Acer Aspire V 15 V3-575T-7008 Signature Edition Laptop

Acer Aspire V 15 V3-575T-7008 Signature Edition Laptop is a decent touchscreen laptop which comes with attractive hardware specs. It has 6th generation Intel core i7-6500u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Though it is a touchscreen laptop yet it doesn’t come with discrete graphics card which somehow decreases its usability.  A discrete graphics with dedicated video memory not only enhances the gaming performance but also helps in parallel processing. Photo and video editing is good example of parallel processing. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP which comes with 5th generation Intel core i7-5500u processor, NVIDIA Geforce 940M RAM plus 8GB system RAM.  It also as 1TB 5400rpm hard drive and incorporates a full HD display. However, it is not a touchscreen laptop but Windows 10 goes well with non-touchscreen laptops as well. It also lacks optical drive and there is no backlit keyboard. On the other hand, Acer Aspire V 15 V3-575T-7008 Signature Edition Laptop comes with DVD drive. This laptop can execute regular computing activities smoothly. CPU intensive tasks like photo/video editing, video transcoding can be done on this machine as well. However, this laptop is not suitable for professional grade 3D designing. Basically, its performance would be similar to Acer Aspire V3-574-7481 Signature Edition Laptop which comes with 5th generation Intel core i7-5500u processor, 8GB Ram and 1TB hard drive. It comes with backlit keyboard and optical drive as well. But it is not a touchscreen laptop and that is the reason why it is cheaper than Acer Aspire V 15 V3-575T-7008.Check out full specs here 

Intel core i7-6500u processor operates with 2.5GHz and can Turboboost up to 3.1GHz. It comes with 3MB of cache memory. On the other hand, Intel core i7-5500u is clocked with 2.4GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3 GHz, if system needs. Both the processors are fabricated with 14nm architecture. Acer Aspire V 15 V3-575T-7008 comes with Integrated Intel HD 520 graphics which is little better than integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics coming with Aspire V3-574-7481.  Since this is a signature edition laptop, you will find it free from 3rd party software.

Acer V3-575T-7008 comes with 8GB RAM and the memory is upgradable up to 16GB. It is installed with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. It doesn’t have SSD. Windows 10 is preinstalled on the HDD. It doesn’t come with MS office and you need to buy it separately. The 15.6”display of V3-575T-7008 supports full HD resolution.

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0 (1 powered), 1 USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA , Headphone output/Microphone input combo and LAN. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth.

4-cell lithium-ion battery offers up to 5 hours battery backup which depends upon usage.

Acer Aspire V 15 V3-575T-7008 is a decent laptop but we wish it had discrete graphics which would make it more useful. Alternatively You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-79JP which comes with 5th generation Intel core i7-5500u processor, NVIDIA Geforce 940M RAM plus 8GB system RAM.

Dell I3000-101SLV 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop

Dell I3000-101SLV 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop is a basic laptop. It comes with very low physical storage as well as RAM and you can’t use it beyond processing documents and spreadsheets, web browsing, emailing and skype and other similar tasks.  It can stream videos well. The laptop comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB emmc . However, a big part of the memory and storage will be occupied by Windows OS. So you will get very less amount of memory for other activities. Moreover, Dell I3000-101SLV comes with entry level dual core Intel Celeron N3050 processor which operates with 1.6GHz speed. So you can’t expect any CPU intensive task to be performed smoothly on this laptop.  Also, you have to rely on cloud computing.  If you can stretch your budget by $60 or $70, you can get much better touchscreen enabled 2-in-1 laptop. For instance, Acer Aspire R 11 R3-131T-P344 2 in 1 touchscreen laptop is once such model which comes with Intel core N3700 processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Note that Pentium N3700 is a quad core process so you will get better performance and 4 cores with 4GB Ram offers much better multi-tasking ability. You will not only be able to work with office application with ease but can also run videos smoothly. You can also download itunes , do basic photo and video editing. Moreover, you are getting plenty of storage.  In this case, you don’t have to renew cloud storage every year.  None of the two laptops come with CD/DVD drive. Also, you have to buy Microsoft office separately.  Here is a brief review about Dell I3000-101SLV

Dell I3000-101SLV or Model  72790 is powered by Intel Celeron N3050 processor which has 2 cores and each core operates with  1.6GHz frequency and, on system demand, the frequency can rise up to 2.16GHz.  On the other hand, Intel Celeron N3700 which comes with Acer Aspire R 11 R3-131T-P344 laptop operates with same base frequency but the frequency can rise up to 2.4GHz in Turbo mode. So you will get better performance with the Acer laptop. Also, the integrated graphics that comes with Acer is slightly better than integrated graphics coming with Dell I3000-101SLV.

The main competitor of this Dell laptop is ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-UHBF Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC which comes with same hardware specifications and cost you $229 ( at the time of publishing the article). It comes with 1-year Office 365 Personal subscription and 1TB cloud storage for 1 year. Dell doesn’t offers 1-year Office 365 Personal subscription. As this is a signature edition laptop, you will not find additional 3rd party software.

The Dell I3000-101SLV 2-in-1 laptop comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB emmc .  The 11.6” display supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. The display doesn’t support playback in full HD but it supports 720p playback which is enough for such small screen.

Ports and connectivity features of Dell I3000 101SLV include HDMI, Media Card (SD, MMC),  1 USB 3.0  and 2 USB 2.0. It doesn’t have wired network connectivity. Wireless connectivity is supported by single band 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. It comes with webcam but keyboard is not backlit.  The 3 cell battery offers up to 8-10 hours battery backup which depends upon usage.

Finally, Dell I3000-101SLV doesn’t include 1 year office subscription, while ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-UHBF comes with 1 year office subscription.

Lenovo Ideapad 100 80QQ00CEUS

Lenovo Ideapad 100 80QQ00CEUS incorporates 5th generation Intel core i5-5200u processor, 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive.  This laptop is pretty good for office applications, web browsing, video streaming as well as CPU intensive tasks like audio/video transcoding, some photo and video editing. However, the battery life is little low compared to other laptops available in the market. It comes with VGA webcam. The main competitor of this laptop is Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 which comes with 8GB RAM but has the same i5-5200u processor. It also comes with 1TB hard drive but has HD webcam.  It comes with DVD drive as well. Lenovo Ideapad 100 80QQ00CEUS supports almost all latest PC games but not all games are playable in highest details. You can’t play Fallout 4 in high resolution on this laptop. Also, this laptop is not suitable for heavy video editing and 3D modelling.  It comes with is integrated HD 5500 graphics which, though being integrated graphics, supports casual gaming. Discrete graphics, however, has its own benefits and it not only enhance your gaming performance but also supports software which are based on parallel processing. For instance, Adobe Photoshop and some data encryption programs are based on parallel processing and can be run on this laptop.

If you are more into photo/video editing as well as PC gaming and looking for a budget gaming laptop then Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G will be a more suitable option. It comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor but has NVIDIA Geforce GT 940M graphics with 2GB video memory. Plus it comes with 8GB RAM while Lenovo Ideapad 100 80QQ00CEUS comes with 6GB RAM.  The main benefit of this Acer laptop is that it comes with full HD display (1920 X 1080) while  the display of Lenovo Ideapad 100 80QQ00CEUS supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p. Watching videos in full HD display will enhance the experience definitely. Also, for HD photo and video editing a full HD display is more preferable.  However, Acer laptop lacks DVD drive but it comes with wireless ac which is missing in Model: 80QQ00CEUS. Both the laptops don’t come with backlit keyboard. Here is a brief review about specifications of the Lenovo laptop.

The Intel core i5-5200u operates with 2.2 GHZ frequency and the frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz on system demand. It has 3MB of cache memory. Lenovo 80QQ00CEUS comes with 6 GB RAM.  1TB 5400rpm hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 10 operating system.

The 15.6” display supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which means it supports up to 720p playback only but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible HDTV and monitor. You need to buy HDMI cable separately.

Lenovo Ideapad 100 80QQ00CEUS comes with standard ports and connectivity features which include 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI-out, 4-in-1 card reader (SD,SDHC,SDXC,MMC), RJ-45 and audio combo jack. Wireless Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. The laptop offers up to 4 hours of battery life.

 

Dell Latitude LATE3550674BLK

Dell Latitude LATE3550674BLK is an entry level professional laptop powered by 5th generation Intel core i3-5005u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Few compromises have been made in the configuration if you compare it with its predecessor.  The latitude 3550 series is entirely made up of plastic while latitude 3540 was made up of partly metal and partly plastic. However, 500GB hard drive works with 7200 rpm speed. So you can expect slightly better performance compared to Asus F555LA-AB31 which is a Windows 10 laptop. Model LATE3550674BLK comes with low resolution antiglare display and doesn’t have optical drive while Asus F555LA-AB31 comes with full HD display and optical drive. As Dell latitude 3550 is a professional laptop, we can expect it to come with special ports and surprisingly it comes with standard ports and connectivity feature which we find in a regular laptop. Dell Latitude LATE3550674BLK comes with security feature “Computrace” which can locate the laptop and delete all internal files, if laptop is stolen or lost. This laptop is on sale at Amazon as well as at Sam’s club.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of this laptop.

Model LATE3550674BLK is powered by Intel core i3-5005u processor which is a dual core entry level processor. It operates with fixed frequency of 2.0GHZ.  The laptop offers performance for basic computing like word/ spreadsheet processing, web browsing, creating presentation, compressing large files etc. It is not suitable for CAD software as i3-5005u is an entry level processor and 4GB RAM is too low for such a task. If you are not skeptical about certified refurbished laptop then you can consider Dell Latitude E5430 14-Inch Laptop ( priced $300 at the time of publishing) which comes with much powerful Intel core i5-3320M processor, 8GB RAM and 256 GB storage ( though it has been advertised to have SSD, some buyers found it has HDD). Latitude E5430 comes with a metallic case and has optical drive as well as express card slot. It comes with all the standard ports which we expect from a laptop. It also runs on Windows 7 professional 64bit.

Intel core i5-3320M processor is a main stream processor and operates with 2.6GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.3GHz. It can execute all MS office applications smoothly and you can also use it to run CAD software. However, it is not suitable for heavy 3D rendering.

LATE3550674BLK comes with 4GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. It comes with 500GB 5400 rpm drive.

Ports and connectivity features include HDMI, USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, RJ-45, VGA and SD card reader. It has combo audio jack and HD webcam as well. Unlike Dell latitude E5430 it doesn’t come with express card slot. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Single band Wireless 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth

3 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery back.

Conclusions 

Finally, Dell LATE3550674BLK is good enough for basic office use but comes with some compromises.  For instance, it lacks optical drive and has low resolution display. You can also consider Asus F555LA-AB31 which comes with Full HD display and Wireless ac feature.

Dell Inspiron i3542-5333BLU (Model # 72407)

Dell Inspiron i3542-5333BLU (Model #72407) is an inexpensive laptop but hardware specs may not look exciting to you. It has 4th generation Intel core i3-4005u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It offers enough performance for word/spreadsheet processing, internet browsing etc. Dell 72407 can stream videos smoothly but you can’t watch movies and videos in Full HD resolution as the screen it comes with supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels only. The display will be able to support playback in 720p resolution but not in 1080p or full HD. Alternatively, you can consider Asus F555LA-AB31 budget laptop which comes with 5th generation Intel core i3-5010u processor and Full HD display. It also has 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Please note that i3-5010u processor operates with 2.1 GHZ while i3 processor coming with Dell Inspiron i3542-5333BLU operates with low clock speed of 1.7GHz. Also, i3-5010u is architecturally more advanced than i3-4005u processor, so you will get better performance if you go with Asus F555LA-AB31. However, for basic usage, Dell Model #: 72407 could be a decent choice. Both the laptops come with CD/DVD drive but none of these laptops come with backlit keyboard.

Dell Inspiron i3542-5333BLU comes with Intel core i3-4005u processor which operates with base frequency of 1.7GHz. You can’t increase the speed of processor. On the other hand, Intel core i3-5010u processor operates with 2.1 GHz. Also, i3-5010u is fabricated with 14nm while Intel core i5-4005u is fabricated with 22nm.

Inspiron 15 – 3542 (i3542-5333BLU) comes with Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics which is a weak graphics that can stream videos smoothly but latest games like Fallout 4 and GTA V will not be playable in this laptop. If you are looking for a cheap laptop that can run latest games and also offer performance for some photo and video editing then Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 is more suitable option as it comes more powerful Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and  1TB hard drive.  Compared to Intel core i3-4005u processor, i5- 5200u processor operates with much higher speed of 2.2 GHz. The clock speed can further increase up to 2.7GHz on system demand. It also comes with better integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics which supports DirectX 12 while HD 4400 supports DirectX 11.1. However, Dell i3542-5333BLU supports game like Sims 3, World of Warcraft etc.

Model #:  72407 is installed with 4GB RAM and the memory is upgradable up to 8GB. There is only one slot of memory available with this model. It comes with 500GB hard drive. This laptop doesn’t come with Solid State Drive. However, if you know little bit of computer repairing then you can easily replace hard drive with a Solid State Drive which can enhance the performance a bit.

Dell Inspiron i3542-5333BLU comes with standard ports and connectivity features which include Headphone/ mic combo, 2. USB 2.0, Security Lock, Power adapter port, HDMI and USB 3.0  Media Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC). It comes with 720p webcam as well.

Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. It doesn’t support Wireless AC while Asus comes with Wireless ac support as well. 4 cell battery offers up to 6 hours of battery back which is directly dependent upon usage.

Final words

Dell Inspiron i3542-5333BLU or Model #:  72407 could be a good choice if you are looking for a laptop that offers performance for basic computing. It comes with 4th generation core i3 processor and has low resolution screen. Alternatively, you can consider Asus F555LA-AB31 which comes with 5th generation 2.1 GHZ Intel core i3-5010u processor and a Full HD display ( 1920 X 1080).

ASUS R556-RH51 Laptop

Asus R556-RH51 or R556-RH51 is Intel core i5-5200u powered laptop. It is an all-purpose laptop which means it can perform day to day computing activities, run PC games and do some photo and video editing, audio/video encoding and decoding jobs. However, not all games will run in highest details and settings. There are some drawbacks with this laptop as well. For instance, it comes with low resolution display and lacks discrete graphics with dedicated video memory.  Games aren’t the only application that benefit from power of a discrete GPU. The cores of NVIDIA graphics help in parallel processing. Thus, audio and video editing programs and data encryption applications also get benefitted. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3, which is a budget gaming laptop and comes with NVIDIA Geforce GT 940M graphics with 2GB video memory. It comes with same Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive whereas Asus R556-RH51 offers only 6GB RAM. Moreover, Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3 comes with Full HD display while Asus R556-RH51 has 1366 X 768p display panel which supports 720p playback only and won’t be able to display content in 1080p. The Acer laptop doesn’t come with DVD drive but Asus R556-RH51 comes with internal optical drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Asus R556-RH51

Intel core i5-5200u is a dual core processor and each core operates with 2.2GHz clock speed. With the help of Turboboost technology, the clockspeed can rise up to 2.7GHz on system demand. It has 3MB of cache memory. The processor is hyperthreading enabled which means 2 core can handle 4 threads at a time. It comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which can run most of the games but not all games are playable in highest resolution.  Please note that Intel core i5-5200u is a dual core ULV processor. This makes Asus R556-RH51 unsuitable for CAD software like AutoCAD, Revit, SolidWorks etc. To run CAD application, you need more powerful quad core processor and speedier drive like Solid State Drive. If you can stretch your budget, you can consider Dell Inspiron i7559 laptop which comes with Intel core i5-6300HQ quad core processor, NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics with 4GB GDDR5 memory, full HD IPS display, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It offers more than 10 hours of battery life. Note that i5-5200u is a dual core processor while i5-6300HQ has 4 cores and operates at higher frequency compared to i5-5200u processor. Intel core i5-6300HQ comes with 6MB of cache while i5-5200u comes with 3MB of cache.

Asus R556-RH51 comes with 4GB 1600MHz DDR3L RAM and the memory is upgradable up to 8GB. It comes with normal 500GB 5400rpm internal hard drive.  Solid State Drive can enhance performance of the laptop a bit as it is much faster than hard disc drive.

Ports and connectivity features include Ports 2 USB 3.0, 1USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA, 3.5 mm Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack and SD card reader. It comes with VGA webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-fi AC and Bluetooth 4.0

Asus R556-RH51 comes with 2-Cell Built-In Lithium-Polymer battery which provides up to 5 Hours of backup per charge.

Asus R556-RH51 is a good laptop for home, small office and students who are looking for something more than a regular computing. However, if you are going to use photo and video editing programs frequently then Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-52G3 is more suitable option as it comes with dedicated graphics, more memory and a full HD display.

Dell Inspiron i7359-4855sLV

Dell Inspiron i7359-4855sLV is a 2 in 1 laptop powered by 6th generation Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. The main disadvantage of this laptop is that it comes with standard 1366 X 768 display. Also, it doesn’t have Solid State Drive as storage option and comes with standard hard drive operating with 5400rpm speed. Office users mostly need faster drive for quick execution of tasks and Solid State Drives are much faster than hard disk drives. However, for home use, a standard hard drive is more than enough. You can also consider Dell  Inspiron i7359-6790SLV which comes with 6th gen Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State drive. It has full HD touchscreen display screen (1920 X 1080p). Rest of the features are same in both the laptops and both are suitable for office applications, web browsing, casual gaming, photo and video editing and small 3D designing. Full HD display and Solid State Drive are helpful if you have to work with media editing programs. As these are 2-in-1 laptops you will not get DVD drive with them. However, both the laptops come with backlit keyboard. With a sturdy built, Dell Inspiron i7359-6790SLV will cost you more than Inspiron i7359-4855sLV.

If you don’t want to stretch your budget then you can consider HP 13.3” S128nr touchscreen 2 in 1 laptop which also comes with i5-6200u processor. It has 8GB RAM but comes with only 128GB Solid State Drive. It does come with Full HD display (1920 X 1080) panel but doesn’t have backlit keyboard.

Dell Inspiron i7359-4855sLV is powered by 6th generation Intel core i5-6200u processor which operates with 2.3 GHz frequency and, with the help of Turboboost technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. It has 3MB of cache. Dell i7359-4855sLV comes with integrated Intel HD 520 graphics which is comparable with entry level NVIDIA graphics. It supports DirectX 12.1 and can run most of the games, but games like Fallout 4 will run in low details and settings. However, you can play Fifa 15, Minecraft and Dirt Rally smoothly on this machine. You can’t upgrade graphics tough, as it is part of the processor.

Dell i7359-4855sLV comes with 8GB RAM and the memory is not expandable further. It has 500GB 5400rpm hard drive which is preinstalled with Windows 10. As told earlier, the 13.3” display of the laptop doesn’t support full HD resolution but with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on external monitor and display. However, you need to buy HDMI cable separately for this purpose.

Dell i7359-4855sLV comes with HDMI 1.4a; USB 3.0 with PowerShare; USB 3.0; USB 2.0; Noble lock slot, SD Card Reader, Passive Stylus and audio combo port. It has 720p HD webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Wireless ac and Bluetooth. Wired connectivity is not available with this laptop. The 3 cell battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup on single charge. However, it depends upon usage.

Toshiba Satellite C55DT-B5386

Toshiba Satellite C55DT-B5386 is a touchscreen Windows 10 laptop that uses entry level AMD A8-6410 quad core processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Though it is a quad core processor yet its performance is similar to 4th generation Intel core i3 processor. This laptop is fast enough for basic computing activities like typing documents, web browsing, Skype/emailing and watching videos. It also supports basic photo/video editing and casual gaming. AMD A8-6410 operates with base frequency of 2 GHz and frequency of some of the core can rise up to 2.4GHz. If you are ready to drop the touchscreen feature then you can get a much better processor equipped laptop for the price range. For instance, Asus X550ZA-WH11 is one such laptop which comes with more powerful AMD A10- 7400P processor. The processor operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz processor. This processor is also a quad core processor. It comes with Radeon HD R6 graphics which is better than Radeon R5 graphics. If you are more into gaming or media editing, then you can consider Asus X550ZA-WH11. It also comes with 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Both the laptops come with CD/DVD drive. Aesthetically, Asus X550ZA-WH11 looks better than Toshiba C55DT-B5386. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C55DT-B5386.

AMD A8-6410 is a quad core processor, more precisely, it is termed accelerated processor or APU which operates with base frequency of 2 GHz and frequency can rise up to 2.4 GHz. It has 2 MB of cache while AMD A10-7400p is clocked with base frequency of 2.5GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz. It has 4MB of cache memory. So if you need more performance and an attractive laptop then ASUS X550ZA-WH11 is a more suitable option. However, if you just need a laptop for regular computing activities then Toshiba Satellite C55DT-B5386 would do the job. You can also consider Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5203, priced $290, which is also powered by AMD A8-6410 processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB Hard drive. It is not a touchscreen laptop and runs on Windows 8.1. You can upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 for free.

Toshiba Satellite C55DT-B5386 comes with 8GB RAM and the memory is not user expandable. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive preinstalled with Windows 10. There is no Solid State Drive.

The 15.6” display of the laptop supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can support  playback up to 720p but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible TV or monitor. You need to buy HDMI cable separately for this purpose.

Ports and connectivity features include 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, audio port, RJ 45, SD card reader. It comes with webcam as well. The keyboard coming with the laptop is standard and not a backlit one. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and  802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi.  Asus X550ZA-WH11, on the other hand, features 2 USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 ports, VGA and HDMI.

Toshiba Satellite C55DT-B5386 comes with 4 cell 41whr battery which offers up to 5 hours of battery backup. However, battery life depends upon usage.

Lenovo flex 3 80R40008US 15.6″ Touchscreen laptop

Lenovo flex 3 80R40008US is a 2-in1 15.6” touchscreen laptop designed mainly for students and office users. It comes with decent specs which include Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1 TB hard drive. It also comes with full HD display. Only drawback with this laptop is the lack of Solid State Drive which would have made it faster. A Solid State Drive in place of a HDD is helpful if you need to work with CPU intensive tasks like photo and video editing along with some 3D designing. Lenovo Flex 3 80R40008US is fast enough for day to day computing  like working with office suite, web browsing, video watching, video calling and social networking. It doesn’t come with optical drive but it is not a shortcoming as most 2-in-1 laptops lack a DVD/CD drive. When it comes to gaming, the laptop can run almost all games but not all games are playable in highest setting. You can also consider Toshiba Satellite L55W which is a 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop and incorporates Intel core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. Like Lenovo Flex 3, it also does not offer optical drive. Solid State Drives are much faster than traditional hard drive and are durable compared to hard drive. Currently (at the time of publishing it costs you around $600.Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Lenovo Flex 3 80R40008US.

Lenovo flex 3 80R40008US is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor which is a dual core processor and operates with 2.3GHz. With the help of Turboboost technology, core speed can rise up to 2.8GHz. It has 3MB of cache which makes it zippy enough for all basic computing. You can perform processor intensive task like Adobe After effects, light room, Blender, AutoCAD etc. on this laptop. However, you won’t get fast performance for such jobs. If you have to do a lot of editing jobs then Flex 3 80R40006US model is more suitable as it comes with Intel core i7-6500u processor which operates with much higher frequency and its Turbofrequecy is also much higher than i5-6200u processor. Core i7-6500u processor operates with 2.5GHz frequency and the speed can rise up to 3.1GHz on system demand. It also has 4MB cache while i5-6200u comes with 3MB of cache. Both the processors come with Intel HD 520 graphics which is the only graphics option for these machines. Though it is integrated graphics still it is fully capable of running latest PC games but not all games will run at highest settings.

Lenovo flex 3 80R40008US 15.6” laptop is installed with 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. Memory cannot be expanded further.  It doesn’t come with Solid State Drive and internal hard drive is the only storage option for this laptop. For better performance, you can consider Toshiba Satellite L55W which comes with 128GB Solid State Drive. The 15.6” touchscreen display supports max resolution of 1920 X 1080p.

Ports and connectivity features in this laptop include 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 4-in-1 card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC), Audio combo jack, HDMI and RJ-45. Network connectivity is supported by Lenovo AC Wireless and Bluetooth Version 4.0. It has VGA webcam while Toshiba L55W comes with HD webcam. Both the laptops come with backlit keyboard.

Lenovo flex 3 80R40008US is installed with 3 Cell 45 Watt Hour Li-Polymer which offers up to 5 hours of battery life, depending upon usage.

ASUS 90NB0652-M30860

Though ASUS 90NB0652-M30860 or X555LA-DH31 (WX) is an inexpensive laptop but it doesn’t come with solid specification. It uses a 4th generation Intel core i3 processor which operates with 1.7GHz speed. It comes with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive which is pretty standard. It comes with low resolution display as well. Running Microsoft office, web browsing, emailing/Skype, streaming videos and movies will not be an issue with Model: X555LA-DH31 (WX). However, the display doesn’t support playback in full HD resolution. You can also consider Asus F555LA-AB31 which comes with 5th generation Intel core i3-5010u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It has full HD display (1920 X 1080). Full HD playback enhances your movie watching experience as you get crisp and clear picture. Asus F555LA-AB31 supports Wireless AC connectivity which is missing in Asus X555LA-DH31(WX). Both the laptops come with CD/DVD drive. ASUS 90NB0652-M30860 doesn’t offer backlit keyboard. It comes with intel HD 4400 graphics which is integrated graphics.  This is not a gaming laptop but supports low end games like Dota 2 and Sims 3 but titles like Fallout 4 and GTA V will struggle in this laptop, even at low resolution. Moreover, Intel HD 4400 is less powerful than Intel HD 5500 that comes with Asus F555LA-AB31 laptop. Note that ASUS 90NB0652 is a cheap laptop and such laptops usually come with compromises. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of ASUS 90NB0652-M30860 or X555LA-DH31

Intel core i3-4005u processor belongs to 4th generation Intel core i3 family which operates with 1.7GHz. It has 3MB of cache. Intel core i3-5010u, on the other hand, operates with much higher frequency of 2.1 GHz. It also has 3MB of cache. Again i3-4005u is built with 22nm while Intel core i3-5010u built with 14nm architecture. Thus you will find Asus F555LA-AB31 offers better performance than Asus 90NB0652-M30860.

Again, both the laptops are not suitable for photo and video editing or 3D designing. If you are looking for a cheap laptop that offers performance for such tasks and supports latest gaming as well, then Toshiba satellite C55-C5241 is a more suitable option as it comes with powerful Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Please note that it is not a Workstation grade laptop and won’t be able to fulfill your professional video editing needs. But for casual editing it is good enough. It can also run all games but not all games are playable in highest resolution. None of these laptops are touchscreen enabled.

Model: X555LA-DH31 (WX) is installed with 4 GB RAM and the memory is upgradable up to 8GB. It comes with 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm GHz speed. Windows 10 is preinstalled on the hard drive.

The 15.6” display of the ASUS 90NB0652-M30860 supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which means it can play videos in 720p resolution but not in 1080p. There is an HDMI out port and you can watch full HD content on compatible TV or monitors. Else, you can buy Asus F555LA-AB31 which comes with full HD display.

Ports and connectivity features include 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 RJ-45 Ethernet jack and 1 HDMI port. It comes with webcam as well. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Wi-fi N and Bluetooth,

Asus 90NB0652-M30860 comes with 2-cell lithium-ion battery which offers battery back up to 5 hours, depending upon usage.