HP ENVY m6-p113dx

HP Envy laptops are renowned for premium build quality and decent configuration. ENVY m6-p113dx 15.6″ Touch-Screen laptop is perfect example of it.  It comes with powerful quad core AMD FX-8800P processor and 6GB RAM. The price of the laptop is an affordable $660. However, it comes with few drawbacks like slow hard drive, no SSD and missing Wireless ac. If you are looking for a laptop that supports latest PC games along with regular computing, HP ENVY m6-p113dx will offer enough performance. But if you are going to use this laptop for Photoshop CC or similar program, more memory and raw processing power would be preferable.  For such requirement, you can check out HP ENVY 15-K230nr 15.6-Inch  touchscreen laptop which comes with Intel quad core i7-4720HQ processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Both the processors, however, are quad core processor but i7-4720HQ operates with much higher frequency (2.6GHz -3.6GHz) while AMD FX-8800p operates with lower frequency (2.1GHz to 3.4GHz). Intel core i7-4720HQ processor is hyperthreading enabled which means it can handle 8 threads at a time or work as 8 logical cores. Core i7-4720HQ processor offers 6MB of L3 cache. On the other hand AMD FX-8800p offers only 2 MB of L2 cache. L3 cache feature is missing in AMD FX-8800p.

HP ENVY 15-K230nr  comes with wireless ac which is missing in HP ENVY m6-p113dx. Thus, if you are looking for a laptop for video editing or 2D/3D designing, HP ENVY 15-K230nr 15.6-Inch Laptop is preferable over m6-p113dx.  Also, it comes with full HD display panel (1080p). However, the HP laptop is Windows 8.1 laptop and eligible for Windows 10 free upgrade but both laptops have backlit keyboard

AMD FX-8800P processor is based on AMD’s Carrizo platform. It operates with base frequency of 2.1GHz and the speed can rise up to 3.4GHz, if system demands.  HP m6-p113dx Envy laptop comes with integrated Radeon R7 graphics which is part of the processor die. The graphics is comparable with any entry level discrete graphics but the Radeon R7 graphics uses system memory. When it comes to gamig, it can run almost all games.  However, for certain demanding games you need to reduce resolutions and tur off fancy extras.

ENVY m6-p113dx touchscreen laptop comes with 6GB RAMs arranged in two slots. The laptop comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. Windows 10 home is preinstalled on the hard drive.

The 15.6” display of HP m6-p113dx offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels.  This is not a full HD display panel. For full HD display, you can consider Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G which comes with 1080p display panel and core i7-5500u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It comes with dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 840M graphics with 2GB video memory. It not only helps in streaming movies or gaming, you can do CUDA programming as well. It also comes with dual band wireless ac. However, this acer laptop runs on Windows 8.1 but free upgrade to Windows 10 is available.

Ports and connectivity features include Multi-format digital media card reader, 3 USB 3.0, 1 supporting USB Boost. 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI,  1 RJ-45 (LAN) and  1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. Wireless Network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth.  Wired connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet.

3-cell 48WHr prismatic battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, however, it depends upon usage.

Final thoughts

HP ENVY m6-p113dx is a decent laptop. It can do little bit of everything. However, for photo and video editing or 3D designing you need more memory and a SSD is preferable over HDD. You can check HP ENVY 15-K230nr 15.6-Inch Laptop which offers i7-4720HQ processor and is shipped with 8GB RAM.

Toshiba C55-B5240 Black 15.6″ Satellite Laptop

Like most of the latest Celeron processor powered laptops, the $240 price tag (approx. and  at the time of publishing ) for Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240 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-B5240 is non-touch screen laptop and comes with Windows 8.1 operating system. If you are looking for Windows 10 laptop with similar spec, you can consider Toshiba C55-B5240X. Basically, this laptop is a latest version of Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300, 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-B5240 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-B5240

Toshiba Satellite C55 B5240 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. Model: C55-B5240 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 AutoCAD or other 3D 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 i5-5200Uprocessor, 8GB memory. For instance, you can take a look to Dell Inspiron 15 i5548-1670SLV Signature Edition Touchscreen Laptop which comes with  Intel Core i5-5200Uprocessor that operates with base frequency of  2.20GHz and frequency can boost up to 2.7GHz. It has 8GB of RAM and 1TB HDD. It operates with Windows 8.1 OS however, all genuine Windows 8.1 PC are eligible for free Windows 10 upgrade

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240 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-B5240 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.

 

Final thoughts

For basic use, Toshiba Satellite C55-B5240 is a decent laptop if you have money constraint, if you can spend extra money, core i5 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.

Toshiba Black 17.3″ Satellite C75-D-C7220

It is quite possible that the exterior of Toshiba Black 17.3″ Satellite C75-D-C7220 Laptop 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 $370 ( at Walmart). Toshiba has deployed an AMD Quad core processor, A6-7310, 4GB RAM and 750GB RAM to ensure that you can furnish your day to day computing smoothly. Satellite C75-D-C7220 is not for avid gamers and will struggle if you try to run resource demanding games like Battlefield Hardline, Witcher 3 the wild Hunt and GTA V, even at low resolution. However, it can run  Sims 4, fifa 15, Dota 2 in low to medium resolution smoothly. It also supports browser games as well.  Model:  C75-D-C7220 is not a touch screen laptop and it comes with Windows 8.1 operating system rather than Windows 10. Considering its price, we can’t say it is an extremely cheap laptop.  Because, you will get HP Pavilion 17-f215dx Laptop (which powered by more powerful Intel core i5-5200u processor and has 6GB RAM and  750GB)  at Amazon  at around $500. Both the laptops come with inbuilt DVD burner and offer HDMI output and USB 3.0 as well. The HP laptop can run all latest games, but in low to medium resolution and settings and offers more performance for photo and video editing job.  To know more about specifications and performance of  Toshiba Black 17.3″ Satellite C75-D-C7220 read the following review.

As told earlier, Toshiba has opted for AMD A6-7310 APU for its C75-D-C7220, 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 2.2 GHz 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 C75D-C7220 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 MSI GP Series GP70 Leopard Pro-486 17.3-Inch Laptop which is currently on sale. It comes with Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor which has four cores and due to hyperthreading  the 4 cores can handle 8 threads at a time or behave like a 8 logical cores. It operates with 2.6 GHz of base frequency and turboboost upto to 3.6 GHZ. The laptop offers 8GB RAM, and 1TB 7200RPM Hard drive. It runs on Windows 8.1 OS. It offers full HD display and has solid NVIDIA GTX 950M graphics which not only offers gaming power but allows you to do heavy video editing and 3D rendering.  These features are missing in C75-D-C7220. It could be a decent choice if you don’t have budget for work station grade laptop. please note that

Back to Toshiba C75-D-C7220, 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 17.3” HD LED backlit display of Toshiba Satellite C75-D-C7220 comes with native resolution of 1600 X 900 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.

This laptop comes with standard numbers of ports and connectivity features which include 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI,, 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 C75-D-C7220 weighs around 5.9lbs and which means it can’t be carried out easily.

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

Final Thoughts

Considering the current price of $370, Toshiba Satellite C75-D-C7220 is a decent laptop for home users and students. But it cannot handle high end tasks.

Toshiba C55DT-C5230X Brushed Black 15.6″ Satellite laptop

Toshiba C55DT-C5230X Brushed Black 15.6″ Satellite laptop is a new laptop from Toshiba which comes with AMD A4-7210 APU and runs on Windows 10. This APU is from AMD’s latest 6th generation Carrizo product line. Other specifications of the laptop include 4GB RAM and 750GB RAM. It is a touchscreen laptop and comes with all necessary ports and connectivity feature. However, It would be interesting to know how much performance we can expect from this AMD A4-7210 quad core processor.  Model: C55DT-C5230X is perfectly fine for regular computing like typing docs, working with spreadsheets, web browsing, skype and HD video streaming etc. However, when it comes to gaming, it doesn’t offer much performance like other high end processors like AMD A10-8700P. Though you can’t play high end games in this machine yet games like Sims 4 and Fifa 15 can be played smoothly on this laptop. If you are looking for a laptop that offers performance for gaming as well as photo and video editing, you need a machine with much powerful configuration.  Acer Aspire E5-573G-59C3 is such a laptop which comes with Intel core i5-5200u broad well processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It comes with dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940M graphics with 2GB video memory. It will cost you around $550 but it is worth buying.  Based on your requirements, you can choose between i5-5200u and AMD A4-7210.

Here is comparison between AMD A4-7210 and core i5-5200U. AMD A4-7210 has 4 cores and it operates with base frequency of 1.8GHz. Due to boost, frequency of certain cores can increase up to 2.2GHz, on system demand.  The APU comes with 2MB of L2 cache. Unlike Intel core processors, it misses L3 cache.  It also lacks Hyperhreading technology.  Comparatively, A4-7210 is fabricated with 28nm architecture while i5-5200u processor is fabricated with 14nm architecture.  14nm processor chips are more power efficient but do not sacrifice the performance.

The i5-5200u processor is dual core processor and supports hyperthreading and turboboost  technology.  Also,  i5-5200u operates with base frequency of  2.2GHz and clock speed can boost upto 2.7GHz. Hyperthreading allows two cores to handle 4 threads at a time while Turboboost allows overclocking the processor up to certain extent. The i5-5200u also has 3MB of L3 cache.

Looking back at Toshiba Brushed Black C55DT-C5230X, it comes with AMD Radeon HD R3 graphics which is integrated graphics and is fused with the processor chip. It will support casual gaming. If you expect to play upcoming game like Fall out 4, you need a laptop with higher specs.  A4-7210 is an entry level processor, hence, working with Adobe Photoshop CS6. Illustrator, AutoCAD Revit is ruled out. You need high end laptop like ASUS K501LX-EB71 which, though not a touchscreen laptop, offers nice features at an affordable price. It comes with i7-5500u processor which is processed on 14nm chip and operates at very high frequency of 2.4GHz and the clock speed can boost up to 3GHz. It comes with a massive 4MB of L3 cache. The Asus laptop comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M with 2G GDDR3 Discrete Graphics. It also comes with 256GB SSD. SSDs are much faster than HDD. You can use this laptop for full HD video editing and high end gaming as well.

On the other hand, Model: C55DT-C5230X comes with 750GB HDD and 4GB RAM.  Memory is not user upgradable.

The 15.6” display of Satellite C55DT-C5230X supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which can play only 720p content but not full HD or 1080p. However, ASUS K501LX-EB71 offers full HD resolution.

Network Ports include 1 USB 3.0 port, 2  USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, 1  RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1  microphone/headphone combo jack  and SD card reader. There is an HD webcam with integrated microphone.  It also comes with built in drive.

The 4-cell lithium ion battery comes with a battery life of up to 6 hours 5 minutes

At $400, Toshiba Brushed Black C55DT-C5230X Satellite laptop is a good laptop, if you are looking for basic productivity only but if you need more performance, Acer Aspire E5-573G-59C3 would be a decent option.

Toshiba Black 17.3″ Satellite C75D-C7224

Powered by AMD A8-7410 processor,  Toshiba Black 17.3″ Satellite C75D-C7224 Laptop PC  is a decent laptop for those who are looking for a big laptop that offers performance for everyday computing, casual gaming and other slightly CPU intensive work like installing iTunes, video encoding/decoding and entry level photo and video editing. Toshiba Satellite C75D-C7224 incorporates 8GB memory and 1TB hard drive. This Windows 8.1 will cost you only $430. It’s definitely inexpensive but few sacrifices have been made in its configuration to reach this budget price. To begin with, it is not a touchscreen laptop. However, if you are looking for a touchscreen laptop with same processor and at an affordable price, you can take a look at HP Pavilion 17-g020nr which comes with 4GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. Right out of the box, it is Windows 8.1 laptop but you can upgrade it to Windows 10 at no extra cost. 4GB RAM is enough for home use.  Both laptops come with inbuilt DVD/CD drive. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Satellite C75D-C7224 :

Toshiba Black 17.3″ Satellite C75D-C7224 has AMD A8-7410 quad core processor which operates with base frequency of 2.2GHz and, due to Turboboost Technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.5GHz. The processor is energy efficient. However, it is not as fast as main stream i7-4720HQ or i7-5700HQ which has 4 cores. These two processors operate with much higher frequency and come with better integrated graphics. The performance of core AMD A8-7410 is comparable with Intel core i3-5010u processor which is a dual core processor but Hyperthreading enabled.

If your computing requirements include resource demanding applications like Adobe Photoshop Creative suite, Sony Vegas pro and AutoCAD, then you can consider Toshiba S55t-B5150 laptop which is a touchscreen laptop and comes with powerful Intel core i7-4720HQ processor, 12GB memory and 256GB hard drive. However, it is a 15.6” laptop but offers premium features like backlit keyboard and wireless ac, which are missing in C75D-C7224.

Toshiba C75D-C7224 comes with integrated Radeon 5 graphics which supports casual gaming. You can play Minecraft, Sims 4, World of Warcraft etc on this machine smoothly. But it will hardly run games like Risen 3 Titan lords, Watch Dogs, Hitman absolution etc. Being integrated graphics, it is not replaceable.

Toshiba Black 17.3″ Satellite C75D-C7224 comes with 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory which is not user expandable. However, 8GB memory is more than enough for basic multitasking and regular computing. The laptop comes with 750GB 5400rpm hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 8.1 operating system.  The laptop doesn’t come with MS office 365 full Version.

The 17.3” LED backlit TN display offers max resolution up to 1600 X 900 pixels which is pretty much standard for a 17” laptop. You can, however, stream full HD content to compatible TV and monitor via HDMI.

When it comes to ports and connectivity, the laptop offers reader for Secure Digital cards, 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Ethernet port and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It also comes with a HD webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n (Wireless connectivity). It comes in an attractive silver exterior which, even though made up of plastic, doesn’t look cheap.

Toshiba Satellite C75D-C7224 comes with 4 cell battery pack which offers up to 5 hours of battery life

Dell Inspiron I7558-4012BLK

If a 15.6” 2-in-1 laptop is in your shopping list, Dell Inspiron I7558-4012BLK is a good contender, but a quirky one. As dedicated numeric keypad is missing from the keyboard, you may take time to get used to its design; especially those who do lots of spreadsheet work.  Rest of the features of the laptop are quite impressive.  Dell Inspiron I7558-4012BLK is powered by Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. This Dell 7558 laptop can be flipped all the way around so that you can work in one of the four modes: Laptop, Stand, Tent, and Tablet. You can play games, do all your office works, watch videos, do photo and video editing jobs as well on this laptop.  The best part of this i5-5200u powered Dell Inspiron I7558 4012BLK is that it comes with full HD touchscreen display (1920 X 1080)p. It has premium features like backlit keyboard and wireless ac connectivity.  Dell – Inspiron 7000 Series 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop doesn’t come with solid state drive or SSD, rather it offers 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. However, a Solid State Drive has ability to improve the performance. SSDs offers almost instant data access, faster boot ups, faster file transfers and an overall snappier computing experience than hard drives. Also, SSD has no moving part and it consume less energy. You can also consider Toshiba Satellite Fusion 15 L55W-C5259 15.6-Inch Convertible 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD.  This laptop comes with numeric keypad on the board. Both the machines lack inbuilt drive.

Dell Inspiron I7558-4012BLK incorporates fifth generation core i5-5200u processor operating with 2.2 GHz speed. Due to Turboboost technology, the processor speed can rise up to 2.7GHz. The laptop comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics, which is integrated graphics and uses system memory.  You can play resource demanding games like Battlefield Hardline and Far Cry 4 but in low to medium details and settings. However, games like Minecraft and World of Warcraft can be played smoothly on this machine

Dell Inspiron I7558-4012BLK is not suitable for 3Ds Max, Solidworks and similar program. To run such applications, you need more powerful processor and Intel core i7-5500u is a dual core Ultra low voltage processor which is not a good choice for such CPU intensive works. However, for small 2D/3D model you can use it. Instead,  check out MSI MSI GE62 APACHE-276;9S7-16J212-276  mainstream laptop which comes with Intel core i7-5700HQ quad core processor, 12GB Memory, 1TB 7200rpm hard drive.  Though it costs you more yet it offers lots of feature like dedicated gaming graphics NVIDIA Geforce GTX960M Graphics with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM. This MSI Laptop is Windows 10 based laptop. It is a gaming laptop but supports all the CPU and GPU intensive tasks.

However, if you simply need a laptop for office and home usage, which supports basic productivity, video streaming, movies and skype/emailing then Dell Inspiron I7558-4012BLK offers more than enough performance.

The 15.6” display of I7558-4012BLK offers max resolution of 1920 X 1080p.  It comes with 8GB memory in single slot which is not expandable further. It is integrated with 500GB (3Gps ) 5400rpm hard drive.

Ports and connectivity features include 2xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0, multi-format card reader (Audio combo jack, HDMI, RJ-45. It weighs around 5lbs. Network connectivity is supported by Lenovo wireless AC, Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet.

The 3-cell “smart” lithium ion (43 WHr) battery offers max power back of 6 hours, depending upon usage.

Asus X555LA-SI50203H

Asus X555LA-SI50203H is a good value budget laptop for users with modest demand.  It is powered by 5th generation Intel core i5-5200Uprocessor and 6GB RAM, it’s a decent Windows 8.1 based laptop. It doesn’t offer full HD display and is not a touchscreen enabled laptop. However, for the asking price, it is pretty decent laptop if you consider the spec. It cost you around $430. Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 is a feasible alternative, costing $20-$30 more with a Full HD touchscreen display and same Intel core i5-5200u processor.  However, Asus X555LA-SI50203H offers more storage and more RAM. It is installed with 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive while Toshiba S55t-B5152 offers only 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Both the laptops can run all day to day computing activities along with some hardware demanding jobs. Running Office application, web browsing, IMing and streaming videos will not be an issue with this machine. You can also do some entry level photo and video editing as well as video transcoding job. However, don’t expect it to be fast with such tasks. In the end, Intel core i5-5200u is an entry level ULV (ultra low voltage) processor which is intended to reduce energy consumption. Asus X555LA-SI50203H comes with inbuilt optical drive which is missing in Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152.

Asus X555LA-SI50203H comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is not dedicated graphics but supports casual gaming. With 6GB Memory, you can play games like Sims 4, Minecraft, Dota 2 in low resolution and settings. However, if you are going to run upcoming games like Fall out 4, COD black ops 3, this ASUS X555LA laptop will hardly support it.  Nowadays you can get a decent gaming laptop (with dedicated graphics) around $500-$600. You can consider Acer Aspire E5-573G-59C3 which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive with 8GB SSD. It comes with NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 2GB dedicated video memory. It also comes with wireless ac which is missing in Asus X555LA-SI50203H.

The laptop is shipped with 6GB memory in single slot. 6GB is enough for basic multitasking and i5-5200U processor doesn’t support memory consuming programs like 3D rendering. It comes with 1TB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm speed and it is preinstalled with Windows 8.1. However, this laptop is eligible to free Windows 10 upgrade.

The 15.6” display of the Asus X555LA-SI50203H laptop supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it will support up to 720p video playback only.  As told earlier, it is not a touchscreen laptop.However, if you just want a touchscreen laptop for day to day computing activities like typing docs, running videos, listening music, skype etc,  Dell Inspiron I3543-5752BLK is more decent option for you. ( costing $70-$80 less).

Here is a brief comparison between i3-5005u and i5-5200u processors. Both the processors are part of Intel 5th generation or Broadwell family and are designed with same architecture. However, like earlier Intel i3 processor, this 2 GHz i3-5005u processor is Hyperthreading enabled which means 2 cores can handle 4 threads at a time. But it does not support Turboboost Technology which means the processor can’t be overclocked further. On the other hand i5-5200u processor operates with higher frequency of 2.2GHZ and, with the help of Turboboost technology, the processor speed can rise up to 2.7GHz. So i5-5200u will offer you better performance. If you are into gaming, i5-5200u or i7-5500u will be preferable as most game uses single core. .

Like other budget Asus laptops, Asus X555LA-SI50203H comes with standard ports and connectivity features like 2 USB.3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI, RJ 45, 1 VGA port,  SD card reader and headphone out/mic in combo jack. Surprisingly, it comes with VGA port though most laptop manufacturers already removed this feature.

Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet ( wired)  and 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.

The 2 cell 37 whr battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup however, it depends upon usage.

Toshiba Satellite S55-C5274

Toshiba Satellite S55-C5274 is a well configured laptop which makes it a good performer in both light gaming and general computing.  It is powered by Intel core i7-5500u dual core processor which is clocked at 2.4GHz but the speed can boost up to a considerable 3.2GHz, if thermal conditions are proper. The laptop is shipped with 12GB RAM, installed in two memory slots. Satellite S55-C5274 supports up to 16GB RAM.  Working with MS office or other similar application and surfing the internet with multiple tabs will not be an issue with this machine. When it comes to image editing, video transcoding and multitasking capabilities, Satellite S55-C5274 is able to perform such tasks as well.  Unfortunately, the system doesn’t come with a dedicated graphics card and you have to remain satisfied with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is an integrated graphics. You can compare the specs of  Toshiba Satellite S55-C5274  with ASUS K501LX-EB71 laptop which comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M Graphics  which not only offers performance for latest gaming, you can also use it for  full HD video editing job. The benefit of this laptop is that you get a dedicated graphics, 1080p or fullHD display panel and 256GB solid state drive at an affordable price. These features are missing in Toshiba S55-C5274. This Asus laptop is powered by Intel core i7-5500u processor and has 8GB RAM. Both of the laptops, however, are not touchscreen enabled. Toshiba runs on Windows 10 while Asus laptop runs on Windows 8.1 but is eligible for free Windows 10 upgrade.

Intel core i7-5500u is not as powerful as Intel core i7-4720HQ or i7-5700HQ. The latter is a quad core processor and operates with higher clock speed. For instance, i7-4720HQ operates with 2.6GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.6GHz on system demand whereas i7-5700HQ operates with base frequency of 2.7GHz and can scale up to 3.5GHz. Both come with massive cache of 6MB. Thus, if you are looking for beginners’ laptop which can run AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor etc., then Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5150 is more suitable option as it is a touchscreen laptop and powered by Intel core i7-4720HQ processor. It comes with 256GB Solid state drive instead of HDD which is slower than solid state drive. A speedy storage solution matters if you work with 3D designing, especially when you work with rendering. This satellite laptop will cost you around $750.

Toshiba Satellite S55-C5274 offers 1TB 5400rpm hard drive with Windows 10 preinstalled. .

As mentioned earlier, the 15.6” non-touch display of Toshiba Satellite S55-C5274 offers max resolution of 1366 X 768p which means you can’t view content in 1080p or full HD resolution. For full HD screen, you can choose ASUS K501LX-EB71.

Toshiba Satellite S55-C5274 comes with sufficient ports and connectivity options which include 3 USB 3.0 ports (1 with USB Sleep and Charge), Memory Card Reader, HDMI with 4K Ultra HD output capability and RJ 45. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-fi  ac and Bluetooth. It also comes with HD webcam with TruTalk technology.

The 4 cell 45whr battery offers up to 2-6 hours battery backup depending upon usage.

Toshiba Satellite L55D-C5269

Unlike many budget 15.6” laptops in the market, Toshiba Satellite L55D-C5269 looks relatively thin. In spite of the fact that it comes with a DVD burner, which is missing in many light and thin laptops in order to maintain the weight of laptop, Toshiba has managed to keep Satellite L55D-C5269 thin and light weight . AMD A10-8700p 1.8GHz Quad core processor is designed for power and thermal efficiency, but it can still perform excellently with demanding tasks and can turbo boost to a clock speed of 3.2GHz. It’s capable of whizzing through Windows and web pages in a flash, more hardware demanding games and multimedia tasks are supported by the presence of AMD Radeon HD R6 graphics which is part of the accelerated processor or APU. A10-8700P APU coming with Satellite L55D-C5269 is based on AMD’s new Carrizo Line. The performance of A10-8700p could be compared with that of i5-5200u and i7-5500u processors. According to company website, they have been able to implant 29% more transistors in almost the same die size as previous APU’s. It offers 40% rise in CPU energy efficiency and will deliver the greatest performance-per-watt. For example, it can decode 4K videos smoothly. However, the laptop screen doesn’t support this resolution. Instead, Toshiba introduces a standard display panel of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can playback 720p content but not 1080p. L55D-C5269 is not a touchscreen laptop. While looking for other laptops with similar specs, you can consider HP Pavilion 15-ab010nr 15.6-Inch touchscreen Laptop which also comes with AMD A10-8700p processor and offers 8GB memory. It is Windows 8.1 based  and entitled for free upgrade to Windows 10.

Toshiba Satellite L55D-C5269 comes with AMD A10-8700P APU which is a quad core processor, operating at base frequency of 1.8GHz and the frequency can Turboboost up to 3.2GHz. It comes with 2MB of L2 cache and new Radeon HD R6 graphics for Carrizo which supports DirectX 12. It can decode 4K videos, however, the display panel of the laptop in not compatible to play 4K videos. It comes with HDMI port which supports 4K, so you can watch 4K content on compatible TV or monitor. The laptop can run almost all latest games but not all games are playable in highest details and settings. The APU has only 2Mb of L2 cache whereas Intel core processor has L3 cache.

Toshiba L55D-C5269 comes with 8GB RAM which operates with 1600MHz. Memory is not user upgradable. However, AMD A10-8700p can support high speed memory of 2333MHz. Unfortunately, this Toshiba model offers battery with 1600Hz only. It comes with 1TB hard drive with 5400rpm speed. It doesn’t come with SSD drive though. Note that SSD can improve performance of the laptop significantly and reduce boot time as well.

The 15.6” non-touch display of L55D-C5269 offers max resolution 1366 X 768 pixels. However, if you are looking for touchscreen laptop with full HD resolution, take a look at Toshiba Satellite S55T-B5152 laptop which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. It comes with 1080p display panel. Intel core i5-5200u is mid-level laptop processor which can provide you all the performance that you expect from AMD A10-8700P. The cost of the laptop is around $450.

Besides HDMI, L55D-C5269 comes with standard ports and connectivity features. The laptop comes with 2 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 RJ-45 Ethernet port, 1 microphone/headphone combo jack and SD card reader.  There is a HD webcam with integrated microphone.  It comes with built-in DVD drive. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. However, Toshiba S55T-B5152 comes with wireless ac and Bluetooth as well

The 4-cell 45whr lithium ion battery comes with battery life of up to 5 hours which depends upon usage.

Final Thoughts

Toshiba L55D-C5269 comes with decent features and can do all the work which need to be accomplished at home and office. It is good for students as well. However, the laptop is not designed for professional grade software like AutoCAD, Revit, Sony Vegas pro, Coral draw or for music creation. For such tasks, you need better hardware configuration and a faster drive or SSD.

HP 15-ac163nr Laptop

Despite few shortcomings, the HP 15-ac163nr is a good value budget laptop for users with modest demand.  Powered by Intel core i3-5005U and 6GB RAM, it’s a decent Windows 10 based laptop. It doesn’t offer full HD display and is not a touchscreen enabled laptop. However, Windows 10 is compatible with non-touch laptops as well. Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152 is a viable alternative, costing $70-$80 more with a Full HD touchscreen display and powerful Intel core i5-5200u processor.  HP  N0N86UA#ABA or 15-ac163nr offers 750GB storage. It can support all day to day computing activities along with some hardware demanding jobs. Running Office application, web browsing, IMing and streaming videos will not be an issue with this machine. You can also do some entry level photo and video editing as well as video transcoding job. However, don’t expect it to be fast with such tasks. At the end of the day, Intel core i5-5005u is an entry level ULV (ultra low voltage) processor which is designed to reduce energy consumption. HP 15-ac163nr comes with inbuilt optical drive which is missing in Toshiba Satellite S55t-B5152.

Here is a brief comparison between i3-5005u and i5-5200u processors. Both the processors are part of Intel 5th generation or Broadwell family and are designed with same architecture. However, like earlier Intel i3 processor, this 2 GHz i3-5005u processor is Hyperthreading enabled which means 2 cores can handle 4 threads at a time. But it does not support Turboboost Technology which means the processor can’t be overclocked further. On the other hand i5-5200u processor operates with higher frequency of 2.2GHZ and, with the help of Turboboost technology, the processor speed can rise up to 2.7GHz. So i5-5200u will offer you better performance. If you are into gaming, i5-5200u or i7-5500u will be preferable as most game uses single core.

HP 15-ac163nr comes with Intel HD 5500 graphics which is not dedicated graphics but supports casual gaming. With 6GB Memory, you can play games like Sims 4, Minecraft, Dota 2 in low resolution and settings. However, if you are going to run upcoming games like Fall out 4, COD black ops 3, HP 15-ac163nr will hardly support it.  Nowadays you can get a decent gaming laptop (with dedicated graphics) around $500-$600. You can consider Acer Aspire E5-573G-59C3 which comes with Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive with 8GB SSD. It comes with NVIDIA GeForce 940M  with 2GB dedicated video memory. It also comes with wireless ac and Gigabit Ethernet which is missing in HP 15-ac163nr.

HP 15-ac163nr is shipped with 6GB memory in two slots. 6GB is enough for basic multitasking and i3-5005u processor doesn’t support memory consuming programs. It comes with 1TB hard drive which operates with 5400 rpm speed and it is preinstalled with Windows 10.

The 15.6” display of the laptop supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it will support up to 720p video playback only.

Like other budget HP 15 laptops, HP 15-ac163nr comes with standard ports and connectivity features like 2 USB.2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI, RJ 45, SD card reader and headphone out/mic in combo jack. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet ( wired)  and 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.

The 3 cell battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup however, it depends upon usage.