HP Notebook 15-AY163NR Review

If you are looking for a cheap yet powerful laptop then you can consider HP Notebook 15-AY163NR laptop which is powered by 7th gen Intel core i7-7500u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. As it is a cheap laptop, the manufacturer has made certain compromises in order to make it an inexpensive machine. For instance, the laptop doesn’t come with dedicated graphics and Solid state Drive, which could have helped in boosting performance of the laptop. Again, it lacks backlit keyboard and comes with standard display (1366 X 768) rather than a full HD display ( 1920 X 1080p). For HD image or video editing, Solid state drive and Full HD display are preferable.  Model: Z4L82UA#ABA or  15-AY163NR doesn’t support wireless ac  and lacks Type C port. You can also consider Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK which is powered by 6th generation Intel core i7-6500u processor and 8GB DDR4 RAM. It has NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 2GB DDR5 memory and it also comes with a Solid State drive. The display of this laptop supports full HD resolution and has backlit keyboard. It also supports wireless connectivity. Though it is expensive, compared to HP Ay163nr, it comes with plenty of features that increase your productivity. However, for regular computing and small multimedia tasks, HP Notebook 15-AY163NR is a good option. Both the laptops come with inbuilt CD/DVD burner.

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Intel core i7-7500u operates with base frequency of 2.7GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.5GHz. On the other hand, Intel core i7-6500u operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz while that frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. Both are dual core processors with 4MB of cache and are built with 14nm technology. You will find that i7-6500u is little slower than i7-7500u processor but Solid State  drive and dedicated graphics make Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK more useful especially for media editing jobs, gaming, digital designing and other graphics intensive tasks.

Please note that HP 15-AY163NR comes with Integrated graphics which allows you to play latest games like Battlefield 1, Call of Duty Infinite warfare and Star wars Battlefront in low to medium resolution and settings. However, you can play Minecraft, Dota 2 etc smoothly on this machine.

The laptop comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. However, memory is not user upgradable and it would be safe to contact the manufacturer if you want the memory to be upgraded. You can also consider Dell Inspiron i5567-7292GRY touchscreen laptop which has 16GB 2400MHZ DDR4 RAM, i7-7500u processor and full HD display. It also comes with full HD touchscreen display and backlit keyboard. The laptop has dedicated AMD Radeon R7 M445 Graphics with 4GB video memory.

The 15.6” non-touch display of HP Notebook 15-AY163NR supports max resolution of 1366 X768p which can stream 720p content but not 1080p.However, Acer E 15 E5-575G-76YK  supports full HD content play back ( 1920 X 1080p)

The laptop comes with 2 USB 2.0 ports, One USB 3.0 port, HDMI, SD card reader, mic/headphone combo jack, LAN port and a webcam. It comes with non-backlit keyboard and supports Wireless 802.11 b/g/n and 10/100Mbps Ethernet port for network connectivity. HP 15-AY163NR lacks USB 3.1 Type C port.

The battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup depending upon usage.