HP 15-ay039wm is an entry level non-touch laptop which comes with 6th generation Intel core i3-6100u processor, 4GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. The laptop is intended for home users and students. Intel core i3-6100u is an entry level core processor and supports day to day tasks like typing documents, number crunching and emailing/skype etc. It can also stream videos and movies and do some entry level photo editing as well. HP 15-ay039wm is not suitable for large photo and video editing though. You can run low end games like Fifa 16, sims 4, Dirt Rally etc. smoothly on this machine but for playing GTA V, The Witcher 3 wild hunt you need to turn down settings as well as resolution. You can also consider HP 15-ay011nr laptop which is a budget laptop and comes with Intel core i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. One of the key features of this laptop is full HD display which enhances your video watching experience. Both the processors, i5-6200u and i3-6100u, operate with same base frequency of 2.3GHz but in the case of i5-6200u, due to Turbo-boost technology, the frequency can rise up to 2.8 GHz. Intel Turbo-boost is not featured in i3-6100u processor. Thus, if you are more into photo and video editing or into gaming, then HP 15-ay039wm will be more suitable for you than HP 15-ay011nr. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP 15-ay039wm.
HP 15-ay039wm comes with Intel core i3-6100u processor which belong s to Intel’s 6th generation of processors. It has two cores and each core operates with 2.3GHz of fixed frequency. Speed of the processor can’t be increased further. The laptop comes with Intel HD 520 graphics and supports casual gaming. You can play Sims 4 smoothly on this machine but games like The Witcher 3, GTV V will struggle to run in this laptop. If you want to play high end PC games, Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG will be an appropriate option. It is an inexpensive gaming laptop coming with Intel core i5-6200u processor and 8GB DDR4 memory. Please note that HP 15 ay039 wm comes with DDR3 memory. DDR4 is faster than DDR3 RAM. This Acer laptop also comes with NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB dedicated video memory.
As this GPU has its own source of video memory, it does use system memory. An integrated graphics, like Intel HD 520, uses system RAM and some percentage of the system RAM is available for graphics memory. When you are running graphics intensive tasks, say playing games, a good amount of system memory is used by graphics. It directly impacts performance of other programs which might be running at the same time. So, if you are more into game or graphics intensive tasks, E5-575G-53VG will be more suitable for you. Again, this Acer laptop comes with 256GB SSD. It is a common fact that SSDs are much faster than HDD. Acer laptop has backlit keyboard while HP 15-ay039wm doesn’t have backlit keyboard.
HP 15-ay039wm comes with 4GB RAM and there is only one memory slot. You can expand memory up to 8GB only. However, memory is not user expandable and you will require assistance of a qualified technician to do the job for you. HP 15-ay011nr, on the other hand, comes with 8GB RAM. Thus, if you need more memory, HP 15-ay011nr will be a better option. Both the laptops come with 1TB hard drive.
15.6”non-touch display of HP 15-ay039wm offers resolution of 1366 X 768p, which supports up to 720p video playback but will not be able to display 1080p content. However, with the help of HDMI, you can watch 1080p content on a compatible TV or monitor. You need to buy HDMI cable separately for this purpose.
Besides HDMI, HP 15-ay039 wm comes with 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ-45 (LAN) and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. It has multiformat SD card reader as well. The 3-cell 31 WHr 2.8Ah lithium-ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.
HP 15-ay039wm is a good laptop if you are on tight budget. By stretching your budget to some extent, you can own HP 15-ay011nr which comes with better i5-6200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It also has Full HD display while HP 15-ay039wm has 720p display.