HP 15-g013dx

Under $400, HP 15-g013dx is a 15.6 laptop that’s packed with useful features and lots of processing power for multitasking. It runs on 2.0-2.4GHz AMD Quad core A8-6410 APU, has 4GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive and AMD Radeon HD R5 graphics. It can do pretty much everything that we need in our day to day computing. However, if you are an avid gamer then HP 15-g013dx is not for you. It can run Sims4 though, but if you want to run Watch Dogs or Thief you will be disappointed. Basically it is the newer version of HP 15-g012dx and is suitable for students and home users alike. Even small business users can also use this laptop if they just want to run office applications. The laptop comes with all necessary ports and connectivity features but lacks Bluetooth connectivity. It has VGA webcam rather than HD webcam which we expect from a similar priced laptop. On the other hand, HP 15-g012dx comes with HD webcam. HP 15-g013dx comes with DVD burner as optical drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-g013dx

Specifications and Performance of HP 15-g013dx

As told earlier, HP 15-g013dx comes with AMD A8-6410 quad core APU which means the processor and graphics are fused together. It has 2MB of L2 cache. The accelerated processor supports working with Microsoft office, running HD videos on screen as well as on external displays, encoding and decoding media files and online video communication. It supports entry level photo and video editing and casual gaming as well, but it is not a dedicated gaming laptop. If you are looking for a gaming laptop at affordable price, you can take a look at Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W which comes with Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7 GHz Processor (3MB Cache), 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive,  NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory and 7 hours of battery life.

HP 15-g013dx laptop will hardly support working with professional designing software like AutoCAD/Revit Solidworks, 3Ds Max and large video editing but for everyday use it offers enough power.

HP 15-g013dx comes with 4GB memory and memory is not user expandable. It comes with 750GB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm speed. It doesn’t come with SSD or hybrid drive, which can boost performance.  The laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. This is not a touch screen laptop.

The 15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView WLED-backlit display offers resolution of 1366 X 768, which is quite common among budget laptops, and comes with average viewing angle as the display panel is non-IPS panel.

Beside HDMI port, it comes with 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, Ethernet port, SD card reader and combo audio jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and much congested 1×1 b/g/n Wi-fi solution. However, you hardly get dual band Wi-fi at this price. The listed price of the laptop is $350 (at Bestbuy)

3-cell 31WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion polymer battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

Pros of HP 15-g013dx

Inexpensive laptop for home user and student

750 GB hard drive

Cons of HP 15-g013dx

No touchscreen

No Gigabit Ethernet

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a decent laptop for home and home office, HP 15-g013dx could be a good choice. However, it comes with VGA webcam. If you want HD webcam you can consider HP 15-g012dx which comes with similar spec.

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300

Like most of the latest Celeron processor powered laptops, the $250 price tag for Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 is competitive, considering what you get in the bargain. Only major concern is performance; however, if you don’t have to run processor or graphic intensive tasks then it will be fine. The dual core Intel Celeron N2840 processor offers enough performance for typing docs, browsing the web, playing videos, listening music etc., but tasks like video editing, large photo editing would hardly be possible in this laptop. Toshiba C55-B5300 is non-touch screen laptop and comes with Windows 8.1 operating system. Basically, this laptop is one step advanced version of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5201, so you can expect almost similar performance. The laptop comes with inbuilt optical drive (Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive). Other features of this laptop are pretty good, considering the price. It comes with 500GB hard drive, 4GB RAM and USB 3.0 port. Toshiba C55-B5300 weighs around 4.9lbs and is 1.1” thick which is common for budget notebook.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 Specification and Performance

Toshiba Satellite C55 B5300 is powered by Intel Celeron N2840 processor which is a dual core processor and operates with base frequency of 2.16GHz, which can rise up to 2.58 GHz. Celeron N2840 is a successor to N2830 which also operates with same base frequency. So you won’t get much enhancement in performance. In fact, with basic computing you will hardly notice any difference in performance. As such processors come with low TDP rating, these are energy efficient. Satellite C55-5300 comes with Intel HD graphics for Baytrail processor which is part of the processor chip. It supports basic graphics processing tasks but is not suitable for high end gaming. If you are looking to run CAD or other designing software in this machine, this laptop should not be your choice. Even if you want performance for casual photo and video editing, media encoding, and light gaming, you should look for a laptop with core i3 mainstream processor  (for instance, Toshiba C55-A5384 which has 2.5GHz core i3-3120M processor).

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 is installed with 4GB DDR3 RAM but the memory is not user upgradable. The laptop comes with 500GB hard drive, which is a traditional hard drive, and operates with 5400rpm speed. The laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office.

Like other budget laptops, the display offers maximum resolution up to 1366 X 768 which means it can play up to 720p video playback but not 1080p, However, due to HDMI interface you can connect the laptop with compatible TV to watch content on full HD mode.

When it comes to ports and connectivity, Toshiba C55-B5300 offers 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet port, SD card reader and audio port. Encased in a black textured chassis, it comes with HD webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi.

The 4 cell battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, however, it depends upon usage.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300

Inexpensive laptop for basic work

USB 3.0 port

4GB memory

Cons of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300

No touch screen

Final thoughts

For basic use, Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 is a decent laptop if you have money constraint, if you can spend extra $100, core i3 or AMD quad core powered laptop  would be recommended, especially if you want to convert audio/video formats, do some entry level photo and video editing and casual gaming.

Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) Touchscreen Laptop (White)

Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) is a decent model to consider if you are looking for a small and well featured laptop.  It is not very fast but offers enough performance for basic Web browsing, online communications and while working with word and excel. Driven by 2.16GHz Intel Celeron N2830 processor and 4GB RAM, this laptop weighs around 3lbs which means it can be easily carried out. This is a touchscreen machine and the latest addition to Asus K200MA series.  Earlier model, Asus K200MA-DS01T was integrated with less powerful Celeron N2815 processor.  Both the laptops have 11.6” display and are available in four colors- Black, Blue, White and Red.  Asus K200MA DS01T WH(S) comes with white exterior. This white outlook gives the machine a stunning look.  CPU and GPU intensive applications like Adobe Photoshop and AutoCAD can’t run on this laptop as it comes with very basic Celeron processor. Also, it doesn’t support high end games. Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) will cost you around$300-$330 and is available at different stores including WalMart and Amazon. As we know, 11.6” laptops don’t offer inbuilt optical drive and Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) is not an exception. However, it comes with USB 3.0 as well as HDMI port. Read the brief review to know more about specifications  and performance of the laptop.

Asus has installed an Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor in its K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) model. Each core operates with 2.16GHz and, due to Turbo burst Technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.41GHz.  Hyperthreading is missing in this laptop; hence the two cores can handle only two threads at a time. It comes with integrated HD graphics which is not equivalent to Intel HD 4400 graphics. However, the graphics performance is faster than old Atom processor powered netbooks and it can handle video processing tasks without any problems. You can play browser games as well.

Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) is shipped with 4GB DDR3 SDRAM. The memory cannot be expandable further. It comes with traditional 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 OS is preloaded onto it. If you are looking for SSD based computing solution then you can consider ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-WH(S).  This Asus K200MA white laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office.

The 11.6” LED backlit high definition  touch screen  of  Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) comes with native resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can play up to 720p content.  It comes with non-IPS panel. On the other hand, Asus Transformer book used to come with IPS panel.

Though Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) is a small laptop,  it offers all standard ports and connectivity features which include 1 COMBO audio jack, 1 VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor, 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports,  Ethernet port,  HDMI and SD card reader which also supports SDHC and MMC formats. It comes with HD webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi

The 3 cell battery of Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S) offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S)

Inexpensive touch screen Laptop for basic work

Decent battery life

500GB hard drive

Cons of Asus K200MA-DS01T-WH(S)

No hybrid drive

Final thoughts

With an Intel Celeron N2830 processor and lack of solid state drive, you can’t expect great performance from Asus K200MA–DS01T-WH(S), but considering its low price it’s a good buy.

ASUS K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) 11.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Red)

Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) is a perfect mobile computing solution for those who need a small and compact laptop just for basic work. Powered by 2.16GHz Intel Celeron N2830 processor and 4GB RAM, this laptop can offer good performance for typing documents, web browsing, Skype, emailing, listening music and watching video. You can do social networking as well. This is a new model in Asus K200MA series.  Earlier model, Asus K200MA-DS01T used to come with less powerful Celeron N2815 processor. However, both are 11.6” models and are available in four colors- Black, Blue, White and Red. Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) comes with red exterior and black keyboard deck and bezel. This red and black combination gives the machine a stylish look.  Power demanding tasks like Photo and video editing can’t be done on this laptop as it comes with a very basic processor. Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) will cost you around $300-$330 and is available at different stores including Amazon.  As we know, 11.6” laptops don’t offer inbuilt optical drive and Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) is not an exception. However, it comes with USB 3.0 as well as HDMI port. The best part of the laptop is that it has touch screen display. Read the brief review to know more about specifications and performance of the laptop.

Asus has deployed Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor in its K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) model. Each core operates with 2.16GHz and, due to Turbo burst Technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.41GHz.  Hyperthreading is missing in this laptop; hence the two cores can handle only two threads at a time. It comes with integrated HD graphics which is not equivalent to Intel HD 4400 graphics. However, the graphics performance is faster than old Atom processor powered netbooks and it can handle video processing tasks without any problems. You can play browser games as well.

Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) comes with 4GB DDR3 SDRAM. The memory cannot be expandable further. It comes with traditional 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 OS is preloaded onto it. If you are looking for SSD based computing solution then you can consider ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-RD(S).  This Asus K200MA laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office.

The 11.6” LED backlit high definition  touch screen  of  Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) comes with native resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can play up to 720p content.  It comes with non-IPS panel. On the other hand, Asus Transformer book used to come with IPS panel.

Though Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) is a small laptop,  it offers all standard ports and connectivity features which include 1 COMBO audio jack, 1 VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor, 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports,  Ethernet port,  HDMI and SD card reader which also supports SDHC and MMC formats. It comes with HD webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi

The 3 cell battery of Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S) offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S)

Inexpensive touch screen Laptop for basic work

Decent battery life

500GB hard drive

Cons of Asus K200MA-DS01T-RD(S)

No hybrid drive

Final thoughts

With an Intel Celeron N2830 processor and no solid state drive, we can’t expect great performance from Asus K200MA -DS01T-RD(S) but considering its low price it’s a good buy.

HP 15-g035wm

HP 15-g035wm is a perfect computing solution for family as well as students. Integrated with Quad core AMD A8-6410 accelerated processor and 4GB of RAM, it is definitely not a power house but, with reasonable battery life and 500GB 5400rpm hard drive, it comes in at just below the $400 mark which makes it an attractive proposition to students and other users who are on budget. HP 15-g035wm offers more performance than just basic typing docs and browsing web. You can do entry level photo and video editing, install itunes, make presentation and convert file formats. But if you are looking for a laptop to run Adobe Photoshop CS6, AutoCAD, Revit, solid works,  Maya or similar applications, this laptop may turn you down. However, HP 15-g035wm is good for casual gaming. You can run latest games like Sims 4,  Gird Autosport Tomb Raider, Counter Strike GO, Dota 2 and Diablo III but you can’t run Watch Dogs and Thief smoothly on this machine. The laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system but it is not a touch screen laptop. You can take a look at HP 15-G012DX if you need more storage. Interesting part is that you don’t need to pay anything extra. Both the laptops come with inbuilt DVD drive and USB 3.0 port. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-g035wm.

Under the Black Licorice plastic case, there is an AMD A8-6410 APU which operates with 2.1 GHz frequency, which can rise up to 2.9GHz on system demands. It comes with 2MB of L2 cache. HP 15-g035wm comes with AMD Radeon R5 graphics which is part of APU. The unit offers more than enough performance for regular applications which include running office application and surfing the web. Watching internet video will not be a problem with this laptop. Compares with Intel processors, the performance of A8-6410 lies in between core i3-4010u and i5-4210u. As told earlier, HP 15 g035wm doesn’t support CPU intensive work. If you are looking for a budget beginner’s laptop for AutoCAD and Adobe Photoshop CS6, you can consider Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008SUS which comes with Intel core i5-4200M processor, 8GB memory, 7200rpm speed and Windows 7 professional operating system.

HP 15-g035wm comes with 4GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory which supports basic multitasking but the memory is not user upgradable. The 500GB hard drive operates with 5400rpm hard drive. You can’t expect a SSD drive in a $400 laptop. It doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office. Windows 8.1 OS is preloaded on to hard drive along with some HP proprietary software.

The 15.6” LED backlit high definition reflective screen comes with a native resolution of 1366×768 pixels which means it support up to 720p resolution but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible HDTV and monitor. Most budget laptops come with TN display panel and HP 15-g035wm is no exception, thus you will get limited viewing angle

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 2.0, combo audio jack, HDMI, Ethernet port and SD card reader. There is an HD webcam as well. DVD drive doesn’t support Blu-Ray. The keyboard comes with numeric keypad. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n

The 3-cell lithium-ion battery offers up to 2-5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of HP 15-g035wm

It is a decent laptop for every day computing

Reasonable battery life

Cons of HP 15-g035wm

Not a touch screen laptop

Final Thoughts

At $380, HP 15-g035wm is a reasonably priced laptop but there are laptops like Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5212 which comes with similar spec but cost you much less.

 

HP Pavilion 15-p033cl

HP Pavilion 15-p033cl is designed for those who are looking for perfect combination of style and performance. At current price of $750, it is not overpriced but is not cheap either. If you look at its specs, you will find it comes AMD Quad-Core A10-5745M APU Processor, 12GB RAM, 1TB of hard drive and low resolution screen (1366×768). In my personal opinion, there is no need of 12GB RAM especially with this kind of a processor. Technically speaking, it is not a bad laptop but is just an odd mix of components.  You can take a look at HP ProBook 450 G1, which is suitable for more professional oriented computing, or choose Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W 15.6-Inch Laptop, if you are looking for an affordable gaming laptop with dedicated gaming graphics. Both laptops are available at much lower price.  HP 15-p033cl is a touch screen laptop and comes with inbuilt optical drive. It weighs around 5.62lbs which is little heavy considering its screen size. The entire casing is made of plastic and the exterior comes with brushed aluminum look. It comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports and runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. Read further to know more about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 15-p033cl.

Specification and performance of HP Pavilion 15-p033cl

As told earlier, HP 15-p033cl comes with AMD Quad-Core A10-5745M APU which is a quad core processor and each core operates with 2.1GHZ frequency. On system demand, frequency of some the cores can rise up to 2.9GHz. It comes with Integrated Radeon HD 8610G graphics which can support almost all PC games but not all games are playable smoothly on this machine. With 12GB memory, the laptop supports Borderlands 2 Fifa 15, Dead Space 3 etc Game play but for playing Watch Dog, Assassin´s Creed IV: Black Flag and thief, you need to turn down settings and resolution. You can edit photo and video in this machine. HP 15-p033cl offers enough power for media encoding and decoding but for professional grade photo and video editing, 3D modelling/ rendering you still need more  powerful options. A faster drive would be more preferable in that case. You can consider Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 which comes with Intel Core i7-4702MQ, 8GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HD and Windows 7 professional operating system.

HP 15-p033cl comes with 12GB DDR3 SDRAM in 2 slots and 1 TB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. Hard drive is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system. The 15.6-inch diagonal HD WLED-backlit touchscreen display offers 1366×768 pixel resolution which is common for most budget laptops. Considering its price, we can easily expect a 1080p display.

Ports and connectivity features include Multi-format digital media card reader for Secure Digital cards, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Ethernet Port,1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. When it comes to network connectivity, it offers 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi, Fast Ethernet. However, Gigabit-Ethernet would have been a better choice.

4-cell 41WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup, depending up on usage.

Pros of HP Pavilion 15-p033cl

Decent specs

12 GB memory

Touch screen

Cons of HP Pavilion 15-p033cl

No Gigabit Ethernet

No dedicated graphics

 

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 is one of the prime contenders if you are looking for a laptop for home or school use. It comes with 15.6” display which is perfect for typing documents, surfing the web and streaming videos. Toshiba has installed an AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 APU in this laptop, which means there are four processing cores and an integrated Radeon R5 GPU within the same chip. It comes with 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive which indicates that the laptop will not only support day to day computing but will also offer performance for casual gaming, media encoding, light photo and video editing. Toshiba C55D-B5214 is not a distinctive laptop. Basically it is an advanced version of Toshiba C55D-B5212 which comes with similar features. Only major difference between the two being that Toshiba C55D-B5212 comes with 500GB hard drive. Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 is not a touch screen laptop but runs on Windows 8.1, thus user will take some time to get used to. It weighs around 4.9lbs and is just 1.1” thick. Considering its size and inbuilt DVD drive, the weight is justified. The laptop comes in simple plastic casing and will cost you around $380, which is quite reasonable. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of the Satellite C55D-B5214.

Specifications and Performance of the Satellite C55D-B5214-

Under the hood, there is an AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 APU Quad Core processor which operates with 2.0GHz and, due to AMD Turbo Core technology, few cores can reach up to 2.4GHz speed on system demand. It comes with Radeon R5 integrated graphics. Coupled with 4GB RAM, it allows some casual gaming. You can play Sims 4, Tomb Raider, Gird 2 and Dead Space 3, in low to medium details and settings. You can also use Satellite C55D-B5214 for playing Minecraft, World of Warcraft, Team fortress 2 as well. This laptop can stream internet videos without any glitch. However, if you are going to use this laptop for applications such as Adobe Photoshop CS6, AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks and Sony Vegas Pro then this will not be an appropriate laptop for you to work with. To run such applications, you can look at some professional grade laptop coming with higher memory, faster hard drive or SSD and fast Processor. For instance, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008SUS is budget laptop and comes with Intel core i5-4200M processor (2.5GHz-3.1GHz), 8GB memory,500GB 7200rpm drive and runs Windows 7 Operating system.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 comes with 4GB DDR3L memory and the memory speed is 1600MHz. There are two memory slots in the laptop. According To Toshiba, memory is not user upgradable. It comes with 1TB hard drive which works with 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 is preloaded on to it. The laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office but it is preloaded with trial version.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD display of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 supports up to 1366 X 768 pixels resolution which means it can support up to 720p ( more precisely 768p) high definition video play back but not 1080p. However, it has HDMI output so you can connect the laptop with compatible HDTV and monitor to view Full HD content on external monitor or TV. As the display comes with TN panel, you can’t expect great viewing angle from this laptop.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, VGA , Ethernet port and combo audio jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Bluetooth and Wireless 802.11 b/g/n connectivity.

The 4 cell/45Wh lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup once charged fully. However, it depends upon usage as well.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214

Good processor for everyday use

Plenty of storage space

VGA port ( becomes handy if you have old projectors )

Cons of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214

Bland design

Not a touch screen laptop

Final thoughts

At $380, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 is an inexpensive laptop but you will find plenty of laptops, with similar specs, at this price. For instance, HP 15-g012dx. You can also save $20-$30 if you decide to buy Toshiba C55D-B5212 provided you don’t need 1 TB hard drive

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219

It is quite possible that the exterior of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 may fail to impress you but the configuration of the laptop will not turn you down for sure, especially if you consider its current price of $330 ( at Best Buy). Toshiba has deployed an AMD Quad core processor, A6-6310, 4GB RAM and 500GB RAM to ensure that you can furnish your day to day computing smoothly. Satellite C55D-B5219 is not for avid gamers and will struggle if you try to run resource demanding games like Battlefield 4, Watch Dogs and Thief, even at low resolution. However, it can run latest Sims 4 in low to medium resolution smoothly. It also supports browser games. Toshiba C55D-B5219 is not a touch screen laptop but it comes with Windows 8.1 operating system. Considering its price, we can’t say it is an extremely cheap laptop because you can find laptops with similar specs, for example HP 15 laptop ( only difference being that it comes with 500GB), at Amazon within price range of $310-$340. Both the laptops come with inbuilt DVD burner. Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 comes with HDMI output and USB 3.0 as well. To know more about specifications and performance of this laptop read the following review.

Specification and Performance of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219

As told earlier, Toshiba has opted for AMD A6-6310 APU for its C55D-B5219 , which is a Quad core APU.  The APU has 4 processing cores and an integrated Radeon R4 graphics chip within same chip. It doesn’t offer any dedicated graphics option. The APU or accelerated processor is clocked at 1.8GHz and can hit up to 2.4 GHZ, due to AMD Turbo core Technology. The processor can easily handle regular computing like working with MS office, surfing the web with multiple tab, Skype, social networking, watching videos, listening music etc. You can also use this laptop for media encoding and entry level photo editing but won’t get fast performance for such tasks.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 is not suitable for resource demanding programs. For instance, this laptop is not appropriate for HD video editing, 3D designing/Rendering, Animation and music creation.  For such tasks,  you can take a look at Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008QUS which comes with Intel Core i7-4702MQ 2.2 GHz 8GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HD, Windows 7 OS. It could be a decent choice if you don’t have budget for work station grade laptop.

Back to Toshiba C55D-B5219 , It is shipped with 4GB DDR3L memory and, according to company recommendation, memory is not user upgradable. Memory speed is 1600MHZ and there are two memory slots. The 750GB SATA hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed. It doesn’t come with Hybrid drive or SSD. Windows 8.1 operating system is preloaded on to hard drive along with some trial programs and Toshiba proprietary software. It doesn’t come with Full Version of Microsoft Office and Antivirus.

The 15.6” HD LED backlit display of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219 comes with native resolution of 1366 X 768 which means it can support up to 720p but not full HD or 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI interface you can watch full HD content on compatible HDTV or monitor. If you are looking for a laptop with touch screen that offers similar performance then you can take a look at Toshiba Satellite C55T-B5109.

This laptop comes with standard numbers of ports and connectivity features which include 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, VGA , Ethernet port, combo audio jack. Now-a-days many manufacturers do not provide VGA port. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. The keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keypad. Satellite C55D-B5219  weighs around 4.9lbs and can be carried out easily.

4 cell 45whr lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219  

Decent performance for every day computing

Reasonable battery life

750GB hard drive

VGA port

Cons of Satellite C55D-B5219

Not a touch screen laptop

Final Thoughts

Considering the current price of $330, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5219  is a decent laptop for home users and students. But it cannot handle high end tasks. F or a comparison, you can take a look at HP 15 g018dx laptop which comes with similar specifications.

HP 15-g007dx Flyer Red Laptop

Like most of HP products, the $380 price tag for HP 15-g007dx laptop is competitive. The laptop will be fine if you don’t have plans of running CPU intensive tasks like video editing, 3D gaming, Animation and demanding games on it. It is stylish and comes with flyer red plastic-built exterior. Under the hood, there is AMD A8-6410 quad core processor, 4GB memory and 750GB hard drive. If you need a laptop with black exterior you can consider HP 15-g012dx which comes with similar specs and performance. The hardware configuration is enough for running office applications, surfing the web with multiple tabs, watching videos, listening music and some casual gaming. HP 15-g007dx doesn’t offer full HD resolution neither does it come with fancy features like backlit keyboard. It is a simple laptop which supports everyday computing. It is not a touchscreen laptop and comes with DVD burner, HDMI and USB 3.0 ports. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-g007dx.

Specifications and Performance of HP 15-g007dx

HP 15-g007dx is powered by AMD A8-6410 accelerated processor. It has four cores and each core operates with 2 GHz to 2.4GHz clock speed. The APU has 2MB of L2 cache. It comes with Integrated AMD Radeon R5 graphics which supports casual gaming. You can play games like Tomb Raider, Skyrim, Fifa 14, Grid Autosport in low to medium details and settings. You can play Minecraft, League of legends, Team fortress 2 etc., as well. It can run internet videos smoothly. HP 15-g007dx can be used for personal photo editing, small video editing and encoding, making presentations and compressing large files etc. You can read customer reviews about HP 15-g012dx which is indeed the same laptop; only difference among the two being the color – the latter has black exterior.

HP 15-g007dx comes with 4GB RAM in single DIMM and 750GB, 5400 rpm hard drive. It doesn’t come with hybrid drive or SSD, as it is a budget laptop. The laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. Again, this laptop is not a touchscreen laptop so it will take time to get used to working with Windows 8.1 operating system. Alternatively, you can buy Windows 7 laptops with similar performance.

The LED backlit high definition display of HP 15-g007dx offers native resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can stream up to 720p HD content. However, with the help of HDMI, the laptop can be connected with full HD compatible monitor and HDTV to watch compatible content on full HD mode.

Besides HDMI, It comes with standard ports and connectivity features. You will get 1 USB 3.0 port, 2USB 2.0 ports, SD card reader and combo audio jack. It weighs around 4.82lbs and has DVD drive as optical drive. Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Fast Ethernet. No Bluetooth connectivity is available.

The 3-cell 31WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion polymer battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup.

Pros of HP 15-g007dx

Inexpensive laptop for day to day computing

750GB hard drive

Stylish

Cons of HP 15-g007dx

No Bluetooth

 

HP Pavilion 17-f004dx

HP Pavilion 17-f004dx could be a good choice if you are looking for a cost-effective all-purpose desktop replacement laptop PC. It is powered by AMD Quad-Core A10-5745M Accelerated Processor and comes with 6GB memory, which makes it a useful laptop for users who want to do little bit of everything on this machine, alongside everyday computing. HP 17-f004dx comes with AMD Radeon HD 8610G integrated graphics, which can also be used effectively for playing games. However, games like Call of Duty Black ops 2 and World of Tanks can be played in low to medium resolution. But if you want to play all the latest games effectively on a laptop, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-771G-51T2 17.3-Inch Laptop which comes with i5-4210u processor and NVIDIA Geforce GT 840M graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory. It also comes with Full HD resolution which Pavilion 17-f004dx lacks. However, HP laptops come with 1600 X 900 pixels resolution which is close to full HD. HP 17-f004dx comes with DVD burner and has 2 USB 3.0 ports. At present, it is listed at $500 at Best Buy. The key to the HP laptop in being competitively priced is not just the AMD A10 APU but also solid supporting features that offer more than what you can get with other $500 laptops. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 17-f004dx

Specifications and Performance of HP Pavilion 17-f004dx

AMD Quad-Core A10-5745M operates with 2.1 GHz and, due to AMD turbocore technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.9GHz.It comes with 4MB of L2 cache. L2 cache is faster than L3 cache. The APU comes with AMD Radeon HD 8610G graphics which can run almost all games but not all games are playable in high settings. It’s worth noting that AMD APU has a more powerful graphics capability than Intel’s HD 4400.However, if you want to work with video editing, some 2D/3D designing along with playing games, Acer Aspire E5-771G-51T2  is more preferable. On the other hand, HP Pavilion 17-f004dx offers above average performance for casual gaming, entry level photo and video editing, media encoding and watching videos.

HP Pavilion 17-f004dx comes with 6GB memory which is not expandable further. It comes with 750GB 5400 rpm hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system along with some HP propriety software. It doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office. It is hard to remove system memory, especially for a non-geek.

The LED high definition non-touch display of the HP Pavilion 17-f004dx has a resolution of 1600×900 pixels, which is pretty much standard for a 17.3-inch notebook in this price range. It features TN display, so you can expect average viewing angle.

You also get one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports and HDMI. There is a full-sized SD card slot, a combo audio jack and Ethernet port. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and Wireless-N. There is a DVD burner as an optical drive and 720p HD webcam. Audio is supported by Beats audio with dual speaker.

The 4 cell 41whr battery offers up to 2-5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Pros of HP Pavilion 17-f004dx

Inexpensive desktop replacement laptop for entertainment

6GB memory

Cons of HP Pavilion 17-f004dx

No touchscreen

Other budget Gaming laptop to consider -

Acer Aspire E5-471G-527B 14-Inch Laptop- which comes with i5-4210u processor, 8GB memory, 1TB hard drive and NVIDIA geforce GT 820M graphics with 2GB video memory and cost you $600 approx.