HP 15-ay011nr Laptop Review

April 15, 2016
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HP 15-ay011nr is one of the newer laptops with interesting features: quite low price but pro-level components. Or what do you think about the 6th generation Core i5 processor and Full HD screen? Very nice, but might be there are also disadvantages in this computer… Let’s see!

The good

It’s not a bad processor that is commanding the HP 15-ay011nr. It’s a 6th generation (still latest) Intel Core i5-6200U with two cores, 2.3GHz clock speed and a turbo of 2.8GHz. The unit is quite capable for power user oriented work too; it receives a score of 3900 in CPU Mark benchmark which can be considered mid-range for a notebook. Also don’t forget the laptop comes with one 8GB RAM stick, a good amount to keep the system running smoothly, and as far as I know you can upgrade it to 16 gigabytes.

The screen is excellent, a 15.6″ non-touch matte model offering Full HD resolution which is quite rare for this price! A webcam is installed on top of the display, allowing for some Skype video chats.

Networking options include 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth adapter and 100Mbps RJ-45 port to get you connected to Internet.

The battery life is decent here; many people have been reporting 4-6 hours while browsing the web and similar light use. Also, the battery is a removable unit.

The neutral

For this low price every component is not great; that’s evident in the storage drive section of HP 15-ay011nr. You’ll get one terabyte hard drive – a platter-based one – with 5400RPM spindle speed. It works wonders as a pure data storage (around 200 DVDs being equal to 1TB), but such an old-school hard drive doesn’t really contribute to snappy performance. A technical person can of course swap it for a faster SSD if he wants to.

The laptop contains DVD burner, not everybody needs it in 2016 anymore but some do. Media card reader (SD) is located next to the optical drive.

There are three USB ports, one is USB 3.0 while two are USB 2.0. A full-size HDMI output is available if you want to hook up a monitor.

The bad

It’s gaming that’s a bit problematic with HP 15-ay011nr. You will not find dedicated graphics card inside so you’ll have to do with the integrated Intel HD 520. It’s alright for casual gaming if you can do with less eye candy and not-so-good FPS: for example, GTA 5 will net you ca. 25FPS played on normal (low) and 1366×768 resolution. A lesser game like Counter-Strike: Go runs fine on high settings.

The keyboard is not backlit.


The pure value of HP 15-ay011nr is rather good. It’s definitely not an expensive laptop; I’d almost call it cheap, but you’re still getting a lot in return: a powerful processor, adequate amount of RAM and a Full HD screen (a treat for power users I’d say!). What the notebook is lacking is great gaming performance thanks to the missing dedicated graphics, but that is the “problem” with all notebooks in this price range. So, if gaming is not your cup of tea, I think it’s a good idea for you to check this HP out!

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5 thoughts on “HP 15-ay011nr Laptop Review

  1. Sachin

    Hi,I am confuse about this laptop and Dell Inspiron 15 i5559-4682SLV Signature Edition, which should I buy. Could please help me. Both have similar functionality except touch screen and backlit keyboard.

    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Tell me first what you want to do with the laptop? :)

  2. Alex M

    I had the same question and was comparing both the Dell and the HP, I’m worried that the touchscreen on the Dell will burn through the battery, but I like the backlit keyboard as I’ve never had this feature on a laptop before. I will be using the laptop 80% of the time for heavy multitasking using work applications. Which would you suggest?

    1. Tech For Pennies Post author

      Hi Alex. The main specifications (processor, RAM, storage, screen resolution) are the same in both laptops, so they work equally good for multitasking and heavier applications. The touchscreen might consume tad more power than a non-touch screen; I’d estimate 4-5 hours continuous use on Dell, people have reported 5-6 hours on HP.

      Backlit keyboard is a very subjective thing; for example I don’t care about it, but it doesn’t mean you wouldn’t. Anyway, it can be a nice feature to have if you use the laptop in dark and don’t know how to type without seeing the keys.

      At any rate, both laptops have received excellent reviews. If your budget allows, you want to try backlit keyboard and don’t mind about ~4 hour battery life, I think you should go for the Dell.

  3. Alex M

    Thanks for your reply, it actually came down to price (HP being $50 cheaper on Amazon) and concerns about power consumption, so I went with the HP. I also have had some bad experiences with Dell Support before and Amazon was offering a 3 year service plan for the same price as Microsoft’s 2 year plan, so I went with the extra year warranty as the factor that finally pushed me over to the HP over the Dell.


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