HP Notebook 15-AY169NR Review

HP NOTEBOOK 15-AY169NR is an inexpensive touchscreen laptop integrated with powerful 7th gen Intel core i5-7200u processor. However, other than processor, the laptop has pretty average specs. For instance, it comes with only 4GB DDR4 2133MHz memory and 500GB hard drive.  Thus, memory hungry programs will struggle to run in this laptop. For instance, applications like Adobe photoshop, lightroom, Blender, Solidworks and AutoCAD need more memory.  It also lacks discrete graphics and Solid state Drive.  You really don’t need a touchscreen interface with Windows 10 laptop but more memory and Solid state Drive can make a great difference in performance and make the laptop more useful. You can also consider Acer Aspire e5-575-53VG which comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB Solid State drive and NVIDIA Geforce 940MX discrete graphics with 2GB DDR5 video RAM. It has 6th gen Intel core i5-6200u processor which is little slower than i5-7200u but in combination with 8GB RAM, discrete graphics and a Solid State Drive, Acer Aspire e5-575-53VG becomes more productive compared to HP 15-AY169NR. Furthermore, the Acer laptop comes with backlit keyboard and has a good selection of ports. It also has support for wireless ac which is missing in the HP Model: Z4L79UA#ABA. However, for regular computing and office work, HP AY169NR is a decent laptop. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of HP NOTEBOOK 15-AY169NR

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Intel core i5-7200u processor operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the frequency can rise up to 3.1GHz. It has 3MB of cache memory while Intel core i5-6200u processor operates with 2.3GHz of base frequency and the frequency can rise up to 2.8GHz. Please note that both are dual core processors with 3MB of cache. Model: Z4L79UA#ABA comes with Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics which allows you to play Minecraft, Dota 2 etc. smoothly but games like Battlefield 1 and Fallout 4 will struggle at highest settings. Another point to note is that integrated graphics can’t be upgraded. If you are a gaming enthusiast and looking for an affordable gaming laptop, then Acer Aspire e5-575g-53VG will be a more suitable option as it comes with discrete graphics, more memory and faster hard drive. You can also use it for photo and video editing.

HP NOTEBOOK 15-AY169NR comes with 4GB RAM in 2 memory slots but the memory is not user upgradable.  It would be safe to contact the manufacturer if you want to upgrade memory. You can also consider Lenovo Ideapad 80TV00BGUS which ships with Intel core i5-7200u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive.

Again, HP NOTEBOOK 15-AY169NR comes with 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive. For regular computing, it is decent but for media editing and digital designing Solid State Drive is recommended. If you know about laptop repairing, you can easily replace hard drive with a Solid State Drive.

15-AY169NR features 15.6” display which supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p which can stream 720p content but not 1080p.However, Acer e5-575G-53VG 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-AY169NR lacks USB 3.1 Type C port. The Acer laptop has Type C port and supports wireless ac.
The battery offers up to 6 hours of battery backup depending upon usage.