes 1 TB hard drive as well. It has full HD display while Model: I5559-1347SLV comes with 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. However, as this laptop is a budget gaming laptop, some sacrifices have been made to its configuration. It is not a touchscreen laptop, lacks optical drive and backlit keyboard while Dell I5559-1347SLV comes with optical drive and backlit keyboard. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Dell Inspiron I5559-1347SLV.

Intel core i5-6200u is a dual core processor which operates with base speed of 2.3GHz and the frequency can increase up to 2.8 GHz. It has 3MB of cache memory. On the other hand, Intel core i5-5200u processor operates with 2.2GHz and frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz. It has 3MB of cache memory.  Core i5-6200u is around 5% faster than Intel core i5-5200u processor which hardly gets noticed in regular computing activities. However, if you need to work with video editing program, some 3D modelling alongside day to day computing then Acer Aspire V 15 V3-575T-7008 Signature Edition Laptop could be a good choice. It incorporates Intel core i7-6500u processor (2.5GHz- 3.1GHz and 4MB cache memory) which offers more raw processing power.  This budget laptop is touchscreen enabled as well. Moreover, it offers Full HD display. Like Dell Inspiron I5559-1347SLV, it also comes with backlit keyboard and a DVD drive. As it is signature edition laptop, you won’t get preloaded 3rd party software.

The 15.6” touchscreen display of Dell Inspiron I5559-1347SLV supports max resolution 1366 X 768 pixels which means it supports video playback in 720p resolution but not in 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch Full HD content on compatible monitor and TV. You need to buy HDMI cable.

Dell I5559-1347SLV comes with integrated Intel HD 520 graphics. It supports DirectX 12.1. As discussed earlier it can run most of the games but all games are not playable in highest settings. However, you can play Minecraft and Fifa 16 smoothly on this machine.

Dell Inspiron I5559-1347SLV comes with 6GB dual channel 1600Mhz memory and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. It has 1TB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm.

Ports and connectivity features include in Dell Inspiron I5559-1347SLV :  One USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, HDMI, RJ 45, audio combo jack and SD card reader. It also comes with HD webcam. Wireless connectivity is supported by Wireless ac and Bluetooth. Wired connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet.

Dell I5559-1347SLV comes with 4-cell battery which offers up to 6 hours of battery life on single charge.

 

Asus X555LA-HI71105L

Asus X555LA-HI71105L is a good value laptop. For around $500, you will get Intel core i7-5500u processor, 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. This laptop is suitable for editing photos, videos and music, PC gaming, small 3D designing alongside day to day computing. Unlike i7-6700HQ, Core i7-5500u is a dual core processor. The laptop comes with slower hard drive and low resolution screen. So you can expect it to perform as workstation grade laptops do. But it can do little bit of everything even though it is not a touchscreen laptop. Asus X555LA-HI71105L doesn’t come with full HD display and backlit keyboard. You can also consider Acer Aspire V 15 V3-575T-7008 Signature Edition Laptop which is a touchscreen budget laptop. It comes with 6th generation Intel core i7-6500u processor which operates with higher clock speed compares to i7-5500u. It comes with 8GB RAM while Asus X555LA-HI71105L comes with 6GB RAM. The Acer Signature Edition laptop also offers full HD display (1920 X 1080) and backlit keyboard. These features are missing in Asus X555LA-HI71105L. Asus X555LA laptop comes with non-touch display which supports maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. If you need to deal with lots of photo and video editing jobs then you can choose between Acer V 15 V3-575T-7008 or Asus X555LA-HI71105L, both offer enough performance for regular computing.

However, Asus X555LA-HI71105L and Acer V 15 V3-575T-7008 don’t come with discrete graphics. Discrete graphics not only increase the gaming performance but it also facilitate media editing tasks, especially the programs which work on parallel processing.  If you are looking for budget gaming laptop then you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP which comes with same processor  but has discrete NVIDIA Geforce 940M graphics with 4GB video memory. It also comes with 8GB system memory and has full HD display. Like Asus X555LA-HI71105L, it is not a touchscreen laptop though. The Acer laptop lack optical drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Asus X555LA-HI71105L.

Intel core i7-5500u is a dual core processor with each core operating with 2.4GHZ frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz on system demand. It has 4MB of cache and it comes with Integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics which supports almost all latest games. However, games like Fallout 4 and Assassin’s creed syndicate will run in low details and settings with low fps.

As discussed earlier, the display of Asus X555LA-HI71105L supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it supports video playback in 720p but not in 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible HDTV or monitor. You need to buy HDMI cable separately.

Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet and Wireless B, G, N. Asus X555LA-HI71105L doesn’t support Wireless ac while Both Acer V 15 V3-575T-7008 and Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP supports Wireless ac. The ports include 1 COMBO audio jack, 1 VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor, 2  USB 3.0 port(s), 1 USB 2.0 port(s), 1 RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert and 1 HDMI. It comes with webcam as well as SD card reader.

Asus X555LA-HI71105L comes with 2 cells 37whr lithium polymer battery which offers up to 4 hours of battery back, however, it depends upon usage.

Asus X205TA-HATM1102M

Those who are after cheap and small laptops can consider Asus X205TA-HATM1102M which offers very less storage, 2GB RAM, it doesn’t offer performance for wide variety of  computing tasks but  offers performance for typing documents, web browsing, emailing/skype and streaming videos and movies.  You can’t increase storage or memory and a big part of it occupied by Windows 10.  Intel Atom Z3735F processor is a very weak processor. Most of these kind of laptops come with 1 year MS office subscription but unfortunately Asus X205TA-HATM1102M doesn’t offer this feature. Alternatively, you can consider HP Stream 11.6-Inch Notebook which comes with same specs and you will get 1 year MS office subscription. It comes with more powerful Celeron N3050 processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC.  However, none of these laptops can run latest games (even at low to medium details and settings), edit photo and videos and similar tasks.  Both the laptops come with webcam and standard ports and connectivity features. However, Asus X205TA-HATM1102M incorporates VGA webcam while HP comes with HD webcam. The laptop doesn’t come with CD/DVD drive which is not usual as these laptop are small and compact and meant for mobile use.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Asus X205TA-HATM1102M

Intel Atom Z3735F Processor has four cores and each core operates with very low frequency of 1.33GHz while the frequency can rise up to 1.83 GHz.  It supports max 2GB of 1333MHz memory. The processor is fabricated with 22nm. On the other hand, the Celeron N3050 processor operates with much higher base frequency of 1.6GHz and frequency can rise up to 2.16GHz on system demand. Single threaded application will get more benefits from the Celeron N3050 processor. Also, it supports speedier 1600Mhz memory.

Asus X205TA-HATM1102M comes with 2GB Memory (onboard) but memory is not expandable/upgradable further. The laptop comes with  32GB eMMC. Windows 10 is preloaded on to it. The 11.6” display of the laptop supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which mean it support video playback in 720p content but not in 1080p. However, as the display is small,  1366 X 768 pixel resolution produces crisp pictures.

For devices and external  connectivity, the laptop offers 1 x Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack , 2 x USB 2.0 port(s), 1 x micro HDMI and 1 x micro SD card. It doesn’t offer USB 3.0 port. On the other hand, HP 11.6 laptop comes with USB 3.0 port. Asus X205TA-HATM1102M offers 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN connectivity as well as Bluetooth connectivity. It doesn’t come with backlit keyboard.

The battery of Asus X205TA-HATM1102M supports max battery life of 8 hours, however, it depends upon usage.

HP Pavilion 15-ab262nr

HP Pavilion 15-ab262nr comes with good set of features which include 6th generation Intel core i7-6500u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It comes with wireless ac connectivity as well. It not only offers speedy performance for regular activities but can also do little bit of almost every CPU intensive task. For instance, you can do photo editing plus some video editing and make presentations, video transcoding, compressing large files and music creation. HP 15-ab262nr is also suitable for PC gaming, However, not all games are playable in highest settings. This laptop doesn’t come with discrete graphics card with dedicated video memory. The discrete graphics card not only enhances the gaming performance but software like Adobe Photoshop and other video editing, data encryption software get benefitted from it.  HP 15 ab262nr doesn’t come with discrete graphics and Intel HD 520 graphics is the only graphics option for this laptop. It uses system memory. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP which comes with Intel core i7-5500u processor,  NVIDIA Geforce GT 940M graphics with 4GB Video memory in addition to 8GB System RAM. It also comes with 1TB hard drive. It is also a budget laptop but offers Full HD display panel ( 1920 X 1080) which will surely enhance  your video watching experience and is useful for HD Video editing jobs.  Please note that HP 15-ab262nr doesn’t come with full HD display.  However, the Acer laptop doesn’t come with DVD burner while HP laptop incorporates CD/DVD burner. But you can always use an external DVD burner. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 15-ab262nr

Intel core i7-6500u is a dual core processor and operates at 2.5GHz of base speed and frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. It has 4MB of cache. HP Pavilion 15-ab262nr comes with Intel HD 520 graphics which is integrated graphics and part of the processor. It is capable of running high end games like Fallout4, Call Of Duty Black. You can play in low resolution and details. However, you can play Minecraft, Fifa 16 smoothly in this machine. Compared to Intel core i7-6500u processor, i7-6500u operates with slightly low frequency of 2.4GHz and Turboboost up to 3.GHZ. In real world you would hardly find any difference in performance. Both are fabricated with 14nm technology. So if you want a laptop that offer more performance for gaming and audio and photo/video editing works then Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP is more suitable option as it comes with discrete graphics with a good amount of video memory. However, none of these laptops are Workstation grade laptop

HP Pavilion 15-ab262nr is installed with 8GB RAM. Memory is not expandable further. It has only one memory slot. The 1TB 5400rpm hard drive is preinstalled with Windows 10 OS. The 15.6” display of HP Pavilion 15-ab262nr supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 which can supports video playback in 720p but not in 1080p. HP 15-ab262nr is not a touchscreen laptop.

If you are looking for a touchscreen laptop with similar features, you can consider Toshiba Satellite L55T-C5388 15.6-Inch Laptop which comes with same Intel core i7-6500u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It also have Wireless ac and DVD drive. Both HP Pavilion 15-ab262nr as well other laptop mentioned in this article doesn’t offer backlit keyboard.

HP Pavilion 15-ab262nr offers standards ports and communication features. It comes with Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It has HD webcam as well. Network connectivity is supported by Wireless ac, Bluetooth and Fast Ethernet.

The 4-cell 41WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

HP Pavilion 15-ab253cl

HP Pavilion 15-ab253cl is a touchscreen Windows 10 laptop which can be used by home users, students and office goers. However, it is not mobile friendly as it weighs around 5.5lbs. It is an all-purpose laptop and you can do little bit of everything on it. However, it is not a gaming laptop or workstation grade station in the first place. HP 15-ab253cl comes with 6th generation Intel Core i5-6200U processor, 12GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. However, it doesn’t incorporates discrete graphics with video memory. And Intel HD 520 graphics is the only graphics option for this laptop which is though capable of running latest games but not all games are playable in highest settings. On the other hand, discrete graphics is not only capable of increasing gaming performance but the cores of these graphics card help in parallel processing as well. Photo and video editing, data encryption is good example of it. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3 which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, NVIDIA GT 940M graphics with 2GB video RAM plus 8GB system RAM. It also has 1TB hard drive and Full HD display panel. It comes with Wireless ac connectivity as well. This Acer laptop will cost you around $470-$500. However, it is not a touchscreen laptop but Windows 10 works well with non-touch interface. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 15-ab253cl.

Intel core i5-6200u is a dual core processor and each core operates with 2.3 GHz frequency while frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. It has 3MB of cache. On the other hand, Intel core i5-5200u processor operates with 2.2 GHz frequency and, on system demand, the frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz. It comes with 3MB of cache. Though core i5-5200u operates with little slower speed but you will hardly notice any differences in performance as both are built with 14nm fabrication. HP 15-ab253cl comes with Intel HD 520 graphics which is integrated graphics but is capable of running almost all games including Call of Duty Black ops III but you need to reduce resolution and settings. The laptop is fast enough for office works, web browsing, streaming movies and videos. You can also do some photo and video editing jobs and small 3D designing.

You can also consider Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 if you are looking for a cheap i5 powered laptop. It comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It costs you very less. Performance will be almost similar among these laptops. However, it comes with 1366 X 768 display which supports 720p HD playback but you can’t view content in 1080p. The laptop can run 1080p content by downscaling it.

HP 15-ab253cl comes with full HD touchscreen display. The sides of the laptop are arranged with Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI,  1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Wireless ac and Bluetooth. It has HD webcam as well. The laptop comes with CD/DVD drive. However, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3 doesn’t come with optical drive. But you can always use an external USB based DVD drive. It costs you merely $20 bucks.

The 4-cell 41WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery offers battery backup up to 5 hours on single charge, however, it depends upon usage.

Lenovo Ideapad 100-15IBY Signature Edition Laptop

Those who are looking for a cheap laptop for typing docs, emailing/skype, watching videos and surfing internet, can consider Lenovo Ideapad 100-15IBY Signature Edition Laptop. It comes with pretty basic Intel Celeron N2840 processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. This laptop is not suitable for photo and video editing and can’t run latest games like FallOut 4 even at low details and settings. However, Sims 3 can be run in low resolution and details. Though Celeron N2840 is a dual core processor yet it is not as strong as Intel core i3-5010u processor due to architectural reasons. Celeron N2840 is meant for typing and browsing jobs only. You can also consider Asus F555LA-AB31 which comes with Intel core i3-5010u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB Hard drive. This is a cheap laptop but comes with full HD (1920 X 1080) display which is missing in Lenovo 100-15IBY. Lenovo Ideapad 100-15IBY comes with 1366 X 768 pixel display which supports video playback in 720p resolution but not in 1080p.Thus, if you are after quality video then Asus F555LA-AB31 will be a more suitable option. Moreover, you can do some photo and video editing, make presentations and play casual games as well. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Lenovo Ideapad 100-15IBY Signature Edition Laptop.

Intel Celeron N2840 processor operates with 2.16GHz and, on system demand, the frequency can rise up to 2.58GHz. It comes with 1MB of cache. Again, Intel core i3-5010u operates with 2.1 GHz fixed frequency. The processor supports hyperthreading which means two cores can work as four logical cores. Hyperthreading is missing in Celeron processor. Lenovo 100-15IBY comes with weak integrated Intel HD graphics (for Baytrail processor) which hardly supports latest PC games. One the other hand, Asus F555LA-AB31 comes with Intel HD 5500 integrated graphics which is much better than the graphics coming with Intel Celeron N2840. Intel Celeron N2840 is built with 22nm while Intel core i3-5010u is built with 14nm architecture.One may wonder why 14nm is so important.  “14nm” refers to the size of transistors – by reducing the size of transistors you can fit in more transistors within the same space and, in the bargain, you get greater performance. As the distance between two transistors decreases, it requires less power to activate them and less time for a signal to travel through them.

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Lenovo Ideapad 100-15IBY comes with 4GB DDR3L 1333 MHz RAM while Asus F555LA-AB31 comes with 4GB 1600Hz RAM. 1600Hz is faster speedier than 1333Mhz. The 500GB hard drive is preloaded with Windows 10 operating system. The laptop doesn’t come with Microsoft office

Ports and connectivity features include 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI, Headphone output/Microphone input combo and LAN Jack . It offers 802.11 b/g/n Wireless and also suppots Bluetooth connectivity. Wired connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet. It has webcam as well. None of the above mentioned laptops come with backlight Keyboard. However, both the laptops come with DVD burner. The battery pack of Lenovo Ideapad 100-15IBY offers battery life up to 3.5hours which is pretty average.

Final words

If you are on budget and looking for pretty basic 15.6” laptop then Lenovo Ideapad 100-15IBY could be a good choice. However, if you can stretch your budget then you can consider Asus F555LA-AB31 which not only offers smooth performance for day to day tasks, it  also  offers good display and  wireless ac support.