Now we all know HP are known for their sexy designs, tech support and selection, so today I am going to review the HP Stream 14-ax000na, A 14/11.6 Inch HD Laptop that comes in Aqua Blue, Purple or White. The laptop is best known for its home and casual use, and with a price of £189.99 on Amazon, it is certainly good value for money. This laptop has a beautiful sleek design, dashing colour options (I personally love the aqua blue) and 1 years free Office 365! The main difference in this laptop is the doubled RAM; this one now has 4GB, rather than its predecessor who had 4.
Candy to the eye
What you pay is what you get doesn’t quite apply here. The plastic casing and slim design is pleasant to the touch, and eye catching. It will surely stand out if you’re using it out and about or at the office, there’s no doubt about that. The laptop has 3 USB ports (two 3.0 and one 2.0), speakers at the rear (We will discuss this later), a HDMI port, a headphone jack and a mic jack. It also has an SD card slot, and 2 status indicator lights. Furthermore, the white keyboard sits well with the radiant colour scheme, it gives the laptop a little extra sexy, rather than the normal boring black. It definately looks more than its worth.
In terms of display the laptop has a 1366×768 resolution, which is something pretty decent for its price range. If you’re going to watch the latest bond movie or an episode of the turtle ninjas, you can expect the colour to be in tact and the special effects like explosions to flare in the right ways and tones. It isn’t quite perfect but you won’t see black and white where it isn’t supposed to be and the special effects won’t look like cartoons, it is what it is. The average brightness nits is just below 200, which is just under average, but again… What you pay for.
Listen to the sound of music
The audio performance is fairly average, but you are better off using headphones with this one. One thing many have noted is that when you have the sound on max and your palms are rested on the front left and right panels (directly above where the speakers are), You can feel a little vibration. So say if yo are typing when listening to music on full blast, you will feel slight vibrations under your palms, something that ay irritate some people, or may not bother others. It is just because the speakers are under these panels, you can’t really do much about it, if you want to listen to music full blast. However, if you do decrease your volume to 50/60, you can barely feel the vibration.
Let me tell you some more!
Windows 10 Home 64 bit operating system
4GB memory, 32GB eMMC storage
Intel® Celeron® N3060 processor
35.6 cm (14″) diagonal HD (1366 x 768) display
Up to 10 hours and 45 minutes of battery life
DTS Studio Sound™; Dual speakers
3 lithium Ion Cells
Intel HD Graphics 400
Integrated Graphics card Interface
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless
It is very quiet
4 finger tap trackpad, which is good value for money.
Overall the start up and speed is pretty fast
It has smooth multi-tasking; Multiple tabs and operations.
Overall, the laptop is good for general browsing and a home computer you don’t use for gaming or saving millions of things. These days every tom, dick and harry including their 8 year olds have some form of gadget, so I guess this is good for the little ones, in that it isn’t expensive and the design is quite appealing to a younger audience. Having said that, it is great for travelling in that it is light weight and has a decent battery life!
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