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.