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A budget laptop I really like - Dell i5567-5274GRY

A budget and yet powerful laptop - the Dell Inspiron i5567-5274GRY

Dell Inspiron i5567-5274GRY laptop
Dell Inspiron i5567-5274GRY laptop

Dell i5567-5274GRY  laptop review
Dell is still my favorite computer brand, due to many reasons. One of them is the fact that they make some of the best laptops for many years. I personally am using the Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook for more than 4 years and it is just amazing. Today I will be taking a quick look at a cheaper laptop from dell, which caught my attention in the eBay daily deals. That is the Dell i5567-5274GRY, which is basically a 15.6-inch laptop with Intel i5 processor, SSD and Windows 10.
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HP 15-bs013dx - great 15.6-inch laptop deal at BestBuy

HP 15-bs013dx is a very capable 15-inch touch screen laptop with good features, specs and affordable price


Our US readers will be very happy with the laptop that we are going to review today - the 15.6-inch touch screen and Intel processor HP 15-bs013dx. This laptop received a very good score from BestBuy reviewers - 4.5 which is pretty good for a mid-range computer from a brand that doesn't do very well in the consumer laptop segment in the last couple of years.

HP 15-bs013dx - laptop features

Windows 10 operating system
Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›

15.6" touch screen
BrightView glossy screen maintains the vivid colors in your photos and videos. Typical 1366 x 768 HD resolution. WLED backlight.

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-7100U mobile processor
Smart dual-core, four-way processing performance for HD-quality computing.

8GB system memory (RAM)
Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.

1TB HDD - more than enough storage space, unfortunately no SSD
Holds a sizeable collection of digital photos, music, HD videos and DVD-quality movies. 5400 rpm spindle speed for standard read/write times.

Cloud support - Dropbox
Store your photos, videos, documents and other files on Dropbox for secure access across multiple devices. Fees may apply.

Intel® HD Graphics 620
On-processor graphics with shared video memory provide everyday image quality for Internet use, basic photo editing and casual gaming.

Bluetooth
Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the desktop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.

2x SuperSpeed 10Gbs USB 3.1 ports
Ultra-fast data connections to transfer large files rapidly.

USB 2.0 port
Quick plug-and-play connectivity for your devices and accessories.

HDMI 
Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.

Built-in media reader
Supports SD memory card formats.

Wireless network connectivity
High-speed wireless LAN built into the screen, so it connects to your network or hotspots on the most common Wi-Fi standards in both laptop and tablet modes.

Additional ports
Headphone/microphone combo jack.

Weighs 4.52 lbs. and measures 0.9" thin
Balances portability and screen size, so you get a respectable amount of viewing space without the laptop being too cumbersome for practical portability - 3-cell lithium-ion battery.

Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Core, Atom, Ultrabook, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

HP laptops with Intel’s fifth-generation Core i processors


Price - the HP 15-bs013dx can be found online for as low as $370.

My opinion

The 15-bs013dx is pretty good laptop for the money - it is fast enough for all daily tasks and small business thanks to the Intel i3 processor. As a downside I would mention the lack of SSD, not even a smaller one for start up and cache operations. I am also not big fan of the glossy BrightView displays but there is some advantage for having a touch screen laptop.
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HP - ENVY x360 2-in-1 15.6 Touch-Screen laptop, one different notebook

2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 12GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive – Silver


The HP ENVY x360 Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop can bring versatility to your computing. In case you need a laptop for your work or a tablet for leisure, you can use this HP convertible laptop. The Intel Core i5 processor provides powerful performance when using your favorite programs and apps, and the 1TB hard drive lets you store plenty of digital files. This HP convertible laptop rotates a full 360 degrees for customized viewing of the 15.6-inch screen.


Product Features:
The laptop comes with Windows 10 which reminds a bit of the old Windows 7 – at least the familiar Start Menu is here.

The most interesting feature of the laptop is by far the multi-touch screen – 15.6’’ Full HD for hands-on control with 1920 x 1080 resolution, IPS technology and WLED backlight. You can touch, tap and glide on the screen – basically use it as a fully functional tablet. It’s also 360 deg flip-and-fold.

The 7thGen Intel Core i5 gives you the performing power you need on a ultra-low-voltage platform. The laptop comes with 12 GB RAM for full-power multitasking. You can smoothly run games or heavy photo or video-editing applications.

This option also comes with 1TB of hard storage space to save your files. If you’re not looking into lots of storage and would prefer the faster performance of an SSD, the laptop is also offered with 128 GB / 256 GB of SSD, which, of course, is taken into consideration in the price as well.


Dell i5567-5274GRY laptop review

You get Intel HD Graphics 620 (on-processor graphics) which provides good everyday image quality for the casual user, but not good enough for heavy games or image editing applications.

This laptop weighs barely 2.17 kg and is less than 18 mm thin to make it ultraportable with its smaller screen and no DVD drive.

As far as connectivity goes, you get Bluetooth interface, 3 x USB 3.0 (backward compatible with 2.0), HDMI output, media reader, and, of course, Wi-Fi.

The laptop has a built-in webcam with two microphones, a backlit keyboard and a headphone / microphone combo jack.



HP - ENVY x360 Specifications

Key specifications

HDD capacity

1 TB

HDD type

SATA

OS

Windows 10

Processor speed

2.5 GHz

Processor model

Intel 7th Generation core i5

RAM

12 GB

Graphics card

Intel HD Graphics 620 (on-processor graphics)

Battery life

10 hrs

Screen size

15.6’’

Touch screen

Yes

Graphics

Graphics type

Integrated

GPU

Intel HD Graphics 620

Video memory type

Total available

Memory

Type of RAM

DDR4 SDRAM

Number of memory slots

2

Connectivity

HDMI

1

USB

3

Port type

HDMI, Headphone, Microphone, USB Type C

Bluetooth enabled

Yes

NFC enabled

No

Embedded mobile broadband

None

Wireless

Wireless networking

Wireless-AC

Display

Screen resolution

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Display type

Full HD Widescreen LED

General

Optical drive

None

Built-in webcam

Yes

Numerical keyboard

Yes

Touchpad type

Multi-touch

2-in-1 Design

Yes

Backlit keyboard

Yes

Speaker type

Stereo

Battery type

Lithium-ion

Battery cells

4 cells

Colour

Silver

Dimensions

Height

17.78 mm

Width

381 mm

Depth

249 mm

Weight

2.17 kg

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Acer Aspire ES1-512 - cheap but reliable 15 inch laptop

Product review of the cheap 15.6 inch laptop Acer Aspire ES1-512 powered by Intel Celeron processor

Acer Aspire ES1-512 cheap laptop
Acer Aspire ES1-512

The Acer laptop we are reviewing in this article – Acer Aspire ES1-512 is a hot seller at Amazon and Argos recently. It tops the leader board at both retailers and this is why we decided it’s worth to take a look.


Acer decided to stick to a tried and trusted formula with this model and to pack in as many features as they can for as low of a price as possible. The laptop is currently selling between $230 - $280.

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Which are the new HP laptops with Intel's fifth-generation Core i processors


As we know, for years, the major partner of Hewlett-Packard at processors of their portable computers is another American company in the face of Intel. Pentium and Celeron by the Supreme versions of the Core i7. The new NoteBook HP devices will work exactly with Intel processors from the latest fifth generation. In a separate article on Monday we will show you who they are and what varieties are 5th Generation Intel Core. Today, however, we will look at several interesting new HP notebook will be powered by these new CPU-so.

These are budget laptops from class average Pavillion and Envy premium division. Upgrade to receive more high-end HP Spectre gaming machine and HP Omen. As a concept should expect more hybrid Transformers and new, more interesting colors. Here's what we mean.


HP Pavilion x360

In addition to silver, he Chez comes in olive green. It will have Intel Core i3 and i5 processor, 8GB RAM memory, 1TB HARD disk or 128GB SSD. The choice for IPS display is 11 "or 13", the resolution is an HD or Full HD.

HP Spectre x360

Together with HP Pavilion x360, he will have a mechanism of opening that allows 188-degree rotation to the keyboard. Body is all aluminum with a thickness of 15.9 mm profile and weighing 1480 grams. As a high-end Ultrabook, quite expectedly processor Intel Core i3, here will not be available. The options are only i5 and i7. The display also QHD Edition offers the best possible quality.

HP Pavilion x2

This is a compact, budget notebook with a 10-inch IPS screen and HD expansion. It is important to note that it is touchscreen. Three colors - white, red and silver. It is powered by a 4-core Intel Atom processor. The built-in memory is Flash-based and has a capacity of only 64GB, to them, however, can add more via microSD memory card reader. Like tablets and smartphones.

HP Omen

This is gaming 15.6 "Full HD laptop with Intel Core i7-5950HQ peak processor with 6MB cache and 3.80 GHz clock speed. He has goals 16GB RAM memory, and video card partner is specialized gaming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M with 4 GB GDDR5 memory private.

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Asus X55V - top choice for cheap laptop

Asus X55V is one of the best options when buying affordable 15.6 inch laptop

laptop Asus X55V
Asus X55V
As we already mentioned in the initial Asus X55V review there is plenty to like about this affordable 15.6 inch laptop.

As an active consumer and laptop user and having monitored its performance in the last couple of months I just wanted to share the good impressions from this computer. There is nothing really to complain from except for the not very responsive and accurate touchpad, other that it it is all good.
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Disappointing battery life from Dell Latitude E7240 ultrabook

Dell Latitude E7240 scored very low in the battery life performance tests after couple of months of use


After several months with the high-end ultrabook Dell Latitude E7240 I have to admit that I am not really impressed with its battery life performance figures.

Battery tested

Before I focused my attention and buy the Latitude E7240 I was looking for a laptop that is going to last for a full day of work and it is going to be a real competition of ultrabooks like the MacBook Air which holds charge for abut 10 hours of moderate use. Unfortunately Dell Latitude E7240 didn't come anywhere near these figures. On average load its battery will make it for around 4-5 hours which is a good result for a Windows computer but very far from the best performers in this class. And just to remind you that the Latitude E7240 is offered with two battery options and my laptop in particular was with the bigger 45 WHr 4-cell lithium ion battery
Under full load using WiFi and multimedia the E7240 will make it for around 2 hours before the battery is totally drained. And if you turn WiFi and set the display brightness to a minimum and use the laptop for some text editing or other simple tasks than it is very possible that the battery will make it for as long as 5 hours.

Of course the battery life depends on many things but as I mentioned already these figures are cumulative score of what the E7240 showed in couple of months under different circumstances and load. Some additional factors like OS version and BIOS drivers and settings for fan can also affect the battery figures significantly so make sure your Dell Latitude E7240 is tuned properly.

Dell Latitude E7240 touchpad test
Dell Latitude E7240 keyboard test
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Lenovo G500 laptop with Intel Pentium, 4GB RAM, 1TB, 15.6″ display

Lenovo G500 - affordable 15.6-inch laptop review

Lenovo G500 laptop
Lenovo G500 laptop

Today at our consumer blog we are taking a look at one of the affordable 15.6-inch laptops from Lenovo. Actually the G500 model line became very popular these days thanks to the very good configurations that Lenovo managed to offer at extremely competitive prices.

Most Lenovo G500 configurations are equipped with fast and efficient Intel Core i3 and i5 processors starting from £250 and topping £400 for the premium models.

Asus X55V laptop review

What we like about the Lenovo G500 laptop

There are couple of things that we particularly like in the G500 laptop. Of course it wouldn't be fair not to mention the price again as it is one of the key selling points for this laptop. Other than that Lenovo G500 impresses with solid build quality and adequate performance depending on the configuration you choose. Actually everything in this laptop is on average level - nothing is too good or too bad which means this laptop delivers what it is meant for, to be cheap reliable machine that is not made to be carried around all day long.

Lenovo G500 keysLenovo G500


Lenovo G500 laptopLenovo G500 charger


Not particularly good

One of the things that is not particularly good in the G500 is the cheap plastics that it is entirely made of. Another thing that definitely could be improved is the touchpad which is big enough but lacks responsiveness.

Lenovo G500 video review

And as a good suggestion, this laptop combined with the affordable Logitech M175 wireless mouse seem to make a very good couple.
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Toshiba Satellite Pro C50-A-1E2 laptop specifications


Toshiba Satellite Pro C50-A-1E2 15.6-inch laptop price and specifications











Toshiba Satellite Pro C50-A-1E2 laptop
Toshiba Satellite Pro C50-A-1E2

As you probably have already noticed we keep track of most of the great laptop deals that are available in the online stores and auctions. One of the good laptop deals this week is for the 15.6-inch Toshiba Satellite Pro C50-A-1E2, so here are its main features and specifications:


Operating System

Windows 8.1 64-bit

Processor

Intel Core i3 (3rd Gen) 3110M / 2.4 GHz / 3 MB Cache

Memory

4 GB DDR3

Storage

500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Optical Drive

DVD SuperMulti

Display

15.6" LED backlight 1366 x 768 / HD

Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 4000

Networking

802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE , Gigabit Ethernet

Battery

Up to 3.5 hours

Colour

Matt black with hairline pattern, black keyboard

Dimensions (WxDxH)

38 cm x 24.2 cm x 3.335 cm

Weight

2.3 kg

 

System Type

Notebook

Operating System

Windows 8.1 64-bit Edition ( preloaded )


Processor / Chipset


CPU

Intel Core i3 (3rd Gen) 3110M / 2.4 GHz

Number of Cores

Dual-Core

Cache

L3 - 3 MB

64-bit Computing

Yes

Features

Enhanced SpeedStep technology, Hyper-Threading Technology


Memory


RAM

4 GB ( 1 x 4 GB )

Max RAM Supported

16 GB

Technology

DDR3 SDRAM

Speed

1600 MHz / PC3-12800

Form Factor

SO DIMM 204-pin

Slots Qty

2

Empty Slots

1


Storage


Hard Drive

500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Interface

Serial ATA-300

Optical Drive

DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM

Read Speed

24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)

Write Speed

24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 6x (DVD±R DL)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed

16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)


Display


Type

15.6"

LCD Backlight Technology

LED backlight

Resolution

1366 x 768 ( HD )

Widescreen

Yes

Image Aspect Ratio

16:9

Features

HighBrightness, anti-reflective


Audio & Video


Graphics Processor

Intel HD Graphics 4000

Max Allocated RAM Size

1771 MB

Camera

Integrated webcam

Resolution

0.9 Megapixel

Capture Resolutions

1280 x 720

Sound

Stereo speakers , microphone

Codec

Realtek ALC269Q

Compliant Standards

High Definition Audio, DTS Sound


Input


Type

Keyboard, touchpad

Features

Built-in numeric keyboard, multi-touch touchpad


Communications


Wireless

802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE

Network Interface

Gigabit Ethernet

Compliant Standards

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED


Battery


Technology

Lithium Ion

Capacity

48 Wh

Run Time

Up to 3.5 hours


AC Adapter


Input

AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Output

65 Watt , 19 V , 3.42 A


Connections & Expansion


Interfaces

2 x USB 3.0 , LAN , VGA , Headphone output , HDMI , USB 2.0 , Microphone input

Memory Card Reader

Yes ( SD Card, MultiMediaCard, SDHC Card, SDXC Card )


Software


Software Included

Toshiba PC Health Monitor, Toshiba Eco Utility, Toshiba Media Player, Toshiba Function Keys, Toshiba Desktop Assist, Toshiba System Settings, Microsoft Office 365 (30 days trial), Toshiba Display Utility, DTS Sound, McAfee LiveSafe (30 days subscription)


Miscellaneous


Colour

Matt black with hairline pattern, black keyboard

Case Material

Polycarbonate ABS

Features

Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), administrator password, system password, hard drive password, remote boot control, wake on LAN

Localization

United Kingdom


Dimensions & Weight


Width

38 cm

Depth

24.2 cm

Height

3.335 cm

Weight

2.3 kg


Environmental Standards


ENERGY STAR Qualified

Yes


Manufacturer Warranty


Service & Support

1 year warranty

Service & Support Details

EMEA warranty - 1 year - carry-in


Price - the Satellite Pro C50-A-1E2 can be found for as low as £330 (in UK)

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Acer Aspire XC-605 PC specifications


Acer Aspire XC-605 PC price and full specifications


In case you are looking for a powerful and yet affordable desktop PC you may be surprised how much the Acer Aspire XC-605 for its price. This computer is the perfect solution for those who doesn't want to spend too much on a home computer but still need a powerful machine. Here are the full specifications of the Aspire XC-605 PC in case you are interested in it:




Product description

Acer Aspire XC-605_H_WLP - Core i5 4440 3.1 GHz - 6 GB - 1 TB



Type

Personal computer



Form Factor

Small form factor



Localisation

United Kingdom



Processor

1 x Intel Core i5 (4th Gen) 4440 / 3.1 GHz ( 3.3 GHz ) ( Quad-Core )



Processor Main Features

Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2



Cache Memory

6 MB



Cache Per Processor

6 MB



RAM

6 GB (installed) / 16 GB (max) - DDR3L SDRAM - 1600 MHz



Storage Controller

SATA



Hard Drive

1 x 1 TB - SATA 6Gb/s



Optical Storage

DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM



Card Reader

Yes



Graphics Controller

Intel HD Graphics 4600



Audio Output

Integrated - stereo



Networking

GigE, Bluetooth, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n



Power

AC 230V



OS Provided

Windows 8.1 64-bit Edition



Dimensions (WxDxH)

10 cm x 36.7 cm x 26.95 cm



Weight

9 kg




Detail



General



Type

Personal computer



Product Form Factor

Small form factor



Localisation

United Kingdom


Processor / Chipset



CPU

Intel Core i5 (4th Gen) 4440 / 3.1 GHz



Max Turbo Speed

3.3 GHz



Number of Cores

Quad-Core



CPU Qty

1



Max CPU Qty

1



Processor Main Features

Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2



Chipset Type

Intel H81 Express


Cache Memory



Installed Size

6 MB



Cache Per Processor

6 MB


RAM



Installed Size

6 GB / 16 GB (max)



Technology

DDR3L SDRAM



Memory Speed

1600 MHz



Form Factor

DIMM 240-pin



Features

Unbuffered



Configuration Features

1 x 4 GB + 1 x 2 GB


Hard Drive



Type

HDD



Capacity

1 x 1 TB



Interface Type

SATA 6Gb/s



Spindle Speed

7200 rpm


Storage Controller



Type

1 x SATA - integrated


Optical Storage



Type

DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - SATA


Card Reader



Type

Card reader



Supported Flash Memory Cards

SD Memory Card


Monitor



Monitor Type

None.


Graphics Controller



Type

Integrated



Graphics Processor

Intel HD Graphics 4600



Video Interfaces

VGA, HDMI


Audio Output



Type

Integrated



Sound Output Mode

Stereo



Compliant Standards

High Definition Audio


Input Device



Type

Mouse, keyboard


Keyboard



Interface

USB


Mouse



Interface

USB


Networking



Type

Integrated



Wireless LAN Supported

Yes



Data Link Protocol

Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n



Compliant Standards

IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n


Expansion / Connectivity



Bays

External 5.25" , Internal 3.5"



Slots

1 (total) / 0 (free) x CPU , 2 (total) / 0 (free) x DIMM 240-pin



Interfaces

4 x USB 2.0 , 1 x HDMI , 1 x VGA , 2 x audio line-out/headphones ( 1 front, 1 rear ) , 2 x microphone ( 1 front, 1 rear ) , 1 x audio line-in , 1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) , 2 x USB 3.0 ( 2 in front ) , 1 x PS/2 keyboard , 1 x PS/2 mouse


Miscellaneous



Features

Active Power Factor Correction (PFC)



Compliant Standards

EuP


Power



Device Type

Power supply



Nominal Voltage

AC 230V



Power Provided

220 Watt


Operating System / Software



OS Provided

Windows 8.1 64-bit Edition


Dimensions & Weight



Width

10 cm



Depth

36.7 cm



Height

26.95 cm



Weight

9 kg




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