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HP 15-ay116ng Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Katarina Novak), 12/04/2016

Surprisingly good. The HP 15-ay116ng costs 500 Euros (~$532) - a lot of money for a simple office notebook. But the laptop has a lot to offer: a Kaby Lake processor, a Full HD display and an SSD. Added to this is very good battery life and low operating noise.

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With the 15-ay116ng, HP delivers a well-equipped office notebook for home use. The very good battery life also allows mobile use. The laptop might seem familiar to frequent visitors of our website. It is identical in design to its sister model, the HP 250 G5, that we have already reviewed. Some competitors of the 15-ay116ng are the Acer Extensa 2520, the Lenovo B50-50, and the Dell Latitude 15 3570

HP 15-ay116ng (15 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 620, Core: 300-1000 MHz, Single-Channel, 21.20.16.4542
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR4-2134, Single-Channel,
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP, 256 GB 
, 190 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC282 @ Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combo audio, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
Networking
RealTek Semiconductor RTL8101/2/3 Family Fast Ethernet NIC (10/100MBit), Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
HP DVDRW GUD1N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24.3 x 384.3 x 254.6 ( = 0.96 x 15.13 x 10.02 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion, removeable
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink Power Media Player 14, Cyberlink PowerDirector 14, McAfee LiveSafe (trial), MS Office (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.04 kg ( = 71.96 oz / 4.5 pounds), Power Supply: 295 g ( = 10.41 oz / 0.65 pounds)
Price
599 Euro

 

Case

The price level of the laptop already gives it away: we're dealing with a plastic chassis. The display bezel and the bottom shell are made of black plastic. The top shell of the base unit and the back of the lid are painted silver. The top of the base unit additionally has a pattern simulating brushed aluminum. The back of the lid has a grooved texture. However, it is not outfitted with a maintenance hatch. The case needs to be opened to access the internals. More on that later. The battery is removable.

Regarding the build quality, the HP 15 doesn't have any big flaws. On the left edge of the lid you can feel some material overhang of the display bezel. Placing pressure on the common spots (on both sides of the keyboard, below the touchpad) makes the chassis flex a little. The base unit twists a bit too much, though, for our taste. Even the lid can be twisted without much effort, which results in image distortion. The latter is also present if you press on the back of the lid. The hinges hold the lid firmly in place; it can be opened with one hand.

Weighing just over 2 kg, the HP 15 is lighter than the competitors from Acer and Lenovo. The laptops are approximately on par regarding their size. 

Size Comparison

Connectivity

The ports bear no surprises: The laptop comes with three USB Type-A ports, of which only one supports the USB 3.0 standard. An HDMI port is available for connecting the laptop to a TV/external display. Even in 2016, HP includes a Fast Ethernet port, while Gigabit Ethernet has been the norm for years now. The layout of the ports is not satisfying: They're on the height of the palm rest. 

Left side: charging port, VGA, Fast Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0 (Type-A), USB 2.0 (Type-A), combo-audio jack
Left side: charging port, VGA, Fast Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0 (Type-A), USB 2.0 (Type-A), combo-audio jack
Right side: SD-card slot, USB 2.0 (Type-A), optical drive, Kensington lock
Right side: SD-card slot, USB 2.0 (Type-A), optical drive, Kensington lock

SD-Card Reader

The SD-card reader is in no hurry. While copying large files, it reached a maximum transfer rate of 27.3 MB/s. The transfer of 250 .jpg files (each around 5 MB) was accomplished at a speed of 22.2 MB/s. The competition didn't do much better. Much faster speeds would be possible, as shown by the results of the Dell Latitude 14 5414. We test memory-card readers with a reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II).

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell Latitude 14 Rugged 5414
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
155.7 MB/s ∼100% +601%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
23.7 MB/s ∼15% +7%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
22.7 MB/s ∼15% +2%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
22.24 MB/s ∼14% 0%
HP 15-ay116ng
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
22.2 MB/s ∼14%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
15.35 MB/s ∼10% -31%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell Latitude 14 Rugged 5414
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
234 MB/s ∼100% +757%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
27.7 MB/s ∼12% +1%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.5 MB/s ∼12% +1%
HP 15-ay116ng
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.3 MB/s ∼12%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
24.15 MB/s ∼10% -12%

Communication

The WLAN module of the HP laptop sports a Realtek chip (RTL8723BE). It supports the Wi-Fi standards 802.11 b/g/n - but not the fast AC standard. The results of our speed test under optimal circumstances (no other WLAN devices nearby, short distance between the notebook and the server PC) are not particularly good. At least the connection between the laptop and the router was consistently stable. HP also went with the company Realtek for the wired connection and built in a Fast Ethernet chip from the RTL8101/2/3 family. It accomplishes its task flawlessly. 

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (I219-V)
125 MBit/s ∼100% +172%
HP 15-ay116ng
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (RTL GBE)
46 MBit/s ∼37%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
274 MBit/s ∼100% +417%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (I219-V)
89 MBit/s ∼32% +68%
HP 15-ay116ng
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (RTL GBE)
53 MBit/s ∼19%

Webcam

The built-in webcam takes pictures with a maximum resolution of 1280x720 pixels. The camera produces slightly washed-out pictures and is on the same level as other notebooks. 

Accessories

Apart from a quick-start poster and warranty information, the laptop doesn't come with any accessories. 

Maintenance

The HP 15 doesn't offer a maintenance hatch. To access the internals, you need to open the case. First you can remove the battery and the optical drive. Then the back rubber feet (left and right next to the battery compartment) can be removed. There are screws hidden behind the feet. After removing all the screws on the bottom, you can take off the bottom shell with a small spreader. It is recommended to start close to the optical drive slot. You can access the SSD, RAM slots (2 pieces), WLAN module, BIOS battery, and the fan after taking off the bottom shell. 

Innards
Innards

Warranty

HP equips the notebook with only a one-year warranty - including pick-up service. The time span can be expanded; a three-year warranty, for example, costs 42 Euros (~$44). 

Input Devices

Keyboard

The HP 15 comes with a non-backlit chiclet keyboard, which also has a number pad. The flat, slightly roughened keys have a medium travel and a clear pressure point. Overall, their resistance could be crisper. The keyboard sometimes gives in during typing, though it didn't turn out to be bothersome. All in all, HP delivers a keyboard that fulfils the demands of household use.

Touchpad

The multi-touch capable touchpad is a part of the palm rest. The pad takes up a space of about 12.3 x 5 cm. The actually usable surface measures approximately 11 x 4.5 cm. This offers plenty of space for using the gesture controls. The various gestures can be individually turned on and off in the context menu of the touchpad. The smooth surface makes sliding easy. Below the touchpad are two separate mouse buttons. They possess a short travel and a clear pressure point.

Input devices
Input devices
Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The HP laptop's matte 15.6-inch display has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The brightness (233.7 cd/m²) and contrast (566:1) are generally too low. But judged by the price level of the notebook, the results are all right. On a positive note: The display never exhibits PWM flickering.

229
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
224
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 249 cd/m² Average: 233.7 cd/m² Minimum: 14 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 241 cd/m²
Contrast: 566:1 (Black: 0.44 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.71 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 13.13 | - Ø
56% sRGB (Argyll) 36% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.57
HP 15-ay116ng
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
TN, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Dell Latitude 15-3570
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
Response Times
2%
-33%
-31%
-27%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
40
40
-0%
52
-30%
58
-45%
37
7%
Response Time Black / White *
23
22
4%
31
-35%
27
-17%
37
-61%
PWM Frequency
1000
Screen
-2%
1%
-6%
-11%
Brightness
234
222
-5%
200
-15%
198
-15%
211
-10%
Brightness Distribution
89
85
-4%
83
-7%
85
-4%
88
-1%
Black Level *
0.44
0.39
11%
0.43
2%
0.48
-9%
0.62
-41%
Contrast
566
562
-1%
491
-13%
425
-25%
326
-42%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
11.71
12.67
-8%
10.53
10%
11.62
1%
12.35
-5%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
13.13
13.82
-5%
11.85
10%
12.3
6%
13.46
-3%
Gamma
2.57 93%
2.63 91%
2.25 107%
2.22 108%
2.44 98%
CCT
15273 43%
15633 42%
13758 47%
13244 49%
15217 43%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36
35
-3%
39
8%
36
0%
39
8%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
56
55
-2%
61
9%
56
0%
61
9%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
0% / -1%
-16% / -6%
-19% / -11%
-19% / -14%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 59 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 655 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 28740) Hz was measured.

In factory default settings, the display shows a DeltaE 2000 color deviation of 11.71. The target range (DeltaE smaller than 3) is far off. Moreover, the display suffers from a distinct blue tint. This can be improved with the color profile we provide. If you use our profile, you need to make sure that the same display model (manufacturer + model number) as in our review unit is built in. Notebook manufacturers like to use different display models. With a different panel, the color profile could lead to a worse color reproduction. The color spaces sRGB and AdobeRGB cannot be displayed. The coverage rates amount to 56% (sRGB) and 36% (AdobeRGB).

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
23 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 16 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 20 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (27.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 276 (maximum) ms. » 41 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (43 ms).

HP provides the notebook with a TN panel with unstable viewing angles. This means the display isn't readable from every position. Using the laptop outside is only possible in cloudy weather or in the shade. 

The HP 15 outside.
The HP 15 outside.
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The HP 15-ay116ng is an office notebook in the 15.6-inch format. With the built-in Core i5 processor, you're equipped for all common areas of use for years to come. At a price of 500 Euros (~$532), the currently reviewed laptop fits into the middle of the HP 15-ayxxx series' price range. The prices start at around 350 Euros (~$372). If you're willing to pay 800 Euros (~$851), you can get a model with a Core i7 processor, a 1TB HDD, 12 GB of RAM and a dedicated Radeon GPU. 

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

HP supplied the 15.6-incher with an Intel Core i5-7200U dual-core processor. The CPU is part of Intel's current Kaby Lake generation. It's a mid-range model that offers enough processing power for all common use scenarios. The extra cost for a more powerful Core i7 processor wouldn't be worth it for most users. A somewhat better performance would be attainable for 100 to 150 Euros (~$106 to ~$159). The Core i5-7200U processor is one of the most efficient ULV processors (TDP: 15 watts). It works at a base speed of 2.5 GHz, while Turbo can raise that up to 3.1 GHz (both cores). The full processing power is available while charging or when running on battery power.

The Kaby Lake processor attains up to 15% better results than its Skylake predecessor (Core i5-6200U) in our CPU tests. This is due to the higher processing speed, since the Skylake and Kaby Lake are practically identical in terms of technology. 

The processor is soldered in.
The processor is soldered in.
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7753
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
11342
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4991
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
30.18 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.67 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.44 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.7 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
34.93 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
325 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
122 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
122 Points ∼64%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
Intel Core i5-6200U
116 Points ∼61% -5%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Core i5-6200U
116 Points ∼61% -5%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
87 Points ∼46% -29%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
82 Points ∼43% -33%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
74 Points ∼39% -39%
Lenovo G51-35 80M8002HGE
AMD A8-7410
52 Points ∼27% -57%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
325 Points ∼20%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
Intel Core i5-6200U
290 Points ∼18% -11%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Core i5-6200U
288 Points ∼17% -11%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
261 Points ∼16% -20%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
208 Points ∼13% -36%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
195 Points ∼12% -40%
Lenovo G51-35 80M8002HGE
AMD A8-7410
174 Points ∼11% -46%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
4991 Points ∼68%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
3505 Points ∼48% -30%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
3133 Points ∼43% -37%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
2325 Points ∼32% -53%
Lenovo G51-35 80M8002HGE
AMD A8-7410
1642 Points ∼22% -67%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
11342 Points ∼33%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
9080 Points ∼26% -20%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
6927 Points ∼20% -39%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
6385 Points ∼18% -44%
Lenovo G51-35 80M8002HGE
AMD A8-7410
4428 Points ∼13% -61%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
6488 Points ∼24%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
5144 Points ∼19% -21%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
4550 Points ∼17% -30%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
4075 Points ∼15% -37%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
2907 Points ∼62%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
2228 Points ∼48% -23%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P
1944 Points ∼42% -33%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
1928 Points ∼41% -34%
Geekbench 4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
6825 Points ∼32%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
3672 Points ∼72%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 38)
221.46 Points ∼69%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U (Edge 38)
151.94 Points ∼48% -31%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
132.72 Points ∼42% -40%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
109.87 Points ∼34% -50%
Lenovo G51-35 80M8002HGE
AMD A8-7410 (Edge 20.10240.16384.0)
71.187 Points ∼22% -68%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Core i5-6200U (160.64)
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Octane V2 - Total Score
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 38)
32838 Points ∼73%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
19299 Points ∼43% -41%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
15801 Points ∼35% -52%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Core i5-6200U
14188 Points ∼31% -57%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Core i5-6200U (IE 11.0.9600.18204)
2390 ms * ∼4% -106%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
AMD A10-8700P (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
2266.9 ms * ∼4% -96%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel Core i3-5005U (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
1831.8 ms * ∼3% -58%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 38)
1159.4 ms * ∼2%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

A Solid State Drive and a powerful processor make the system perform well. We didn't encounter any problems. The results of the PCMark benchmark are solid. A look at the comparison board shows that the results of the HP 15 don't differ much from the competition. The Extensa 2520 and the Lenovo B50-50 perform somewhat better, but this is hardly noticeable in everyday use. Therefore, your purchase decision doesn't necessarily have to be made based on the processing power. Other factors like battery life, connectivity, ease of maintenance, and the design are potentially more critical. Increasing the system performance of HP's laptop is possible by installing a second RAM module. This slightly increases the graphics performance.

Two memory slots are available.
Two memory slots are available.
PCMark 7 Score
4977 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3315 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4338 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4587 points
Help
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP 15-ay116ng
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
4587 Points ∼70%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
4477 Points ∼69% -2%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
4343 Points ∼67% -5%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
3923 Points ∼60% -14%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell Latitude 15-3570
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
3337 Points ∼59% +1%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
3317 Points ∼59% 0%
HP 15-ay116ng
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
3315 Points ∼58%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
2980 Points ∼53% -10%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2834 Points ∼50% -15%

Storage

The system drive is a Solid State Drive from Samsung. It's an M.2 model (2280) with a capacity of 256 GB, of which 190 GB is available. The rest is taken up by the Recovery Partition and Windows Installation. The transfer rates of the SSD turn out to be good.

The SSD could be exchanged.
The SSD could be exchanged.
Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
Sequential Read: 500.8 MB/s
Sequential Write: 483.9 MB/s
512K Read: 413.8 MB/s
512K Write: 294.9 MB/s
4K Read: 34.91 MB/s
4K Write: 95.68 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 370.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 243.6 MB/s
HP 15-ay116ng
Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
Dell Latitude 15-3570
Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-21%
-92%
-92%
-56%
Write 4k QD32
243.6
228.5
-6%
0.769
-100%
0.645
-100%
23.3
-90%
Read 4k QD32
370.9
141.3
-62%
0.675
-100%
0.987
-100%
93.53
-75%
Write 4k
95.68
88.01
-8%
0.782
-99%
0.64
-99%
21.31
-78%
Read 4k
34.91
20.99
-40%
0.375
-99%
0.426
-99%
19.06
-45%
Write 512
294.9
289.4
-2%
38.3
-87%
35.65
-88%
134.1
-55%
Read 512
413.8
321.2
-22%
33
-92%
32.58
-92%
308.5
-25%
Write Seq
483.9
322.1
-33%
95.72
-80%
90.68
-81%
137.7
-72%
Read Seq
500.8
508.9
2%
104.7
-79%
102.5
-80%
453.2
-10%

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 620 graphics core supports DirectX 12 and clocks at up to 1000 MHz. The results of the 3DMark benchmark are at a normal level for the integrated GPU. Installing a second memory module (= active dual-channel mode) can provide an improved graphics performance. The new 3DMark results are on par with dedicated entry-level graphics cores. It definitely beats the Skylake predecessor (HD Graphics 520). If you wish for more graphics performance, you can get the HP 15 models with a dedicated Radeon R7 M440 graphics core.

The decoder built into the GPU unburdens the processor when playing videos. There are some new features compared to the Skylake decoder: The Kaby Lake model now also supports the VP9 and HEVC Main10 codec with a 10-bit color depth.

3DMark 06 Standard
8012 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1511 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
49743 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5542 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
744 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
AMD Radeon R7 M440, AMD A10-9600P
2210 Points ∼4% +59%
HP ProBook 470 G3
AMD Radeon R7 M340, Intel Core i7-6500U
2151 Points ∼4% +54%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1394 Points ∼3%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1273 Points ∼2% -9%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1257 Points ∼2% -10%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1162 Points ∼2% -17%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel HD Graphics 5500, Intel Core i3-5005U
968 Points ∼2% -31%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP ProBook 470 G3
AMD Radeon R7 M340, Intel Core i7-6500U
1212 Points ∼3% +51%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
AMD Radeon R7 M440, AMD A10-9600P
1205 Points ∼3% +50%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
802 Points ∼2%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel HD Graphics 5500, Intel Core i3-5005U
578 Points ∼1% -28%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
6876 Points ∼4%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
6314 Points ∼4% -8%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
AMD Radeon R7 M440, AMD A10-9600P
6127 Points ∼4% -11%
HP ProBook 470 G3
AMD Radeon R7 M340, Intel Core i7-6500U
6125 Points ∼4% -11%
Dell Latitude 15-3570
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
5909 Points ∼4% -14%
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
Intel HD Graphics 5500, Intel Core i3-5005U
5097 Points ∼3% -26%

Gaming Performance

The HP laptop's CPU and GPU combination displays quite a few games smoothly - at low resolutions and low to medium quality settings. But this applies primarily to games with relatively low hardware requirements. Installing a second RAM module can enhance the frame rate. The graphics core can be better exhausted by the then active dual-channel mode, thus enhancing the frame rate. Still, current best-sellers like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Mafia remain unplayable. 

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 67.633.919.59.6fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 45.325.320.96.5fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 31.124.916.45fps

Emissions

System Noise

As with many laptops made by HP that we have reviewed, our current test model also has the BIOS option "Fan always on" activated. This means the fan is constantly on. After deactivating the option, the idling fan is no longer perceivable, since it stands still most of the time. The fan doesn't get too loud under load. During the stress test, we measure a sound pressure level of 36.15 dB. As soon as the fan kicks in, it starts whirring, but this is only annoying at higher speeds. 

Fan noise
Fan noise
Cleaning the fan is possible.
Cleaning the fan is possible.

Noise Level

Idle
31.3 / 31.3 / 31.3 dB(A)
DVD
38.4 / dB(A)
Load
35.6 / 36.15 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.5 dB(A)
HP 15-ay116ng
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
5005U, HD Graphics 5500
Dell Latitude 15-3570
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Noise
-9%
-1%
-1%
2%
Idle Minimum *
31.3
34.5
-10%
31.5
-1%
32.5
-4%
31
1%
Idle Average *
31.3
34.5
-10%
31.9
-2%
32.5
-4%
31
1%
Idle Maximum *
31.3
34.5
-10%
31.9
-2%
32.7
-4%
31
1%
Load Average *
35.6
39
-10%
34.2
4%
34.2
4%
34.2
4%
Load Maximum *
36.15
38.3
-6%
36.8
-2%
34.6
4%
34.3
5%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The HP 15 in our stress test.
The HP 15 in our stress test.

The HP 15 passes our stress test (letting Prime95 and FurMark run for at least an hour) with the same results whether it's charging or running on battery. The processor runs only for a few seconds at 3 GHz, then it clocks at 2.3 to 2.5 GHz. The graphics core always runs at full speed (1000 MHz). Our stress test is an extreme scenario which doesn't occur in everyday use. In daily use, the processor performs at full power. A speed reduction like in our stress test is unlikely to occur. The notebook does not get considerably warm during the stress test. All measuring points have a temperature of below 40 °C. 

Max. Load
 32.5 °C33.8 °C23.6 °C 
 31.2 °C33 °C23.5 °C 
 29 °C31.9 °C24.4 °C 
Maximum: 33.8 °C
Average: 29.2 °C
22.9 °C33.8 °C36.6 °C
23.3 °C31 °C36.4 °C
22.5 °C32.8 °C29.9 °C
Maximum: 36.6 °C
Average: 29.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  39 °C | Room Temperature 21.4 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
HP 15-ay116ng
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
5005U, HD Graphics 5500
Dell Latitude 15-3570
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Heat
7%
-14%
-5%
-27%
Maximum Upper Side *
33.8
31.1
8%
33.2
2%
34.6
-2%
36.1
-7%
Maximum Bottom *
36.6
31.8
13%
37.3
-2%
35.6
3%
47
-28%
Idle Upper Side *
23.6
22.9
3%
28.7
-22%
26.7
-13%
31.7
-34%
Idle Bottom *
23.8
22.6
5%
32
-34%
26
-9%
32.9
-38%

* ... smaller is better

Heat development upper side (load)
Heat development upper side (load)
Heat development underside (load)
Heat development underside (load)
Heat development upper side (idle)
Heat development upper side (idle)
Heat development underside (idle)
Heat development underside (idle)

Speakers

The stereo speakers are found on the front edge of the bottom shell. They produce clear sounds with hardly any bass. Headphones or external speakers are recommended for a better sound experience. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.634.635.6253939.6393145.439.945.44037.135.237.15035.332.335.36329.628.229.68028262810028.92628.912532.225.432.216027.723.327.720028.723.828.725047.322.747.33156021.66040061.820.261.850057.419.657.463060.818.660.880066.518.666.5100065.11865.1125064.717.464.7160064.817.964.820006917.569250070.217.870.2315070.117.970.1400075.21875.2500073.318.373.3630068.318.468.3800071.418.471.41000072.718.472.71250071.118.271.11600063.818.463.8SPL82.130.582.1N50.61.450.6median 64.8HP 15-ay116ngmedian 18.4median 64.8Delta10.1210.135.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
HP 15-ay116ng audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.9% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 49% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 22%, worst was 48%
Compared to all devices tested
» 52% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 41% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Frequency comparison (checkboxes are selectable)

Discussion

Energy Management

Energy Consumption

In an idle state, the maximum energy consumption we've measured is 7.4 watts - a good result. During the stress test, the power consumption rises to 29 watts. This would be even higher, if the CPU would use the Turbo technology. The rated output of the power supply is 45 watts.  

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.34 / 0.35 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.2 / 6.3 / 7.4 Watt
Load midlight 24 / 29 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP 15-ay116ng
7200U, HD Graphics 620
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
5005U, HD Graphics 5500
Dell Latitude 15-3570
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Power Consumption
0%
-54%
-20%
-14%
Idle Minimum *
3.2
3.6
-13%
5.8
-81%
5.5
-72%
4.9
-53%
Idle Average *
6.3
6
5%
12.6
-100%
7.6
-21%
7.2
-14%
Idle Maximum *
7.4
6.4
14%
12.8
-73%
8.5
-15%
7.5
-1%
Load Average *
24
26
-8%
27.6
-15%
24.5
-2%
25.4
-6%
Load Maximum *
29
28.1
3%
30
-3%
25.4
12%
28
3%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The HP laptop finished our realistic Wi-Fi test after 6:52 h. Using a script, we simulate the workload of loading webpages. The profile "Balanced" is activated, the energy-saving mode is deactivated, and the display brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². Our video test produced similar results: One full battery charge lasted 7:10 h. We let the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264 codec, 1920x1080 pixels) run in a loop for this test. The wireless modules as well as the energy-saving mode are deactivated; the brightness is lowered to 150 cd/m². All in all, the HP 15 surprises with very good battery life. 

The battery has a capacity of 41 Wh.
The battery has a capacity of 41 Wh.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 29min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 38)
6h 52min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
7h 10min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 27min
HP 15-ay116ng
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 41 Wh
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 41 Wh
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 37 Wh
Lenovo B50-50 80S2000QGE
5005U, HD Graphics 5500, 32 Wh
Dell Latitude 15-3570
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 65 Wh
Battery Runtime
-11%
-24%
-28%
43%
Reader / Idle
869
634
-27%
1024
18%
Load
87
109
25%
157
80%
WiFi
WiFi v1.3
412
347
-16%
315
-24%
295
-28%
542
32%
H.264
430
313
-27%

Verdict

Pro

+ Matte screen
+ Full HD display
+ Fast SSD
+ Good battery life

Cons

- Only Fast Ethernet
- Only one-year warranty
- No USB Type-C
- No maintenance flap
- No AC Wi-Fi
- Low WLAN data rate
In review: HP 15-ay116ng. Test model provided by Cyberport.de
In review: HP 15-ay116ng. Test model provided by Cyberport.de

HP's 15.6-inch laptop left an overall good impression. Thanks to the Kaby Lake processor, the notebook is equipped for all common use scenarios - for now and in years to come. The notebook stays relatively cool despite the rather powerful CPU. A fast SSD keeps the system running well. Replacing the SSD would be possible, but that would require opening the case. The installed keyboard fulfills the requirements of home use. It also comes with very good battery life. The matte screen pleases with a Full HD resolution, but it is too dark and has low contrasts. In addition, it does not have stable viewing angles. However, the display is acceptable considering the laptop's price.

With the 15-ay116ng, HP adds an all-round office notebook to its lineup that boasts a good price-performance ratio.

HP charges 500 Euros (~$532) for this notebook. A large part of the budget is spent on the processor, screen and SSD. This means that cuts have to be made elsewhere: The laptop comes with only a one-year warranty. Even in the budget-price segment, two years is standard nowadays. Additionally, the laptop only has a Fast Ethernet port. If Gigabit Ethernet is a must, you should look at alternatives. The notebook also lacks a WLAN module supporting the fast AC standard. 

HP 15-ay116ng - 11/25/2016 v5.1
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
76 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
38 / 80 → 47%
Weight
63 / 67 → 91%
Battery
89%
Display
76%
Games Performance
55 / 68 → 80%
Application Performance
85 / 92 → 92%
Temperature
95%
Noise
91%
Audio
53%
Camera
35 / 85 → 42%
Average
70%
78%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-12- 4 (Update: 2016-12- 4)