The HP stream 14 is an affordable 14-inch laptop with a long battery life and a good performance enough for streaming media and basic productivity.
PROS: Long battery life. Colorful design. Plenty of expansion ports
CONS: Sluggish performance. Dim display
The HP Stream14-ax010nr is an entry level laptop designed to act as a secondary laptop for light day to day use. The ultraportable machine comes to cross the gap for those who are always on the move. It gives them the freedom of computing and utilizing their cloud storage to access their documents and browse without hitting the wallet hard.
As a budget laptop, it combines the basic features that will get your job done without much grandiosity. Under the hood, you will find a dual core Intel Celeron N3060 processor clocked at 1.6GHz.
It comes with 4GB of DDR3L RAM and 32 GB of eMMC storage space. A one year free subscription for Microsoft office 365 and 1TB of OneDrive storage takes care of the minimal storage space. However, you can consider the HP 14-an080nr 14-Inch Notebook if you cannot put up with a cloud based system.
The HP Stream14-ax010nr is an all plastic affair donning the aqua blue or violet purple colors. The device measures 8.9 x 13.27 x 0.7 inches and weighs a mere 3.17 pounds. It is lighter than the HP 14-an013nr which measures 9.5 x 13.6 x 0.9 inches and weighs 3.86 pounds.
The rather compact, slim and light machine was made with road warriors in mind who want a system that fits into their travel bag. As such, those out in business trips can still access excel or word documents, email and browse the internet comfortably. The selling point of this laptop is on its battery which offers between 7-8 hours of usage. The 3-cell, 41Wh Lithium-Ion battery packed in this laptop gives it a nod to further claim its versatility on the road.
The HP Stream14-ax010nr is powered by a basic dual core Intel Celeron processor clocked at 1.6GHz. This is a low voltage processor that is energy efficient thus making the deliver more usage time as opposed to performance. The processor is coupled with a non-expandable 4GB of RAM and 32GB eMMC storage.
The system comes pre-installed with windows 10 that takes a larger share of the storage. It thus necessitates the use of the cloud based storage that comes with the purchase of the laptop. The massive 1TB of OneDrive storage is enough for the storage of all your important files.
Interestingly, you can access them from anywhere so long as you are connected to the internet. The features here align to the HP 14-an013nr save for the AMD E2-7110 quad core processor. This laptop also comes with a Solid State Drive that delivers fast boot times and loading of programs.
The connectivity options in the HP Stream14-ax010nr are enough despite of its slim profile and low price. It comes with one USB 2.0 port and two USB 3.0 ports for faster transfer of data.
There is an HDMI port for connecting the laptop to larger displays to enjoy watching your movies. There is a MicroSD card Reader for transferring you photos from your camera and expanding your storage space. An Audio Comb Jack is also in place to connect with your headphones and enjoy your music while working on your files or browsing the internet.
Internet connectivity is supported by Intel 802.11ac 2×2 wireless card that offers fast internet connection. You will also experience less buffering when streaming your movies online and increased transfer speeds. Bluetooth 4.0 is also available for connecting with compatible devices for transferring and sharing files and other important stuff.
The 14-inch display laptop comes with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels with HD SVA BrightView WLED-Backlit display. This is not a fancy device when it comes to picture quality, but then the price tag says it all. The display is fairly clear and crisp for watching and streaming 720HD video.
Those interested in serious photo and video editing should look upwards for high resolution systems like the Acer Aspire E 15. Additionally, gaming is out of reach for this laptop for the latest games such as Fallout 4.
It comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 400 that is not good enough for running games. It is important to keep this laptop to light tasks for better performance. Serious gamers should also look upwards to systems such as the Asus K501UW-AB78 which comes at a price.
The laptop comes with a full-sized non-backlit keyboard with a 1.5mm key travel that feels good to type on. The HP Stream14-ax010nr comes with internal speakers that are loud and clear enough for listening to your music. The DTS studio Sound are good, but if you want to enjoy full blast music you can connect to external speakers. There is also an HP webcam above the display that comes in handy for video chats with family and friends.
The HP Stream14-ax010nr is an affordable entry level laptop for handling basic computing tasks. The laptop assembles a low end processor and less storage to keep it affordable but still deliver in handling casual tasks.
The laptop basically aims to attract business associates and students who are always on the move. The powerful battery embedded in this system enables it to sustain long hours of usage thus cementing its position as a road warrior. Importantly, the laptop offers enough connectivity options for all your devices.
However, there is no Ethernet or DVD optical drive in this compact laptop. Users after browsing the internet, emailing, editing documents, watching movies or chatting on skype should find the HP Stream14-ax010nr is a perfect match. It does all this without leaving a hole in the wallet.