In this HP 15-ay191ms review, we will explore a typical high-performance budget laptop that harbors a hardware powerful enough to not only deliver your daily needs but much more. This is a laptop that features the latest generation Intel Core i3 processor that is capable of delivering a decent performance.
Many people on a tight budget tend to go for as cheap as possible. However, as is the case with everything, you do get what you pay for. Although there are cheaper options available with Intel Celeron or even Atom processors, they have significant limitations. You tend to realize the limitation as soon as you start doing some work.
A budget laptop like this HP 15-ay191ms solves that issue. It is cheap enough to fit in many people’s budget easily. At the same time, it delivers a fairly decent performance.
Let explore this laptop a bit further in this HP 15-ay191ms review.
Core Hardware Configuration
If we were to generalize the hardware of this laptop, we could say that is suitable for low to moderate levels of work. If you want a laptop on which you can low level of professional work, then this is a great laptop to have. Although the processor may seem weak, when you couple it with a good amount of RAM, it can deliver a great performance.
That is what this laptop promises.
This laptop is powered by Intel Core i3-7100U dual core/ multi-threading enable processor that has the base clock speed of 2.40 GHz per core. The processor alone is a major part of the price tag. It costs about $280 in the market.
One of the best aspects of a Core i3 processor is that it is significantly energy efficient. Therefore, you get a battery life that can easily last for 5 hours. Compared to the older version, this 7th generation Intel Core i3 processor is a bit better. However, it also has a fair price making this a better bargain altogether.
The i3 processor in this laptop should be able to handle any tasks you throw at a reasonable level. Since this is a ‘U’ designated processor, it is also ultra efficient and energy saving thus giving you a long battery life.
HP 15-ay191ms offers 8 GB of RAM. This is not standard for i3 processors. Most laptops offering i3 processors come equipped with 4 GB of RAM. This infers that the laptop will only be used for meager tasks.
However, this laptop breaks that standard. It offers 8 GB of latest DDR 4 RAM. Meaning, it should be able to handle a significant level of work. It should give the laptop enough capacity to handle professional software for low-level work.
As is the case with all budget laptops, this ultra-budget laptop only manages to offer an Integrated Graphics Card. However, with the latest generation processor, you are also getting the latest Intel Integrated Graphics. This particular processor comes with Intel HD 620. It is decent for running casual and older games.
Now, you cannot expect this graphic card to run high demanding games, but you can expect this laptop to run all of your games on a browser such as the ones you play on Facebook like a charm. Furthermore, this graphic card can even handle some of the more demanding games at low graphics with a respectable frame rate.
Also, if your work revolves around graphic intensive work, then this laptop is probably not for you.
One of the best addition to this laptop is a touchscreen. The touchscreen is set to replace screen across the board. This laptop is proof to that fact. A few years back Touchscreen was made available only at a large premium. However, now you can have it for basically the standard price.
This laptop offer 15.6 inch HD Touchscreen. The only drawback is that it does not have FHD.
Other than a great central hardware, this laptop offers additional necessary features such as a large array of connectivity options. This laptop offers 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone output/Microphone input combo, Ethernet. Along with that, it also offers an optical drive, Wifi, Bluetooth and an SD card reader.
Additionally, this laptop measures only at 0.9″, which is fairly simple for a laptop that also has an optical drive. It also weighs only 4.6 pounds. The profile of this laptop is therefore quite the portable one.
Value for Money
This is what it boils down. What is the value for money on this laptop and how does it compare with the competition. Well, since the laptop market is so vast and since there are so many competitors, you would expect this laptop would have competition.
However, as such, there isn’t any significant competition. There are a few cheaper laptops that offer Intel Core i3 processor with a lower amount of RAM, but none offer a 7th generation processor along with 8 GB of RAM (at the moment).
HP 15-ay191ms Review Conclusion
All in all, this is an all rounder and versatile laptop that has received excellent reviews from its buyers. HP 15-ay191ms is a laptop that is the jack of all trade. It is economical, powerful, stylish, and portable. There is absolutely no reason why you should not put this laptop high in your list for potentially great budget laptops.
Remember that although you might be inclined on getting the Celeron or Atom based laptop, it is worth noting that it is not worth spending on such weak processors if you will remotely be performing some work.