HP Stream 14 (14-cb185nr)
- 14-inch 1366 x 768p HD Display
- Intel Celeron N4000 Processor
- Intel UHD Graphics 600 GPU
- 4GB DDR4 RAM, 64GB eMMC
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HP Stream 14 is an outstanding laptop, but it is pretty challenging to use for a new user. The price is under $300, and it comes from HP, so there is a sense of reliability. On the other hand, it comes at that ridiculously low price by cutting corners in areas like the display and trackpad, and even the CPU performance is somewhat compromised.
Design and Display
The lightweight plastic chassis of stream 14 measures 13.3 x 8.9 x 0.70 inches. The overall weight is just 3.11 pounds. In terms of construction, the plastic is hollow, and it flexes when you make keystrokes or tap on the trackpad. With a white keyboard, the palm rest is two-toned and features a textured pattern. As usual, the Streamline has always been known for its bright candy colors.
There are 14 inches of the screen on Stream 14, with a resolution of 1366 x 768. We measured the display’s color accuracy with our colorimeter and found that its Delta-E rating was 3.86 (0 is ideal). In addition to the downward-firing speakers on the HP Stream 14, headphones are also essential to use along with this laptop.
The performance of this laptop is also worth discussing. It is equipped with a 1.1-GHz base frequency along with a dual-core processor. There are similar components to those found in the Inspiron 14 3000 and Ideapad 100S-14 in Stream 14. Despite its large size, this computer has good overall performance because it has 4 GB of computer memory and 64 GB of hard disk space. Stream 14 is, therefore, a Chromebook competitor, as it shares identical specifications with Samsung Chromebook 3.
Keyboard and touchpad
HP Stream 14 keyboards use white tile keys with travel of 1.32 millimeters and a pressure threshold of 72 grams. So even though the keys themselves felt heavy and flimsy, heavy pressure was needed to start each keystroke. A similar bright blue color to the chassis is used on the touchpad, which measures 3.7*2.5 inches. Although the surface is matte plastic, it will register every movement and click without any problems.
Ports & Battery Life
Stream 14 has a limited port selection, but it’s sufficient for most basic needs. One USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, and an SD card slot are all found on the left side of the chassis. An audio headset jack and a Kensington lock slot are available as well. Right above the power connector on the laptop is the plug. Unfortunately, due to its lack of an Ethernet port, Stream 14 will only be accessible via WiFi.
Because of its power-sipping CPU, Stream 14’s battery life is extended to 7 hours and 4 minutes, a real-life simulation of continuous internet surfing over Wi-Fi. However, it’s still worth remembering that you would get a slightly better battery life from the Samsung Chromebook 3 or the Inspiron 14 3000.
- 14-inch diagonal HD SVA BrightView WLED-backlit display (1366 x 768p resolution).
- Intel Celeron N4000 Processor (dual-Core, 1.1 GHz base frequency, up to 2.6 GHz burst frequency).
- Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 600 with shared memory.
- 4 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (not upgradable) | 64 GB eMMC storage.
- 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data transfer only) | 1x USB 2.0 | 1 HDMI 1.4 | 1 headphone/microphone combo.
- WiFi 5 | Bluetooth 4.2 | Windows 10 in S Mode | HD Webcam.
- Dual Speakers | HP Webcam with integrated digital microphone | 3-cell, 41 Wh Li-ion.
- 1TB Cloud Storage with Office 365
- Acceptable Battery Life
- High-frequency RAM
- Durable Build Quality
- Affordable Price Tag
- Low Storage
- Cheap Plastic Build
- Can't Handle Heavy Load
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