HP Stream 14 Series (14-ax010nr and 14-ax020nr) Cheap Laptop Review

HP Stream 14 series laptops are cheap and affordable 14 inch laptops. These laptops are best for entertainment and basic computing, just like HP Stream 11 series laptops. We reviewed HP Stream 11 series laptop models HP Stream 11-y010nr and 11-y020nr models are 11 inch display models which are same as these HP Stream 14 models (14-ax010nr and 14-ax020nr).

HP Stream 14-ax010nr and HP Stream 14-ax020nr are the HP Stream 14 models which we are reviewing here. Both models are same, only differ in laptop colors. Other than that, both are same in specifications, design and ports. So, we will mention both models i.e., 14-ax010nr and 14-ax020nr throughout the review.

So, lets see the review of HP Stream 14 (14-ax010nr and 14-ax020nr) laptops.

HP Stream 14-ax010nr


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Design:

Laptop casing is made up of hard plastic just like HP Stream 11 (y010nr and y020nr) laptops. Its looks plasticity but it is hard and you wont have any problems with that. Available in different colors, HP Stream 14-ax010nr (Aqua Blue) and HP Stream 14-ax020nr (Violet Purple). Those model numbers are for colors only. Well spaced keyboard with white keys, large trackpad and well placed ports.

This laptop weighs around 3.17 lbs and is about 0.7 inch thin. Overall, design is simple and looks stylish.

Display:

These laptops have 14 inch diagonal HD (1366 x 768) SVA BrightView WLED-backlit display. In HP Stream 11 models we have seen SVA anti-glare display and here we have SVA BrightView display.

Anti-glare display panels are best suited for people who work outdoors mostly under light. BrightView display panels are best suited for people who work indoors mostly under low lighting. For watching movies or video, BrightView panel is good even though they are highly reflective.

You can enjoy HD movies and high clarity display with enhanced colors and better color distribution. You will enjoy looking at HD images in this laptop.

So, you are getting the best display for the price.

Performance:

In performance-wise, this laptop is equal to HP Stream 11 (11-y010nr and 11-y020nr). These models are powered by 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor and comes with 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM.

It is a low-end processor which is mostly used in cheap laptops. N3060 gives an average performance, suitable for basic computing and for internet browsing. For this laptop, N3060 processor is acceptable for the price. 4 GB RAM for this processor is more-than-enough.

At the time of this review, almost all laptops in this price range feature a 32 GB eMMC storage. So, we can't complain about this laptop's 32 GB eMMC type storage. You can expand the storage via Micro SD card or by using an external hard drive.

HP Stream 14-ax020nr


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These models are not designed for playing games. You can play low graphic games or few games of Windows app store, but in general, you can't play games in this laptop. This laptop's integrated Intel HD Graphic 400 chip is best supported for the display only.

So, this laptop is only for basic computing, light internet browsing, watching videos or movies, document processing and doing other less performance-demanding work. Don't think of running demanding applications or doing multi-tasking.

Webcam and Audio:

Just like HP Stream 11 (11-y010nr and 11-y020nr) models, these models comes with an integrated front-facing VGA camera and a digital microphone. You can make video calls but they will be of low quality.

Get best audio listening experience through DTS Studio Sound. Two stereo speakers are good for listening music or audio inside a room. For best audio experience, use headphones.

Connectivity:

Connectivity options in this laptop are for modern users. At left side of the laptop, you will find two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, one USB 2.0 port, one HDMI port, one Multi-format SD card reader and headphone in/out combo jack. At right side, only power socket is present.

For wireless connectivity, this laptop comes with an 802.11 ac WiFi adapter and Bluetooth V4.0 adapter.

All ports are located at the same side, so you may face problems while using modems and other USB connections at the same time. LAN port is missing in this laptop.

You can have faster data transfers via two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, you can connect to other displays, enjoy faster and better internet connectivity and expand memory via SD card.

HP Stream 14-ax010nr Aqua Blue


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Battery:

With single full charge, this laptop's battery can give up to 8 hours of battery life in normal usage. Battery life may vary based on your usage.

Others:

These models run on Windows 10 Home, 64-bit version operating system. Trackpad supports gestures for easy navigation. With this laptop, you may get few of the perks like extra cloud storage for limited period of time, free Microsoft Office 365 Personal for limited time etc.

Pros:
  • Lightweight and stylish design making it a travel-friendly laptop.
  • HD BrightView display for watching or working indoor.
  • 4 GB RAM is a major pro in this laptop.
  • Keyboard is comfortable for typing.
  • Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports for faster data transfers and 802.11 ac WiFi for best internet connection.
  • Amazing battery life.
Cons:
  • Hard plastic laptop casing.
  • You won't have wider viewing angles and is not suited for working under sunlight or other bright lights.
  • No LAN port.
HP Stream 14-ax020nr Violet Purple


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Specifications:

Technical Specification of HP Stream 14 (14-ax010nr and 14-ax020nr)
Display 14 inch diagonal HD (1366 x 768) SVA BrightView WLED-backlit display
Processor1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3060 (Turbo Boost up to 2.48 GHz)
RAM 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
Storage32 GB eMMC
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 400
Webcam VGA Webcam
Audio Two Stereo Speakers and Headphone Jack
DTS Studio Sound
Wireless Connectivity 802.11 ac WiFi
Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
Interface One COMBO audio jack
Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
One USB 2.0 port
One HDMI port
One Multi Format SD Card Reader
Battery 3-cell, 41 Wh Li-ion battery (Up to 8 hours of battery Life)
Dimensions 13.27 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
Weight Approx. 3.17 lbs

Conclusion:

This laptop is best suited for people who want a cheap laptop for basic use. This is also best suited for teenagers and students. You can browse internet, watch movies or videos, listen to songs, write documents and do other basic stuff. This laptop is not for multi-tasking or running demanding applications.


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