HP 15-ay013nr Review

The HP 15-ay013nr weighs more than your average ultrathin, lightweight laptops. But it makes up for this caveat in terms of its performance. HP offers this laptop at a far more reasonable price range, meeting the 500$ benchmark, than its competitors while providing ultra-performance specs. With its 6th generation corei5 processor and HD display, this product is one of the best market choices at an affordable price.

Let us take a better look at the HP 15-ay013nr and see what we would reward ourselves with when we buy this laptop.

HP 15-ay013nr: Quick Overview

HP 15-ay013nr
  • Impressive full HD display
  • All-around performance
  • Includes an optical drive
  • Much less expensive than its competitors with the same specs
  • Lacks a backlit keyboard
  • Wi-Fi card might stop after some miles on it
  • Too heavy to carry around

Design and Appearance

The HP 15-ay013nr is not thinner than any of its rivals. This is mainly owed to the fact that while its competitors do not include any optical drives, this notebook has a DVD burner included. Even after including an optical drive, this laptop weighs just over 4.65 pounds. While it is lighter than some of its primary rivals, but it will still be quite a hassle to carry it around on your back.

While the laptop is not any thinner than its rivals in this group, it comes with a wonderfully built chassis with pleasing aesthetics. Horizontal lines are running as grooves in the textured surface. There is also a turbo silver brushing that adds to its glossy look.


There is a total of three USB connectors built in around the laptop’s rims – one USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports. If you find yourself needing more than three USB ports, you will have to use a dongle, although that is rarely the case.

HP has included an extra HDMI port on its left side for connecting additional external display adapters. It also has its RJ-45 port or the ethernet port on the left side and its headphone jack so you can operate it comfortably, keeping all the connections on one side and including an optical drive on the right side. But, if you prefer to add your USB devices on both sides, HP has provided that option as well by including a USB 2.0 port on the right side, and an SD card reader is on that side as well.

While the laptop does come with an ethernet port, if you are looking to use a wireless connection, as most laptop users do, the laptop’s wireless functionality is operated by 802.11ac cards. The HP 15-ay013nr also offers support for Bluetooth 4.0.

Audio Output & Speakers

HP has never disappointed its users when it comes to the multimedia experience, and it has kept its reputation intact with this product as well. The notebook comes equipped with dual-stereo speakers featuring DTS Studio Sound. With its speakers’ performance, there is no need to add additional speakers as the laptop’s sound system can fill a room by itself.

Input Hardware

In the keyboard section, the HP 15-ay013nr offers a well-spaced, standard keyboard. The only deal-breaker might be that the keyboard is not a backlit one. But that is the case only for a few users. The keys are beautifully curved to the center. As a result, it provides an excellent grip and has a good response.

The laptop includes a 4.5 x 2.2-inch Synaptic touchpad. It has a good response and works pretty accurately. It also has a well-developed gesture support system offering options such as scrolling with two fingers, pinching to zoom and to select multiple files, you have to use three fingers.

Do note that, like most modern laptops, the touchpad is more responsive to clicking physically than touch clicks.

Screen and Display

The HP 15-ay013nr features a 15.6-inch Full-HD display that comes equipped with the SVA anti-glare WLED technology. It comes with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and provides rich color contrast.

While the 15.6-inch display sports an anti-glare feature, it does not offer a wide viewing angle. So, while you may enjoy using this laptop for personal usage, this notebook cannot provide you with the experience of watching a movie with your friends and family due to its viewing angle being wide enough for personal rather than family use.

HP has provided various setup controls for its screen, allowing the users to change display settings according to their personal preferences.

Battery Backup

The laptop comes with a 4-cell battery that offers up to 45 hours of power output. Its battery life is another of its valuable aspects. According to its manufacturer, once fully charged, the notebook is claimed to last up to 7.25 hours.

While that is good battery life, you may want to bring a power adapter. HP provides a 45-watt AC power adapter with this product.

Under the Hood

Now, this is the part that all the tech enthusiasts have been waiting for. The HP 15-ay013nr stands over all its competitors when it comes to performance.

This product a 6th generation core i5(i5 6200U) processor with two cores. The processor has a base frequency of 2.3 GHz, and you can clock it up to 2.8Ghz. While it offers a little storage space of 128SSD, please do note that it is a solid-state drive. So, it provides speed and smoothness to make up for its storage space. But, if you need additional space, you can rely on clouds or external storage devices.

All your work can be done with an integrated 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM and an intel integrated graphics unit up to 4.04 GB. While this is not a gaming laptop, you can do casual gaming and multitask with the combined specs. But, if your primary goal is gaming, this laptop will not provide much support in that regard.

Verdict & Bottom Line

If you are looking for all-around performance and just thinking about doing personal and office works for an affordable price while also having some entertainment, this is the laptop for you. It offers optimal performance for all types of activities while focusing on efficiency. 

We hope that this article will help you make the optimal decision about your laptop choice.

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