HP Envy 15-as043cl Touchscreen Laptop is an elegantly designed device that incorporates a dual core i7-6560u processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. Intel i7-6560u is an ultra-low-voltage processor that not only accomplishes office tasks smoothly but also saves energy. Main drawback of this laptop is that it doesn’t have a dedicated graphics and integrated graphics is the only option for graphic processing tasks. HP as043cl comes with Intel HD 540 graphics which is an advance version Intel HD 520 graphics and offers slightly better performance compared to Intel HD 520. However, both the graphics use system memory. Note that i7-6560u processor is not as powerful as Intel quad core i7-6700HQ processor . If you are going to use this laptop for AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe lightroom and other 3D modelling or media editing programs, a quad core processor like i7-6700HQ will be more suitable option. You can also consider similar-priced Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15″ Touch 80NW0010US laptop. It comes with quad core i7-6700HQ processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM plus NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5. This Lenovo touchscreen laptop comes with dual storage option – 1TB hard drive plus 128GB Solid Sate Drive. Moreover, the frameless IPS antiglare touchscreen of this laptop comes with FullHD resolution. Like HP 15-as043sl, this Lenovo laptop also comes with backlit keyword (Red LED Backlit with 2 Level Brightness Control). You can use this laptop for gaming as well as business purpose. Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15″ Touch 80NW0010US comes with brushed aluminum chassis. Both the laptops lack CD/DVD burner but the Lenovo laptop is still little heavier compared to HP model.
If you are looking for something cheaper which can handle office tasks as well as run latest games smoothly then you can consider Dell Inspiron i5559 i7-6500u powered Touchscreen laptop. It comes with 16GB DDR3L RAM but you will get dedicated AMD Radeon R5 M335 Graphics with 4GB video memory. It also comes with CD/DVD burner and backlit keyboard. Dell Inspiron i5559 is quite cheap but it still offers Full HD display. Expecting UHD display from such a cheap laptop is not justified though.
Both, i7-6500u and i7-6560u, are dual core processors and you can expect similar performance from them. However, i7-6500u is better suited for multi- threaded applications as it operates at higher base frequency of 2.5GHz and turbo frequency of the processor is 3.1GHz. On the other hand, i7-6560u operates between frequency range of 2.2GHz to 3.2GHz. Both laptops have 4MB cache.
Intel core i7-6700HQ, incorporated with Lenovo Ideapad Y700, operates at much higher frequency range ( 2.6GHz-3.5GHz). It has 4 cores and 6MB of cache memory. The processor will give better performance compared to i7-6500u and i7-6560u. If you need to work with CPU intensive tasks or want to play high end games smoothly, you can choose between Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15″ Touch 80NW0010US, and Dell Inspiron i5559 i7-6500u.
HP Envy 15 as043cl comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM which can’t be expandable further. It has 256GB Solid State Drive preinstalled with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. Ports and connectivity features in the laptop include 1USB 3.0 Type-C, 3 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader and 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack. Envy 15-as043cl comes with integrated battery that offers up to 7 hours of battery backup. HP Envy 15-as043cl doesn’t come with Intel realsense webcam. Also, it doesn’t have CD/DVD drive, whereas Dell laptop comes with CD/DVD drive as well as removable battery.
All the laptops mentioned above come with integrated webcam.