HP Stream 14 Laptop Review – A sub $300 14 inch notebook computer with Beats Audio

HP Stream 14 Laptop Review – A sub $300 14 inch notebook computer with Beats Audio

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0:09 – Hardware overview
1:40 – Beats audio overview
2:40 – Keyboard and trackpad overview
3:58 – Battery life discussion
4:23 – Windows 8 performance discussion
4:53 – Gaming / 3DMark benchmark
5:25 – Portal 2 Demonstration
6:07 – Octane javascript benchmark
7:16 – Bloatware discussion
8:06 – Conclusion and final thoughts

It is exciting to see affordable Windows PCs that are now competitive with similar Chromebook devices. This one from HP performs quite well in most applications although its computational performance lags behind its 3D and gaming capabilities.

The Stream has a 14″ non-touchscreen display with 2 gigs of RAM and a 32 gig solid state drive. Neither are upgradeable. About half the drive’s capacity is taken up by operating system and its recovery partition. So expect only about 16-17 gigabytes of free space. They provide a free two year subscription to Microsoft’s cloud service which comes with 100 gigs of cloud storage.

Gaming performance is surprising. The HP Stream scored over 20,000 on the 3DMark tablet game performance test which is very respectable. It also very smoothly played Portal 2 at the Stream’s native 1366×768 resolution and with anti aliasing turned on.

Web browsing performance was not as good. The Stream scored lower than most of the Chromebooks I’ve tested in the Google Octane Javascript test (running on Google Chrome). Web browsing performance is a bit sluggish but usable.

Overall build quality is nice. The machine feels solid and is relatively light weight at just under 4 pounds. The keyboard is comfortable and the keys are full sized. But the trackpad feels squishy and cheap. And there are too many gesture commands that flip windows all over the place that need to be shut off with no obvious way to do it.

But overall this laptop is a good value and well constructed. Without even a cooling fan it is completely solid state.

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DISCLOSURE: I purchased this device with my own funds.

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  1. Mike Rueger
    Mike Rueger 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    Performs lousy on WiFi, sent mine back when I saw how lousy this is. 👎💻

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  2. David Martin III
    David Martin III 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    Is it touch screen?

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  3. Angela van Broeckhuijsen
    Angela van Broeckhuijsen 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    I play sims on it on high resolutions. I have al packs 😏

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  4. Upper90 Life
    Upper90 Life 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    Can u edit videos at 1080p on that conputer

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  5. Wayne Williams
    Wayne Williams 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    I agree. It should be tuned for web browsing. This is not a gaming computer. So i yhink the high graphics score is due to its streaming design user case. Everyone is advertising this pc with free office 365 for a year. Does that make it a good deal for under $300. 00? I appreciate your reviews; very helpful

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  6. Anthony Massey
    Anthony Massey 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    I got it with 1 that drive

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  7. Sxgarie
    Sxgarie 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    I had a Toshiba laptop it was err pretty like you know decent.. I had for 2 years every since 2015. One day…. it broke down!! 🙁
    IT WAS MISSING A FILE >:( so it was July and I was pretty broke.. I only had money for like normal things… But I saved up enough money to put aside so I can buy a decent laptop. I saw chromebooks. But what really amazed me was this! I could play Roblox get Chrome even use Blender for my GFXs also you can run Photoshop on here too! Would I recommend this…. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Yes. If you're like me and if you're a photo editor.

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  8. Oakshillelagh
    Oakshillelagh 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    Just bought a HP 14-AN013NR 14" Laptop AMD E2-7110 1.8GHz 4GB 32GB eMMC Windows 10 from Walmart Manufacturer Refurbished for $149 Bucks delivered !
    Going to put a 8 gig stick of memory in it have a 256Gb SSD to put in it using a Hard Drive Caddy Adapter end .will have a fast computer for just over $200 Bucks and you have a HD video display.

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  9. Vivian Neyman
    Vivian Neyman 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    (PLEASE RESPOND) Does this computer support origin?

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  10. sluca2302
    sluca2302 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    Wow keep up the good work because I'm looking for a new laptop and this was very helpful 👍👍👍🙂🙂🙂

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  11. Digital 404
    Digital 404 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    I have the same pc but the sd card is not working I went to the website to look for the drivers and nothing I update the bios and software nothing how can I get that to work

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  12. Gav
    Gav 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    The question is will it run csgo or am I dumb enough to ask 😀

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  13. Aaron Spragg
    Aaron Spragg 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    can you upgrade this to windows 10?

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  14. Jman Sang
    Jman Sang 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    why tf is that windows 8 its suppose to be windows 10

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  15. Madison Taylor
    Madison Taylor 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    i want the laptop but then i dont

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  16. Judah Jethro Cantoria
    Judah Jethro Cantoria 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    is this same with the blue one?

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  17. Rio Geronimo
    Rio Geronimo 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    Will this laptop handle autocad? Please need ur answer

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  18. geometry mezo gg
    geometry mezo gg 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    can i play any game

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  19. Shalin C
    Shalin C 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    how is this for video editing

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  20. EnriquePlayz
    EnriquePlayz 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    is this good for Minecraft

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  21. SAU BRO
    SAU BRO 15 November, 2021, 03:17
  22. Jazmin Gutierrez
    Jazmin Gutierrez 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    can you download chrome or Photoshop softwares on this laptop?

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  23. Doctor Uli
    Doctor Uli 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    can i play starcraft 2 with it :)?

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  24. ARTXZZ
    ARTXZZ 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    just ordered mine :p

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  25. Fukn Memelord
    Fukn Memelord 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    CS:GO performance?

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  26. Chris Howell
    Chris Howell 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    Could I play gta 5 on this

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  27. T W
    T W 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    OR You could just log into a Hotmail account and run office web version which is still better than google drive's offerings.

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  28. ECHO Roy
    ECHO Roy 15 November, 2021, 03:17

    Can it run Csgo with the settings set to minimum

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