The desktop replacement category is pretty competitive right now, with plenty of manufacturers making sturdy, long-lasting laptops with fast, powerful processors: that were a few months back a preserve for the premium category. The HP 15-ay018nrfits right in: It’s among the few powerful systems you can currently get, but it still manages to earn our nod in performance benchmarks. With quality materials and construction, excellent components including a sixth-generation (Skylake) Intel Core i7 processor, 256GB SSD and 8GB memory. It adds up as the bigger brother to both the HP 15-ay013nr (Intel Core i5,128GB SSD) and the HP-ay011nr (Intel Core i5, 1TB HDD), thanks to well-rounded design and performance. This laptop will appeal to you if quality design and solid performance are must-haves.
HP bills this 15-inch laptop with the same design as its stablemates the HP 15-ay013nr and HP-ay011nr, safe for the internal components. It measures 0.95 by 15.12 by 10.02 inches (HWD), and weighs in at just over four pounds (4.75 pounds) or 2.14kg. It’s still a full sized laptop overall, thanks to its 15.6-inch screen, which has a 1,920 by 1080 resolution, good for 1080p HD videos. The full-HD resolutions something we’ve previously seen mostly on pricier systems. It does not quite offer the clarity or wide viewing angles of an In-Plane-Switching (IPS) screen, but the picture is sharp and can be viewed reasonably well from most angles. More expensive midrange systems like the Acer Aspire R14 R3-471T-77HT and the Lenovo Edge 15 lack IPS displays as well, and the ASUS Zenbook Pro UX501VW-DS71T, which does have one, will have you throw in more bucks.