HP Notebook 15-AY169NR Review

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HP NOTEBOOK 15-AY169NR is an inexpensive touchscreen laptop integrated with powerful 7th gen Intel core i5-7200u processor. However, other than processor, the laptop has pretty average specs. For instance, it comes with only 4GB DDR4 2133MHz memory and 500GB hard drive.  Thus, memory hungry programs will struggle to run in this laptop. For instance, applications like Adobe photoshop, lightroom, Blender, Solidworks and AutoCAD need more memory.  It also lacks discrete graphics and Solid state Drive.  You really don’t need a touchscreen interface with Windows 10 laptop but more memory and Solid state Drive can make a great difference in performance and make the laptop more useful. You can also consider Acer Aspire e5-575-53VG which comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB Solid State drive and NVIDIA Geforce 940MX discrete graphics with 2GB DDR5 video RAM. It has 6th gen Intel core i5-6200u processor which is little slower than i5-7200u but in combination with 8GB RAM, discrete graphics and a Solid State Drive, Acer Aspire e5-575-53VG becomes more productive compared to HP 15-AY169NR. Furthermore, the Acer laptop comes with backlit keyboard and has a good selection of ports. It also has support for wireless ac which is missing in the HP Model: Z4L79UA#ABA. However, for regular computing and office work, HP AY169NR is a decent laptop. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP NOTEBOOK 15-AY169NR

Intel core i5-7200u processor operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. It has 3MB of cache memory while Intel core i5-6200u processor operates with 2.3GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. Please note that both are dual core processors with 3MB of cache. Model: Z4L79UA#ABA comes with Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which allows you to play Minecraft, Dota 2 etc. smoothly but games like Battlefield 1 and Fallout 4 will struggle at highest settings. Another point to note is that integrated graphics can’t be upgraded. If you are a gaming enthusiast and looking for an affordable gaming laptop, then Acer Aspire e5-575g-53VG will be a more suitable option as it comes with discrete graphics, more memory and faster hard drive. You can also use it for photo and video editing.

HP NOTEBOOK 15-AY169NR comes with 4GB RAM in 2 memory slots but the memory is not user upgradable.  It would be safe to contact the manufacturer if you want to upgrade memory. You can also consider Lenovo Ideapad 80TV00BGUS which ships with Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive.

Again, HP NOTEBOOK 15-AY169NR comes with 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive. For regular computing, it is decent but for media editing and digital designing Solid State Drive is recommended. If you know about laptop repairing, you can easily replace hard drive with a Solid State Drive.

15-AY169NR features 15.6” display which supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which can stream 720p content but not 1080p.However, Acer e5-575G-53VG supports full HD content play back ( 1920 X 1080p)

The laptop comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, One USB 3.0 port, HDMI, SD card reader, mic/headphone combo jack, LAN port and a webcam. It comes with non-backlit keyboard and supports Wireless 802.11 b/g/n and 10/100Mbps Ethernet port for network connectivity. HP 15-AY169NR lacks USB 3.1 Type C port. The Acer laptop has Type C port and supports wireless ac.
The battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup depending upon usage.

HP 15-ay127cl or X7T53UA#ABA Review

HP 15-ay127cl or X7T53UA#ABA is integrated with Intel core i5-7200u processor which is powerful enough for day to day computing and also supports CPU intensive tasks like photo and video editing, encoding/decoding video files, compressing large files, compiling programs and some 3D rendering work.  Though it offers plenty of memory, the laptop comes with slow hard drive (1TB 5400rpm hard drive) and standard display (1366 X 768p).  A Solid state Drive can speed up things and a full HD display produces images with more accurate color. These factors are important if you are into HD image/video editing or working with digital designing. It also lack a dedicated graphics.  HP 15-ay127cl comes with Integrated graphics Intel HD 620 which allows you to play games like The Witcher 3 and Star wars battlefront in low resolution and details. However, games like Minecraft, Sims 3, Dota 2 and league of legends Lego games are playable smoothly on this machine. There are few other drawbacks with this laptop as well. For instance, HP 15-ay127cl or HP X7T53UA#ABA doesn’t come with Backlit keyboard, wireless ac and USB Type C port.  You can  also consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG which is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor, NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 memory  and 8GB DDR4 RAM ( expandable up to 32GB). It has 256GB Solid State Drive and full HD (1920 X 1080p) display. It also comes with backlit keyboard and USB type C port.

Though i5-6200u processor is little slower compared to i5-7200u, but  dedicated graphics and Solid State drive make the Acer E5-575G-53VG more useful. However, the Acer laptop is not a touchscreen laptop but you don’t really need a touchscreen laptop with Windows 10. HP 15-ay127cl comes with integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which uses system memory and cannot be replaced. However, if you are looking for something more powerful, then Lenovo Ideapad 510 15.6″ Laptop will be a good option as it comes with powerful 7th gen Intel core i7-7500u processor, 12GB DDDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA GEforce 940MX graphics with 4GB Video memory. It also has backlit keyboard.

Intel core i5-7200u operates with 2.5GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz while Intel core i7-7500u operates between 2.7GHz to 3.5GHz frequency range. Both are dual core processors.

Model: X7T53UA#ABA comes with 12GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. However, memory slots are not user accessible. The 1TB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed and comes preinstalled with Windows 10. If you have knowledge about laptop repair then you can easily upgrade the hard drive with a Solid State Drive. Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG.

The 15.6” display of HP 15-ay127cl or X7T53UA#ABA   supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which can stream content in 720p resolution but not in 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible monitor, external display or on HDTV.

Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN and Wireless 802.11 b/g/n. Model #:  X7T53UA#ABA comes with only 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports while Acer E5-575G-53VG comes with 2 USB 3.0 port, one USB type C and one USB 2.0 port. Besides USB ports, the HP laptop has 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack and SD card reader. It has a webcam as well. The battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup (approx.), depending upon usage.

Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD Review

Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD is powered by Intel Celeron N3350 processor which is part of Intel’s Apollo-Lake family. Though it is the latest processor, it still operates between 1.1GHz to 2.4GHz frequency. Thus, CPU intensive tasks are ruled out in this laptop. The processor is a dual core processor and supports DDR4 RAM. Unfortunately, the laptop comes with 4GB DDR3L RAM which further limits its computing power. The laptop is designed for basic tasks like web browsing, typing doc, emailing/skype, streaming video and movies etc. Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD is not designed for running CPU intensive tasks like Adobe Photoshop, Blender, AutoCAD and Revit. There are few other drawbacks with this laptop as well. It doesn’t come with backlit keyboard and offers 500GB 5400 hard drive.  When it comes to gaming, the laptop comes with pretty weak integrated graphics so games like GTA V, Star Wars Battlefront, Call of Duty infinite warfare cannot be played on this laptop. However, you can play some app based game on this machine. Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM which is an inexpensive laptop, considering its specs. The laptop is installed with powerful 7th gen Intel core i3-7100u processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM  (expandable up to 32GB) and 1TB hard drive. It has full HD (1920 X 1080) display and backlit keyboard. The Intel core i3-7100u processor operates with 2.4GHz of fixed frequency.  It also has more cache memory compared to Intel Celeron N3350 processor.

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Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD comes with standard 1366 X 768 display which supports upto 720p pixel resolution but can’t stream content in 1080p resolution. Again, Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM supports editing of small image and video files, encoding/decoding video files and small 3D designing.  It also offers better PC gaming performance compared to Acer ES1-533-C3VD. Acer E5-575-33BM comes with Intel HD 620 integrated graphics and you can play Minecraft, league of legends, Lego games, sims etc. smoothly on this machine.  However, it is not a high end gaming laptop. To play GTA V. Star wars battlefront you need to reduce settings.

If you are looking for a cheap gaming laptop that can also support photo and video editing, then you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG Laptop. It is powered by 6th gen Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 memory. It also has full HD display and backlit keyboard. All the above mentioned laptops come with inbuilt CD/DVD drive. Core i5-6200u is much powerful compared to Intel Celeron N3350. Again, solid state drives (SSD) are much faster than hard drives and durable as well.

The 1.1 GHz base frequency of Intel Celeron N3350 is too low to run any latest game or CPU intensive program. Intel HD 500 integrated graphic coming with Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD is very weak graphics and you can’t upgrade graphics either.

Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD is installed with 4GB DDR3L RAM and the memory is expandable up to 8GB. 1TB hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 10 64 bit operating system. This laptop doesn’t come with full Version of Microsoft office.

The laptop comes with 1 x DC-in, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone/Speaker, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 and SD card reader.  Other Acer laptops mentioned in the review above have 2 USB 3.0 port, 1USB 2.0 port and USB 3.0 type C port. All the laptops come with integrated webcam.

Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD offers both, wired and wireless, network connectivity. Wired connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. Wireless ac is missing in Acer Aspire ES1-533-C3VD while Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM comes with Wireless ac as well. The battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

HP 14-ax010wm stream Laptop PC Review

HP 14-ax010wm stream Laptop PC is intended for buyers with tight budget looking for a mid-size laptop that offers performance for processing documents, emailing/skype, web browsing and downloading movies and videos. This 14” laptop is powered by Intel Celeron N3060 processor which is a weak processor. Though it has two cores, you won’t get optimal performance for photo and video editing or 3D designing. HP Stream Laptop PC 14-ax010wm comes with 4GB DDR3L onboard memory and 32GB eMMC storage. As this laptop comes with very less storage, you have to rely on external Hard Drive, SD card or other storage media. You can also use cloud storage to store your files as you will get one year subscription for Microsoft office 365 which include 1TB of OneDrive storage. However, if you want similar priced laptop offering optimal performance for regular computing and good storage then you can consider HP 14-an013nr 14-Inch Notebook which comes with quad core AMD E2-7110 APU. It comes with 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC. It has full HD display (1920 X 1080) while HP 14-ax010wm comes with standard 1366 X 768 display.

You will not get 1 year MS Office subscription with this laptop but you definitely get better performance and great display compared to HP 14 ax010wm. Basically, HP 14-ax010wm is Walmart edition of HP 14-ax010nr. So you can buyers’ review here to know more about performance of the HP 14-ax010wm Both the laptops lack DVD drive and backlit keyboard. However, you can always use an external CD/DVD burner. Read the HP 14-ax010wm review to know more about the laptop.

Under the blue plastic casing, it has Intel Celeron N3060 dual core processor which operates with base frequency of 1.6GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.48GHz. On the other hand, AMD E2-7110 operates at fixed frequency of 1.8GHz. It has four cores though. Architecturally the processors are quite different but quad core has its own benefit and you get better multitasking performance. Passmark score for E2-7110 is 2173 while the score for Celeron N3060 is 1018. You can consider HP 14-an013nr which comes with AMD  E2-7110, 4GB RAM and 32GB EMMC.

Both the laptops come with integrated graphics – HP 14 ax010wm has Intel HD 400 and HP 14-an013nr has Radeon R2 graphics. None of these graphics are appropriate for latest PC games like Fallout 4, COD black ops 3 etc. However, some older games like sims 4, league of legends and app games are playable in this machine. It can stream videos without any interruption

HP Stream Laptop PC 14-ax010wm comes with 4GB DDR3L RAM which is not expandable further. It has 32GB eMMC. Windows 10 64 bit operating system consumes a big part of the storage.

14” display of the laptop offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can support up to 720p but not 1080p. The left edge of the laptop is arranged with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1USB 2.0 port, HDMI, headphone/Mic combo port and SD card reader. Please not that it doesn’t comes with RJ 45 LAN port. On the other hand, HP 14-an013nr comes with RJ 45 port. Wireless connectivity in HP 14-ax20wm is supported by Wireless ac and Bluetooth.

The battery offers up to 7-8 hours of power backup depending upon usage.

Final thoughts

HP 14-ax010wm is a decent laptop for regular use but it can’t take load of CPU intensive tasks. HP Stream laptop comes with very less storage and low end processors but it is light in weight. So if you are on tight

HP 15-ay198nr Review

HP 15-ay198nr is a powerful laptop that combines great hardware specs and an attractive price (Black Friday sale price). It is integrated with 7th generation Intel core i7-7500u processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid state Drive. However, it lacks discrete graphics and Intel HD 620 graphics is the only graphics option for this laptop. Integrated graphics uses system memory. This will be disappointing to gaming enthusiasts.  Few compromises have been made to make the laptop budget friendly and affordable. For instance, it doesn’t come with Full HD screen ( 1920 X 1080) and  backlit keyboard. HP 15-ay198nr doesn’t support Wi-fi ac either. The display of HP 15-ay198nr supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which means it can stream 720p content but will not be able to display 1080p content . You can also consider Dell i5567-7292GRY Full HD touch screen laptop, which is powered by Intel core i7-7500u processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. It has dedicated graphics, AMD R7 M445, with 4GB video memory and backlit keyboard. This laptop comes with Full HD IPS display which not only gives you great picture but also offers great viewing angle. It comes with backlit keyboard and supports Wireless ac. Both the laptops come with CD/DVD drive. Benefit of discrete graphics is not limited to boosting the gaming performance but it also supports media editing programs. Here is a brief review about specifications of HP  15-ay198nr.

Intel core i7-7500u is a dual core processor which operates with base frequency of 2.7GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. HP 15-ay198nr is not a workstation grade laptop but it is still useful for photo and video editing, 3D rendering and music creation. Though i7-7500u is part of Intel’s Kaby lake series, it is not as strong as Intel core i7-6700Hq processor. It has 4 cores and each core operates with 2.6GHz of base frequency while the frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. It has a massive 6MB of cache. Both the processors are built with 14nm technology. So, if you are more into media editing job or work with CAD software, i7-6700HQ processor will be a more suitable option for you.  ASUS K501UW-AB78 is powered by Intel core i7-6700HQ processor, 8GB RAM and 512GB Solid State Drive. It has powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M gaming graphics. Display of this laptop supports full HD resolution as well. However, it is not a touchscreen laptop, but you don’t really need a touchscreen laptop with Windows 10.

HP 15-ay198nr comes with integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which supports games like Fifa 17, Star wars battlefront, GTA V, The witcher 3, Fallout 4 etc., but you can’t play these games in highest settings with good fps. However, low end games like Minecraft, Dota 2 and league of legend can be played smoothly on this machine.

HP 15-ay198nr comes with 8GB RAM and there are two memory slots. Memory is not user expandable. The laptop runs Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. None of the above mentioned laptops come with full version of Microsoft office though.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, the laptop offers one USB 3.1 (USB 3.0), 2 USB 2.0; HDMI, RJ-45; headphone/microphone jack and SD card reader. It has a webcam as well. Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN and wireless 802.11 b/g/n. It does not come with backlit keyboard.

Final thoughts

HP 15-ay198nr is a good laptop but comes with few limitations. For instance, it has a low resolution display and offers non backlit keyboard. It also lacks dedicated graphics. It is a decent laptop for regular computing. If you want to play latest games or want to work with memory hungry programs, then Dell i5567-7292GRY will be a more suitable option.

Dell Inspiron 17 i5759-7660SLV Signature Edition Laptop Review

Dell Inspiron 17 i5759-7660SLV Signature Edition Laptop is a desktop replacement laptop that can perform little bit of every CPU intensive computing task. For instance, you can run Adobe Photoshop, Blender, Solid works etc alongside day to day computing tasks. The laptop comes with 6th generation Intel core i7-6500u processor, 16GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. However, it is not a true gaming laptop like Dell Inspiron 17 i5759-8837SLV as it lacks dedicated graphics. Check full specs of Dell  Inspiron 17 i5759-7660SLV here. The laptop comes with Integrated Intel HD 520 graphics which supports latest games like GTA V, Call of Duty infinite warfare etc. However, these games will run in low to medium details and settings. On other hand, Dell i5759-8837SLV comes with AMD Radeon R5 M335 with 4GB graphics memory and 2TB hard drive. Rest of the specs in the two laptops remains similar. Both the laptops are touchscreen laptop and display supports max resolution of 1920 X 1080p (full HD). The laptops also feature backlit keyboard and CD/DVD drive.

However, if you are looking for a laptop for HD video editing or for working with CAD programs, it is advisable to get speedy hard drive or a Solid State Drive. With little knowledge of  laptop repairing, you can easily replace hard drive with Solid State drive which makes the laptop faster.  All you need to do is to remove the battery and base cover to get access to the hard drive. Solid State drive boosts the booting process and uploads files faster compared to traditional hard drive. Here is a brief review about specifications of Dell Inspiron 17 i5759-7660SLV

Dell Inspiron 17 i5759-7660SLV is installed with Intel core i7-6500u processor which is a 6th generation Intel core processor. It perates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. It has 4MB of cache memory. Unlike Intel core i7-6700HQ, it is a dual core processor. Inspiron i5759-7660SLV is not a workstation grade laptop.  If you are looking for a more powerful laptop for heavy 3D modelling or designing, then you can consider HP Pavilion 17 Touch Gaming Laptop  which is powered by Intel i7-6700HQ quad core processor, 16GB  2133MHz DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB 7200rpm HDD and NVIDIA GTX 960M discrete graphics with 4GB video memory

Dell Inspiron 17 i5759-7660SLV is installed with 16GB 1600MHz memory which is not expandable further.  The 1TB 5400rpm hard drive is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. It doesn’t come with full Version of MS office and other bloatware.

The 17.3” touchscreen display supports max resolution of 1920 X 1080p. Ports and connectivity features in the laptop include 1 USB 3.0,  2 USB 2.0, HDMI and  Headphone output/Microphone input combo. It has SD card reader as well. Network connectivity is supported by 10/100MBps Ethernet LAN, Wireless ac and Bluetooth . It comes with integrated webcam.

Dell Inspiron 17 i5759-7660SLV Signature Edition Laptop comes with removable battery which offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Dell Inspiron 15 i5559-3333SLV Signature Edition Laptop Review

Though Dell Inspiron 15 i5559-3333SLV Signature Edition Laptop is a decent all-rounder laptop, it still comes with 6th generation Intel core i7-6500u processor. It comes with 8GB 1600MHz and 1TB hard drive.  It offers enough performance for day to day tasks like working with word/excel , creating presentations, emailing, web browsing with multiple tabs etc. It also supports latest PC games but not all games are playable at highest settings. The laptop lacks dedicated graphics. You can check full specs here.  If you are gaming enthusiasts then you can consider Dell Inspiron 15 i5559-7081SLV Signature Edition Laptop which has similar specs. But it offers AMD Radeon R5 M335 graphics with 4GB video memory which allows you to play many latest games smoothly on this machine. However, the graphics is mid-range discrete graphics so can’t expect good fps.  Both the laptops come with standard hard drive. None of these laptops come with Solid State Drive which makes computing process faster for jobs like photo and video editing, compressing large files, 3D rendering etc. Solid State Drives are much faster than traditional 5400rpm hard drive. Again, it consumes less energy and is durable as well.

You can easily replace hard drive with Solid State Drive. Alternatively,  you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-57D4 which comes with 7th generation Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM and 256GB Solid State drive. It also offers dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940MX with 2GB DDR5 RAM and full HD display like Dell  i5559-3333SLV. However, the Acer laptop is not a touchscreen laptop but you don’t really need touchscreen with Windows 10. However a Solid State drive and dedicated graphics can increase the performance a bit.

7th generation i5-7200u processor can compete well with 6th generation i7-6200u processor. Both the processors operate with same frequency (2.5GHz to 3.1GHz) and both are dual core processors built with 14nm. If you consider the benchmark, you will find that i5-7200u offer slightly better performance than i7-6500u. The current passmark score for i5-7200u is 4763 while that  for i7-6500u is 4380. Dell i5559-3333SLV comes with Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which uses system memory while Acer Aspire E5-575G-57D4 is installed with NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB video memory which not only boost the gaming performance but also supports image and video editing.

Coming back to Dell Inspiron i5559-3333SLV, you can expand memory up to 16GB .There are two memory slots available in this laptop. 1TB hard drive is preloaded with Windows 10 operating system.  None of the above mentioned laptops come with Full Version of Microsoft office.

The 15.6” display of Inspiron i5559-3333SLV supports max resolution of 1920 X 1080p. It comes with standard number of connectivity features which include 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0 , HDMI , Headphone output/Microphone input and combo  LAN (10/100). It doesn’t come with USB 3.1 Type C port which can be found in Acer E5-575G laptop. All the laptops mentioned in this review come with backlit keyboard and CD/DVD drive . The Dell laptop comes with Intel Realsense 3D webcam while the Acer laptop comes with standard HD webcam.

Model i5559-3333SLV supports both wireless and wired network connectivity. Wireless connectivity is supported by Wireless-ac and Bluetooth. It comes with removable battery which offers up to 6 hours of battery backup(approx.). However, it depends upon usage.

Lenovo – 100S-11IBY 80R200E5US Review

Considering Black Friday price, Lenovo – 100S-11IBY 80R200E5US is a pretty cheap laptop but it’s hardware specs are not so impressive. It is powered by Intel® Atom™ Z3735F Quad-Core Processor which is a very basic processor. It offers only 2GB of RAM and 32GB eMMC where a large part of the space is occupied by Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system.  You can’t upgrade memory as memory is soldered onboard. It lacks USB 3.0 port and offers only 2 USB 2.0 ports. It doesn’t support wireless ac either. Basically, Lenovo 80R200E5US is a very basic machine suitable for typing documents, web browsing and emailing/skype etc. 2GB Ram is pretty low considering modern computing requirements. You can also consider Lenovo N22 11.6-inch High Performance Laptop Notebook which comes with attractive features and is reasonably priced. It has Intel Celeron N3060 processor which operates at 1.6GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.16GHz. It offers 4GB RAM and 64GB EMMC space. As this is a business notebook, you will get rotatable webcam. It runs Windows 10 pro and comes with USB 3.0 as well as wireless ac. None of these laptops, however, are suitable for Adobe Photoshop, Blender and other photo and video editing program.  Hardware specs doesn’t support latest games as well. However, you can play some app based games. CD/DVD drive and backlit keyboard are missing in both the laptops.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Lenovo – 100S-11IBY 80R200E5US.

Intel ® Atom™ Z3735F Quad-Core Processor operates at very low base frequency of 1.33GHz and the frequency can rise up to 1.83GHz while N3050 Celeron processor operates with high base frequency of 1.6GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.16GHz. Both are considered weak processors. If you need something better at budget price, you can consider Lenovo Thinkpad 11E (3rd Generation) 11.6″ Notebook which comes with Intel Pentium quad core N3150 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. It also comes with USB 3.0 and support wireless ac and Bluetooth. As Intel Pentium N3150 processor is more powerful compared to Intel Atom Z3735F, you will get better performance. It is not a workstation grade laptop but you can still do small photo editing job and create presentations.

Lenovo – 100S-11IBY 80R200E5US comes with 2GB DDR3L memory and you can’t expand memory. 11.6” display of the laptop supports max resolution of 1366X 768 pixels which means it supports 720p content playback but cannot display 1080p content. It is neither a touchscreen not a 2-in-1 laptop.

As it is an inexpensive laptop, it comes with limited numbers of ports and connectivity features. It has 2 x USB 2.0, HDMI-out, microSD card slot and audio combo jack. It comes with 0.3 megapixel webcam.  Wireless network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth.  The battery offers 7 to 8 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Final thoughts

Lenovo – 100S-11IBY 80R200E5US is a pretty inexpensive laptop and some important sacrifices have been made to make it inexpensive.  If you can extend your budget to some extent, you can consider Lenovo N22 11.6-inch High Performance Laptop Notebook which offers better specs. However, none of these laptops is considered a powerful laptop.

Dell I5567-4563GRY Laptop Review

If you are looking for a budget gaming laptop then you can take a look at Dell I5567-4563GRY laptop. This laptop is powered by 7th generation Intel core i7-7500u processor and comes with 8GB RAM (DDR4 2400MHz) plus 1TB hard drive. To support latest games, there is AMD Radeon R7 M445 discrete graphics with 4GB video memory.  Dell Inspiron I5567-4563GRY is a touchscreen laptop.  It, however, lacks Solid State Drive and backlit keyboard which might be disappointing to some of you.  Solid State Drive can enhance performance by speeding up things. The laptop also doesn’t have USB 3.1 Type C port which enables fast data transfer. Alternatively, you can consider Acer E5-575G-75MD which is powered by Intel core i7-7500u processor and offers 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory. Like Model: I5567-4563GRY, it also comes with Full HD display but it is not a touchscreen laptop.  Acer E5-575G-75MD comes with backlit keyboard and USB Type C port. Both the laptops have inbuilt optical drive which can burn CD/DVDs .

Dell I5567-4563GRY supports up to 16GB RAM and it is easy to upgrade memory. You can also consider Dell I5567-7292GRY which has 16GB RAM and backlit keyboard. Rest of the feature remains same in the two models.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Dell I5567-4563GRY:

The 7th generation Intel core i7-7500u is a powerful processor. It has two cores and each core operates at base frequency of 2.7GHz while the frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. It has 4MB of cache.  The discrete AMD Radeon R7 M445 graphics with 4GB video memory allows you to play games like Mafia 3 and GTA V smoothly on this machine. You can use this laptop for HD video editing as well, but a Solid State Drive is preferable for this task. With some knowledge about laptop repairing, you can replace hard drive with Solid State Drive easily.  The laptop is fast enough for day to day computing.

As told earlier, Dell I5567-4563GRY is installed with 8GB DDR4 2400MHz memory and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. On the other hand, Acer E5-575G-75MD supports up to 32GB. If you are looking for a laptop for memory intensive programs then Acer E5-575G-75MD will be a better option.

1TB hard drive coming with Dell I5567-4563GRY is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. It doesn’t come with full version of MS office.

Ports and connectivity features in the laptop include 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, RJ 45 and headphone/mic combo jack. It has SD card reader as well webcam (Intel Realsense featured). Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN, Wireless ac and Bluetooth.

The battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Final thoughts

Dell I5567-4563GRY laptop is a good budget laptop for gaming. However, a Solid state Drive could have further increased its productivity. Alternatively, you can consider Acer E5-575G-75MD which comes with Solid State Drive and the performance of NVIDIA Geforce 940MX is comparable with AMD Radeon R7 M445.

HP 17-X121DX Review

If you are looking for a big laptop that offers smooth performance for day to day computing tasks then you can consider HP 17-X121DX which is powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It is a quite cheap laptop (considering black Friday price) and adding more RAM and a Solid State Drive can further increase its productivity. If you are going to use this laptop for Photoshop, Blender, Solidworks and similar applications, at least 8GB RAM and a solid state drive will be preferred. However, 4GB RAM is enough for day to day computing.  The laptop comes with integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which uses system memory.  You can also consider Acer E5-774G laptop which is integrated with Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB video memory. It comes with Full HD display, precision touchpad and USB Type C port. HP 17-X121DX doesn’t come with full HD display and lacks Type C port. But it has CD/DVD burner which is missing in Acer laptop. However, you can always buy an external CD/DVD drive.  Both the laptops do not have backlit keyboard.  You can use the Acer laptop for HD photo and video editing, music creation and some CAD.  You can expect blazing fast performance for day to day tasks from this laptop.

If your budget is limited then you can consider  Acer E5-774-50SY which is integrated with i5-7200u processor, 1TB hard drive and 8GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB). It also has CD/DVD burner and USB type C port. Intel core i5-7200u processor operates at base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. It has 2 cores.

As told earlier, HP 17-X121DX comes with Intel integrated HD 620 graphics which supports low end games like Minecraft, Dota 2 etc., but you need to reduce settings and resolution to play high end games like Fallout 4, Star wars battlefront. If you are a gaming enthusiast then Acer E5-774G laptop will be a more suitable option.

HP 17-X121DX is installed with 4GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. It has 1TB 5400rpm Hard drive. You can easily upgrade memory and replace hard drive with Solid State Drive. HP 17-X121dx doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office.

The 17.3” non-touch display offers max resolution of 1600 X 900p which means it supports 720p content playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on compatible TV and monitor.  Acer E5-774G laptop comes with Full HD display ( 1920 X 1080).

Ports and connectivity features in the laptop include HDMI version 1.4 supporting  max 1920 ×1200 @ 60Hz,RJ-45 (Ethernet, includes link and activity lights), 1 USB 3.0 , 2 USB 2.0, AC Smart Pin adapter plug and Combo audio jack (headphone/microphone). It has a webcam as well

Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and 10/100Mbps. It doesn’t support Bluetooth connectivity.  However, the Acer laptop comes with wireless ac support as well as Bluetooth support.

The battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup depending upon usage.

Final thoughts

Considering the price of HP 15-X121dx, it is a decent laptop but it comes with very less RAM. Again a Solid State Drive can increase productivity of the machine.