Toshiba Satellite L55 B5267

Powered by Intel core i3-4025U dual core processor, Toshiba Satellite L55 B5267 is a good buy, provided your computing requirements aren’t too demanding. Overall, this is a decent machine for people who just want to work with Word/excel, watch videos, email, use Skype  and social media, download music and video files, encode/decode media files and run light games. Toshiba L55-B5267 is not a touch screen laptop. Though it comes with DVD burner, the laptop is still considerably light in weight ( 4.85lbs). It is shipped with 6GB memory to ensure smooth multitasking. The laptop offers 750GB hard drive which means you will get plenty of space to store your media files. However, the hard drive doesn’t come with SSD cache and you won’t get Full HD display. The battery life is average. This is an inexpensive laptop and expecting too much is not realistic.  At present, the laptop comes with a price tag of $390 approx ( Officedepot back to school promotion). To know more about this fairly priced laptop, read the brief review of Toshiba Satellite L55 B5267 further.

Specification and performance of Toshiba Satellite L55-B5267

Intel core i3-4025u is 4th generation Intel ULV mobile processor which operates with 1.9GHz frequency. It is a dual core processor and has 3MB of cache memory. The processor comes with integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics. Paired with 6GB memory it allow you to play less demanding games like Dota 2, Tomb Raider and Skyrim  in low to medium details and setting. Toshiba L55 B5267 supports Minecraft game play. However, you may need to adjust settings. Compared to Intel core i3-4030u, i3-4025u comes with less advanced features. However, both the processors operate with same clock speed. Thus, you will hardly notice any difference in performance when it comes to regular computing.

Toshiba Satellite L55-B5267 comes with 6GB DDR3L SDRAM. The memory speed is 1600MHz. The laptop supports maximum 6GB memory so you can’t expand memory further. It comes with 750GB hard drive which is preinstalled with Windows 8.1 operating system. The keyboard coming with the laptop is Premium US keyboard with 10-key pad (Black), Touch pad pointing device with multi touch control.

15.6” HD backlit non touch display of Toshiba Satellite L55-B5267 supports maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which supports up to 720p HD content playback

It comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports (one sleep and charge) and one USB 2.0 port, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet port and SD card reader. The upper part of the bezel houses webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n.  Budget laptops commonly lack 802.11 ac.

The 4 cell battery offers 2-4 hours of battery life depend upon usage.

Competitor

Dell Inspiron i3542-3333BK 15.6-Inch Laptop which comes with Intel core i3-4030u processor (just one step advance version of i3-4025u), 4GB RAM 500GB hard drive is the direct competitor to Toshiba Satelling L55-B5267. Dell Inspiron offers with Bluetooth connectivity as well. The price of this Dell model is $400 approx.

Another competitor to Toshiba Satellite is Acer Aspire E5-571-37SY, which is powered by Intel core i3-4030U processor and comes with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It comes with Gigabit Ethernet,  Bluetooth and 6 cell lithium ion battery which offers up to 7 hours of battery life.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite L55-B5267

Inexpensive laptop for students and home users with decent specifications

6 GB memory and 750GB hard drive

Cons of Toshiba Satellite L55-B5267

No Bluetooth

 

HP Touchsmart 15-r017dx

For everyday use, HP has introduced lots of value into its HP Touchsmart 15-r017dx laptop which comes with a price tag of $400. It includes an Intel core i3-4010u dual core processor ( Haswell) and a 15.6” LED-backlit touch screen display with native resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels.  You won’t get fancy features like backlit keyboard or SSD hard drive but HP has made nearly all right compromises to get to that price factor.  It offers 750GB hard drive and 4GB RAM. HP 15-r017dx offers performance while working with MS office, web browsing, installing iTunes, watching HD videos, Skype etc. Casual gaming is possible with this machine. It comes with DVD drive and its other specs are similar to HP 15-r018dx. The only difference between the two models is that HP 15-r017dx is a touch screen enabled laptop while HP 15-r018dx is a non-touch based laptop. The weight of the machine is 5.37lbs which is little heavy as compared with HP 15-r018dx, mainly due to touch screen display. Here is a brief review of specifications and performance of the laptop.

Specification and performance of HP Touchsmart 15-r017dx

Intel core i3-4010u is a dual core ULV processor ( 4th generation/Haswell) which operates with 1.7GHz frequency. It has 3MB of cache. The processor is hyperthreading enabled, thus, two cores can handle 4 threads at a time. The processor chip includes Intel HD 4400 graphics. Paired with 4GB RAM, HP Touchsmart 15-r017dx can do all computing tasks which we require in our day to day life. If you want to use it for harder tasks such as working with AutoCAD, 3Ds Max, Solidworks and  Sony Vegus pro, then you may get disappointed. Such laptops are just for basic computing and some entertainment, like watching movies ( Netflix, YouTube) or listening to music, editing personal photos etc. You can play games like Dota 2, Tomb Raider, world of Warcraft etc in low details and settings. You can play Minecraft as well. It can stream Internet videos smoothly but the laptop can display up to 720p high definition contents only.

HP 15-r017dx comes with 4GB RAM and memory can’t be expandable further. It has 750GB hard drive which spins with 5400rpm speed. The laptop is preinstalled with Windows 8.1 operating system. It doesn’t offer MS office full version.

The 15.6” HD backlit touch screen display offers maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 which means it can support up to 720HD content display only but not 1080p content, However, you can connect the laptop to a compatible  TV with HDMI cable so that you can watch full HD content on television.

Beside HDMI out, it comes with 2 USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, RJ 45, SD card reader and combo audio jack. .VGA port is not available. The laptop offers both Wired (fast Ethernet) and  Wireless connectivity ( 802.11 b/g/n).It doesn’t offer Bluetooth connectivity which not is unusual though.

The 3-cell 31WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion polymer battery offers up to 6 hours of battery life, depending upon usage.

Pros of HP Touchsmart 15-r017dx

Inexpensive touchscreen laptop for day to day use

750 GB hard drive

Cons of HP 15-r017dx

No Bluetooth

HP Pavilion 17-f023cl TouchSmart Laptop

HP Pavilion 17-f023cl TouchSmart Laptop could be a good choice if gaming, along with regular computing, is your priority but you don’t have enough money to spend on a gaming laptop. With a price tag of $650 (listed price $750, Costco), it offers good value for money.The laptop is equipped with an AMD Quad-Core A10-5745M (2.1GHz -2.9 GHz) APU, 8GB of DDR3 memory and 1TB hard drive.  It could have been a much better computer had it come with solid-state drive. HP 17-f023cl doesn’t come with discrete graphics.  AMD Radeon HD 8610G Graphics is the only graphics option with this laptop. This graphics, however, can compete with any entry level dedicated graphics. You can play latest games, in low to medium settings and resolutions, on this laptop.  This laptop doesn’t come with backlit keyboard and other premium features like USB charge port. The weight of HP TouchSmart 17” laptop is 6.91lbs which is a little heavier considering its 17.3” size, touch screen and inbuilt DVD drive. To know more about HP Pavilion 17-f023cl TouchSmart laptop, read the brief review further.

HP Pavilion 17-f023cl TouchSmart Laptop specification and performance

AMD Quad-Core A10-5745M is a quad core processor, each core operating with 2.1GHz, and the frequency can boost up to 2.9GHz. The laptop offers massive 4MB of L2 cache memory. AMD Radeon HD 8610G graphics is an integral part of the APU.  Together with 8GB memory, HP 17 f023cl offers enough performance for working with office applications, web browsing with countless tabs, installing itunes, watching HD video, photo editing and small video editing. However, this hardware configuration is not powerful enough for 3D rendering.  Games like Titanfall, Assassin´s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins etc. can be played in low to medium resolution and settings.  However, games like Dota 2, Gird 2, guild wars 2, Counter Strike: Global offensive can run fluently.  The display of the laptop doesn’t support full HD playback (1080p) but it supports up to 900p playback which is close to full HD. You can watch full HD movie by connecting the laptop to a compatible HDTV, using HDMI cable

The 17.3” LED backlit high definition touch screen display of Pavilion 17-f023cl offers maximum resolution of 1600 X 900 which is common for all budget 17.3” laptop.

HP Pavilion TouchSmart 17-f023cl comes with 8GB DDR3L SDRAM (2 DIMM) and is shipped with 1TB hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system. It doesn’t come with Microsoft Office full Version.

You’ll get two USB 3.0 ports and USB 2.0 port, a multiformat SD reader, HDMI, gigabit LAN port and combo audio jack. Network connectivity feature is supported by Fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n/ wi-fi. Bluetooth connectivity is missing. Audio is supported by Beats audio with dual speaker.

HP Pavilion 17-f023cl TouchSmart comes with 4 cell 41whr lithium battery. You can’t expect great battery life. However, you can get up to 3.5 hours of battery back once fully charged.

Pros of HP Pavilion TouchSmart 17-f023cl

Ample memory and storage option

2 USB 3.0 ports

Good value for money

Cons of HP pavilion TouchSmart 17-f023cl

No Bluetooth

No SSD

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212

Upgrading a laptop has now become more affordable than ever before and Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212 is a good example of it. The laptop comes with AMD A8-6410 Quad Core APU and AMD Radeon R5 Graphics which makes it a decent computing solution for home users and college students . Students can play basic games as well on this laptop.  Radeon R5 graphics is an integrated graphics but is well optimize for casual gaming. However, if you are an avid gamer then you should look for a high end machine. Toshiba C55D-B5212 is available at $350 ( Amazon price ) and it is also available at BestBuy. This laptop is not a touch screen laptop. Other features of the laptop are pretty standard. It comes with 4GB RAM, 500GB memory and inbuilt DVD drive. Just under 5lbs, it is not too heavy to lug round. Though it is low cost laptop yet it comes with HD webcam (some cheap Acer and HP models come with VGA webcam).  It comes with Bluetooth connectivity which is unusual in budget laptops. Toshiba has broken the trend and included Bluetooth connectivity in this budget laptop. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212 Specification and performance 

AMD A8-6410 Quad Core APU is clocked with 2.0-2.4 GHz frequency.  The processor is powerful than Intel Pentium N3530 processors and is almost equivalent to i3 Haswell processor. However, the graphics of AMD A8-6410 offers better performance in comparison with Intel HD (Bay trail graphics). You can play games like Fifa 14, Dota 2, Gird 2 and Diablo 3 without any issue. However, games like Dirt Showdown and COD Ghosts would require reduced settings and low resolution. You can watch HD videos smoothly on this machine. However, the display of Satellite C55D-B5212 supports playback up to 720 HD only. The APU offers enough performance for working with Microsoft Office and other office tools, online video communication, web surfing web with multiple tab, watching video, encoding/decoding media file formats and playing music.

Model Processor RAM Graphics  remarks price
 Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212  AMD A8-6410, 4 core  4GB  Radeon R5 typing documents, browsing web casual gaming, Skype, media encoding, watching video etc500GB hard driveBluetooth  $300-$350
 HP G010dx Laptop  AMD A6-6310, 4 core  4GB  Radeon R4  typing documents, browsing web casual gaming, Skype, media encoding,500 GB hard driveNo Bluetooth $350-$370
 Acer Aspire ES1-511-C59V  Intel Celeron N2830  4GB  Intel HD  typing documents, browsing web, watching video, listening music. 500GB hard driveNot suitable for running latest PC games  $250-$280
 HP g070nr  AMD E1-6010  4GB  Radeon R2  typing documents, browsing web, watching video, listening music. low demading games run in lowresolution and setting, 500GB hard driveNo Bluetooth  $250

It is shipped with 4GB memory which is enough for day to day computing and comes installed with 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. Windows 8.1 is preinstalled on hard drive.

The 15.6” LED backlit high definition display offers maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels rather than 1080p. Do remember it is a budget laptop and you can’t expect full HD resolution with this laptop.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212 offers standard ports and connectivity features. It has three USB ports, but only one of it is USB 3.0, an HDMI-out for connecting the computer to external display, SD card reader and Ethernet port. It also offers VGA port for connecting the computer to older monitors and video projectors.

The 4 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 4 hours of battery life. Toshiba satellite C55D-B5212 comes encased in Textured  Black plastic cover  which may not look very  attractive to some of you.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212

Quad core processor for smooth computing (typing, browsing, downloading music , watching videos, personal photo editing)

Light weight considering its 15.6” form factor

Bluetooth

Cons of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212

No touch screen

 

 

Toshiba satellite C55-B5298

If you are looking for cheap laptop deals then you can take a look at Toshiba satellite C55-B5298. Equipped with Intel Celeron N2830 processor, 500GB hard drive and 4GB RAM, it could be a good laptop for college goers and home users alike. However, if you need a laptop for gaming and video transcoding or a laptop for 3D designing and rendering, then you need a machine with higher configuration. This under $300 laptop allows typing documents, web surfing and provides ample storage for your pictures, music and video files which you can enjoy in your free time or when you are on go.  The price of Toshiba C55-B5298 is $250 at Amazon and it is around $300 at Walmart (at the time of publishing). The disadvantage of the laptop is that you won’t get inbuilt DVD drive. Bluetooth connectivity is also not available. The laptop weighs around 4.85lbs and can easily fit in to your messenger bag or backpack.  Compared to Satellite C55-B5299, Toshiba C55-B5298 is much better because it comes with 4GB memory. Nowadays you need at least 4GB memory for smooth computing. Read further to know more about its specifications and performance.

Toshiba satellite C55-B5298 specification and performance

Toshiba satellite C55-B5298 comes with Intel Celeron N2830 processor which is a dual core processor and is based on Intel Bay Trail M platform.  It operates with 2.16 GHz and core frequency can boost up to 2.41 GHz. This processor can handle tasks like typing docs, web browsing, skype, watching videos and playing music. When it comes to graphics, Toshiba C55-B5298 offers Intel HD graphics (for Bay Trail processor) which is a weak graphics compared to other Integrated graphics like Intel HD 4400 or Intel HD 4600 that come with Haswell mobile processors.  It is unable to run latest games like Thief, Titanfall and Battlefield 4 but some older and less resource demanding games can be played in this machine.

Satellite C55-B5298 comes with 4GB memory which operates with 1333 Mhz. Memory can’t be expandable further (According to Toshiba “Memory is not user upgradeable, factory installed only”). The 500GB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed.

The 15.6” backlit HD display of the laptop comes with native resolution 1366 X 768 pixels resolution and it supports playback up to 720p HD only. However, the laptop comes with HDMI port, so you can connect full HD external displays with the laptop.

Beside HDMI ports, both edges of the laptop are arranged with 6-in-1 SD card reader,  Ethernet Port, 1  HDMI, 1  Headphone/Microphone, 2  USB 2.0 ad a  USB 3.0 port. Toshiba satellite C55-B5298 comes with VGA port as well. It comes with fast Ethernet and Wireless 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.

The 4 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 4 hours of battery life.

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Pros of Toshiba satellite C55-B5298

Good college laptop for those who are on budget

USB 3.0, HDMI

4 GB RAM

Cons of Toshiba satellite C55-B5298

No DVD drive.

HP 15-r030wm Flyer Red Laptop

If you are looking for a good laptop for college, HP 15-r030wm could be a decent choice. It comes with Intel Pentium N3520 processor which has four cores. The processor operates with base frequency of 2.16GHz and the frequency can boost up to 2.42 GHz. As a student, you don’t need very powerful computer. Latest dual core laptops, with reasonable clock speed (around 1.7 GHz- 2.5 GHz), are good enough for typing documents, surfing the Web, downloading music and videos, watching video and occasional gaming. HP 15-r030wm can handle all these tasks.  It can run less demanding games in low resolution and setting. However, modern games like Thief and Watch Dogs would hardly run on this machine. The laptop comes with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM and 500GB hard drive. The price of this non-touch screen laptop is $350 approx.  It comes with DVD burner and weighs around 4.93lbs. The weight is justified, considering its 15.6” display and inbuilt DVD drive. However, if you are looking for a slimmer and small budget laptop, without scarifying performance, you can buy Acer Aspire E3-111-P8DW 11.6-Inch laptop which weighs only 2.84lbs and is priced around $330. Acer Aspire comes with Bluetooth connectivity which is missing in HP 15-r030wm. But Acer Aspire E3-111-P8DW lacks DVD drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP15-r030wm.

Specification and Performance of HP15-r030wm

HP 15 r030wm comes with Intel Pentium processor N3520 which is part of Intel’s Bay Trail M family.Laptops with Intel’s Bay Trail M processor are very much affordable and energy efficient as well. Such laptops are suitable for basic computing but if you are looking for laptop that can handle CPU demanding tasks like encoding/decoding media, photo/video editing and playing latest games, then a core i5-4200M laptop with dedicated graphics, 8GB memory and a faster hard drive would be desirable.

HP 15-r030wm comes with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. The hard drive is preinstalled with Windows 8.1 operating system. As informed earlier, this is not a touch screen laptop.

The 15.6” HD backlit display of the laptop offers maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which supports 720p video playback only and would be unable to stream 1080p content. However, there is an HDMI output, which you can use to connect the laptop with compatible HDTV or other external display to watch laptop contents in FHD.

The laptop offers all standard ports and connectivity features which include 2 USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, HDMI, audio combo jack, RJ 45, SD card reader and DVD burner. Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and fast Ethernet.

As a college student, you need long battery life. Though, the 3 cell 31WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion polymer battery doesn’t offer day long battery life but you can get up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of HP 15-r030wm

Inexpensive laptop for college student and home users

USB 3.0

DVD drive

Cons of HP 15-r030wm

Not a touch screen laptop

No Full HD display

HP 15-f009wm Black 15.6″ Laptop

HP Black 15.6″ 15-f009wm Laptop is an inexpensive non-touchscreen laptop with 1.0 GHz AMD E1-2100 dual core accelerated processor.  With its 1 GHz APU you won’t get high end performance for sure but it offers sufficient performance for tasks such as typing docs, web browsing, emailing, Skype, watching YouTube videos and movies. However, you won’t get fast performance from this processor.  With 15.6” form factor and 4.82 lb weight, it’s not too big or heavy to be carried around on a daily basis. Under an inch thick, it can easily slip into a backpack. HP 15-f009wm is available at extremely cheap price of $230 approximately (at Walmart). The laptop is available at Amazon as well. It is shipped with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive.  The performance is almost similar to HP 15-g019wm. However, HP 15-g019wm comes with DVD burner while it is missing in 15-f009wm. Another difference between these two models is that HP 15-f009wm comes with VGA webcam whereas 15-g019wm comes with HD webcam.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of the laptop:

Specification and performance of HP 15-f009wm

AMD E1-2100 accelerated processor is a dual core APU which operates with 1GHz frequency. It comes with integrated AMD Radeon HD 8210 Graphics.  Paired with 4GB RAM, it is capable of doing all basic computing tasks and light entertainment like watching videos and playing music, but you won’t get smooth performance. It is not good for music creation, photo and video editing.  As this APU operates with very low frequency, you can’t expect much gaming from it.  .

The 4GB RAM DDR3 SDRAM is enough for basic multitasking.  HP 15-f009wm is shipped with 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm speed and Windows 8.1 is preinstalled on it. Considering its price, you can’t expect a SSD or SSD plus hard drive setup.

15.6” display of the HP 15 f009wm offers resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which supports up to 720p HD playback only and won’t be able to display 1080p content.

It comes with all standard ports and connectivity features including 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and a Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. There is a SD card reader as well. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and wireless 802.11 b/g/n.

Bluetooth connectivity is missing in the configuration.

Pros of HP 15-f009wm

Cheap mid-size laptop for typing docs and browsing web

USB 3.0 port

500 GB hard drive

Cons of HP 15-f009wm

No DVD drive

VGA webcam

Final thoughts

Definitely, HP 15-f009wm is a decent choice for its price, however, you may get numerous other models, in $300-$400 price range, that can provide you value and uncompromising performance, especially If you need a laptop for everyday computing including smooth HD video and youtube streaming,  editing photo, video encoding and installing iTunes. You should look for AMD A6-5200, A6-6310 A8-6410, Intel Bay Trail M N3520 and N3530 equipped laptops and a minimum 4GB RAM, which this laptop has.  If you are on budget and need laptop just for basic use then you can consider HP 15-f009wm.

HP 15-g070nr 15.6-Inch Laptop

HP 15-g070nr 15.6-Inch Laptop is certainly a cheap laptop at approximately $250. You would like to know if it will able to handle everyday computing tasks like typing documents, browsing web and Skype etc. Equipped with dual core 1.35 GHz AMD E1-6010 APU, the machine is not the fastest in its category.  It is just suitable for basic task but you can watch HD videos as well.  HP 15-g070nr comes with AMD Radeon HD R2 graphics. Paired with 4GB memory, you can run some old and low demanding games in low to medium details and setting.  For instance, you can play Fifa 14, Fifa 13, World of Warcraft, Tomb Raider and Diablo III in low resolution and settings. This low cost laptop is not suitable for high end gaming.  Also, other CPU or GPU demanding programs like Adobe Photoshop creative suite 6, Sony Vegas pro and 3Ds Max will not work on this machine.  For most of us, cheap laptop means sacrifices in terms of features, but it is not true for HP 15-g070nr. It comes with all standard ports which we can expect from a budget laptop. There is an USB 3.0 port and HDMI port, as well. The laptop is light in weight and weighs just 4.83lbs, possibly because optical drive is missing in the configuration. Battery life is quite good considering the price. It offers up to 6 hours of battery backup.

HP 15-g070nr specification and performance

AMD E1-6010 is a dual core processor based on Beema platform of AMD . Each core works with 1.35 GHz and has 1MB of L2 cache. It comes with R2 graphics. Together with 4GB RAM, HP 15-g070nr offers performance for day to day computing. You can surf the web without any issue and play streamed movies on Netflix without any problem. As mentioned earlier, you can play low demanding games. However, you may see lag while installing itunes or encoding/decoding media files.  Compared to Intel Celeron N2830, AMD E1-6010 comes with better graphics. However , the CPU side of N2830 is more stronger than E1-6010. So if you want some gaming, HP 15 g070nr is more suitable over Acer Aspire es1-511-c59v. However, both the processors won’t give you fast performance. If you are able to spend a little extra ($100 approx.), you can get HP 15-G010DX which comes with quad core AMD A6-6310 processor.

HP 15-g070nr comes with 4GB DDR3 SDRAM in single slot. It comes with 500GB hard drive. Hard drive is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system. It is not a touch screen laptop though.

The 15.6” LED backlit high definition Screen of the laptop offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels and is capable of streaming up to 720p content.

Besides HDMI, it comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, RJ 45, combo audio jack and SD card reader. It comes with VGA webcam (not HD). DVD burner is missing. However, you can always buy an USB based external DVD burner if you need one. Network connectivity includes fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n. It comes with 3-cell 31WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion polymer battery.

Pros of HP 15-g070nr

Inexpensive laptop for basic use

USB 3.0 port

Cons of HP 15-g070nr

No DVD burner

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5270

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5270 is a 15.6” laptop intended for home users and students, as it offers good value for money. It uses Intel Pentium N3530 processor which has four cores and an Integrated Intel HD graphics, The laptop comes with 8GB memory. If you are looking for a laptop PC for everyday computing, it could be a good choice. You will get enough performance for Microsoft Office, web browsing with multiple tabs, watching video, Netflix, Skype and encoding audio video files etc. The graphics is not powerful enough to play games; however, less demanding and older games can run on this machine. Though the processor has 4 cores and it operates with high frequency, still it is not suitable for AutoCAD, Revit and Solidworks etc. Toshiba C55-B5270 doesn’t look very stylish and there is room to improve the keyboard and touchpad. The laptop weighs only 4.85lbs and houses inbuilt DVD drive. The laptop is not a touch screen Laptop and it runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5270.

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5270 specification and performance

Satellite C55-B5270 is powered by Intel Pentium N3530 processor which is a quad core processor and it operates with base frequency of 2.16 GHz.  Due to Intel Burst Technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.58GHz.It comes with 2MB of cache. As told earlier, with 8GB RAM it can offer enough performance for day to day tasks. However, the integrated HD graphics is not much powerful and is unable to run latest games like Watch Dogs, Thief, Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, even in low resolution and settings. You can still play low demanding games like Fifa 14, Guild Wars 2, World of Warcraft, Minecraft in low details and settings. It can stream videos smoothly..

The laptop comes with 8GB DDR3L 1333MHz memory and 500GB hard drive. Hard drive spins with 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 is preloaded on the HDD, along with 1 month trial version of Microsoft® Office 365 and Toshiba proprietary software.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD display offers 1366 * 768 pixels resolution. As this is a budget laptop so this is not a surprising feature. It supports up to 720pixel HD display but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI port you can connect the laptop with external display units like monitor or HDTV to watch full HD content.

Toshiba C55-B5270 comes with standard set of ports which include 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, VGA, HDMI, Microphone, RJ-45 and SD card reader. The network connectivity includes Fast Ethernet and Wireless N. Bluetooth connectivity is missing.

The 4 cell/45Wh lithium ion battery offers up to 4 hours and 30 minutes of battery backup.

Pros of Toshiba C55-B5270

Decent laptop for day to day computing

Enough memory for smooth multitasking

Cons of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5270

No touchscreen

 

 

HP ENVY x360 15-u010dx

HP ENVY x360 15-u010dx is a stylish 2-in-1 15.6” touch screen laptop that offers premium features and delivers performance. The laptop can meet computing requirements of an office user as well as a student. It comes with an affordable price of $750. Hybrid laptops are not unusual these days. Like other 2-in-1 laptops, user can tilt the display all the way round to use it as a Tablet. Equipped with Intel core i5-4210u processor and 8GB RAM, it offers performance for office tasks like processing documents and spreadsheets, creating presentations, large file compression, light photo editing and syncing with other external devices. You can watch HD videos and play games on this laptop. However, not all modern games are playable in this laptop. Other significant features of HP 15 u010dx are Wi-Fi AC, full HD display, backlit keyboard and BeatsAudio dual speakers. It comes with slimmer profile, but is not too light in weight. It weighs around 5.26lbs. When it comes to ports and connectivity, some 2-in-1 or hybrid laptop manufacturers make a few compromises to save space but HP has intelligently managed to fit all standard ports into the machine. However, optical drive is missing which is not unusual. Here is a brief review of specifications and performance of HP ENVY x360 15-u010dx

 HP ENVY x360 15-u010dx specification and performance

ENVY x360 15-u010dx uses an Intel core i5-4210u processor which is fourth generation Haswell processor; it has two cores and each core operates with 1.7GHz. Due to Turboboost technology, frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz. The processor is Hyperthreading enabled as well ,  thus two cores can process 4 threads at a time. The laptop comes with Intel HD 4400 graphics which is part of the processor chip. With 8GB memory, you can run many games including Fifa 14, Dota 2, Bioshock Infinite, Simcity etc.  If you are ready to sacrifice fancy extra features and select  to play in low resolution,  then you can run Thief and Ba tman: Arkham Origins as well.

HP x360 15-u010dx comes with 8GB DDR3L SDRAM (2 DIMM) and 750GB 5400RPM hard drive. We could expect a SSD or hybrid drive. Windows 8.1 is preinstalled on the hard drive.

The 15.6” HD LED backlit touchscreen display offers maximum resolution of 1920×1080 which means it can support up to full high definition playback. It comes with Full-size, backlit keyboard with numeric keypad.

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI, RJ 45, SD card reader and headphone/mic combo jack. Network connectivity includes Gigabit Ethernet ,  Intel 2×2 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth with WiDi which means it can wirelessly transmit content to compatible HDTV and monitor. However, you may need an adapter.

Battery life: It comes with 3-cell 43.5 watt hours prismatic battery which expected to offer up to 7 hours of battery life

Pros of HP ENVY x360 15-u010dx

Full HD

Touch screen

Wireless AC

Backlit keyboard

 Cons of HP ENVY x360 15-u010dx

No cons considering the price

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