HP 15-g059wm

HP 15-g059wm is a touchscreen laptop that offers plenty of value for money, especially if you consider its listing price which is just under $450 plus taxes. It has a good APU for everyday task, decent storage option and a good touchscreen. However, when it comes to memory, it offers only 4GB memory which is pretty standard nowadays; which you can find even in a $250 laptop. Also, there is nothing new about built-in ports coming with the laptop. Like other budget laptops, it also offers USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, but its battery life is relatively long. This HP 15.6″ Touch 15-g059wm Laptop PC is good for home users and students and even business users, who are looking for something inexpensive that can handle workload of both office and home. With this laptop, you can make presentations, compress large files, convert PDFs, and do some media encoding and editing jobs alongside typing docs, web browsing and video calling. When it comes to gaming, you can play games like Dota 2, Dead space 3, Minecraft, Tomb Raider etc in low to medium resolution and settings, but it will struggle if you want to play games like Thief, NFS Rivals and Watch Dogs. If you need a more powerful budget machine (around $500) Acer Aspire V3-572P-540V touchscreen is a good option which comes with i5 processor,8GB memory ,1TB hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth. It can do little bit of everything, you can edit personal photo and video; do some 2D designing, work with Blender along with casual gaming. However, HP 15 g059wm comes with DVD burner which is missing in Acer. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15.6″ Touch 15-g059wm.

Specifications and performance of HP 15.6″ Touch 15-g059wm.

HP 15-g059wm is powered By AMD A8-6410 APU which is a quad core processor. Each core operates with 2 -2.4GHz frequency. It comes with 2MB of L2 cache. The APU supports entry level photo editing, media encoding and can stream videos smoothly. However, it is not good for Adobe Photoshop CS6, Solidworks and Inventor, especially, if you want to work at pro level. However, it can stream internet videos smoothly. The laptop comes with AMD Radeon R5 graphics which can run low end games smoothly. If you need an affordable gaming laptop, Acer Aspire E5-571G-38VF could be a good choice which comes with i5 processor and NVIDIA Geforce GT 820M graphics with 1GB dedicated video memory. Currently it is available at just under $500.

HP 15-g059wm comes with 4GB RAM in single DIMM and is installed with 750GB hard drive. Speed of the hard drive is 5400 rpm. Most of the budget laptops are devoid of hybrid drive or SSD. Some of the budget Asus laptops come with Hybrid drive though. For instance, ASUS VivoBook S500CA-SI30401U Touchscreen ultrabook comes with 500GB hard drive plus 24GB SSD cache.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD display of HP 15-g059wm comes with 1366 X 768 pixel resolution which supports playback of 720p but not 1080p. But the laptop is capable of streaming full HD content on external displays or HDTV.

When it comes to ports and connectivity, the laptop offers 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, 1  RJ-45 Ethernet port and 1 HDMI port . Network connectivity is supported by fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-fi. No Bluetooth connectivity and Wireless-AC available with this model

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

Pros of HP 15.6″ Touch 15-g059wm Laptop PC

Inexpensive general purpose touch screen laptop

Good amount of storage

Cons of HP 15.6″ Touch 15-g059wm Laptop PC:

No Bluetooth

Only 4GB memory

HP Pavilion Touchsmart 17-e155nr

HP Pavilion Touchsmart 17-e155nr is a big laptop with a 17.3in screen and shouldn’t be considered everyday mobile solution; instead, you can take it as a desktop replacement laptop. Powered by AMD A4-5000 quad core processor, you can do all the tasks which you can expect from your home PC. However, it is not suitable for CPU or GPU intensive tasks like working with Adobe Photoshop CS6, AutoCAD, Revit Inventor etc. or for playing latest 3D games.  But it would be a good choice for web browsing, Watching videos, casual gaming or for basic office tasks.  HP 17-e155nr offers average battery life. It is a touch screen laptop with 4GB memory and 750GB hard drive. For a price of $450, the laptop comes with reasonable specifications. This laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system and comes with DVD burner, USB 3.0 and HDMI port. If you need more processing power, without sacrificing budget, you can consider Lenovo B590 i5 laptop which is not a touchscreen laptop but comes with Windows 7 operating system and has 6GB RAM. Thus you can do photo and video editing, 2D models and light 3D modelling etc. You can also play latest games but high end games wouldn’t max out in this machine. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion Touchsmart  17-e155nr.

HP Pavilion Touchsmart 17-e155nr specification and performance

As mentioned earlier, HP Pavilion Touchsmart 17-e155nr is powered by AMD quad core A4-5000 processor. Each core of the processor operates with 1.5GHz frequency. It is comparable with third generation Intel core i3-3217u processor but when it comes to single threaded applications, Intel core i3 is ahead of A4-5000 processor.  HP 17-e155nr is capable of media encoding but you won’t get decent performance for the task. When it comes to gaming, you can play Dota 2, WOW, Diablo III, Tomb Raider, Dead space 3, Bioshock infinite in low to medium details and setting. It is not a gaming laptop and comes with integrated AMD Radeon HD 8330 graphics which uses system memory. If you look around carefully, you can get a good gaming laptop with dedicated gaming graphics at a very reasonable price though. For instance, Acer Aspire E5-471G-527B is one such laptop which comes with i5 processor and NVIDIA Geforce GT 820M graphics with 2 GB dedicated video memory.

HP Pavilion Touchsmart 17-e155nr comes with 4GB RAM (PC3-12800) and the memory is upgradable up to 8GB. It is installed with 750GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed.

The 17.3” touchscreen display of HP 17-e155nr offers max resolution of 1600 X 900 which means it can support up to 900p playback which is almost close to 1080p. However, the processor is capable of streaming HD content on external display as well.

It comes with good number of ports which include 2 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 Ethernet, SD card reader and DVD burner. The network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n .

The battery life is average. It offers 4.25 hours of battery backup

Pros of HP Pavilion Touchsmart 17-e155nr

Affordable touch screen laptop for regular use

750GB hard drive

Cons of HP Pavilion Touchsmart 17-e155nr

Quite heavy for its size

HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-p051us

Though HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-p051us is little heavy (5.62lbs), considering its 15.6” form factor, HP’s latest bargain laptop is solid but simple product. Powered by AMD Quad core A10-5745M APU, it not only offers smooth performance for day to day computing but also offers performance for gaming and other CPU intensive task like photo and video editing and encoding. However, not all latest game will max out in this machine; you can still play lots of games. It has 8GB of memory and 750GB 5400RPM hard drive. There are certain disadvantages with this laptop as well, for instance it doesn’t come with Full HD display and has average battery life. Also, there is no backlighting for keyboard. HP didn’t work on the exterior as well. HP 15-p051us laptop comes in plastic casing with brushed looks but for a price of $580 we can easily ignore such features. Pavilion 15-p051us comes with Bluetooth connectivity. However, when it comes to Wired connectivity, it doesn’t offer Gigabit Ethernet.  Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E1-572P-6403 touch screen laptop which comes with i5-4200u, is light in weight and comes with Gigabit Ethernet. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-p051us

Specifications and Performance of HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-p051us

AMD Quad core A10-5745M operates with base frequency of 2.1GHz and, due to turbocore technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.9GHz. It comes with AMD Radeon HD 8610G graphics which uses system memory. You can run almost all latest games including Grid Autosport, The Elder Scrolls Online, COD Ghosts and Titanfall but not all games are playable in high resolution and details. You can play games like Minecraft, Sims 4 on this machine. HP 15-p051us can stream internet videos smoothly.

HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-p051us comes with 8GB RAM which is also the maximum amount of memory supported by it.  It comes with 750GB 5400rpm hard drive. Windows 8.1 OS is preloaded on the hard drive.

The 15.6” touchscreen display of the HP TouchSmart 15-p051us offers maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 which means it can support up to 720p but not 1080p content. But it is capable of displaying contents on external devices thus you can watch full HD content on a HDTV. However, if you are ready to a spend few extra bucks, you can  take a look at  Acer V5-573P-9899 which comes with Intel core i7 processor, full HD IPS display panel and 6GB memory.

The laptop comes with all necessary ports and connectivity options. It comes with 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Ethernet, SD card reader and DVD burner. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi and Bluetooth.

4 cell 41whr battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup.

Pros of 15-p051us

8GB memory

750GB hard drive

Bluetooth

Cons of 15-p051us

No gigabit Ethernet

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-571-563B 15.6″ Midnight Black Laptop

Acer 15.6″ Aspire E 15 E5-571-563B Laptop comes with decent configuration for a price of $500. It can do a little bit of everything which include CPU intensive tasks like photo editing, small video editing, installing iTunes, converting video formats, watching videos, casual gaming alongside typing documents and browsing web. Acer E5-571-563B comes with 6GB memory and 1TB hard drive. It comes with decent battery life and has DVD burner. Weighing around 5.51lbs, the laptop is slightly heavy considering its size. Another drawback of this laptop is that it is not a touch screen laptop and is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system. So you need some time to get used to it. If you are looking for similar laptop with touch screen, you can consider Acer Aspire V3-572P-540V which comes with 8GB memory, core i5-4210u processor and 1TB hard drive. However, both the laptops are not suitable for professional grade 3D Modelling/Rendering jobs. Intel core i5-4210u is a ULV processor and operates with relatively slow clockspeed but casual gaming is possible in these laptops. E5-571-563B supports games like Fifa 14, Dota 2, Team fortress 2 and Sims 4. Here is a brief review about Acer E 15 E5-571-563B.

Acer  E5-571-563B specification and performance

Acer 15.6″ Aspire E 15 E5-571-563B is driven by Intel core i5-4210u processor which works with base clockspeed of 1.7GHz. The processor supports turboboost technology and is hyperthreading enabled thus two cores can process 4 threads at a time. It offers decent speed for Microsoft office (not included) applications, watching video, video calls and listening music. Even it offers fast performance for media transcoding job. Model E5-571-563B comes with Integrated HD 4400 graphics which uses system memory and runs low end games like fifa 14, Dota 2, Grid 2 and GRID: Autosport etc. You can play Minecraft but can’t use it for serious 3D gaming like Watch Dogs, Thief etc. If you want affordable gaming laptop you can take a look at Acer Aspire V3-572PG-50X5 touchscreen gaming laptop which is quite affordable and comes with  NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics with 2GB dedicated memory.

Aspire E 15 E5-571-563B is installed with 6GB memory which can be expanded up to 16GB. However, upgrading memory is not an easy task. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. There is no SSD or hybrid drive available with this laptop. The laptop runs on Windows 8.1 operating system.

Acer 15.6″ Aspire E 15 E5-571-563B comes with 15.6” display which offers 1366 X 768 pixel resolution which supports up to 720p HD playback. You can connect the laptop with full HD TV or monitor to watch full HD content. It uses Chiclet style keyboard which is comfortable for long typing session. Unfortunately, this model doesn’t include backlit keyboard. It comes with HD webcam (720p)

Ports and connectivity features include 1  USB 3.0 port, 2  USB 2.0 ports, 1  combo audio jack, 1  RJ-45 Ethernet, 1  HDMI port and 1  VGA port. Network connectivity includes Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth and Wireless –N. Wireless-ac is not available with this machine.

The 6-cell lithium Ion (Li-Ion), 2500 mAh offers up to 7 hours of battery life.

Pros of Acer 15.6″ Aspire E 15 E5-571-563B

Decent laptop at affordable price

1TB hard drive

Cons of  Aspire E 15 E5-571-563B

No backlit keyboard

Final thoughts

There’s no doubt that model E5-571-563B is yet another good laptop from Acer.  It is an inexpensive all-purpose laptop, has a decent design and feature-set but it is non touchscreen laptop and comes with Windows 8.1 whereas Windows 8 goes well with touch interface. In that case you can consider Acer Aspire V3-572P-540V.

HP 15-f059wm Black 15.6″ laptop

HP Black 15-f059wm 15.6″ Laptop comes with basic configuration and run-of-the-mill features. This laptop is a budget model intended for users who are looking for a machine under $300 that can deliver performance for jobs like processing word docs, web surfing, video calls and even manage to run music and video files. HP 15-f059wm doesn’t support latest PC games, even at low resolutions and setting, but it can run quite a few browser games and some older PC games like WOW and StarCraft II, in low to medium details and settings. It has Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor which operates with 2.16 GHz -2.41 GHz frequency range and is integrated with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. A 2GHz dual Celeron processor is much slower than 1.9GHz Intel core i3 dual core processor, due to architectural reasons. You won’t get performance like core i3 laptop but HP 15-f059wm could still be a decent choice for basic computing. This is not a touchscreen laptop. If you need decent speed for streaming HD videos or want entry level photo editing and media encoding tasks, you can take a look at Dell Inspiron i3542-6000BK Windows 7 laptop. However, it will not offer blazing fast performance for media editing or encoding tasks.

HP 15-f059wm specification and performance 

Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor of HP 15-f059wm operates with base frequency of 2.16GHz and, due to Turbo burst technology, it can rise up to 2.41GHz. For everyday tasks and web browsing, it is decent.  You can watch videos and stream music but it is neither suitable for Adobe Photoshop CS 6, AutoCAD, Revit, 3Ds Max SolidWorks etc., nor for running animation applications. If you are looking for a budget machine to run such programs, you can take a look at Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008SUS which comes with i5-4200M processor, fast hard drive and 8GB RAM. But if you just need a laptop just for basic computing, HP 15-f059wm could be a decent choice.

HP 15-f059wm comes with integrated Intel HD graphics, designed for Bay Trail M platform, and is part of the processor. The graphics uses system memory. It is a weak graphics compared to Intel HD 4400 and has only 10 execution units while Intel HD 4400 has 20 execution units. If you are looking for a under $600 gaming laptop, which supports latest games, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-471G-527B which comes with i5 processor, 8GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GT 820M. You can play almost all games on this machine though all games will not max out.

HP Black 15-f059wm is shipped with 4GB memory (One SODIMM non-customer-accessible/upgradable memory module slot) and has 500GB hard drive which operates at 5400rpm speed. Windows 8.1 with Bing operating system is preloaded on to the hard disk.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD display offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels and is capable of displaying 720p HD video contents only.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, the laptop offers 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, 1 RJ-45 Ethernet port and 1 HDMI port. The network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Bluetooth connectivity is not available.

The 3 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 4.5 hours of battery life depending upon usage.

Pros of HP 15-f059wm

Affordable laptop for basic computing

4GB memory

USB 3.0

DVD burner

Cons of HP 15-f059wm

No Bluetooth

Final Thoughts

There are plenty of laptops which come with similar configurations. For instance, Asus X551MAV and Dell Inspiron i3531-1200BK, which are available at around $250. These laptops do the basic tasks well enough, but don’t expect  lot of speed since it’s based on an Intel Celeron processor.

Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272

The 1.8GHz Intel Core i3-3217U processor of Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272 is still an older processor compared to other laptops available in the market. Most of the laptops are powered by latest Haswell processors, but with the help of 6GB of RAM, Toshiba c55-B5272 offers more than enough speed for everyday tasks. For instance, you can type documents, process spreadsheets, email, do video calling, watch videos and stream music in this laptop. However, the laptops may struggle if you are going to run hardware demanding applications and games like planetside 2, thief, Watch dogs or want to run AutoCAD , Revit, 3Ds Max application. The integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics is able to handle some of the latest games like Fifa 14, Tomb raider, Dota 2 and older games like Sims 3 or World of Warcraft but you need to turn down graphics settings and resolution to get a playable frame rate. This $350 Toshiba laptop (current price, at Staples) is not for avid gamers. If you are really looking for a laptop that can support latest games as well as deliver performance for media editing and encoding programs such as Blender, Handbrake, ITunes and Adobe photoshop CS6 then you can take a look at  Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W ($590) 15.6-Inch Laptop which is just under $600 at the time of publishing. It 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 with 2GB dedicated video memory, Windows 8.1 operating system and 7-hour battery life. The only drawback with this Acer laptop is that it lacks DVD drive which you can find in Toshiba c55-B5272. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272.

Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272 comes with Intel core i3-3217U dual core processor which operates with 1.8GHZ of fixed frequency. Due to Hyperthreading technology, both of the CPU cores can process 4 threads at a time. It comes with Intel HD 4000 graphics which is an integrated graphics and is part of the processor. The graphics uses system memory. This graphics is decent if you want to play World of Warcraft, Sims 3 in low resolution and details but any high end game would struggle in this laptop. Satellite c55-B5272 also supports entry level photo editing and media encoding but you won’t get fast performance for such tasks.  Intel core i3-3217U, a third generation ULV processor is designed to support Office application, watching videos, emailing, Skype and some browser gaming. If you are looking for Windows 8.1 touch screen laptop with 4th generation processor, you can consider HP 15-R018DX which comes with intel core i3-4010u processor 4GB memory and 750GB hard drive and costs around $440 or you can go for a cheaper touch screen laptop as well. For instance, $420 priced Toshiba Satellite C55T-B5109 which also have almost similar specs but doesn’t include an optical drive.

Toshiba Satellite c55-B5272 is installed with 6GB DDR3L 1600MHz (not user upgradable) arranged in two slots. 750GB (5400 RPM) hard drive is preloaded with Windows 7 home premium 64 bit operating system. It doesn’t include Microsoft Office full version.

The 15.6” LED HD backlit widescreen display offers 1366 x 768 native resolution which supports 720p but not 1080p. However, there is an HDMI port and you can use it to watch full HD contents on a compatible monitor or HDTV.

The edges of Toshiba c55-B5272  are arranged with  2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0, VGA , HDMI, Ethernet port, DVD/CD burner, combo audio jack and SD card reader. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n . Bluetooth connectivity is not available.

The 4 cell/45Wh lithium ion battery (not user replaceable) offers 4.5 hours battery backup

Pros of Toshiba c55-B5272

At $350, it is quite cheap (considering its specification)

6GB memory

Windows 7

Cons of Toshiba c55-B5272

No gigabit Ethernet and bluetooth

Acer ES1-511-C7YP 15.6″ Black laptop

Acer Black 15.6″ ES1-511-C7YP is intended for home users and students who are looking for inexpensive computing solution.  If all you require is web browsing, watching video, running few apps, social networking, typing documents and listening music, it can serve all your needs. Decent for grade school kids, Acer ES1-511-C7YP laptop offers standard 500GB storage capacity and 4GB memory.  It comes with an amazing price of $300 which includes Sleeve, Mouse and 6 months of anti-virus software.  It comes with Intel Celeron N2830 dual core processor which is an improvement over Intel ‘s Atom processor, both in terms of processing power and graphics. This laptop is not a touchscreen laptop. However, if you are looking for touchscreen laptop you can consider Acer Aspire E1-532P-4819 which costs you $350 approx. and is powered by Pentium 3556U processor ( slightly better than N2830),4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. However, both the laptops are not powerful enough to run anything that is power demanding. For instance, you can hardly play any latest games in these laptops. But the laptop is capable of running few browser games. Acer ES1-511-C7YP comes with DVD burner. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Acer Black 15.6″ ES1-511-C7YP.

 Specifications and Performance of Acer  ES1-511-C7YP

Acer Black 15.6″ ES1-511-C7YP comes with Intel Celeron N2830 processor which is one of the popular processors these days. Basically, to provide buyers a 15.6” laptop with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive for under $300, Acer had to save money elsewhere and it is evident in use of  Celeron N2830 dual core processor which is intended for basic notebooks and laptops. The processor comes with Intel HD graphics which is unable to run most of the latest games like Thief and Gird Autosport. But you can play games like WOW in low to medium details and settings. If you need a budget touchscreen laptop with dedicated gaming graphics, you can consider Acer Aspire V5-561PG-6686 which comes with i5-4200u processor, 8GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. The graphics processing is powered by AMD Radeon AMD Radeon R7 M265 Graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory. It cost you $637 approx.

Acer ES1-511-C7YP can run videos and can stream videos to external monitors or HDTV as well. If you are looking at this laptop notebook for Photoshop, AutoCAD then this machine is not for you.

Acer Black 15.6″ ES1-511-C7YP is shipped with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM and memory is upgradable up to 8GB DDR3L. It comes with 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm. You can’t expect a SSD drive or speedy hard drive from such a cheap laptop.

The 15.6” LED backlit HD non-touch display of ES1-511-C7YP offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 which means it can support 720p HD content playback but not 1080p content.

Acer ES1-511-C7YP offers 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 headphone/speaker/line-out jack, 1  RJ-45 Ethernet, 1 HDMI port and 1 VGA port. Most of the ports are on the back side of the laptop. DVD drive is missing in this model. The network connectivity includes Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n and Gigabit Ethernet

The 4 cell 3220 mAh lithium ion battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup.

Pros of Acer ES1-511-C7YP

Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth

USB 3.0

Cons of Acer ES1-511-C7YP

No DVD burner

Final thoughts

For $300, it is good deal as you will get Sleeve, Mouse and 6 months of anti-virus software along with Acer ES1-511-C7YP.  However, if you are looking for only a laptop then you can consider Toshiba Satellite C55-B5298 which comes with same specs but it lacks in Bluetooth connectivity.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 boasts a solid configuration that’s headed by AMD A8-6410 quad core processor and costs you approx. $350.  It comes with 4GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. A decent configuration and reasonable price make Satellite C55D-B5206 a worthy choice for home users and students. Labor Day sales are a great time to score back to school deals. Most students want a machine for taking notes and writing up assignments, surfing the web, video calls on Skype, watching movies and streaming music. If this is your computing requirement too, then there is really no need for you to invest on high end laptops as specs of Toshiba C55D-B5206 are enough for you. The laptop also supports casual gaming, media encoding and decoding and entry level photo editing. But if you want to run AutoCAD, Revit and media editing software like Adobe Photoshop CS or Sony Vegas Pro then you certainly need a high end laptop, with speedy hard drive and more RAM. For instance, Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E440 20C5004YUS with Intel core i5-4200M, 8GB RAM. 500GB 7200rpm hard drive and Windows 7 profession OS, could be a good choice if you really want a powerful budget laptop notebook. Toshiba C55D-B5206 comes with all standard ports and connectivity features and has a DVD burner as well. It offers average battery life. Here is brief review about specifications and performance this Toshiba laptop with AMD A8-6410 processor.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 specification and performance 

For everyday computing, be it surfing web, running office applications or watching videos and listening to music, Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 is perfect. Thanks to AMD A8-6410 quad core processor which is coupled with 4 GB of DDR3L SDRAM and AMD Radeon R5 graphics adapter, the laptop can do a whole lot more. You can play games like Gird Auto sport, Tomb Raider, fifa 14 and Minecraft in this machine. You may need to change setting and resolution to play smoothly. But you can’t play games like thief, NFS Rivals etc smoothly on this machine. Even at low resolutions and setting, you will not get decent frame rates. If you are looking for an affordable gaming laptop, you can choose Acer Aspire V3-572G-587W 15.6-Inch Laptop which comes with Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7- 2.7 GHz Processor (3MB Cache),8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce 840M with 2GB dedicated video memory and 7-hour battery life. However, it lacks DVD drive. Currently it is available at $610 (approx.) and is one of the cheapest gaming laptops.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 comes with 4GB DDR3L Memory. Memory speed is 1600MHz and memory is not user upgradable. It comes with 750 GB (5400rpm, Serial ATA) hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system along with 1 month trial version of Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Reader, Norton Internet Security (30-day trial subscription) and other TOSHIBA utility software.

The 15.6” LED backlit non-touch display of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 which supports HD video playback up to 720p. It comes with HDMI port so that you can connect the laptop with compatible HDTV or monitor to watch movies or videos in Full HD mode.

Besides DVD burner, the laptop edges house three USB ports (one of them being USB 3.0 ports), Ethernet, VGA, HDMI and a combination headphone/microphone jack. You will get an SD card reader and webcam as well. However, you won’t get fingerprint reader and Bluetooth support. Wireless connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and wired connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet.

The 4 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 4.5 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage.

Pros of Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206

Inexpensive

Decent processor

750GB hard drive

Cons of Satellite C55D-B5206

No touch screen

At $350, Satellite C55D-B5206 could be a good choice. The performance of the laptop is similar to HP 15-g012dx as both come with same specs

HP 15-f039wm Laptop PC

HP Black 15-f039wm is a basic laptop for day-to-day basic computing tasks. It is suitable for home users and students who are looking for a cheap laptop that’s big enough (15.6”) and can deliver decent processing speed for typing docs, web browsing, social networking, emailing and skype etc. Unlike 11.6” laptops, 15.6” laptops are more comfortable during long typing sessions.  HP 15-f039wm costs you $250 (approx.) and includes Intel Celeron N2830 processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. There is nothing significant about the specification because you will found plenty of laptops at this price having similar features. Only thing which makes it stand out from others is the presence of inbuilt optical drive which, usually, is missing in most of the similar priced laptop. HP 15-f039wm is non touch laptop. However, if you are looking for inexpensive touchscreen laptop then you can consider Acer Aspire E1-532P-4819,  which comes with Pentium 3556U processor ( slightly better than N2830),4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive.  HP 15-f039wm is not suitable for CPU or GPU intensive tasks like large photo editing, video editing, AutoCAD, Revit and similar programs. It is a pretty basic laptop and weighs around 5.05lbs. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Black 15-f039wm:

HP 15-f039wm specification and performance

HP Black 15-f039wm is powered by Intel Celeron N2830 processor which is a dual core processor and operates with 2.16 GHz. Due to turbo burst technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.41 GHz. It comes with 1MB of L2 cache. The processor is integrated with Intel HD graphics which is weak for gaming. This HD graphics is weaker than Intel HD 4400 coming with Intel core ULV processor. It is struggle to run latest games, even at low resolution and settings. But some older and low end games like World of Warcraft can be run in this machine. Also, some browser games are playable in this machine. However, it is capable of streaming videos smoothly.

HP 15-f039wm comes with 4GB DDR3L memory. There is only single memory slot available which is occupied by 4GB RAM. It comes with 500GB hard drive with speed of 5400rpm. No SSD drive is available with this laptop.  The laptop comes preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system with Bing. It doesn’t come with Microsoft Office full version. However, McAfee: Free 180-day Trial of McAfee LiveSafe service is included.

The 15.6” LED backlit high definition display of the laptop supports maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means the display can support up to 720p but not 1080p. However, it comes with HDMI output which can be utilized to connect the laptop with HDTV and monitor

HP 15-f039wm offers standard ports and connectivity features. Besides HDMI, it comes with 1 Ethernet, 1 HDMI, 1 Headphone/Microphone, 1 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 ports. It comes with DVD burner which is usually missing in similar laptops available in the market. For instance, Toshiba Satellite C55-B5298 or HP 15-g070nr do not offer DVD burner and cost you around $200-$250.

HP 15-f039wm comes with fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n . Bluetooth connectivity feature is not available. However, Acer Aspire E1-532P-4819 comes with Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet connectivity as well.

HP 15-f039wm is installed with 3 cell lithium polymer battery, which offers around 4.5 hours of battery backup.

Pros of HP Black 15-f039wm

Inexpensive laptop with optical drive

Suitable for browsing, watching basic video, running some apps, using very simple applications and typing documents

USB 3.0

Cons of HP Black 15-f039wm

No Bluetooth

No SSD

HP Pavilion 15-p043cl

HP Pavilion 15-p043cl is built upon Intel core i5-4210u (1.7GHz – 2.7GHz) ultra-low voltage processor that can deliver performance which is more than a basic computing. It has a touchscreen and solid hardware configuration which includes 12GB memory and 1TB hard drive but it could have used hybrid hard drive or SSD and better display.  Besides day to day computing, HP 15-p043cl can do little bit of everything like entry level photo and video editing, casual gaming and media encoding along with web browsing, office applications, and movie watching.  It can stream videos smoothly.  However,  if you need a laptop mainly for Photoshop, 2D/3d modelling, video editing and encoding,  then Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E540 20C6008SUS   would be a better choice as it comes with Intel core i5-4200M (2.5GHz-3.1GHz) main stream processor, 8GB RAM and 500GB ,7200rpm hard drive. It is non touch Windows 7 professional laptop. But, you will be required to spend little extra ($25). Back to HP Pavilion 15-p043cl – The laptop offers decent battery life. It comes with DVD burner and 2 USB 3.0 ports. The laptop doesn’t come with Bluetooth connectivity and Wireless ac. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 15-p043cl.

HP Pavilion 15-p043cl specification and performance 

HP Pavilion 15-p043cl gets its processing power from Intel core i5-4210u processor which is a dual core processor and is clocked with 1.7GHz frequency to 2.7GHz frequency range. The processor supports Turboboost technology and is hyperthreading enabled thus two cores can operate 4 threads at a time. Pavilion 15-p043cl is integrated with integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics, which is better than earlier Intel HD 4000 graphics and is capable of running many PC games as well as browser games. You can play games like Fifa 14, Dota 2, Boderlands 2, BioShock Infinite, Gird 2, Simcity, World of Warcraft, Minecraft etc  in low to medium resolution and settings. You can also run COD Black ops 2, Metro last Night but you have to play in low resolution and frame rates. In other words, Pavilion 15-p043cl is not designed for gaming. However, most browser games can be played smoothly on this machine. If you want to play Watch Dogs, Thief, Titanfall, Grid: Autosport,  in low resolution and setting,   you can opt for i5-4200M powered laptop at least.

HP Pavilion 15-p043cl comes with 12GB memory arranged in two slots. Memory upgrade is difficult in this laptop. It is shipped with 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. The hard drive is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system along with some other trial version and HP proprietary softwares.

The LED backlit HD display offers maximum resolution of 1366 X 768 which means it can support 720p content only.  However, with the help of HDMI user can watch full HD content on compatible HDTV or monitor. Alternatively, you can consider HP ENVY TouchSmart m6-k125dx which offers full HD resolution and is powered by Intel core i5-4200u, 8GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. It doesn’t come with optical drive and will cost you $600-$650.

HP Pavilion 15-p043cl comes with standard ports and connectivity features which include Multi-format digital media card reader for Secure Digital cards, 2  USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack and DVD burner. There is a HD webcam. HP 15 p043cl comes with Fast Ethernet rather than Gigabit Ethernet and doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity. The wireless connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n. On the other hand,  HP m6-k125dx comes with Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity.

The keyboard of Pavilion 15-p043cl is non-backlit keyboard but comes with dedicated numeric keypad.

The 4 cell 41 whr battery packs offer up to 6 hours of battery life

Pros of HP Pavilion 15-p043cl

  • Long battery life
  • Full keyboard with touchpad
  • 1TB hard drive and 12GB RAM

Cons of HP Pavilion 15-p043cl

  • No full HD resolution
  • No Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth connectivity