HP 15-bs191od Specs Review

A common complaint about inexpensive laptops is that the manufacturers decide to remove some features, in order to bring down the price, and HP 15-bs191od is not an exception to this. Still, it offers plenty of performance for its price. It has latest 8th gen Intel Core i5-8250u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. The downside of HP 15-bs191od is that it comes with pretty standard Display supporting max resolution 1366 X 768 pixels, which is not Full HD resolution ( 1920 X 1080). It has the slower hard drive as well. A solid state drive offers fast booting and uploading of files. These features are preferable if you want to edit photo and videos. The laptop has Integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics which only supports low-end games like Minecraft, Team Fortress 2 and Rocket league. For demanding games like Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Destiny 2, you should look for discrete graphics equipped laptop. For instance, you can consider Acer E5-576G-5762 which is powered by same 8th generation Intel Core i5-8250u processor but has NVIDIA Geforce MX150 graphics with 2GB Dedicated GDDR5 video memory and 8GB DDR4 RAM. It has 256GB Solid state Drive, Full HD widescreen display, and backlit keyboard. None of these are touchscreen enabled or 2-in-1 laptop. However, the laptops run Windows 10 home OS, so you don’t really need a touchscreen interface.  Here is a brief review of specifications and performance of HP 15-bs191od:

Model: 15-bs191od doesn’t come with backlit keyboard and fingerprint reader. It weighs around 4.3 lbs and is little heavy to lug around. If you are looking for a lightweight laptop with the premium feel then you can consider Asus F510UA-AH51, which is also powered by Intel core i5-8250u and installed with 8GB RAM plus 1TB hard drive. The laptop comes with full HD IPS display which offers crisp picture quality as well as wide viewing angle. The laptop also comes with fingerprint reader and USB 3.1 type C port which is missing the HP 15-bs191od. The Asus laptop weighs around 3.7lbs.  However, to make it lightweight, inbuilt CD/DVD drive is missing in the configuration. But you can always use an external CD/DVD drive.

It is powered by Intel Core i5-8250u processor which is a quad-core processor and operates at the base frequency of 1.6GHz while the frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz. It has 6MB of cache. Though it operates with the low frequency of 1.6GHz, it is much powerful compared to dual-core i5-7200u s. Also, i5-7200u comes with less cache.  However, you can’t say HP 15-bs191od is a workstation grade laptop as the processor is ultra-low-voltage processor and comes with max TDP of 25 watts.  For instance, MSI WE62 7RJ-1832US is a workstation grade laptop and comes with Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor ( 2.8Gz-3.8GHz, max TDP 45 watts), 16GB RAM and 512GB M.2 SATA solid state drive. It has NVIDIA Quadro graphics as well.

As told earlier, 15.6” display of 15-bs191od supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p. Ports and connectivity features on the laptop include 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45, 1 headphone/microphone combo and SD card reader.  Like Acer E5-576G-5762, HP 15-bs191od also comes with inbuilt CD/DVD burner. All the above-mentioned laptops come with the integrated webcam.

The network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, wireless ac, and Bluetooth. The battery of the laptop offers backup up to 5/6 hours approx., depending upon usage.

Lenovo 81CX0000US 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop Review

Lenovo 81CX0000US 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop is a convertible laptop but it comes with a very basic processor, only 2GB RAM, and 64GB hard drive. The laptop is designed for students and for those who are always on the go and need a computer that supports basic computing. This laptop supports streaming videos but it is not suitable for editing photo and videos, transcoding audio and video files etc. Model: 81CX0000US is not a gaming laptop. The laptop is integrated with Intel Celeron N3350 processor which is a very weak processor. It has two cores and it operates with 1.1GHz of the base frequency. Turbo frequency limit of this processor is 2.4GHz. However, it offers enough performance for typing documents, surfing the Internet and emailing/skype. The Laptop comes with only 2GB DDR3L SDRAM and a big chunk of it is consumed by Windows 10 Operating system. You can’t expand physical memory. The laptop comes with 64GB eMMC. Again a big part of it is taken by Windows 10 OS. You can also consider Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11E-G3 Convertible 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop which is powered by Intel Celeron N3150. It has 4 cores, operating with the high base frequency of 1.6GHz, and Turbo-frequency of this processor is 2.08GHz.  It has 4GB DDR3L RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. It also comes with Windows 10 operating system. Though N3150 is not a high-end processor yet it offers better multi-tasking performance. It costs you little extra but you are getting a better processor, more memory, and more storage.

When it comes to benchmark, the Passmark scores for N3350 is 1120 while the same for N3150 is 1668. None of these laptops come with CD/DVD burner. However, you can always buy an external USB based CD/DVD driver. Both the laptops come with very weak integrated graphics which hardly supports latest PC gaming. Even low-end games like Team fortress 2 will struggle to run on this laptop.

If you need more space and better processor, you can consider Dell Inspiron i3179-0000GRY 2 in 1 touchscreen laptop which has Intel core m3-7Y30 processor. It has 2 cores and, with the help of hyperthreading, 2 cores can handle 4 threads at a time. Though it operates between 1GHz to 2.6GHz frequency range, it comes with better architecture. The Laptop has 4GB DDR3L RAM and 500GB hard drive.  Like other 2 in-1 models, this laptop also lacks CD/DVD burner.

None of the above-mentioned laptops come with the backlit keyboard. The hard drive space of Lenovo 81CX0000US 2-in-1 laptop is not internally expandable but you can always use external hard drive or SD card. It has SD card reader as well. It doesn’t come with full Version of Microsoft office.

When it comes to port and connectivity features, Model: 81CX0000US offers 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 port. It has HDMI port as well. The laptop comes with an integrated webcam. However, this laptop doesn’t have RJ port. Thus, support for wired network connectivity is ruled out. However, it has support for Wireless AC and Bluetooth. The battery offers up to 7-8 hours of battery backup. However, it depends upon usage as well.

HP 15-BW011DX Review

HP 15-BW011DX is a highly affordable laptop but you should know about the compromises that have been made to make it affordable. It is a little short on memory as well as storage. It has only 4GB 1866MHz RAM and 500GB hard drive. HP 15-BW011DX is powered by the dual core AMD A6-9220 processor which operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and frequency can rise up to 2.9GHz. Unlike Intel’s Core i3-7100u processor, it doesn’t have Hyperthreading technology which means 2 cores of AMD A6-9220 can handle only 2 threads at a time. It has only 1MB of cache while Intel core i3-7100u have 3MB of cache. However, i3-7100u operates with 2.4GHz and the frequency can’t rise further. But it can handle 4 threads at a time. If you compare benchmark of the two processors, you will find i3-7100u is a clear winner. The Passmark score for AMD A6-9220 is 2315 while the same for Intel core i3-7100u is 3683.  HP 15-BW011DX can easily accomplish day to day tasks like surfing Internet, streaming videos, emailing skype, writing term papers etc. It also supports small photo editing. It doesn’t come with a backlit keyboard. You can also consider Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM which has i3-7100u processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It also has the backlit keyboard and Full HD display ( 1920 X 1080).

HP 15-BW011DX comes with the standard display which supports the max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. This is not a touchscreen laptop. However, you don’t need touchscreen interface with Windows 10 OS as it is not a 2-in1 laptop. The laptop comes with integrated AMD Radeon R4 graphics which is not suitable for gaming but can run low-end games like team fortress in low to medium details and setting. Acer E5-575-33BM also comes with Integrated Intel HD 620 processor but offers better gaming performance. But none of these are gaming laptops and you can’t upgrade graphics. If you are looking for cheap AMD powered laptop that offers enough performance, you can consider Lenovo 320-15 which is powered by AMD quad-core A12-9720p processor operating between 2.7GHz to the 3.6GHz frequency range. The Lenovo laptop is installed with 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB hard drive.  It cost you little more but it offers better processor, more memory, and more storage. However, this laptop is not a gaming or workstation grade laptop and its performance cannot beat the 8th generation Intel core i5-8250u powered laptop.

HP 15-BW011DX comes with 4GB 1866Mhz RAM and memory is not user expandable. It has 500GB  5400rpm hard drive which comes preloaded with Windows 10 Operating system. It doesn’t come with full Version of Microsoft office.

HP 15-BW011DX offers 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI; 1 RJ-45, 1 headphone/microphone combo and SD card reader.  Please note that USB 3.1 Gen 1 supports 5GBps speed while USB 3.1 Gen 2 supports 10GBps speed. The laptop has CD/DVD burner and integrated webcam. Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM comes with USB 3.1 type C port and CD/DVD burner as well.

HP 15-BW011DX has the non-backlit keyboard. The network connectivity is supported by wired and wireless connectivity. It also supports Bluetooth. The Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM has backlit keyboard

HP 15-BW011DX is integrated with 3 cell 31whr lithium battery which offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

HP Pavilion 15-cc123cl Touchscreen Laptop Review

HP has introduced the latest 8th generation core i5-8250u processor in HP Pavilion 15-cc123cl Touchscreen Laptop. Other hardware specs include 12 GB DDR3L RAM and 1366 X 768 pixels touchscreen display, which is not full HD display. It has 1TB 5400rpm traditional hard drive which is slower than a Solid State Drive. For HD photo and video editing or 3D designing, a full HD display and Solid State Drive are more preferred. Another drawback of HP 15-cc123cl is the integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics. You can run low end games like Minecraft and Sims 4 on this laptop but to play games like Destiny 2, Call of Duty: WWII and Overwatch,  you may  need to reduce settings. You can also consider Acer Nitro AN515-51-55WL budget gaming laptop which comes with i5-7300HQ quad core processor which operates at much higher base frequency compared to HP 15-cc123cl. The Acer laptop comes with discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti  graphics with 4GB GDDR5 video memory plus 8GB DDR4 RAM ( expandable up to 32GB). Note DDR4 RAM is faster than DDR3L RAM. It also has full HD IPS display and backlit keyboard (red light). It comes with dual fan to cool the system. However, the Acer laptop is not a touchscreen laptop and lacks optical drive. But you can always use an external DVD drive. None of these are 2-in-1 convertible laptop.

8th generation Intel core i5-8250u processor operates with base frequency of 1.6GHz and , with the help of turboboost , the frequency can rise up to 3.4 GHz. It has 6MB of RAM but it comes with 25w TDP (max). On the other hand, Intel core i5-7300HQ is a 7th generation quad core processor and is designed for CPU intensive programs. It operates with higher base frequency of 2.5GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. It has 6MB of cache and the TDP of the processor is 45w (max). If you are planning to run CPU intensive programs on your laptop then i5-7300HQ processor is more preferable. However, if you are looking for a laptop for day to day computing, occasional photo and video editing and casual PC gaming, then HP Pavilion 15-cc123cl can do the job for you.

HP 15-cc123cl weighs around 4.67lbs which is not too heavy to lug around. If you are looking for a light weight laptop with similar configuration and within same price range then you can consider Asus F510UA-AH51 which weighs around 3.7lbs. It is powered by Intel core i5-8250u processor and has 8GB DDR4 RAM but it is not a touchscreen laptop. Again, it comes with full HD IPS display while the HP laptop has 1366 X 768 display. Asus F510UA-AH51 offers finger print reader as well which is missing in HP 15-cc123cl. Asus laptop lacks CD/DVD burner but you can always use an external USB based external CD/DVD burner.

HP Pavilion 15-cc123cl Touchscreen Laptop comes with 12GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. It comes with 1 TB 5400rpm hard drive preload with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. You can easily replace the hard drive with a Solid State Drive. All you need to do is to remove the optical drive, back cover and integrated battery to reach the hard drive. This laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft Office. However, there are many cheap version of office suites available in the market offering almost similar features.

Ports and connectivity features included in the laptop are 1 USB 3.1 Type C, 2 USB 3.1, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN), 1 Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It has backlit keyboard with integrated numeric keypad. Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless ac and Bluetooth. The 3 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup.

 

HP 15-bw032WM 15.6″ Smoke Gray Laptop Review

Considering its price, the hardware configuration of HP 15-bw032WM 15.6″ Smoke Gray Laptop is quite appealing.  It comes with a quad-core A12-9720p accelerated processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. The laptop is fast enough for day-to-day tasks such as running office applications, internet surfing, streaming videos and movies and emailing/skype. It also supports resource demanding programs like the photo and video editing, audio/video transcoding, compressing large files and some 3D designing. However, it’s worth noting that this laptop is not a workstation grade laptop. So you may not get fast performance for such tasks.  It comes with AMD Radeon R7 integrated graphics which supports casual PC gaming. Low-end games like Sims 4 and Minecraft will run smoothly on this machine. To play high-end games like Destiny 2 and Assassin’s creed Origins, you may need to reduce setting or resolution. It has a touchscreen display but you really don’t need touch interface with this laptop as HP 15-bw032WM is not a 2-in-1 convertible laptop. A Solid State Drive could have improved performance of the laptop to some extent. Solid State Drive helps in faster booting and file upload. You can also consider Lenovo IdeaPad 320 15.6″ HD Laptop which is powered by A12-9720p and has 8GB DDR4 RAM but it comes with 256GB Solid State Drive. Solid State Drives are much faster than traditional hard drives. But this laptop is not a touchscreen laptop. None of these, however, are workstation grade laptop. Also, none of them has dedicated graphics with separate video memory. Integrated graphics uses system memory. These laptops lack backlit keyboard as well.

AMD A12-9720p operates at base frequency 2.7GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.6GHz. It has 4MB of L2 cache.  AMD Radeon HD R7 graphics is merged with processor chip, so you can’t upgrade graphics. Basically, the performance of HP 15-bw032wm is equivalent to Lenovo 80XS0024US which is a cheaper and non-touch enabled laptop. It comes with similar hardware configuration. Read buyers’ review of Lenovo 80XS0024US here.

If you looking for a budget Touchscreen laptop with robust performance then you can consider Dell Inspiron i5565-5850GRY touchscreen laptop which is powered by quad-core AMD FX-9800p accelerated processor. It is clocked with 2.7GHz-3.6GHz and has 16 GB DDR4RAM. This laptop comes with Dedicated AMD Radeon R8 M445 Dual Graphics with 4GB video memory. You can play almost all latest games on this laptop. Furthermore, it comes with Full HD touchscreen display (1920 X 1080p), while the touchscreen display of HP 15-bw032WM supports the max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. Full HD offers you more accurate colors and is helpful in the photo and video editing. This Dell laptop comes with a backlit keyboard while HP 15-bw032WM comes with the non-backlit keyboard.

HP 15-bw032WM has only 8GB DDR4 RAM. Though you can access memory slot, according to the manufacturer, memory is not user upgradable. The Laptop comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. You can replace the hard drive with a Solid State Drive to improve the performance of the laptop. But before upgrading memory or hard drive you must ask the manufacturer, else you may end up voiding product warranty. None of the laptops mentioned above come with Full Version of Microsoft office.

The laptop comes with standard ports and connectivity features. It has 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 and 1 headphone/microphone combo. It also has SD card reader, integrated webcam and dual speakers. The keyboard is non-backlit but it has integrated numeric keypad. HP 15-bw032WM supports both wired and wireless network connectivity.

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

 

HP 15-bs020WM

Even though HP 15-bs020WM is a touchscreen laptop, it is not a very powerful laptop. It incorporates earlier generation Braswell processor, more precisely Intel Pentium N3710 processor. It comes with 4cores but it is not as powerful as 7th generation Intel Core i3-7100u. Other features of this laptop are pretty average. It has 4GB DDR3L RAM. Actually, the processor doesn’t support DDR4 RAM. The laptop is installed with 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive. Basically, it is designed for people with a limited budget or those who have very limited use. HP 15-bs020WM is not suitable for Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, Revit and other similar programs. It is not a gaming laptop either. The laptop comes with basic integrated Intel HD 405 graphics. You can’t play games like Call of Duty: WWII or Destiny 2 smoothly on this machine.  HP 15-bs020WM is not a 2-in-1 convertible laptop.  If you increase your budget to some extent, you can get a better laptop like Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch laptop which is powered by more powerful 7th generation Intel core i3-7100u laptop. It has 4GB DDR4-2133MHz RAM and 1TB 5400rpm. Other attractive features of this laptop are Full HD display (1920 X 1080)p and a backlit keyboard. HP 15-bs020WM doesn’t come with the backlit keyboard and has the standard display (1366 X 768). Again the Acer laptop supports Wireless ac and has USB 3.1 Type C port. HP 15-bs020wm doesn’t offer USB 3.1 Type C port. However, the Acer laptop is not a touchscreen laptop but you don’t need touchscreen laptop with Windows 10.

The 7th gen Intel core i3-7100u has two cores and it operates with the high base frequency of 2.4GHz while the Pentium has 4 cores but it operates at the low base frequency of 1.6GHz and frequency can rise up to 2.56GHz. Intel core i3-7100u has two cores but it is hyperthreading enabled which means 2 cores can work as 4 virtual cores. Hyperthreading is missing in Intel Pentium N3710. Intel core i3-7100u has 3MB of Smart cache while Pentium N3710 has 2MB of L2 cache. When it comes to Cinebench R15 single core benchmark, the Pentium N3710 scores 43 points while i3-7100u scores 103. For multi-core Cinebench R15 benchmark, the i3-7100u score is 262 while Pentium N3710 score is 155. i3-7100u processor supports casual photo and video editing as well.

Thus, for both single-threaded and multithreaded applications, core i3-7100u will offer you better performance. Again, the Acer laptop comes with Intel HD 620 graphics which can run games like Minecraft and Sims 4 smoothly. However, none of these laptops is gaming laptop and you can’t upgrade graphics.

If you are looking for a budget gaming laptop, you can consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 which is powered by Intel core i5-7200u processor (operates with 2.5GHz- 3.1GHz, has hyperthreading enabled). It comes with dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory plus 8GB DDR4 RAM. It has 256GB Solid State Drive, backlit keyboard, and full HD display. You can play almost all latest games on this laptop. Solid state Drive offers faster booting and file uploading. This laptop is perfect to run Adobe Photoshop, Sony Vegas Pro, Solid works etc. However, this laptop is not a workstation grade laptop and is not designed for professional 3D designing.

All the above-mentioned laptops come with the Optical drive which serves as CD/DVD burner and run Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system.

HP 15-bs020WM has 4GB DDR3L RAM and supports max 8GB RAM. However, both the Acer laptops support up to 32GB RAM. This laptop doesn’t offer the full version of Microsoft office. However, cheap office suites are available in the market as well.

When it comes to ports and other connectivity features, it comes with one USB 2.0 port, memory card reader, 2 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, combo audio jack and Ethernet port. It comes with the webcam as well.  The laptop offers dual speaker and supports both wired and wireless connectivity. It has the removable battery that supports up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

HP PAVILION X360 14M-BA015DX Review

HP PAVILION X360 14M-BA015DX is a 2-in-1 budget laptop. It is powered by Intel Core i3-7100u processor, so you can’t expect great performance from it. The laptop has 8GB RAM and the hardware specs can support day to day tasks like typing docs and spreadsheets, creating presentations, compressing large files, downloading music, casual photo, and video editing etc. The main drawback of this laptop is that it doesn’t come with full HD display and it has slower hard drive. A Solid State Drive is helpful in improving the performance to some extent. The touchscreen display of HP 14M-BA015DX supports the max resolution of 1366 X 768 only. You can also consider Acer SP513-51-38M1 which comes with IPS Full HD (1920 X 1080)p touchscreen display and 128GB Solid State Drive.  IPS Full HD display offers better picture quality and wider viewing angle. But it comes with only 4GB DDR4 memory which is expandable up to 16GB.  However, 4 GB memory is enough for day to day tasks. If it is not a high-end processor then memory alone cannot increase the performance of the laptop. None of these laptops come with backlit keyboard and DVD/CD burner. But you can always use external CD/DVD writer. HP PAVILION 14M-BA015DX comes with USB 3.1 type C port which is missing in the Acer laptop.

Intel core i3-7100u is the 7th generation core processor and operates with 2.4 GHz frequency. It has two cores and the frequency can’t be raised further. The processor supports all day to day tasks but, if you need to edit HD photo and videos or want to do 3D designing, you should consider the laptop with higher specs. For such requirements, you can consider Dell i5379-5043GRY-PUS 2in-1 convertible laptop. It is powered by Intel Core i5-8250 processor which is 8th generation processor and has 4 cores. The processor is capable of hyperthreading, thus, 4 cores can handle 8 threads at a time. It has 6MB of cache.  The laptop incorporates 8GB DDR4 RAM, expandable up to 16GB, and 1TB hard drive. You can easily replace the hard drive with Solid State drive for better performance. Again, it features 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS True-life LED-Backlit Touch Display.

Another significant feature of the Dell convertible laptop is that it comes with a backlit keyboard and has the infra-red webcam. The HP laptop comes with a non-backlit keyboard and a standard 720p webcam.

HP PAVILION X360 14M-BA015DX is installed with 8GB DDR4 RAM which is expandable up to 12GB. However, it is not easy to access the memory slot. To get access to memory slot, you have to almost dismantle the laptop. It comes with the 500GB 5400rpm hard drive, preloaded with Windows 10 home operating system. Solid state drive is always preferable over traditional hard drive. None of these laptops come with full version of Microsoft office.

HP PAVILION X360 14M-BA015DX comes with a sufficient number of ports and other connectivity options. It has 1 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1 (Data Transfer up to 5 Gb/s) port, 2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI and 1 headphone/microphone combo. All the above-mentioned laptops lack wired network connectivity which is not unusual nowadays. As told earlier, the keyboard of this HP laptop is non-backlit and doesn’t feature a numeric keypad.

The network connectivity is supported by 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth. The battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup which depends upon usage.

Dell I3567-5664BLK-PUS Specs Review

This Black Friday, if you are looking for an all-purpose touchscreen laptop, take a look at Dell  I3567-5664BLK-PUS. It is powered by 7th generation Intel Core i5-7200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 2 TB 5400 rpm hard drive. Note this laptop doesn’t come with Solid-state Drive and the display is pretty standard which supports the max resolution of 1366 X 768. It is a fact that cheap laptops always come with compromises. Model: I3567-5664BLK-PUS is no exception but it will offer you good performance for day to day tasks like running office applications, streaming videos and movies, surfing the internet and emailing/skype etc. You can also run software like Adobe Photoshop CS6, Sony Vegas Pro 15, and Audacity etc., on this laptop. However, you won’t get fast performance for such tasks. Unlike 8th generation core i5-8250u processor, the 7th generation core i5-7200u has only two cores and 3MB of cache. Intel core i5-8250u, on the other hand, has 4 physical cores and 6MB of cache.  Both the processors are hyperthreading enabled, thus, 4 cores of i5-8250u can handle 8 threads at a time while i5-7200u can handle 4 threads at a time. So if you are looking for a budget laptop with latest specs, you can consider Asus F510UA-AH51 which comes with 8th generation Intel Core i5-8250u processor and Full HD IPS display (1920 X 1080p).It also has fingerprint reader and USB 3.1Type C port which is missing in Dell I3567-5664BLK-PUS.  The Asus laptop also supports wireless ac with backward compatibility while the Dell laptop supports up to 802.11 b/g/n.  It has 8GB DDR4 memory and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive.

The Asus laptop does not come with a touchscreen display. However, you don’t need touchscreen display as any of these are the 2-in-1 laptop and Windows 10 goes well with none touch interface. Again, the Asus F510UA-AH51 is quite sleek and light in weight. It weighs around 3.7lbs while Dell I3567-5664BLK-PUS weighs around 5.07lbs. Of course, the reason behind the light weight of Asus is the missing CD/DVD burner which you will get in Dell laptop. But you can always use a USB based external CD/DVD burner and Asus laptop comes with plenty of USB ports.

Now, two cores of i5-7200u operate with the base frequency of 2.7GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz while the i5-8250u operates with base frequency of 1.6GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.4GHz. Even though i5-8250u operates at the low base frequency, it hardly matters as the frequency depends upon processor workload.  When it comes to benchmark, the PassMark score for i5-8250u is 7666 approx while i5-7200u scores 4677.

None of the laptops discussed above come with dedicated graphics and backlit keyboard. Model: I3567-5664BLK-PUS has Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which supports the low-end game like Minecraft. However, games like GTA V and  Overwatch are playable into low to medium details and settings. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 which comes with Intel Core i5-7200u processor but has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory plus 8GB DDR4 RAM ( expandable up to 32GB). It has 256GB Solid State Drive, backlight keyboard, Full HD display and CD/DVD burner as well. Also, it has USB 3.1 Type C port and it supports wireless ac as well.

Dell I3567-5664BLK-PUS supports up to 16GB DDR4 RAM. But the memory and hard drive are not easily accessible and, hence, difficult to replace. You need to remove the battery, the optical drive, keyboard and base cover to get access to memory and hard drive. It has 2TB hard drive which is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64-bit operating system. You won’t get the full version of Microsoft office with this laptop.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, Model I3567-5664BLK-PUS comes with two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, HDMI, RJ Port, audio combo port and multi-format SD card reader. It has the non-backlit keyboard and a webcam. Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet, wireless 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth. The 4 cell 40whr lithium-ion battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

 

Samsung UN32M5300AFXZA or UN32M5300 Review

Samsung has been making many of the HD televisions that we all have in our home and they keep adding more to the list of the best televisions that would be on anyone’s to buy list. And their latest model Samsung UN32M5300AFXZA or UN32M5300 moves the bar even higher. Though this is a standard 32-inch television, the stands are not based at the center and placed near the edges, this the weight of the television is evenly distributed and there is proper balancing to the television, making it more stable and less shaky. There are standard wall mounting ( vesa 100 X 100) options available in this television but the composite /component outputs start at the back and if you are going to mount this television on the wall then you need to think about giving some spacing for having the composite/component outputs connected. Read the Buyers’ Review here

One thing that is a bit of a disadvantage in this television is that in darker environments the black looks little like grey. So, if you are planning to buy this and you are going to deploy it in an environment which is going to have lesser light and ambiance than you should provide extra lighting to the television to ensure that your content gets delivered as you intend it to be. Alternatively, you can consider VIZIO D32-D1 D-Series 32″ Class Full Array LED Smart TV which produces deeper black and has low input lag. Also, it has 3 HDMI input while Samsung UN32M5300 comes with 2 HDMI.

Samsung UN32M5300AFXZA has the standard thickness (2.68″) and the dimensions are like other products in the market, there is nothing specifically great or bad about it when it comes to the exterior design. Well if you compare the overall thickness of this television to the other televisions that are on par with it and available in the market, you will find that this television is little thicker than its counterparts and there is a reason behind the same. The reason making it thicker is because there is enough space to dissipate the heat, thus making the components used have a better and longer lifespan and thus the television works for a longer period without any trouble. The television screen temperature is normally around the 34-degree centigrade range but the maximum it can shoot up to is another 4 degrees more than the normal average that is 38 degrees centigrade.

Though the materials used for making the exteriors are plastic, the finishing looks perfect and strong.

The viewing angle of the Samsung UN32M5300 is also not that great if you compare it against the other televisions in the market. Well this is television is mainly designed to meet the home needs and it will be perfect for your  bedroom but then it is not designed to meet multiple purposes, so when you end up using it for all the needs that you can think off, then you will feel that some places it might not deliver you the expected performance or be that effective as you want it to be. So better to go through to specifications word by word and match it to your requirements and then decide.

The picture quality of this television is little disappointing, to be honest. Samsung UN32M5300 television can take 480p, 720p and 1080p input but it doesn’t have the capability to take the 4K input. The sound quality of this television is just average, though its predecessors were market leaders when scaled on the audio and video quality. This television packs the smart  TVfeatures, thus you can use this to connect to the internet and browse through online video streaming services such as youtube and so on. Also, it has remote application which you can install on your smart phone and use it to control the television.

Average power consumption is 27 Watts and the maximum power consumption is 51 Watts. The motion interpolation technology present in this television delivers 30fps video but there is no support for 60 fps motion interpolated video playback. Also, there is support for 24p judder free video playback in this television, if you are sensitive to judder then you will feel annoyed when you use this television for watching 24p video content. When comes to input, it has Antenna in,  two HDMI, one USB, one digital optical output, 3.5mm jack, one component 1 shared with composite in and Ethernet. However, VIZIO D32-D1 has 3 HDMI port.

Well, all the other technical specifications and the numbers connected to it can be found out on the internet. So, list down your requirements and gauge it against what this television offers and if it ticks all your boxes, then you will buy it and enjoy what it offers. When you do the process, you will know that you will get all your requirements met and ticked off and buying this will be the best smart decision you would have ever made in your life.

HP 15-cc178cl Review

HP 15-cc178cl is a non-touchscreen laptop but it comes with plenty of features that make it a true all-purpose laptop. It incorporates a quad-core Intel i7-8550u processor and has a massive cache of 8MB. The processor operates at 1.8GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 4GHz. Other significant features of this laptop are discrete  NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 4GB GDDR3 video memory, Full HD display, and backlit keyboard. The laptop is installed with 8GB DDR4 RAM. Memory is not user accessible which is a drawback for this laptop. Another, the disadvantage of HP 15-cc178cl is a slow 2TB,5400 rpm hard drive. We would expect a Solid State Drive which improves the performance of the laptop to some extent. If you are going to use the laptop for HD photo and video editing or 3D designing, a Solid State drive is very useful. Alternatively, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-576G-81GD which comes with same Intel Core i7-8550u processor but has 256GB Solid State Drive. It comes with latest dedicated gaming graphics – NVIDIA Geforce MX150 graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory. The NVIDIA MX 150 is built with Pascal architecture (14nm) while NVIDIA 940MX is built with old Maxwell architecture ( 28nm). Again, NVIDIA MX150 has higher Clock speed compared to 940MX. If you are looking for a laptop for gaming then NVIDIA MX150MX based laptop should be preferred over an NVIDIA 940MX laptop.

Acer Aspire E5-576G-81GD comes with 8GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. Like HP 15- cc178cl, it also has Full HD display and backlit keyboard. Both the laptops come with the inbuilt DVD burner. However, none of these is touchscreen laptop.

If you are looking for a touchscreen laptop with similar features, you can consider Dell i7570-7817SLV-PUS which comes with 8th generation Intel Core i7-8550u processor. It has 8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM and the memory is expandable up to 32GB.  The laptop comes with 1TB hybrid HDD with 8GB SSD cache. So you can expect faster booting. Dell laptop comes with NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 4GB DDR5 video memory while HP 15-cc178cl comes with GDDR3 video memory. Keep in mind that GDDR3 memory is slower than GDDR5 memory. It also has the backlit keyboard and full HD touchscreen display. Again, the Dell laptop comes with the 180-degree hinge which allows to lay the screen flat. It also has the inbuilt infrared webcam, with Windows hello feature, which allows facial recognition.

Though HP 15-cc178cl comes with quad-core i7-8550u processor, it is not a workstation grade laptop. But it is good enough for casual media editing and designing. It supports almost all latest PC games including Overwatch and Rocket league but all games are playable smoothly at highest settings. The laptop is fast enough for day to day computing. If you are looking for a laptop for heavy 3D designing or HD video editing, you should go for a workstation grade laptop.

When it comes to port and connectivity features, Model #:  15-cc178cl offers 1 USB Type-C™ 3.1 Gen 1 (Data up to 5Gb/s), 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45, 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack and SD card reader. The backlit keyboard comes with the dedicated numeric keypad. It has a 720p webcam. For network connectivity, it supports Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth. The 3-cell 41 WHr lithium-ion prismatic battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup.