HP 15-ay122cl Touchscreen Laptop Review

HP 15-ay122cl Touchscreen Laptop is a beautiful unit featuring powerful 7th generation Intel core i7-7500u processor and a generous 15.6” display.  1TB 5400rpm hard drive offers plenty of storage and Windows 10 Home 64 bit operating system takes care of the rest. As it is a budget laptop, you will certain features missing in the configuration. For instance, it lacks Solid State Drive which helps boosting the performance to certain extent. If you are going to use the laptop for editing HD images and video files or 3D rendering, then a solid State Drive is recommended. Again the display is standard 1366 X 768p and not a Full HD display (1920 X 1080).  HP 15-ay122cl comes with integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which uses system memory. You can also consider Acer Aspire E5-575G-75MD which is powered by same Intel core i7-7500u processor but offers 256GB Solid state Drive.  It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB GDDR5 video memory plus 8GB DDR4 RAM (expandable up to 32GB). It also has full HD display, backlit keyboard and battery pack that offers up to 12 hours of battery life.

HP 15-ay122cl does not come with backlit keyboard.  However, unlike Acer Aspire E5-575G-75MD, it is a touchscreen laptop. But you don’t need touchscreen environment with a laptop running Windows 10 Operating System.

If you are a touchscreen lover then you can consider HP 15.6″ HD 1366×768 Touchscreen Flagship laptop which is also powered by Intel core i7-7500u and 256GB Solid state Drive. It has 8GB DDR4 RAM. Rest of the features in the two laptops is similar. Let’s go back to HP 15-ay122cl Touchscreen Laptop review.

Intel core i7-7500u is a dual core processor and operates at base frequency of 2.7GHz while the frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz on system demand.  The processor has 4MB of cache and it is fast enough for office applications and home computing. It also supports HD photo and video editing and some 3D designing.   A faster hard drive or Solid state drive can speed-up the performance of such tasks. Unfortunately, HP 15-ay122cl comes with slower 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive.

As told earlier, this laptop comes with integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which supports DirectX 12 but you can’t run most of the latest games smoothly on this machine.  To play Resident Evil 7, Watch Dogs 2 and Titanfall 2 you may need to reduce display settings.

For memory consuming programs, the laptop comes with plenty of RAM. HP 15 ay122cl comes with 12GB RAM, there are two memory slots which allow you to upgrade memory up to 16GB. However, upgrading memory in this laptop is not easy. The 1TB hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system and other proprietary software.

The laptop comes with standard ports and connectivity features which include 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (also known as USB 3.0), 2 USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, 1x RJ-45 (LAN), 1x Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader and 1x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. However, Acer Aspire E5-575G-75MD offers more USB 3.0 ports (2 USB 3.0, USB 3.1 type C port and USB 2.0). Both the laptop comes with CD/DVD burner.

Network connectivity is supported by 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN, Wireless ac and Bluetooth 4.1. The 3 cell battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.