HP Stream 14"

HP Stream 14"

HP Stream 14"

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BEST RATING
Operating Noise:
4.6
GENERAL USE: Fair6.5/10
GAMING/AI: Fair6.0/10
ENG/DESIGN: Fair6.0/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Fair6.7/10
CONTENT CREATION: Fair6.8/10
PORTABILITY: Very Good8.1/10
BATTERY: Good7.4/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Poor5.2/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Fair6.8/10
SIZE: 14"

The HP Stream 14" is a budget-friendly option designed for general use, featuring an Intel Celeron N4120 processor and Intel UHD Graphics 600, suitable for basic tasks but not for intensive 3D rendering, machine learning, or engineering work. It has a 14-inch TN display with a resolution of 1366 x 768, which delivers a fair image quality but the screen may not be as vibrant or sharp compared to more advanced displays. The laptop includes 16 GB of RAM and a 320 GB storage capacity, which are moderate specifications for everyday tasks and light multitasking. It is lightweight at 3.5 pounds, enhancing its portability, and offers a decent battery life for typical usage. The keyboard is rated as very good and it comes with a good webcam and speakers. Although it has USB-C ports, it lacks more advanced connectivity options like Thunderbolt ports. Overall, the HP Stream 14" is a simple, portable laptop well-suited for basic use such as web browsing, document editing, and light multimedia consumption, but not for demanding software or gaming. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








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Pros
  • Very good general use performance
  • Excellent heat management
  • Windows 11 Home pre-installed
  • Lightweight for portability
Cons
  • Lower resolution screen
  • Average battery life
  • Poor build quality
  • Not suitable for engineering uses

Ratings by Category

Operating Noise:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Portability:
4.5
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Battery Life:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Content Creation:
3.8
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Software Development:
3.7
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use:
3.6
The HP Stream 14" is rated fair for general use primarily because of its middling CPU performance and screen quality, with an Intel Celeron N4120 processor and a TN panel at a lower resolution, which are sufficient for basic tasks but not ideal for more demanding applications or sharp visuals. However, its light weight and decent battery life contribute positively to its usability and portability for everyday activities.
Engineering & Design:
3.1
PerfectRec’s Engineering and Design Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for graphic design, CAD and 3D work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Gaming & AI:
3.0
The HP Stream 14" is not suitable for gaming and 3D applications because it has an entry-level Intel UHD Graphics 600 which lacks the power for such intensive tasks. Additionally, its screen has a basic TN panel with a resolution of 1366 x 768 and does not support high refresh rates, which can limit visual quality and smoothness in gaming and 3D rendering.
Keyboard Quality:
3.0
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$299
Release Date
January 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
12.8'' x 8.9'' x 0.7''
Weight
3.5 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel Celeron N4120
Graphics
UHD Graphics 600
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
No
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
4

BATTERY

Battery Life
7.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
41 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
14"
Display Technology
TN
Resolution
1366 x 768
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Display Brightness
220 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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5.6/10
Portability Score
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8.2/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
No
Fan Noise Score
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8.8/10
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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6/10
Speaker Quality Score
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6.5/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
No
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
2
USB-C ports
1
USB-C Charging
No
Display Outputs
1
Thunderbolt Ports
0

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PCMag

Zachary Cuevas | November 2021
"With half of the main system memory and a fraction of the storage that we recommend in any budget Windows laptop, the HP Stream 14 does not impress. Perhaps it doesn't need to, depending on your reference point. For the price, you're getting a functional laptop with Windows 10, which already places the HP Stream 14 above most Chromebooks on that merit alone. Still, in this price range, you can't do much worse, but you can do better. In fact, for just $100 more, you can grab the much superior budget option, the Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14."

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