The HP 15-AY173DX is a pretty much typical full-size mainstream laptop for 2017. But, it provides a huge hard drive to stand out from the crowd. The HP 15-AY173DX features an Intel Core i5 processor (CPU), 8GB of system memory (RAM), and a 2-Terabyte hard drive (HDD). These core components are packed in a black plastic chassis with textured linear gradient grooves on the palm rest. It’s a budget casing, but these grooves give it a hint of modern and sporty-elegant look.
As for the display, the 15.6″ LCD panel is a typical entry-level one. It has a resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels as opposed to sharper Full HD 1920×1080. IPS technology for wide viewing angles and touchscreen support are missing, too. For typing and interaction with Windows 10 OS and software, there’s a full-size non-baclit keyboard with numeric pad and a touchpad with integrated “mouse click” buttons.
As for internals, the heart of the system is the 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U dual-core processor. It’s an ideal processor for the day-to-day tasks of the home and home & office users. It can effortlessly handle usual duties like web browsing and email, video streaming, text and spreadsheet processing, casual gaming, and similar. If you want to see what running popular apps looks like on this CPU, you can check out our review of the i5-7200Uand its Intel HD 620 integrated graphics. The notebook’s main memory size is 8GB. That RAM size is large enough for all normal PC tasks. The included 2TB hard drive as a stand-out feature of the HP 15-AY173DX offers an abundance of free data storage space. It’s twice as large as common notebook HDD size of 1TB, which is a high capacity, too. Therefore, the HP 15-AY173DX can be an attractive buying choice for those who want to store large files like high-definition videos. On the negative side, the provided HDD spinning at 5,400 rpm is the slowest kind of storage devices on the market.
Furthermore, the HP’s 15-AY173DX has a built-in DVD drive, stereo speakers, a web camera, wireless and wired Internet & LAN connectivity, a fast USB 3.1 port and a pair of older-standard USB 2.0 ports, HDMI video output, a combo audio mic / headphones connector, and a multi-format media card reader. Overall, it’s an admirably equipped laptop in the networking and peripheral connectivity department.
The battery inside the 15-AY173DX has a relatively low capacity of 31 WHr. Still, HP claims the battery can provide “up to 7 hours” of operation off the grid. But, that’s most likely with heavily reduced display brightness and low CPU usage.
This notebook model weighs in at 4.7 pounds and is 0.9″ thick. It’s decently portable for a 15.6-inch notebook.