HP Stream 11 Series (11-y010nr and 11-y020nr) Cheap Laptop Review

HP Stream 11 series laptops are affordable laptops from HP. These laptops can be used for basic computing and entertainment purposes. Laptop's which we are reviewing here are HP Stream 11-y010nr and HP Stream 11-y020nr. Both models are the same but differ in color. Other than that, there is no difference in specifications or design. So, throughout the review, we will mention both models i.e., 11-y010nr and 11-y020nr.

HP Stream 11-y010nr is a compact laptop for basic computing only. Mostly suitable for people who want a laptop under $200 for writing documents, internet browsing and entertainment purposes. Its specs are great for the price and looks very stylish and attractive.

HP Stream 14 (14-ax010nr and 14-ax020nr) are big models in same price range and same specifications.

Lets see the review of HP Stream 11-y010nr and HP Stream 11-y020nr laptops.

HP Stream 11-y010nr (Aqua Blue)


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Design:

Design is like most of the normal laptops from HP, but the build quality is not that great. Laptop case looks plasticity but its good and hard. This laptop is available in different colors and in this review, we have two colors, Aqua Blue and Violet Purple. Complete laptop casing is in single color with white color keyboard keys and large trackpad. Keyboard keys are well spaced and trackpad is large enough to have better navigation and to use gestures.

This laptop weighs around 2.57 pounds and is about 0.7 inch thin. Fan-less design is the major reason of its very thin design.

Overall, the design is perfect for its price. If you want an stylish and cheap laptop, this is for you. Unique design and different from most of the affordable laptops.

Display:

Its a portable laptop with 11.6 inch diagonal HD (1366 x 768) SVA anti-glare WLED-backlit display. SVA display's have standard viewing angles and are not great for wide viewing angles. Most of the cheap laptops and budget-friendly laptops feature an HD display at the time of writing this review. So HD display is good and acceptable for the price.

HP Stream 14 (14-ax010nr and 14-ax020nr) models have SVA BrightView display which enhances the colors of the display. BrightView display is good for indoors and anti-glare display is good for outdoors.

Performance:

This is an entry-level laptop with low-end processor and more-than-enough RAM. HP Stream 11 (y020nr and y010nr) are powered by 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor and comes with 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM. This is an average performing processor used in cheap laptops like this one. Performance-wise, this processor can handle browsing, able to run less demanding applications without any problems and mostly suited for watching movies or videos.

HP Stream 11-y020nr (Violet Purple)


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As this is an entry-level basic laptop, this processor is acceptable and 4 GB RAM is more-than-enough for this laptop.

Very less storage, 32 GB eMMC is available in this laptop. At the time of writing this review, all entry-level laptops in this price range have 32 GB eMMC storage or even lesser storage. So, 32 GB storage is acceptable for this laptop but in general laptop usage, having only 32 GB is not sufficient even for entry-level laptops. You have to expand storage via SD card or external hard drive.

There's only built-in graphic card i.e., Intel HD Graphics 400 chip. This graphics is good for display but not for gaming. You can play very low graphic games but this processor and graphics are not suited for gaming.

So, if you are a student or a person who want a simple entry-level laptop for browsing, checking emails or to watch movies, this is one of the best laptop to choose at the time of writing this review.

Webcam and Audio:

Not a great webcam. These two models feature a VGA front-facing webcam with an integrated digital microphone. Having a webcam is better than not having one. So, you can't make HD video calls but you can make video calls and that's great.

This laptop has two stereo speakers which are powered by DTS Studio Sound. DTS Surround Sound enhances the listening experience with balanced bass and loudness.

So, overall, you will get a decent webcam and best audio from this laptop.

Connectivity:

HP Stream 11 (y010nr and y020nr) have basic connectivity but lacks a LAN port and have limited USB ports. On left side of the laptop, you will find one USB 2.0 port and headphone in/out jack. On right side, you will find one USB 3.0 port, one HDMI port, Micro SD card reader and power socket.

Basically, the placement of ports and connectivity options will vary in HP Stream 11 series laptop's. The connectivity options and placement mentioned here are present in these two models.

HP Stream 11-y010nr


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For wireless connectivity, this laptop features the best and fast WiFi standard available at the time of writing this review. 802.11 ac WiFi gives more faster and better internet speeds than its predecessors. You can transfer files wirelessly via Bluetooth (V4.0).

Connectivity needed for modern users are available in this laptop. Connect to internet wirelessly, connect to bigger and better display like HDTV, transfer files in high speeds and expand storage via Micro SD card. There is no LAN port for LAN connection.

Battery:

One of the best feature of this laptop is its battery life. This laptop can give up to 8 hours of battery life in basic usage.

Others:

This laptop runs on Windows 10 Home, 64-bit version operating system. You may get few of the perks like free storage for limited time, free Microsoft Office 365Perdonal for limited time and many more.

Pros:
  • Its a stylish, compact, light-weight, thin and affordable laptop.
  • Getting an HD display is good for the price.
  • Its a fan-less design, so no noise.
  • You are getting high RAM. 4 GB of RAM is more for this laptop.
  • 802.11 ac WiFi will be liked by internet surfers.
  • Battery life is pretty good.
Cons:
  • Design is stylish but laptop casing looks plasticity. But it may not bother most of the people.
  • Viewing angles are not that great. Its an anti-glare display, so you will have less but good viewing angles.
  • Low end processor which can't handle more applications running at the same time. But for the price, this processor is acceptable.
  • Hard to play video games in this laptop.
  • No LAN port and have less USB ports.
  • Very less storage. But for the price and the Micro SD card option, 32 GB storage is acceptable.
11-y010nr and 11-y020nr


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Specifications:

Technical Specification of HP Stream 11 (11-y010nr and 11-y020nr)
Display 11.6 inch diagonal HD (1366 by 768) SVA anti-glare WLED-backlit display
Processor 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core processor
RAM 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
Storage 32 GB eMMC
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 400
Webcam VGA Webcam
Audio Stereo Speaker and Headphone Jack
DTS Studio Sound
Wireless Connectivity 802.11 ac WiFi
Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
Interface One COMBO audio jack
One USB 3.0 port
One USB 2.0 port
One HDMI port
One Micro SD Card Reader
Battery 2-cell, 37.69 Wh Li-ion battery (Up to 8 hours of battery Life)
Dimensions 11.8 x 8.1 x 0.71 inches
Weight Approx. 2.57 lbs

Conclusion:

Overall, this laptop is for internet browsing, watching movies or videos, listening music and writing documents. Best suited for teenagers,students and people who want a cheap laptop for basic usage. This is one of the best cheap laptop available at the time of this review.

If you want bigger model, take a look at HP Stream 14-ax010nr and HP Stream 14-ax020nr laptops.

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