HP 15-AY173DX 15.6″ Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 2TB HDD, Black)

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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 i5-7200U and 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.

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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.

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Specifications of the HP 15-AY173DX

Here's the specs sheet of the HP 15-AY173DX:

Brand

HP

Laptop Type

Traditional laptop

Screen Size

15.6-inch

Screen Resolution

1366×768 pixels (HD)

Touchscreen

No

Other Display Specs

TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Processor (CPU)

Intel Core i5-7200U 7th Gen "Kaby Lake" Dual-Core 2.5-3.1GHz 3MB Cache (~4,700 PassMark benchmark points)

Graphics (GPU)

Intel HD 620 Integrated Graphics

System Memory (RAM)

8GB

Storage

2000GB (2TB) HDD

DVD Optical Drive

DVD writer

Input

Non-backlit keyboard with numeric pad
Multi-touch trackpad with physical buttons

Speakers and Audio

Stereo speakers
Combo microphone and headphones audio jack

Cameras

Front

Wi-Fi

802.11N

Ethernet LAN

Yes

3G - 4G Mobile Broadband

No

Bluetooth

No

USB

1 x USB 3.1
2 x USB 2.0

Video Ports

1 x HDMI

Media Card Reader

Yes (SD card reader)

Battery

"up to 7 hours" of battery life
3-Cell 31 WHr

Weight

4.7 pounds

Height

0.9"

Width

15.2"

Depth

10.2"

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home

Warranty

1-Year

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User reviews, comments, and Q&A on the HP 15-AY173DX

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4.50 out of 5
(2 user reviews)

  1. Dayanand Sharma

    how to disable and enable touchpad in this laptop, have any specific button in this system

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      There’s no button for that. If you use Windows 10, you can go to Settings / Devices / Touchpad and disable / enable it there. Or you can go to Control Panel / Hardware and Sound / Mouse and there will be a touchpad tab (on my HP ProBook its called Click Pad). Under that tab you can also enable or disable it. You can also go to Device Manager > Human Interface Devices > HID-compliant touch pad and enable / disable it there (right click on it).

      Note: I have edited this answer to include multiple ways to enable / disable touchpad.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carlos

    Puede agregársele un disco sólido (ssd)? En resumen; tiene bahía de discos duros disponibles?

  3. Brian Claudio

    Is the RAM upgradeable?

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      The official specs sheet isn’t clear regarding RAM. But I’ve found in this maintenance guide http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05087748 (page 31) a picture of internal components of the HP 15-ay series. The picture shows two RAM slots, so it should be possible to add another RAM module. However, RAM in this model is an Authorized Service Provider part. This means it isn’t meant to be replaced by users, so there’s a chance that RAM upgrade might void your warranty.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Speedy Mercer

    I bought an HP 15-AY173DX and am quite happy with it overall. There is ONE complaint I have so far and that is that the speakers SUCK! It sucks the worst when you actually use it in your lap as the speakers point DOWN and are placed on the BOTTOM front edge of the notebook! WTH HP??? Plan on using headphones or external speakers on this one.
    I have one other SLIGHT gripe that is so minor as to be hardly worth mentioning but the power cord plugs in the Left side and I like it on the Right side better because of the way I use my notebooks.
    Like I said, other than the speakers, it works great! If sound isn’t a major concern, it’s a great unit.

  5. Bryte

    How is this device in terms of gaming? To me personally I think the specs are quite ok for games. I haven’t used it yet. I wish someone would say something about it.

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      It depends on a game. But generally this laptop with the Intel HD 620 graphics is good only for basic gaming. Here’s a review of the HD 620: http://laptoping.com/gpus/product/intel-hd-620-review-graphics-of-7th-gen-core-u-series-kaby-lake-cpus/
      Keep in mind that the HP 15-AY173DX has single-channel memory (1x8GB) and that slows down game rendering (generally around 25%). The review above is for dual-channel memory. So overall, the laptop is good for non-demanding games like Minecraft, LoL, Counter Strike on low settings, and similar light game titles.

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