Dell i3552-3240BLK

If you have limited budget and you want a laptop for everyday computing chores, then you can consider Dell i3552-3240BLK. It offers Quad core Intel Pentium N3700 processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD. The processor can handle tasks like emailing/Skype, Web browsing, typing docs, number crunching and other home /office tasks.  It supports editing small image files as well. You can do audio and video transcoding as well but performance will not fast for such tasks. Main drawback of the laptop is that its memory is not expandable. It supports maximum 4GB memory. Again, Dell i3552-3240BLK lacks LAN port but wirless network connectivity is available with this machine. Wireless network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. It comes with CD/DVD burner and 720p HD webcam. However, keyboard is not backlit one. As it is an inexpensive laptop, it is understood that compromises have been made to reduce the price. You may also consider Asus X540LA-SI30205P coming with better Intel core i3-processor which operates at 2.2GHZ of fixed frequency. Intel Pentium N3700, coming with Dell i3552-3240BLK, operates with very low base frequency of 1.6GHz though the frequency can rise up to 2.4GHz for some time on system demand. Unlike Pentium N3700, Core i3-5020u is a dual core processor and it also supports hyperthreading technology which means 2 cores work as 4 virtual cores.

Higher base frequency, more cache and better architecture make Intel core i3-5020u processor preferable over Intel Pentium N3700 and the benchmark scores endorse this fact. Passmark score for i3-5020u is around 3200 while that of Intel N3700 is around 1900.

The integrated graphics coming with i3552-3240BLK is a weak graphics and supports only low end games, like Sims 4 and Dota 2, in low resolution and settings. If you are a GTA V enthusiast then this laptop is not suitable for you as the game will hardly run on this machine. If you want to play GTA V and similar high end games but have cash crunch, then you can consider HP 15-ay013nr. It comes with 6th generation Intel core i5-6200u processor (2.3GHz-2.8GHz), 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid state Drive. On top of that, it comes with Full HD display which means you can stream compatible videos in 1080p while i3552-3240BLK comes with 720p display. Maximum resolution supported on 720p display is 1366 X 768 pixels.  If you want to do photo and video editing, then HP 15-ay013nr will be a more suitable option for you as it comes with faster hard drive, more memory and Full HD display. It also comes with better Intel HD 520 graphics.

Dell i3552-3240BLK is installed with 4GB DDR3L 1600Mhz RAM and you can’t expandable memory further. It has only one memory slot. The laptop comes with 1TB hard drive preinstalled with Windows 10 operating system. It doesn’t come with Microsoft office.  Replacing hard drive with Solid State drive is not an easy task as you have to remove battery, optical drive, keyboard and base cover. If you need faster storage, it is advisable to buy SSD installed laptop like HP 15-ay013nr.

Dell i3552-3240BLK offers standard ports and connectivity features. It comes with Two USB 2.0 ports, One USB 3.0 port,   One HDMI port and One headset port. It has 720p webcam. The keyboard has dedicated numeric keypad. Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth.

4 cell 40whr battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

HP M3-u003dx x360 2-in-1 13.3″ Touch-Screen Laptop

There’s plenty to talk and like about the new HP M3-u003dx 13.3″ Touch-Screen Laptop but it comes with few shortcomings as well. Let’s start with positive aspects of the laptop. For around $700, you are getting a machine with i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid state drive.  It also offers premium features like Full HD IPS touchscreen display and backlit keyboard. Main drawback of this laptop is that it comes with very less storage space. Intel core i5-6200u is a 6th generation/skylake dual core processor from Intel. It is an Ultra-low voltage processor which is not designed for processor demanding applications like 3Ds Max,  Solidwork and Revit etc.  With a solid configuration, it can accomplish day-to-day computing tasks in a breeze. HP M3-u003dx also supports photo and video editing along with some video transcoding. You can do small 3D modelling/rendering as well. As far as gaming is concerned, you can play games like GTA V, Fallout 4 and The witcher 3 in low resolution and settings.  This 2-in-1 laptop is not workstation grade or dedicated gaming laptop. However, within the same price range, you can consider Dell Inspiron 13 i7359-8408SLV Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC which comes with more powerful i7-6500u processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive.  Intel core i7-6500u processor is a dual core processor but operates at higher clock speed compared to Intel core i5-6200u. In comparison with i5-6200u, Intel core i7-6500u has higher cache memory as well. Here is a brief review of specifications and performance of HP M3-u003dx.

Intel core i5-6200u processor operates with 2.3 GHz of base frequency and, with the help of Turboboost technology, the processor speed can rise up to 2.8GHz.  Again, Intel core i7-6500u operates with base frequency of 2.5 GHz while the Turbo frequency of this processor is 3.1GHz. Furthermore, i7-6500 has 4MB of cache while i5-6200u has 3MB cache. Cache memory helps in reducing the latency. Thus, Dell Inspiron 13 i7359-8408SLV will offer better performance over HP M3-u003dx.

Both the laptops come with Intergrated Intel HD 520 graphics and support DirectX 12. The multitouch display of the HP – Pavilion x360 M3-u003dx supports max resolution of 1920 X 1080p. It comes with HDMI 1.4 which also supports up to 1920 X 1080p.

HP M3-u003dx is installed with 8GB DDR4-1866 SDRAM. There is only one memory slot and memory can’t be expandable further. It comes with 128 GB SSD (M.2), preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system.  If you think 128GB is less storage for you, you can consider Dell i7359-8408SLV which offers 256 GB SSD.

HP – Pavilion x360 M3-u003dx doesn’t come with optical drive. Generally, 2-in-1 laptops lack this feature. Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. It also comes with multi-format SD card reader. The Dell Inspiron 13 i7359-8408SLV comes with 3 USB 3.0 (1 PowerShare),  HDMI and Headphone output/Microphone input combo. This Dell laptop also includes a stylus with integrated holder and backlit keyboard. Both the laptops come with Wireless ac and Bluetooth 4.

HP m3-u003 dx comes with 3-cell, 41 Wh Li-ion battery which offers up to 6 hours of power backup, depending upon usage.

Final thoughts

HP M3-u003dx comes with nice features but 128GB SSD storage may disappoint some of the potential buyers.  Within same price range and as an alternative, you can consider Dell Inspiron Signature Edition 2 in 1 laptop which comes with 256GB SSD and offers better performance as it is powered by Intel core i7-6500u 6th generation core processor. Compared to Intel core i5-6200u, it operates with higher speed.

HP Pavilion 15-au020wm

Despite few shortcomings, the HP Pavilion 15-au020wm is decent laptop and designed for those who has modest demand. It is not a touchscreen laptop, or it doesn’t not come with 360 degree hinge. It is just a traditional laptop.  HP 15-au020wm is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor which is one of the most popular mobile processor of 2016. It operates with 2.3GHz of base frequency and upon system demand the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. It has two cores and offers 3MB of cache. Though it is not a high end processor but with 8GB RAM it can accomplish day to day office task smoothly. You can stream videos and movies, edit photos and videos as well. It also supports audio and video transcoding job. However, this is not a workstation grade laptop, thus this laptop is not appropriate for AutoCAD, Revit and similar program.  When comes to PC gaming, you can fairly play Minecraft, Sims 4, Fifa 16, TF2 etc. but high end games like Fallout 4, GTA V will only run if you turn down settings . Don’t expect a good fps rate even at low settings and resolution. HP Pavilion 15-au020wm doesn’t come with discrete gaming graphics.

If you are looking for a budget gaming laptop within similar price range, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG. It has same Intel core i5-6200u processor and it has Nvidia Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB video memory. It also has faster 8GB DDR4 RAM. Moreover it comes with 256B Solid state drive which is much faster than HDD. HP 15-au020wm comes with 1TB standard hard drive.  Dedicated graphics comes with its own memory and doesn’t need system memory. On the other hand, the integrated graphics relies on system memory which effects performance of the machine especially if you are doing multiple tasks together. HP 15-au020wm comes with Intel HD 520 integrated graphics.

The 15.6” display of HP 15 au020 wm  supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 which means though it can support 720p video playback but not 1080p. However, Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG comes with Full HD display (1920 X 1080p resolution). You will get crisp pictures. Both the laptops are non-touch laptop.

If you are looking for a touchscreen laptop within same price range, without sacrificing performance then you can consider Dell Inspiron i5559-4415SLV. It also comes with i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive.  It features intel real sense. It has backlit keyboard as well, while HP 15-au020wm comes with non-backlit keyboard.

HP 15-au020wm comes with 8GB RAM and expandable( not user expandable) up to 16GB. There are two memory slots. The 1TB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed and preinstalled with Windows 10 operating system. It doesn’t come with full version of MS office preinstalled. You need to buy it separately if needed.

HP 15-au020wm comes with standard ports and connectivity features which include 1 x DC-in, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone/Microphone, 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0. It also comes with media card reader which supports SD/SDHC/SDXC formats. It comes with 720p HD webcam. Keyboard is not backlight

The 2 cell prismatic battery – 41Whr offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, however, it depend upon usage as well.

Final words

Like any other laptop, HP 15-au020wm comes with few draw backs, like no Full HD display panel, no dedicated video graphics. It offers traditional 1TB 5400rpm hard drive rather than solid state drive which helps to improve performance of the laptop.  As an Alternative, you can take a look to Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG which comes with discrete NVIDIA graphics with video memory and Full HD display panel, 256GB Solid State Drive. It also comes with backlit keyboard while HP 15-au020wm lacks in backlit keyboard.

Lenovo Yoga 710 80U00002US 2-in-1 laptop

Lenovo Yoga 710 80U00002US is a 2-in-1 laptop, with 360-degree hinge, and can be used in multiple modes. This is a premium laptop from Lenovo powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It offers Full HD touchscreen display but doesn’t come with CD/DVD drive. Generally 2 in 1 laptops lack DVD drive and this model is no exception to this rule. However, some Asus 15.6” 2-in-1 laptop come with CD/DVD drive. Yoga 710 80U00002US is comparable with Asus Flip 15.6-Inch 2-in-1 Touchscreen Convertible Laptop , which comes with Intel core i7-5500u processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM and 1TB hard drive.   From performance point of view, i7-5500u is better than i5-6200u processor but this Asus laptop offers traditional 1TB 5400rpm hard drive rather than a Solid State Drive. However, price of the Asus laptop is quite less compared to Lenovo Yoga 80U00002US. On the downside, display of Asus laptop is low (1366 X 768p).

The main competitor of Lenovo Yoga 710 80U00002US is Dell i5568-4492GRY 15.6″ FHD 2-in-1 Laptop which comes with premium features like Full HD IPS panel which offers you great viewing angle. It comes with backlit keyboard as well. The laptop is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive.

Yoga 710 supports up to 8GB RAM and you can’t expand memory any further. In case of Dell i5568-4492GRY, you can expand memory up to 16GB. Both the laptops will accomplish home and office tasks smoothly.  Tasks like typing documents, working with spreadsheets, making presentation, streaming videos and movies will not an issue with these laptops. You can play most of the games on these convertibles but all games are not playable in highest setting. Games like GTA V can be played in low resolution and setting. You can use these laptops for some HD photo and video editing, audio and video encoding/decoding job and small 3D rendering.

If you want to work with CPU intensive tasks on a 2-in-1 laptop, then Dell i5568-7477GRY will be a suitable option. It comes with 16GB RAM and i7-6500u processor. Rest of the features are similar in both the laptops.

Backlit keyboard of Lenovo 80U00002US doesn’t come with numeric keypad. Even Dell doesn’t come with dedicated numeric keypad. However, Asus Flip 15.6-Inch 2-in-1 Touchscreen Convertible Laptop Tablet comes with dedicated numeric keypad. Again, this Asus laptop is pretty inexpensive but you won’t get features like backlit keyboard and Full HD display.

Lenovo yoga 80U00002US comes with 1 MP Fixed Focus CMOS Camera, 2 x USB 3.0 (1 x always-on), Micro HDMI, 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC), DisplayPort™ (combo with HDMI™) and Audio Combo Jack. Network connectivity is supported by Wireless ac and Bluetooth 4.1.

53 WHr battery offers up to 8 hours of power backup on single charge.

Final thoughts

Lenovo Yoga 710 80U00002US is a decent laptop for those who are looking for a large laptop that provides performance as well as convenience. The main drawback of this laptop is that it supports only up to 8GB RAM. On the other hand, Dell i5568-4492GRY supports up to 16GB DDR4 memory

HP 15-ay039wm

HP 15-ay039wm is an entry level non-touch laptop which comes with 6th generation Intel core i3-6100u processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive.  The laptop is intended for home users and students. Intel core i3-6100u is an entry level core processor and supports day to day tasks like typing documents, number crunching and emailing/skype etc. It can also stream videos and movies and do some entry level photo editing as well. HP 15-ay039wm is not suitable for large photo and video editing though.  You can run low end games like Fifa 16, sims 4, Dirt Rally etc. smoothly on this machine but for playing GTA V, The Witcher 3  wild hunt you need to turn down settings as well as resolution. You can also consider HP 15-ay011nr laptop which is a budget laptop and comes with Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. One of the key features of this laptop is full HD display which enhances your video watching experience.  Both the processors, i5-6200u and i3-6100u, operate with same base frequency of 2.3GHz but in the case of i5-6200u, due to Turbo-boost technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.8 GHz. Intel Turbo-boost is not featured in i3-6100u processor. Thus, if you are more into photo and video editing  or into gaming, then HP 15-ay039wm will be more suitable for you  than HP 15-ay011nr. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-ay039wm.

HP 15-ay039wm comes with Intel core i3-6100u processor which belong s to Intel’s 6th generation of processors. It has two cores and each core operates with 2.3GHz of fixed frequency. Speed of the processor can’t be increased further. The laptop comes with Intel HD 520 graphics and supports casual gaming. You can play Sims 4 smoothly on this machine but games like The Witcher 3, GTV V will struggle to run in this laptop. If you want to play high end PC games,  Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG will be an appropriate option. It is an inexpensive gaming laptop coming with Intel core i5-6200u processor and 8GB DDR4 memory. Please note that HP 15 ay039 wm comes with DDR3 memory. DDR4 is faster than DDR3 RAM. This Acer laptop also comes with NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory.

As this GPU has its own source of video memory, it does use system memory. An integrated graphics, like Intel HD 520, uses system RAM and some percentage of the system RAM is available for graphics memory. When you are running graphics intensive tasks, say playing games, a good amount of system memory is used by graphics. It directly impacts performance of other programs which might be running at the same time. So, if you are more into game or graphics intensive tasks, E5-575G-53VG will be more suitable for you. Again, this Acer laptop comes with 256GB SSD.  It is a common fact that SSDs are much faster than HDD.  Acer laptop has backlit keyboard while HP 15-ay039wm doesn’t have backlit keyboard.

HP 15-ay039wm comes with 4GB RAM and there is only one memory slot. You can expand memory up to 8GB only. However, memory is not user expandable and you will require assistance of a qualified technician to do the job for you.  HP 15-ay011nr, on the other hand, comes with 8GB RAM. Thus, if you need more memory, HP 15-ay011nr will be a better option. Both the laptops come with 1TB hard drive.

15.6”non-touch display of HP 15-ay039wm offers resolution of 1366 X 768p, which supports up to 720p video playback but will not be able to display 1080p content. However, with the help of HDMI, you can watch 1080p content on a compatible TV or monitor. You need to buy HDMI cable separately for this purpose.

Besides HDMI, HP 15-ay039 wm   comes with 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0,  1 HDMI,  1 RJ-45 (LAN) and  1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It has multiformat SD card reader as well. The 3-cell 31 WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Final thoughts

HP 15-ay039wm is a good laptop if you are on tight budget. By stretching your budget to some extent, you can own HP 15-ay011nr which comes with better i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It also has Full HD display while HP 15-ay039wm has 720p display.

 

Asus X540SA-BPD0602V

Asus X540SA-BPD0602V is an inexpensive laptop. It is decent for those who are on tight budget and need a laptop for basic computing. Though it comes with quad core processor, it is hardly useful for CPU intensive tasks like photo and video editing, AutoCAD and Revit. However, you can easily browse web with multiple tabs, type documents, watch videos and movies etc. With some amount of patience, you can also do some video editing and video transcoding on this laptop. When it comes to gaming, this laptop is not suitable for high end games like GTA V.  The base frequency of the processor, 1.6GHz, is very low for such tasks. Most of the games are single threaded so higher frequency and good graphics are basic requirements of a gaming laptop. Asus X540SA-BPD0602V comes with low end integrated HD graphics designed for Braswell processor. When it comes to overall performance, the processor is weaker than Intel HD 520 graphics.  The Intel HD braswell graphics has 16 execution units while Intel HD 520 has 24 EUs. However, it can stream videos smoothly. If you need better performance from a machine within same price range, take a look at Asus 15.6″ X540LA-SI30205P which comes with Intel core i3-5020u processor that operates with 2.2GHz frequency. It also offers 1TB hard drive space while Asus X540SA-BPD0602V comes with 500GB hard drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Asus X540SA-BPD0602V.

Intel core N3700 has four cores and it operates with base frequency of 1.6GHz. The frequency can rise up to 2.4GHz on system demand. It has 2MB of L2 cache. L3 cache is missing in its configuration. On the other hand, i3-5020u processor has 3MB of L3 cache. Though Intel core i3-5020u is a dual core processor, it supports hyperthreading technology, which means two cores can work as 4 virtual cores at the same time. Also, it has Intel HD 520 graphics which is better than Intel HD graphics coming with Asus X540SA-BPD0602V processor. Asus  X540LA-SI30205P, therefore,  will offer  better performance than Asus X540SA-BPD0602V.

Asus X540SA-BPD0602V comes with 4GB 1600 MHz SDRAM (on board memory) and 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. If you need more internal storage,  go for X540LA-SI30205P as it comes with more storage option. Both the laptops run Windows 10 OS.

15.6” non-touch display offers resolution of 1366 X 768p which can support up to 720p video playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI, you can watch 1080p content on a compatible TV or monitor.  You need to buy HDMI cable separately for this purpose.

Besides HDMI output, the edges of Asus X540SA-BPD0602V are arranged with 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 x VGA, 1 x RJ45 Ethernet and 3-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC).  It comes with 0.3MP (VGA) webcam with Microphone. Network connectivity is supported by Integrated 802.11 b/g/n, Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.0 and 10/100/Gigabits Base T. The laptop comes with CD/DVD burner as well.

3Cells 33 Whrs  battery offers upto  4 hours of  power  backup, depending  upon usage.

Final Thoughts

At $250, Asus X540SA-BPD0602V is a decent laptop for basic use. However, it offers limited performance. If you are looking for a laptop that offers smooth performance  for day to day tasks  and also supports some entry level photo and video editing,  then Asus  X540LA-SI30205P will be a better choice for you. However, none of the laptops offer backlit keyboard.

HP X0S24UA#ABA or HP 15-ay012dx

HP X0S24UA#ABA or HP 15-ay012dx is a decent laptop if you consider its current price. For around $400, you will get a machine with 6th generation i5-6200u processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. The main drawback of this laptop is that it comes with low memory and has standard 1366 X 768 pixels display panel. Generally people, who are looking to buy i5-powered laptop, have more expectations from the device than just regular computing.  Some of them look for smooth performance while performing photo and video editing or small 3D rendering while others want performance for latest PC gaming. 4GB RAM is low for such tasks, especially when it comes to media editing. Again, memory is not user accessible so if you want to expand memory by yourself it may lead warranty violation. So it is better to buy a laptop with 8GB RAM if you are looking to work with media editing job. However, for regular computing, 4GB Ram is good enough. Also, a full HD display is expected when it comes to HD media editing. In such case, you can consider HP 15-ay011nr which comes with same Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD and a full HD anti-glare display panel.  HP ay011nr also comes with Wireless ac and Bluetooth connectivity which is missing in HP X0S24UA#ABA. As the laptops are part of HP’s ay000 series, rest of the features are almost similar in both models. HP X0S24UA#ABA comes with CD/DVD burner and has a VGA webcam. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of  HP 15-ay012dx or HP X0S24UA#ABA.

HP X0S24UA#ABA is installed with Intel core i5-6200u processor which is a 6th generation Intel core processor. It has two cores, each operating with 2.3GHz of base frequency, and the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz if system needs. It has 3MB of L3 cache. Model: X0S24UA#ABA comes with integrated HD 520 graphics which supports almost all latest games but not all games are playable at highest settings. For instance, you need to turn down the settings for playing GTA V, XCOM 2 or similar games.

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If you are a gaming enthusiast and looking for a solid gaming laptop at budget price then you can consider Acer 575G as an alternative. It comes with same Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 VRAM. Note that it comes with faster memory, powerful discrete graphics and faster storage solution. NVIDIA graphics not only boosts the gaming performance but also helps in media editing jobs. SSDs offer low latency, enabling faster access to your data and a more responsive computer, than a standard HDD.

Back to HP X0S24UA#ABA, it is preinstalled with 4GB RAM and there is only one memory slot. Memory is not user upgradable either. The 1TB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed and comes preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64 bits operating system. It doesn’t come with Full Version Microsoft Office 365.

HP X0S24UA#ABA comes with non-touch display and offers resolution of 1366 X 768p which can support up to 720p video playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI, you can watch 1080p content on a compatible TV or monitor. However, you need to buy HDMI cable separately for this purpose. Else, you can buy HP 15-ay011nr which comes with Full HD display and watch full HD content at full HD resolution on the laptop’s display itself.

Besides HDMI, HP X0S24UA#ABA comes with 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It has multiformat SD card reader. Wireless Network connectivity is supported by  802.11 b/g/n. Bluetooth connectivity is not available.

According to the manufacturer, 3-cell 31 WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup which depends upon usage.

Final thoughts

You can consider HP X0S24UA#ABA if you are on a tight budget and want a laptop that offers some performance for high end tasks alongside day-to-day computing. The laptop falls short of expectations due to its of configuration of 4GB RAM, 1366 X 768pixel display panel , no wireless ac and Bluetooth connectivity. As an alternative, you can consider HP 15-ay011nr which comes with full HD display panel, 8GB RAM and Wireless ac as well as Bluetooth connectivity.

HP M3-u001dx 13.3″ 2-in 1 laptop

If you are looking for a mid-size 2-in-1 laptop that can increase your day to day computing productivity then you can consider HP M3-u001dx x360 2-in-1 13.3″ Touch-Screen Laptop . It has 360 degree hinge which means you can use it in multiple modes such as laptop, audience, tabletop, presentation and tablet mode. However, the display can’t be detached from the base. HP Pavilion x360 M3-u001dx is installed with 6th generation Intel core i3-6100u processor, 6GB RAM and comes with standard touchscreen display which supports 1366 X 768 resolution. Unfortunately, it offers 500GB of standard 5400rpm hard drive rather than a Solid State Drive. Basically this laptop is designed for home and office usage and not for processor demanding tasks like video editing, high end PC gaming and 3D rendering.  You can run MS office programs, browse web, watch videos and email/Skype easily on this laptop. You can do some entry level photo editing as well but it is not suitable for editing large HD video files. If you need to work extensively with photo and video editing software or want to play latest PC games then Dell Inspiron 13 i7359-8408SLV would be a better option. Though it costs you more, it comes packed with plenty of features. Dell Inspiron 13 i7359-8408SLV comes with Intel core i7-6500u processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has Full HD display panel, backlit keyboard and includes stylus with integrated holder. HP M3 u001 dx, on the other hand, comes with standard display and non-backlit keyboard. Both the laptops, however, don’t offer optical drive. But you can always buy an external USB based DVD drive. Here is a brief review about Model: M3-u001dx

HP M3-u001dx is powered by Intel core i3-6100u processor which operates with 2.3GHz. Unlike i7-6500u, the clock speed of i3-6100u can’t be increased further. It has 3MB of cache memory. For basic computing, the processor offers enough performance. The processor comes with Intel HD 520 integrated graphics. The performance of this integrated graphics is comparable with any low end discrete graphics card. But with a low end processor, like i3-6100u, the graphics can’t perform to its full extent. If you want to play games like Minecraft and do some HD photo and video editing but can’t afford a high end laptop, then HP Pavilion 13-s128nr could be a good choice. It comes with Intel core i5-6200u processor which operates with same base frequency but the clock speed can rise up to 2.8GHz, if system demands. It has 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. Since solid state drives are faster compared to standard HDD, you can do small 3D rendering job as well. Moreover, you are getting full HD display panel with Pavilion 13-s128nr while Model:  M3-u001dx offers standard 1366 X 768 pixels resolution display.

HP Pavilion M3-u001dx comes with 6 GB SDRAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. There are two memory slots and both are populated. It comes with 500 GB 5400 rpm SATA hard drive, preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64bit OS. This laptop comes with a 30-day trial subscription to Office 365. After trial period ends, you can renew the program.

The 13.3″ diagonal HD IPS UWVA WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass display offers max resolution of 1366 x 768p which means it can support 720p video playback but can’t display Full HD or 1080p content.  With the help of HDMI, you can watch Full HD videos on compatible external display or HDTV.

Ports and connectivity features of the laptop include 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45, 1 headphone/microphone combo and 1 multi-format SD media card reader. Wireless Network connectivity is supported by Intel 802.11ac (1×1) and Bluetooth® 4.0.

3 cell lithium ion 41whr battery offers backup up to 5 hours approx., depending upon usage.

Final thoughts

HP Pavilion M3-u001 dx 2-in-1 laptop is a decent choice for those who are looking for a convertible laptop for home computing. As this laptop is powered by entry level core i3-6100u processor, you won’t get fast performance for high end jobs like photo/video editing and video encoding. You can also consider HP Pavilion 13-s128nr which is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. The configuration offers you faster processor, more memory and a faster hard drive. It also has Full HD display which makes watching videos and gaming a pleasant experience. Little extra that you pay for this laptop is justified by the features it offers.

Asus Q304UA-BBI5T10

Asus Q304UA-BBI5T10 is a solidly built 13.3” 2-in-1 laptop designed for those who are looking for a machine that can be used as a laptop as well as a tablet. However, you can’t detach the display from its base. It comes with 360 degree hinge so you can flip the display completely backwards. The configuration of this 2-in-1 laptop includes Intel core i5-6200u processor, 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It has a Full HD touch screen display. Some buyers might get disappointed as the laptop does not offer solid state drive. You can compare Asus Q304UA-BBI5T10 with HP Pavilion 13-s128nr laptop which comes with same i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. It also has Full HD display but it doesn’t come with backlit keyboard which you can find in Asus Q304UA-BBI5T10 Model. Both the laptops accomplish day to day tasks like working with office suite, web browsing, skype/emailing and streaming videos smoothly. The laptops also support photo and video editing, video encoding and decoding etc. When it comes to PC gaming, you can play low end games like Minecraft and TF2 but games like the Witcher 3 wild hunt and XCOM 2 will run in low details and settings, with very low fps. None of the laptops come with CD/DVD drive. However, most of the 2-in-1 laptops lack optical drive. As a workaround, you can use USB based external CD/DVD drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Asus Q304UA-BBI5T10.

Asus Q304UA BBI5T10 is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor which is a 6th generation/Skylake processor. It has two cores, each core operates with 2.3GHz, and the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz on system demand. Intel core i5-6200u is one of the most popular processors of 2016 as it can do little bit of everything. Other hardware components also impact performance of a laptop to a great extent. For instance, if the laptop has Solid State Drive installed, it will enable faster loading. A discrete graphics will help boosting gaming performance as it uses its own memory and not the system memory. However, Asus  Q304UA BBI5T10 comes with integrated Intel HD 520 graphics, which supports casual gaming.  If you can spend a little more, you can get much powerful Dell Inspiron i7359-8404SLV laptop which is a premium laptop and has aluminum chassis. It is powered by 6th generation i7-6500u processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive.  The laptop offers Full HD touchscreen display and also has backlit keyboard. Additionally, you will get passive stylus with this Dell Inspiron. The laptop, however, comes with same integrated Intel HD 520 graphics but you get more powerful processor, more memory and a Solid State Drive. Solid State Drive offers low latency, enabling faster access to your data and a more responsive  than a standard HDD.

Asus  Q304UA-BBI5T10 comes with 6GB DDR3L SDRAM which is expandable up to 12GB.  1TB hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 10 64 bit operating system. It doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office and you need to buy it separately, if required.

Ports and connectivity features include 3 USB 3.0 ports with backward compatibly, HDMI output and a SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by Wireless Ac and Bluetooth.  It offers long battery life.

Final thoughts

Asus  Q304UA-BBI5T10 is a decent touchscreen 2 in-1 laptop. But it comes with 5400rpm hard drive which may disappoint some buyers especially students and office users. Alternatively, you can take a look at Dell Inspiron i7359-8404SLV which comes with i7-6500u processor, 256GB Solid State drive and 8GB RAM. You may have to pay little extra but it is worth its price.

Lenovo 110-15IBR 80T7000HUS

Lenovo 110-15IBR 80T7000HUS is a pretty basic laptop for those who want to do basic computing on the machine. For instance, you can use this laptop for typing documents, watching videos, making skype calls and emailing etc. It also supports audio video encoding and decoding along with editing small photo but you won’t get fast performance while doing such tasks. The laptop comes with Intel Celeron N3060 processor which is a basic processor. It has two cores clocked at base speed of 1.6GHz. Again, it comes with 2MB of L2 cache which is very low. If you are concerned about audacity, Lenovo 80T7000HUS laptop is not suitable for long duration of audio/video sessions, say for an hour or more of audio or multiple shorter tracks. If you are on budget and looking for a decent laptop, you can consider 6th generation i3-6100u equipped laptop like Dell Inspiron i5559-1348SLV which supports much wider range of tasks. It offer enough performance for office computing, supports casual gaming and small video editing as well. The i3-6100u processor operates with higher base frequency of 2.3GHz.

Though i3-6100u is a dual core processor, it supports hyper-threading technology which means two cores can work as 4 virtual cores.  It comes with 3MB of L3 graphics and the integrated 520 graphics offer much better performance over Intel HD 400. You can play games like Sims 4 and Fifa 16 smoothly on this machine. You can also play GTA V in low resolution and settings.  Lenovo 110-15IBR 80T7000HUS is not a touchscreen laptop while Dell Inspiron i5559-1348SLV is touchscreen enabled and also offers 4GB RAM and 500GB storage.  Moreover, this Dell laptop comes with Intel Realsense 3D camera which is missing in Lenovo 110-15IBR 80T7000HUS. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of the Lenovo laptop.

Intel Celeron N3060 processor is an entry level processor from Intel’s Braswell family. It operates with low base frequency of 1.6GHz and, on system demand, the frequency can rise up to 2.48GHz. It is not integrated with Hyperthreading technology which means two cores can handle only two threads at a time. On the other hand, core i3-6100u processor can handle 4 threads at a time.

Lenovo 80T7000HUS comes with Intel HD 400 graphics, which is integrated graphics, and is part of the processor. You can’t upgrade processor/graphics.  The graphics supports DirectX 11.2. It has 12 execution units while Intel HD 520 has 24 execution units.

The laptop is installed with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM which is not expandable further. On the other hand, you can expand memory up to 16GB in Dell i5559-1348SLV. It comes with 500GB hard drive which spins at 5400rpm speed. If you are looking for a Solid State Drive equipped laptop, with in similar price range, then you can consider Dell Inspiron i3552-8040BLK which has more powerful Intel Pentium N3700 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB Solid state Drive. Please note that Intel Pentium N3700 has four cores. It also operates with base frequency of 1.6GHz but you can expect better multitasking ability since it has four cores.

Lenovo 80T7000HUS comes with non-touch display and offers resolution of 1366 X 768p which can support up to 720p video playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI, you can watch 1080p content on a compatible TV or monitor. However, you need to buy HDMI cable separately.

Ports and connectivity features in Lenovo 110-15IBR 80T7000HUS include 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 x HDMI™1 x RJ45 Ethernet, 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC and MMC. It comes with 0.3MP (VGA) webcam with Microphone. However, Dell i5559-1348SLV comes with Intel realsense 3D webcam and is a touchscreen laptop.

24whr battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup.

Final thoughts

No doubt Lenovo 110-15IBR 80T7000HUS is an inexpensive laptop but you need to make compromise with performance. Basically, you get what you pay for.  For basic computing, it is a decent inexpensive option. You can opt for Dell i5559-1348SLV if you want to complete day to day tasks without interruption. Moreover, this Dell laptop comes with touch interface while Lenovo 110-15IBR 80T7000HUS is a non-touch laptop.