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HP Stream Laptop PC 14-ax010nr Review

HP Stream PC 14-ax010nr with Celeron N3060 Laptop

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HP Stream 14-ax010nr is a compact and portable, mid-size 14-inch laptop offered at a low budget price for essential productivity- simple daily things like emails, light web browsing, chatting on Skype, Word, and Excel, songs and videos. What you have here is a low end dual core Celeron N3060 processor (2M cache) at 1.6GHz up to 2.48GHz speeds with turbo boost (no hyper threading = 2 cores, 2 threads) and with a Passmark benchmark score of just over 1000, that will not handle complex multimedia software, games or heavy multitasking, but then you have 4GB of DDR3L onboard RAM which is mostly adequate for having a few browsers and apps open simultaneously but you will be somewhat limited by the Celeron CPU. Storage is just a 32GB eMMC flash drive that offers a bit more speed than SATA mechanical drive and you can obviously use the Cloud, an external hard drive or SD card to have more storage space. One year of Microsoft Office 365 is included in the package, as well as 1TB of OneDrive Cloud so you can have access to your files wherever there is the internet connection. Windows 10 operating system feels snappier overall, especially when turning on or shutting down the computer and has some new and familiar user-friendly features and comes with more built-in security features. There is a bit of junkware and you will want to get rid of those you don’t need as quickly as you can, so you experience faster performance overall.

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Thermal design power for the whole system is only 6 watts and this will greatly help the battery life to be up to 10-11 hours at lower light settings in theory but you should comfortably get 7-8 hours on average in practice. 14 inch non-touch diagonal WLED-backlit SVA Brightview high definition display has the regular 1366×768 pixel resolution, which seems fine with clear images with good contrast and vivid colours. The graphics card is the Intel HD 400, which is pretty basic but much faster than the Intel HD Bay Trail and you can play the light games just fine. HP 14 Stream has a solid plastic casing, looks nice in aqua blue or violet purple, is a rather compact, slim and light machine that weighs just 3.17 pounds and measures 8.9 x 13.27 x 0.7 inches, so there is no DVD Optical Drive or Ethernet for wired internet access but 802.11ac wireless for a more reliable connection with stronger signals and larger coverage, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI output, an SD Card Reader and a Headphone/Microphone combo. Keyboard is not backlit but feels good to type on, screen is not touch-enabled and 32GB is not much at all as the Windows 10 takes up quite a bit of it but 4GB you have here is much better than 2GB available on similar portable low-end models and you will even surf the net faster as a result. If you don’t want to spend a lot on a laptop and you want something slim, lightweight and portable with enough power to handle daily tasks (not more!) then you should consider this HP 14.

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