Dell I3558-14590BLK

Dell I3558-14590BLK is powered by 5th generation Intel core i5-5200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It is neither a touchscreen nor a 2-in-1 laptop but, under $500 price tag, specs of the laptop are quite impressive. It is, however, disappointing to find that the laptop comes with low resolution display and slow storage option. Performance of the laptop will be impacted due to these features, if you are going to run image or video editing program like Adobe Photoshop. For better color accuracy, Full HD display is preferable.  Dell  I3558-14590BLK will be able to execute office tasks smoothly. Working with MS office, browsing web with multiple tabs and emailing/skype will not be an issue with this machine.  It can stream videos and movies as well. As far as PC gaming is concerned, not all high end games like the GTA V, The Witcher 3, Call of Duty Black ops III will run smoothly on this machine. But you can play these games in low resolution and settings.  You can also consider HP 15-ay013nr laptop which comes with Intel core i5-6200u 6th generation processor (offers better performance than i5-5200u), 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. It has full HD display as well. However, none of these laptops are workstation grade and do not come with dedicated graphics.  Dell I3558-14590 doesn’t come with backlight keyboard either.

If you are looking for a budget laptop that offers blazing fast performance for office tasks, supports latest PC games, allows HD photo and video editing and can do some 2D/3D rendering job, then Acer  e5-575g-53vg laptop will be a better option. It comes with 6th generation Intel core i5-6200u processor and has dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB video memory. It also comes with 256GB Solid state Drive and 8GB DDR4 RAM which is faster than DDR3L RAM. It offers Full HD display and backlight keyboard as well. If you just need a laptop for regular computing then Dell I3558-14590BLK or HP 15-ay013nr will be good enough.   Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Dell I3558-14590BLK.

Core i5-5200u processor is a 5th generation Intel core processor, operating with base frequency of 2.2GHz while the frequency can rise up to 2.7GHz on system demand. Intel core i5-6200u, on the other hand, operates with 2.3GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. Both the processors have 3MB of cache. From the architectural point of view, i5-6200u is more advanced as it is a part of Intel’s 6th generation processor. Intel core i5-6200u offers better performance as compared to i5-5200u. However, it will get hardly noticed if you are running office application or using the laptop for web browsing. Here a Solid State Drive can make a difference as it reduces boot time and accesses data almost instantaneously. It also consumes less power.  Thus, HP ay013nr will offer better overall performance than Dell 13558-14590.

Dell I3558-14590BLK is installed with 8GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. But it will be very difficult for a novice to try to upgrade memory and had drive. You need to remove battery, optical drive, keyboard and base cover to get access to the hard drive and memory module. 1TB hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 10 but the laptop doesn’t come with full version of MS office.

The 15.6” display of Dell I3558-14590BLK offers max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it can display content up to 720p only. Port and connectivity features available with the laptop include One RJ45 port, Two USB 2.0 ports, One USB 3.0 port, One HDMI port and One headset port (headphone and microphone combo). It also has SD card reader, webcam and CD/DVD drive.

Network connectivity is supported by 10/100MBps Ethernet, wireless ac and Bluetooth.

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

Dell Inspiron I5555-0012BLK

Dell Inspiron I5555-0012BLK incorporates a quad core, previous generation AMD-A8-7410, accelerated processor which operates in 2.2 GHz (base) to 2.5GHz (maximum) frequency range. Even though it is a quad core processor, it is not as powerful as Intel core i5-6200u dual core processor, due to architectural differences. Dell Inspiron I5555-0012 is designed for those who are looking for a laptop for home use. You can type docs, work with spreadsheets, make presentations, run Evernote, email/skype, watch videos and movies on this laptop. College goers can also use this laptop if they are not gaming aficionado and don’t need to work with AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks etc. You can do small photo and video editing but this laptop is not exclusively built for Adobe Photoshop. If you are looking for a reliable laptop that not only performs day to day tasks smoothly but also offers some performance for media editing job then you can take a look at i5-6200u powered HP ay013nr. This HP laptop is reasonably priced and comes with Full HD display which is useful for color accuracy. Core i5-6200u also supports high end PC gaming but all games are not playable at highest resolution.  It comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive while Dell Inspiron I5555-0012BLK comes with 6GB RAM and 500GB 5400rpm hard drive. Dell 0012BLK lacks Solid State drive.

Solid State Drives are much faster than standard 5400rpm hard drives. SSD offers faster boot up, higher read/write speed and consumes less power, compared to traditional hard drive. HP 15-ay013nr costs you more but offers value for money. Sometimes cheaper products actually cost you more in the long run so it makes sense to spend wisely for a better and longer-lasting experience.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Dell Inspiron I5555-0012BLK:

Dell I5555-0012BLK is powered by AMD-A8-7410 accelerated processor which has four cores. The laptop comes with integrated Radeon HD R5 graphics which supports casual gaming. High end games like GTA V will hardly run on this laptop but you can play Dota 2, World of Warcraft and Bioshock infinite in low to medium resolutions and settings. As told earlier, if you are more into gaming and can’t afford high end gaming notebook and laptop, then you can consider HP 15-ay013nr. This laptop comes with integrated Intel HD 520 graphics which is more powerful than Radeon HD R5 graphics.

Inspiron I5555-0012BLK comes with non-touch display. It supports max resolution up to 1366 X 768p which means it can display content up to 720p only.  However, with the help of HDMI you can watch Full HD content on compatible HDTV and display. You need to buy HDMI cable separately though.

If you are looking for a touchscreen laptop, you can also consider HP 15-af141dx which is a touchscreen laptop and has 1TB hard drive. It is also powered by AMD A8-7410 processor and 4GB RAM.

Dell I5555-0012BLK comes with CD/DVD drive and a webcam as well. The laptop comes with single channel 6GB DDR3L RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. There are two memory slots for this purpose.  The laptop comes with 500GB 5400rpm Hard drive, which is preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. You can replace hard drive with a Solid state Drive very easily. All you need to do is to remove battery ( detachable) and base cover. Don’t forget to clone your Solid State Drive with the help of cloning dock.

Ports and connectivity features include One RJ45, One USB 3.0 , Two USB 2.0 ports,  One HDMI port One headphone and microphone combo (headset) port. It has SD card reader as well. The keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keypad but is not a backlit keyboard.  Network connectivity is supported by 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth. It doesn’t offer wireless –ac. However, HP 15-ay013nr comes with Wi-fi ac.

4 cell battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup.

Dell Inspiron I5552-4392BLK

Dell Inspiron I5552-4392BLK is an entry level budget laptop powered by Intel Pentium N3700 processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. Since specs of the laptop are pretty average, you can’t expect great performance from it. Day-to-day computing like typing documents, processing spreadsheets, web browsing and emailing/skype can be done smoothly on this laptop. You can stream videos and movies as well. However, this laptop is not appropriate for Adobe Photoshop, similar media editing programs and high end gaming. Main disadvantage of Dell I5552-4392BLK is that it doesn’t come with LAN port. Thus, you will not get wired connectivity. Even though Pentium N3700 is a quad core processor, it operates with very low base frequency of 1.6GHz.. You can also consider Asus 15.6″ X540LA-SI30205P which comes with much powerful Intel core i5-5020u processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Intel core i3-5020u is a dual core processor and operates with high frequency of 2.2 GHz. The processor has two cores but, with the help of hyperthreading technology, two cores of i3 work as four virtual cores.  However, both the laptops are not suitable for high end tasks like video editing, running PC games and 3D designing. You can do some photo and video editing on the Asus laptop though. It also offers better gaming performance compared to Dell Inspiron I5552-4392BLK. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Dell Inspiron I5552-4392BLK

As mentioned earlier, Dell Inspiron I5552-4392BLK is powered by Pentium N3700 processor which is a quad core processor but is not as powerful as Intel dual core i5-6200u. So you can’t run applications that need high processing power and memory on this laptop. Software like Adobe Photoshop requires more powerful processor and more RAM. Nowadays laptops are getting cheaper and you can easily get an i5 powered laptop with 8GB RAM for around $400 or so. For instance, HP 15-ay013nr offers i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive and falls under the budget laptop category. It has Full HD display (1920 X 1080) while Dell Inspiron I5552-4392BLK comes with standard 1366 X 768 display. If you love PC games then this HP laptop will give you better gaming performance. However, not all games are playable at highest setting.  You can still play Minecraft smoothly on this HP laptop but the same will be the case with Dell Inspiron I5552-4392BLK. You can also play GTA V and The Witcher 3 in low resolution and details on HP 15-ay013nr laptop

Again, HP 15-ay013nr laptop comes with faster storage which ensures better performance for 3D rendering job. As you know, Solid State Drives are much faster than hard drive and can access data almost instantaneously which boosts overall performance of the laptop. Dell I5552-4392BLK comes with 500GB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. It supports max 4GB RAM. Memory is not expandable further. The laptop runs on Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. You won’t get full version of Microsoft office and you need to buy the license separately.

Ports and connectivity features include Two USB 2.0 ports, One USB 3.0 port, One HDMI port and  One headset port. It comes with SD card reader as well. as HD webcam ( 720p). Network connectivity is supported by 802.11a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.0. As told earlier it doesn’t come with Wired network connectivity.

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

Final thoughts.

Dell Inspiron Though I5552-4392BLK is decent for regular computing but for media editing job you won’t get optimal performance. If you are looking for a budget laptop that not only offers breezing performance for day to day tasks but also supports photo and small video editing then HP 15-ay013nr will be more suitable option.

Acer Aspire E5-575-54E8

Acer Aspire E5-575-54E8 delivers competitive performance for it’s price. It has a decent configuration that consists of core i5-6200u processor, 6GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. 6 GB memory is enough for day to day computing tasks – working with Microsoft office, emailing/skype, surfing the internet, streaming videos and casual gaming-  but if you are going to use this laptop for media editing or for running photoshop, then 8 GB or more memory is recommended. As this is a budget laptop, certain features are missing in the configuration. For instance, it doesn’t come with Full HD display and offers traditional 1TB hard drive instead of a SSD. Solid state Drives are much faster to access and file uploading is equally faster compared to a traditional hard drive. For processing images and videos, Full HD display is preferable as it provides better color saturation.  Acer E5-575-54E8 comes with 1366 X 768p display.  If you always thought it is impossible to build a budget laptop without sacrificing some of the key features then you might be wrong. HP 15-ay013nr is one such laptop that offers most of the features of a premium laptop, at budget price. The laptop is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB Solid State Drive and comes with Full HD display ( 1920 X 1080)p. It also offers HD (720p) webcam while Acer has a VGA webcam.

None of the laptops, however, are touchscreen enabled. Also, backlit keyboard feature is not available with the laptops but they come with CD/DVD burner. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Acer Aspire E5-575-54E8.

Acer E5-575-54E8 is powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor which belongs to Intel 6th generation processor group. It is a dual core processor and operates with 2.3GHZ of base frequency while the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. It is integrated with Intel HD 520 graphics which uses system memory. The laptop doesn’t come with dedicated graphics card with video memory. However, Intel HD 520 supports many latest games. For instance, you can play Dirt Rally, Fifa 16 and Minecraft smoothly on this machine. But games like GTA V and Far Cry 4 will run in low resolution and settings only. You won’t get decent fps either.

If you are looking for a budget gaming laptop then you can consider Acer E5-575G-53VG which comes with Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It has NVIDIA Geforce 940X graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory, which makes all the difference.  It has Full HD display and backlit keyboard as well.  Like Model E5-575-54E8, it also comes with USB 3.1 Type C port for faster data transfer. Dedicated graphics card, faster memory and Solid State drive not only improve the gaming performance but also help in media editing tasks and facilitate 3D rendering.

Acer E5-575-54E8 is installed with 6GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 32GB. It comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive, preinstalled with Windows 10 operating system. The laptop doesn’t come with full version of Microsoft office and you need to buy the activation key in order to use the product.

The non-touch TN panel of the Acer E5-575-54E8 supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which means it can display content up to 720p only. However, you can watch full HD (1080p) content on a compatible TV or external monitor using HDMI port. However, you need to buy HDMI cable separately.

Ports and connectivity features include  1 DC-in, 1  Ethernet, 1  HDMI, 1  Headphone/Speaker, 1 x USB 2.0, 2  USB 3.0 and 1  USB 3.1. It has VGA webcam and SD card reader. Wireless Network connectivity is supported by wireless ac and Bluetooth. 4 cell battery pack offers up to 7 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Acer Aspire ES1-572-31XL

Acer Aspire ES1-572-31XL has all the right features, we expect from an inexpensive laptop that are appropriate for home users and for students.  This laptop is powered by Intel core i3-6100u processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Acer ES1-572-31XL can be used for running office tasks, surfing internet, skype/emailing, creating presentations, streaming videos and watching movies etc. You can do some basic photo and video editing as well but the laptop is not suitable for editing large HD video or image files. However, this laptop is not a touchscreen laptop. If you are looking for a touchscreen laptop, within similar price range, without scarifying performance then you can consider Dell Inspiron i5559-1348SLV. It comes with Intel core i3-6100u processor, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive. This Dell laptop features Intel Realsense while the Acer ES1-572-31XL doesn’t come with this feature. Both the laptops come with DVD drive and webcam. None of these laptops, however, come with backlit keyboard. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Acer Aspire ES1-572-31XL.

As mentioned earlier, Model NX.GD0AA.004 or Acer ES1-572-31XL is powered by Intel core i3-6100u processor which operates with 2.3GHz of fixed frequency. It has two cores. Intel core i3-6100u is an entry level processor and the laptop comes with only 4GB RAM. So, if you are looking for a laptop to perform memory consuming tasks like editing photos and videos, a laptop with core i5-6200u processor with 8GB RAM would be a better option. Ideally a quad core i7 processor will be best such tasks. Core i5-6200u CPU is also meant to perform heavy resource consuming tasks such as 4K video editing. Again, Full HD (1920×1080) display is more preferable for color and image accuracy. Unfortunately, Acer ES1-572-31XL comes with low resolution display (1366 X 768). You can also consider HP 15-ay013nr laptop which is a budget laptop and comes with Intel core i5-6200u, 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State drive. It offers Full HD display. This laptop comes with Solid State Drive which is much faster than a standard hard drive. HP 15-ay013nr not only offer better performance for Adobe photoshop, you can also do small 3D modelling. Intel core i5-6200u operates with 2.3GHz of base frequency and frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. But you can’t overclock i3-6100u processor, coming with Acer Aspire ES1-572-31XL. Intel core i5-6200u will give you better gaming performance as well. If you want to play Minecraft smoothly then HP 15-ay013nr will be a more suitable option. Again, Acer Aspire ES1-572-31XL is not suitable for AutoCAD, Revit etc.

The Acer laptop comes with Intel HD 520 graphics which is integrated graphics and you can’t upgrade graphics. It supports low end PC games like Dirt Rally and Sims 4. However, games like GTA V will run at low resolution and setting but you won’t get decent frame rates.

Acer ES1-572-31XL comes with 4GB RAM and the memory is upgradable up to 16GB. 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive comes preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. You can replace hard drive with Solid State Drive but it is not an easy task. Before buying, you must check that the laptop has all the hardware specs to meet your computing requirement.  If you are looking for a machine to process documents and spreadsheet, perform office tasks, skype/emailing, blogging, web browsing, streaming videos and movies then Acer ES1-572-31XL is enough for you. However, if you want to work with Photoshop and other image processing software then HP 15-ay013nr will be a better option.

Acer ES1-572-31XL comes with standard ports and connectivity features which include 1  DC-in, 1  Ethernet, 1  HDMI, 1  Headphone/Speaker, 2 USB 2.0 and 1  USB 3.0. It has SD card reader as well as a VGA webcam. The non-backlit keyboard comes with dedicated numeric keypad.

Network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Wireless ac and Bluetooth. The li-ion battery offers up to 6 hours of battery back up.

Final thoughts

Acer ES1-572-31XL comes with non-touch display. As told earlier, you can also consider Dell Inspiron i5559-1348, if you are looking for a touchscreen laptop with same processor and same amount of memory. In case of Dell, It is easier to upgrade memory and replace hard drive with a solid State drive.

HP 14-am052nr or W2M36UA#ABA

HP 14-am052nr or W2M36UA#ABA is an inexpensive laptop that offers limited performance.  It comes with very limited storage as well.  The laptop is powered by Intel Celeron N3060 processor which is a basic processor and supports typing documents, web browsing and streaming videos. It comes with only 32GB emmc  and a big part of the storage is occupied by Windows 10 operating system. However, you will get 25GB of cloud storage with this laptop, but the storage is still not enough. For easy availability of your data  and data security you can have external USB based hard drive. HP 14-am052nr is not meant for PC gaming or photo and video editing. The processor is a weak processor to support such tasks. You can also consider Lenovo Ideapad 100 14” laptop which is powered by more powerful Intel Pentium N3540 processor and 500GB storage. It also comes with 4GB memory.  Pentium N3540 processor operates with higher clock speed ( 2.16GHz – 2.66GHz) than Celeron N3060 and has 4 cores. Thus, you will get better multitasking performance. You can do small photo editing and play low end PC games in low details and settings. However, this Lenovo laptop doesn’t come with CD/DVD drive while HP 14- am052nr comes with optical drive. You can, however, use external USB based CD/DVD drive.

Again, The Lenovo laptop doesn’t offer annual subscription of Microsoft office 365 and you should buy it separately. Alternatively, you can consider Newest Acer Aspire One Cloudbook 14-inch Laptop, which offers 64GB SSD and comes with 1 year Microsoft office 365 subscription with 1TB cloud Storage. This laptop is powered by Intel Celeron N3050 which is an earlier version of Celeron N3060 and operates with same base frequency of 1.6GHz. However, the turbo frequency of N3060 is higher than N3050 which has hardly any impact on regularly computing.  Acer laptop comes with 2GB RAM while HP 14-am052nr comes with 4GB RAM.  Again this Acer laptop lacks CD/DVD drive which makes it lighter. This laptop is suitable for typing documents, surfing the web and watching youtube videos etc.

If you can switch to 15.6” laptop, there are plenty of low-priced laptop options which offer both power and performance. For instance, Asus 15.6″ X540LA-SI30205P comes with Intel core i3-5020u processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It has DVD drive as well. The i3-5020u CPU is much powerful compared to Celeron N3060. Core i3-5020u processor operates with 2.2GHZ and is architecturally much advanced. Core i3-5020u is hyperthreading enabled as well, which means 2 cores of the processor work as 4 virtual cores. You can do small media editing, download itunes, do some video transcoding job as well alongside day to day computing on this laptop.

Asus  X540LA-SI30205P comes with better integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics. You will definitely get better gaming performance with this graphics. One the other hand, HP 14-am052nr comes with Intel HD 400 graphics which is designed for Braswell processor such as Intel Celeron N3060. It is a weak graphics and supports low end browser games.

HP W2M36UA#ABA comes with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM and the memory is not expandable further. The laptop runs on Windows 10 home operating system.

Ports and connectivity features include 1 HDMI, 1 headphone/microphone combo; 2 USB 2.0; 1 USB 3.0 and 1 RJ-45. It also comes with 15 pin VGA port. HP 14-am052nr is integrated with HD webcam. The keyboard is not a backlit though.

The laptop comes with removable battery and offers up to 6 hours of battery backup on single charge.

Final thoughts

If you are looking for a laptop just for typing docs, browsing web and skype/emailing then HP W2M36UA#ABA is a good choice. However, if you want to do some photo editing and casual gaming alongside regular computing then you can consider Asus  X540LA-SI30205P which comes with better processor and graphics. It also offers huge storage option.

HP 15-ay041wm

If you are looking for a touchscreen laptop, for regular use, you can take a look at HP 15-ay041wm. It comes with Intel core i3-6100u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. This laptop is suitable for running Microsoft office, surfing the internet and watching videos and movies etc. You can also play low end games. Some photo and video editing can be done on this laptop as well. Since Intel core i3-6100u is an entry level core processor, you won’t get fast performance for such tasks. When it comes to gaming, HP 15-ay041wm or X0H86UA#ABA supports casual gaming. Low end games like Dirt Rally and Fifa 16 will run on low to medium details and settings while high end games like Far Cry Primal and Need for Speed 16 will struggle in this laptop.  Another drawback of this laptop is its display, which supports standard resolution (1366X 768). A full HD laptop is suitable for watching videos, editing images and videos. Before buying, think ahead to the kind of projects you might be interested in doing now and in near future and then match a machine with your needs. To get better performance for HD photo/video editing as well as for regular tasks, HP 15-ay013nr will be a better choice. It comes with more powerful Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB Solid State Drive. Solid State Drives are known to be faster than HDD and you also get better loading time and reliability. It comes with Full HD display (1920 X 1080) as well, which gives you better picture quality.

Both the laptops discussed above are part of HP 15-ay000 family. Aesthetically speaking, they are same but HP ay013nr offers better performance.  This laptop is not touchscreen enabled but Windows 10 works well in non-touch environment.  Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-ay041wm.

Intel core i3-6100u is a dual core processor and operates with fixed frequency of 2.3 GHz. Unlike Intel core i5 or i7, the speed of the processor can’t be increased further. On the other hand, Intel core i5-6200u processor operates with 2.3 GHz frequency and the speed can rise up to 2.8 GHz. HP 15-ay041wm comes with Intel HD 520 integrated graphics, which is part of Intel core i3-6100u processor, and you can’t upgrade graphics.

If you need a budget laptop for beginners which supports Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, other CAD software, Music  creation and gaming, then Acer 575g laptop will be more suitable option as it comes with dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 video memory, 8GB DDR4 RAM and full HD IPS display.  It also has 256GB Solid State Drive and backlit keyboard. Please note that DDR4 RAM is faster than DDR3L memory.  Also, Solid state Drives are much faster than traditional 5400rpm hard drive. HP 15-ay041wm comes with DDR3L memory and standard HDD.

HP 15-ay041wm comes with 8GB DDR3L RAM. The memory is not expandable further.  However, Acer 575g supports memory expansion up to 32GB.  It is easy to upgrade memory in Acer 575g. It also offers an unused 2.5 standard sata drive spot where you can put an additional HDD to enhance the storage. It helps, especially, if you are using the machine for large HD video file editing or 3D designing.

HP 15-ay041wm comes with 1TB 5400rpm hard drive, preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. You need to buy activation key to use it after trial period.

The 15.6” touchscreen display of HP 15-ay041wm supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels, which means it can support playback in 720p resolution only and can’t stream 1080p content. With the help of HDMI, you can watch full HD content on a compatible TV or monitor. However, you need to buy HDMI cable separately.

HP 15-ay041wm doesn’t feature Intel Realsense and comes with non-backlit keyboard, whereas Acer comes with backlit keyboard. When it comes to ports and connectivity features, HP laptop offers 1 x DC-in, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone/Microphone, 2 x USB 2.0 and 1 x USB 3.0. It has SD card reader as well as a webcam.  Unlike Acer 575g, it doesn’t comes with USB 3.1Type C. The network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN, 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth.

3 cell-31whr battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.

Final thoughts

If you fancy touchscreen laptops and are looking for a laptop for home use, then HP 15-ay041wm could be a decent choice. However, if you want to save money, you can consider Dell Inspiron i5559-1348SLV which is a touchscreen laptop and has Intel realsense feature.  It comes with Intel core i3-6100u processor as well. However, it is installed with 4GB Ram and 500GB hard drive which is enough for regular computing tasks.

HP Pavilion 15-au062nr

It is easy to get confused when shopping for a laptop. Think ahead to the kind of tasks you might be doing in near future and match a laptop with meets your requirements. Powered by Intel core i5-6200u processor and 8GB RAM, HP Pavilion 15-au062nr could be a decent laptop for all your day to day computing needs. It also supports CPU intensive tasks like small photo and video editing, video transcoding and small 3D rendering. But don’t expect fast performance for such tasks. It is not a workstation grade laptop but supports casual gaming.  HP 15-au062nr or model: W2L51UA#ABA comes with integrated graphics and it has slower 1TB hard drive. Most attractive feature of this laptop is the Full HD display, which enhances your viewing experience. At its current price, we could expect a Solid State Drive and discrete graphics with the laptop. You can also consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG which comes with Intel core i5-6200u processor and NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory. It also comes with 8GB DDR4 memory and 256GB Solid state Drive as a storage option. It provides better battery backup. Like HP 15-au062nr, it also comes with backlit keyboard. So, you get more value for money if you consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG. Both the laptops come with optical drive but do not have touchscreen display.

However, main competitor of HP 15-au062nr is HP 15-ay011nr which comes with nearly same specification but doesn’t have backlit keyboard.  It comes with Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It offers Full HD display as well. But it is much cheaper than HP 15-au062nr. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-au062nr or model: W2L51UA#ABA

Intel core i5-6200u is a dual core processor. It operates with 2.3GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. With 3MB of cache memory, the laptop can do all day to day tasks like typing documents, working with spreadsheets, blogging, emailing/skype etc.   You can play low demanding games like Minecraft, Sims 4 and Fifa 16 smoothly on this machine. However, games like GTA V and Need for speed 2016 will be playable in low resolution and setting only.  HP 15-au062 nr comes with Intel HD 520 integrated graphics which uses system memory. If you are a gaming enthusiast looking for a laptop in similar price range, you can consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG as it comes with discrete graphics with 2GB DDR5 video memory. As discrete graphics has its own memory, it does not need system memory. Again, Acer laptop comes with Solid State Drive which offers faster loading time, greater reliability and efficiency.

If you are looking for a beginner’s laptop for CAD programs or for professional grade video editing, then HP Pavilion 15-ab292nr laptop will be more suitable as it comes with Intel core i7-6700HQ processor which has 4 cores. Each core operates with base frequency of 2.6GHz and frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. It also has 6MB of cache. Comparatively i5-6200u has only two cores which operate with low clock speed and has only 3MB of cache. Even though both the processors are hyper threading enabled, in case of i7-6700HQ, 4 cores can handle 8 threads at a time. Again HP ab292nr is a touchscreen laptop while HP 15-au062nr is non-touch laptop. Both the laptops offer Full HD display, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. However,  HP  ab292 nr doesn’t comes with backlit keyboard.

Coming back to HP Pavilion 15-au062nr, the laptop is installed with 8GB DDR4 SDRAM. Though there are two memory slots, none of them are user accessible. 1TB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed and comes preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64bit operating system. However, it doesn’t come with Full Version of Microsoft office and you need to buy it separately.

The 15.6” non-touch display supports resolution up to 1920 X 1080p. It comes with 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0 , 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. Unlike Acer laptop, it doesn’t come with USB 3.1 Type C port. HP 15-au062nr has 720p HD webcam as well as a SD card reader. The keyword comes with dedicated numeric keypad.

Network connectivity is supported by Integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN and  1×1 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth.

According to its manufacturer, 2 cell 41whr battery offers up to 9 hours of battery backup.

HP 15-bk010nr 2-in-1 laptop

If you can’t afford high end 2-in-1laptop but also do not want to buy the cheapest thing out there,  then HP 15-bk010nr or W2M08UA#ABA will be a good choice for you. This 15.6” 2-in-1 laptop is powered by core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. The laptop is suitable for running office tasks, creating presentations, web browsing, watching videos and movies etc. It also supports downloading itunes, video/audio transcoding and some photo and video editing job. However, this laptop is not suitable for large 3D modelling/rendering or editing of large video files in the first place. For execution of such tasks, you need more memory and a faster storage. HP 15-bk010nr comes with traditional 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. You can also consider Intel core i5-6200u powered Dell i5568-4492GRY touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop which comes with 8GB RAM. It also has 256GB Solid State Drive which is much faster than a standard hard drive.  Again, this dell laptop comes with DDR4 RAM while HP 15-bk010nr comes with DDR3L memory. DDR4 is faster than DDR3L. Furthermore, the Dell laptop comes with backlit keyboard while HP 15-bk010nr comes with non-backlit keyboard. The Dell laptop doesn’t come with numeric keypad but you are still getting better value for money. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-bk010nr.

HP 15-bk010nr 2-in-1 laptop is driven by Intel core i5-6200u processor which operates with base frequency of 2.3GHz and the frequency can boost up to 2.8GHz on system demand. This laptop comes with Intel HD 520 graphics which is the only graphics option for this laptop. As told earlier, the laptop offers enough performance for day to day work and supports occasional photo and video editing as well. However, if you are looking for a 2-in-1 laptop that supports HD video editing, music creation and 3D modelling, then Dell i5568-7477GRY 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop would be a more suitable option. It comes with much powerful Intel core i7-6500u processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State drive. It also includes a backlit keyword and touchscreen display supporting 1920 X 1080p resolution.  But it is an expensive laptop.

Intel core i7-6500u operates with 2.5GHz of base frequency and frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz, if system needs. It has 4MB of cache memory while i5-6200u has only 3MB of cache memory.

Back to HP bk010nr, the laptop comes with 8GB DDR3L SDRAM. Memory is not expandable further. It has 1TB 5400rpm hard drive space instead of Solid State drive.  SSD is preferable, if you are working with media editing jobs. However, if you are using this laptop for general use, 5400rpm will not be an issue. The laptop doesn’t come with Full version of MS office and you need buy the activation key.

15.6” display offers max resolution up to 1920 X 1080p. You can’t detach the display but you can use it in various modes,  including tablet mode, as it comes with 360 degrees hinge.   Dell i5568-4492GRY features Intel realsense which is missing in HP 15-bk010nr.

Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0 , 1 HDMI , 1 LAN and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It comes with SD card reader and webcam as well.  DVD drive is missing in the configuration. However, you can always use an external USB based DVD drive.  You may also take a look at Asus Flip 15.6-Inch 2-in-1 Touchscreen Convertible Laptop Tablet which comes with DVD drive. Price of this laptop is almost equal to HP 15-bk010nr that comes with 5th generation Intel core i7-5500u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Even though it comes with better processor, the display is standard 1366 X 768p and keyboard is not backlit one.

For Network connectivity,  HP 15-bk010nr supports Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Wireless ac and Bluetooth. The 3-cell, 48 Wh prismatic battery offers up to 7-8 hours of power backup, depending upon usage

HP Pavilion 15-bk020wm X360 convertible touch laptop

HP Pavilion 15-bk020wm X360 convertible touch laptop comes with a host of useful features but there are few shortcomings as well. This laptop is powered by 6th generation Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed. Even though this 2-in-1 laptop comes with premium features like backlight keyboard, it still comes with low resolution display (1366 X 768) and a slower 5400rpm hard drive.  A Solid State Drive would have made the laptop much faster. HP 15-bk020wm offers decent performance for home computing. You can process documents and spreadsheets, create presentations, skype/email and download itunes smoothly on this machine.  However, if you are going to use this machine for Adobe photoshop, light works and other image processing software, then a laptop with Solid State Drive will be preferable. You get faster I/O on a SSD than a HDD. Also, full HD display is preferable for editing images or videos. By spending a few extra dollars, you can buy Dell i5568-4492GRY which comes with Intel core i5-6200u processor, 256GB Solid State Drive and a Full HD touchscreen display. It also comes with faster DDR4 memory. Like HP 15-bk020wm, it also offers backlit keyboard.  None of the laptops, however, come with DVD burner. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP Pavilion 15-bk020wm.

Intel core i5-6200u processor operates with 2.3GHz base frequency and can speed can rise up to 2.8GHz. It has 3MB of cache memory. The laptop comes with Intel HD 520 integrated graphics, which is the only graphics option for this laptop. You can’t upgrade Integrated graphics. As told earlier, HP 15-bk020wm 2-in-1 laptop is suitable for most of the day to day home and office computing tasks. However, if you want to work with Revit, Solidworks etc., then Dell i5568-7477GRY convertible touchscreen laptop will be a more suitable option as it comes with powerful Intel core i7-6500u processor, 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD. It also offers with backlit keyboard.  Note media editing, 3D modelling etc. are memory intensive tasks and additional memory helps in smother execution of such tasks.  However, Dell i5568-7477GRY is not a workstation grade laptop.

HP Pavilion 15-bk020wm comes with 8GB RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive, preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. The laptop offers backlit keyboard. It doesn’t come with Full Version of Microsoft office and you need to buy product key separately.

15.6” display of the machine supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p, which means it supports up to 720p playback only. Alternatively, you can consider Dell i5568-4492GRY which comes Full HD display. As mentioned earlier, it is installed with i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB Solid State drive and also has backlit keyboard. You will get better performance on Dell i5568-4492GRY over HP 15-bk020wm as it comes with faster solid state drive.

Ports and connectivity features include 1  DC-in, 1 Ethernet, 1  HDMI, 1 headphone/Microphone, 1 USB 2.0 and 2  USB 3.0. It has HD card reader and a webcam as well.  It doesn’t come with CD/DVD burner though. If you really need it, you can always buy an external CD/DVD burner by spending few extra dollars.

HP Pavilion 15-bk020wm X360 convertible touch laptop offers both wired and wireless connectivity. Wi-fi is supported by Wireless ac and Bluetooth.  The battery offers about 7 hours of power backup for general use. Battery life, however, depends upon usage.

Final Thoughts

HP Pavilion 15-bk020wm is loaded with features but also has few shortcomings as well. Considering current price of the laptop, we can expect 256GB Solid State Drive and Full HD display. As an alternatively, you can consider Dell i5568-4492GRY which comes with same processor, full HD display (1920 X 1080), faster DDr4 memory and storage.