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HP 14s-dq1431ng Laptop in Review: Too noisy too often

What's with all the ruckus? HP's 14s is aimed at users looking for a somewhat portable and affordable laptop. The 14-inch device has some pros but some of its cons are particularly annoying. Find out what those are in our review.
Mike Wobker, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Finn D. Boerne),
HP 14s-dq1431ng

The HP 14s-dq1431ng is mostly a minor update that brings Ice Lake processors to the HP 14-based device. Other updates include connectivity and input devices. At prices of less than $600 the device is clearly targeting price-conscious customers.

The choice of affordable laptops is impressive, and we chose the competitors listed below to pit the HP 14s against. You can also add additional devices to compare the HP 14s to underneath each section.

HP 14s-dq1431ng (14s-dq000 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-1035G1 4 x 1 - 3.6 GHz, Ice Lake U
Memory
8192 MB 
, Dual-Channel
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, AUO403D, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel 495 (Ice Lake-U PCH-LP Premium)
Soundcard
Intel Ice Lake-U/Y PCH-LP cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm combo, Card Reader: SD
Networking
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18 x 324 x 225 ( = 0.71 x 12.76 x 8.86 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1280x720)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.46 kg ( = 51.5 oz / 3.22 pounds), Power Supply: 280 g ( = 9.88 oz / 0.62 pounds)
Price
570 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
79 %
06/2020
HP 14s-dq1431ng
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
1.5 kg18 mm14"1920x1080
79 %
02/2020
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.7 kg17.95 mm14"1920x1080
75 %
01/2020
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
i7-1065G7, GeForce MX230
1.8 kg21 mm14"1920x1080
81 %
10/2019
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.7 kg17.9 mm14"1920x1080
82 %
06/2019
HP 14-dk0008ng
R7 3700U, Vega 10
1.5 kg20 mm14"1920x1080

Case – Robust HP Laptop with no Maintenance Options

While the bottom case is made of aluminum, the palm rests and display housing are made of plastic. The entire notebook looks and feels sturdy and well built. The display is held firmly in place by the single wide hinge, and it can be opened to a maximum angle of 140 degrees. There are several easily removable Philips screws at the bottom, but we were unable to remove the bottom case even after numerous extensive and time-consuming attempts.

At 1.5 kg the HP 14s is as lightweight as its HP 14 predecessor. It is not only the lightest notebook in our comparison group but also the one with the smallest footprint.

Size Comparison

339 mm / 13.3 inch 242 mm / 9.53 inch 21 mm / 0.827 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs335 mm / 13.2 inch 234 mm / 9.21 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 1.5 kg3.31 lbs328.8 mm / 12.9 inch 236 mm / 9.29 inch 17.95 mm / 0.707 inch 1.7 kg3.75 lbs328 mm / 12.9 inch 229 mm / 9.02 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.7 kg3.64 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 225 mm / 8.86 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.5 kg3.22 lbs

Connectivity – Affordable Laptop with USB-C

The 14s-dq1431ng no longer features a Gigabit Ethernet port but comes with a USB-C port instead. The remainder of the ports are limited to the bare necessities.

Left side: SD card reader
Left side: SD card reader
Right side: headset, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI, power
Right side: headset, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI, power

SD Card Reader

Inserted SD cards protrude from the 14s-dq1431ng’s SD card reader. When benchmarked with our 64 GB Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC UHS-II reference card the device turned out to be fairly lethargic overall and scored last place in our comparison group.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
79.6 MB/s ∼100% +119%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8 - 186, n=138)
63.9 MB/s ∼80% +76%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
36.4 MB/s ∼46%
HP 14-dk0008ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35.2 MB/s ∼44% -3%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
89.8 MB/s ∼100% +132%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (17.7 - 251, n=140)
80.3 MB/s ∼89% +107%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
38.7 MB/s ∼43%
HP 14-dk0008ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
38 MB/s ∼42% -2%

Communication

Supported communication protocols include Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 5.0. When connected to our Netgear Nighthawk AX12 reference router the HP 14s managed very high average transfer rates of 632 Mb/s (RX) and 663 Mb/s (TX). The only devices even faster in its comparison group were the ones already equipped with Wi-Fi 6, such as the Acer Aspire 5 A514.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1282 (min: 1203, max: 1358) MBit/s ∼100% +103%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
632 (min: 615, max: 642) MBit/s ∼49%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (30.9 - 1658, n=163)
596 MBit/s ∼46% -6%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
333 (min: 319, max: 342) MBit/s ∼26% -47%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
333 (min: 322, max: 341) MBit/s ∼26% -47%
Average RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
  (161 - 632, n=10)
291 MBit/s ∼23% -54%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
271 (min: 234, max: 285) MBit/s ∼21% -57%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1563 (min: 1461, max: 1779) MBit/s ∼100% +136%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
663 (min: 431, max: 696) MBit/s ∼42%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (36 - 1416, n=163)
572 MBit/s ∼37% -14%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
309 (min: 212, max: 410) MBit/s ∼20% -53%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
306 (min: 295, max: 316) MBit/s ∼20% -54%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
305 (min: 288, max: 327) MBit/s ∼20% -54%
Average RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
  (67 - 663, n=10)
288 MBit/s ∼18% -57%
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HP 14s-dq1431ng RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø631 (615-642)
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1281 (1203-1358)
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø333 (322-341)
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø333 (319-342)
HP 14-dk0008ng Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø271 (234-285)
HP 14s-dq1431ng RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø663 (431-696)
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1563 (1461-1779)
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø305 (288-327)
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø306 (295-316)
HP 14-dk0008ng Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø309 (212-410)

Webcam

The webcam captures video at a native resolution of 0.9 MP and was only capable of producing a crisp image under very good lighting conditions such as when we photographed our test chart outdoors. According to the ColorChecker Passport colors are significantly brighter than they should be.

ColorChecker
11.2 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
10 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
16.3 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
ColorChecker HP 14s-dq1431ng: 12.24 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 23.27 ∆E

Accessories

Included in the box is the laptop itself and a charger. HP offers various accessories in its web shop, including some tailored specifically to the HP 14s, such as bags, peripherals, and more.

Maintenance

Even though we were able to easily remove all of the screws at the bottom of the HP 14s we failed to open the device. Users thus have to keep in mind that taking the notebook apart might cause irreversible damage and thus refrain from performing maintenance themselves.

Warranty

Default warranty is limited to 12 months and can be extended with optional warranty packages to up to three years. Prices and availability vary from one country and region to another. For example, HP’s Care Pack with pickup and return service for three years costs 72 Euros (~$80) in Germany.

Input Devices – Rattling Touchpad Steals all Thunder

Keyboard

The HP 14s features a keyboard that is, generally speaking, usable for avid typists. Key travel is fairly long but accentuation is a bit too spongy in return. Feedback is well defined, and the positioning of the cursor keys, Home, End, and Remove is okay. Our main gripes were the small cursor keys as well as the lack of a backlight.

Touchpad

The device comes with a ClickPad with integrated mouse buttons. It worked well and registered input attempts reliably. Unfortunately, our review unit’s touchpad rattled inside its housing and produced a very audible and annoying noise.

HP 14s-dq1431ng - input devices
HP 14s-dq1431ng - input devices

Display – Bright and Flicker-Free

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Screen bleeding
Screen bleeding

The 14-inch IPS panel runs at a native resolution of 1920x1080 and an acceptable average maximum brightness of 264 nits on both mains and battery. Unfortunately, at just 81% the brightness distribution was fairly low.

Given that HP does not use PWM for brightness regulation the display is flicker-free and well suited for users with sensitive eyes.

249
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
270
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
273
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AUO403D
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 305 cd/m² Average: 263.7 cd/m² Minimum: 15 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 260 cd/m²
Contrast: 1906:1 (Black: 0.16 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.44 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 4.72
ΔE Greyscale 3.23 | 0.64-98 Ø6
58% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 37% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.45
HP 14s-dq1431ng
AUO403D, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Chi Mei N140HCA-EAC, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Chi Mei 140HCA, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
BOE CQ NV140FHM-N48, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
HP 14-dk0008ng
AU Optronics AUO403D, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
-23%
-12%
-17%
-1%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41 (20, 21)
55.6 (24.4, 31.2)
-36%
41 (23, 18)
-0%
43 (23, 20)
-5%
38 (18, 20)
7%
Response Time Black / White *
25 (14, 11)
27.6 (17.2, 10.4)
-10%
31 (18, 13)
-24%
32 (18, 14)
-28%
27 (15, 12)
-8%
PWM Frequency
24510 (19)
2500 (20)
208 (90)
Screen
-2%
-5%
-22%
8%
Brightness middle
305
237.8
-22%
226
-26%
285
-7%
269
-12%
Brightness
264
231
-12%
214
-19%
273
3%
257
-3%
Brightness Distribution
81
82
1%
92
14%
87
7%
89
10%
Black Level *
0.16
0.32
-100%
0.17
-6%
0.4
-150%
0.2
-25%
Contrast
1906
743
-61%
1329
-30%
713
-63%
1345
-29%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.44
3.41
37%
5.21
4%
5.62
-3%
3.68
32%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
20.42
15.73
23%
22.15
-8%
17.22
16%
7.36
64%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.72
3.12
34%
4.43
6%
4.8
-2%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.23
1.2
63%
3.27
-1%
3.97
-23%
1.69
48%
Gamma
2.45 90%
2.05 107%
2.36 93%
2.28 96%
2.49 88%
CCT
7035 92%
6395 102%
6538 99%
6848 95%
6406 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37
39.5
7%
40
8%
38
3%
38
3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
58
62.2
7%
62
7%
58
0%
59
2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-13% / -5%
-9% / -6%
-20% / -21%
4% / 7%

* ... smaller is better

Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 58%
Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 58%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 37%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 37%

According to our tests, the panel managed a very good contrast ratio of 1,906:1 and a very low black point of just 0.16 nits. Color-space coverage is average, which is not only expected of but also acceptable for a laptop at this price point.

CalMAN revealed that colors are a little bit on the blue side, which was easily addressed and remedied through calibration. The resulting ICC profile can be found for download in the box above.

CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - color-space coverage (calibrated)
CalMAN - color-space coverage (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscale  (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - saturation (calibrated)

Outdoor usability was pretty good as long as the HP 14s remained in the shade. Screen content remained readable in sunlight but looking at the display in these conditions gets very exhausting after a while.

HP 14s-dq1431ng - outdoors
HP 14s-dq1431ng - outdoors
HP 14s-dq1431ng - outdoors
HP 14s-dq1431ng - outdoors

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
25 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 42 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 50 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.1 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17957 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Viewing angles were as wide as expected, and screen content remained readable regardless of angle without any distortion or shifts in colors.

HP 14s-dq1431ng - viewing angles
HP 14s-dq1431ng - viewing angles

Performance – Faster Load Times with Intel Optane

The HP 14s is aimed at home and office users looking for an affordable and portable laptop. The hardware is well-suited for nearly all office tasks, even for simple non-professional photo-editing. Demanding games are too much to ask for from the integrated GPU.

HP 14s-dq1431ng - CPUz CPU
HP 14s-dq1431ng - CPUz Cache
HP 14s-dq1431ng - CPUz Mainboard
HP 14s-dq1431ng - CPUz Memory
HP 14s-dq1431ng - GPUz
HP 14s-dq1431ng - HWInfo
 
 

Processor

The HP 14s features an Intel Core i5-1035G1 Ice Lake processor running at between 1.0 and 3.6 GHz. It is supposed to be about as fast as the Intel Core i5-8365U thanks to its brand-new Sunnycove architecture. In our Cinebench R15 loop the HP notebook initially only scored half as high as we would have expected of a Core i5-1035G1. Performance increased to an acceptable and good level after a while but dropped again shortly thereafter. We suspect the strangely acting cooling system to be the main culprit for this odd behavior. The fans ramped up to full speed when launching an internet browser but remained silent for a very long time when running demanding applications and tasks.

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HP 14s-dq1431ng Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel Core i5-1035G1: Ø406 (322.23-606.88)
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3 Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel Core i5-10210U: Ø431 (399.28-488)
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ø585 (569.39-649.92)
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U: Ø623 (617.72-649.71)
HP 14-dk0008ng AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U: Ø447 (422.06-536.95)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core) - CPU (Single Core)
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
428 Points ∼100%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
428 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (425 - 431, n=4)
428 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Core i5-10210U
415 Points ∼97% -3%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7
385 Points ∼90% -10%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
364 Points ∼85% -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (73 - 466, n=58)
351 Points ∼82% -18%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
285 Points ∼67% -33%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core) - CPU (Multi Core)
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (1210 - 1873, n=4)
1457 Points ∼100% +20%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
1451 Points ∼100% +20%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1448 Points ∼99% +20%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1210 Points ∼83%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1210 Points ∼83% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (110 - 2410, n=58)
1167 Points ∼80% -4%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Core i5-10210U
1120 Points ∼77% -7%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1047 Points ∼72% -13%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit - CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7
182 Points ∼100% +7%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
170 Points ∼93%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (166 - 171, n=5)
169 Points ∼93% -1%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Core i5-10210U
166 Points ∼91% -2%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
141 Points ∼77% -17%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
127 Points ∼70% -25%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 185, n=317)
120 Points ∼66% -29%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit - CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
650 Points ∼100% +7%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7
650 Points ∼100% +7%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (518 - 803, n=8)
626 Points ∼96% +3%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
606 Points ∼93%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
537 Points ∼83% -11%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Core i5-10210U
488 Points ∼75% -19%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1051, n=331)
375 Points ∼58% -38%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU - BMW27 CPU
Average of class Subnotebook
  (4.2 - 6277, n=50)
1303 Seconds * ∼100% -30%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1002 Seconds * ∼77%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1001.7 Seconds * ∼77% -0%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (607 - 1002, n=6)
839 Seconds * ∼64% +16%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (4087 - 15198, n=5)
6413 MIPS ∼100% +52%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4231 MIPS ∼66%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
4231 MIPS ∼66% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1653 - 15198, n=45)
4026 MIPS ∼63% -5%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3347 MIPS ∼52% -21%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 - 7z b 4
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2692 - 27115, n=45)
14825 MIPS ∼100% +12%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (3913 - 20378, n=5)
13860 MIPS ∼93% +5%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
13236 MIPS ∼89%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
13236 MIPS ∼89% 0%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
12738 MIPS ∼86% -4%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (1219 - 1240, n=4)
1227 Points ∼100% +1%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1219 Points ∼99%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
1219 Points ∼99% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (310 - 1324, n=40)
946 Points ∼77% -22%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (3858 - 4372, n=4)
4036 Points ∼100% +5%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
3858 Points ∼96%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
3858 Points ∼96% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (591 - 4855, n=40)
2973 Points ∼74% -23%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset - 4k Preset
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (3.32 - 6.44, n=5)
4.3 fps ∼100% +30%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.63 - 7.81, n=45)
3.84 fps ∼89% +16%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
3.32 fps ∼77%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
3.32 fps ∼77% 0%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
2.8 fps ∼65% -16%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF - 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32.3 - 281, n=30)
90.2 s ∼100% +27%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
70.9 s ∼79%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
70.88 s ∼79% 0%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (0.02 - 70.9, n=4)
49.3 s ∼55% -30%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean - Overall mean
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.629 - 2.43, n=35)
0.929 sec * ∼100% -26%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
0.736 sec * ∼79%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1
0.736 sec * ∼79% -0%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1
  (0.705 - 0.736, n=4)
0.725 sec * ∼78% +1%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
170 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
606 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
45.94 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

Both PCMark 8 and 10 scores were pretty poor overall. Only in PCMark 8 Home did the HP 14s achieve a score that was not too far behind our expectations. Everyday usability was smooth and without lag. Applications launched quickly, and accessing files was performed without noticeable delays.

Additional results, including those of other laptops, can be found in our CPU benchmark list.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3466 Points ∼100% +17%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (2954 - 3281, n=4)
3088 Points ∼89% +5%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Vega 10, R7 3700U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
3082 Points ∼89% +4%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 16GB + 256GB HBRPEKNX0101AH
2954 Points ∼85%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
2706 Points ∼78% -8%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (405 - 4728, n=131)
2618 Points ∼76% -11%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
2487 Points ∼72% -16%
Productivity
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
6889 Points ∼100% +26%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
6868 Points ∼100% +25%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (5483 - 6766, n=4)
6167 Points ∼90% +12%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5914 Points ∼86% +8%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 16GB + 256GB HBRPEKNX0101AH
5483 Points ∼80%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Vega 10, R7 3700U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
5459 Points ∼79% 0%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7676, n=131)
5339 Points ∼78% -3%
Essentials
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (8322 - 8568, n=4)
8470 Points ∼100% +2%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
8415 Points ∼99% +1%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
8367 Points ∼99% +1%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 16GB + 256GB HBRPEKNX0101AH
8322 Points ∼98%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8300 Points ∼98% 0%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Vega 10, R7 3700U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
7050 Points ∼83% -15%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 9664, n=131)
7041 Points ∼83% -15%
Score
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3972 Points ∼100% +8%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (3676 - 4122, n=4)
3899 Points ∼98% +6%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
3862 Points ∼97% +5%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3752 Points ∼94% +2%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 16GB + 256GB HBRPEKNX0101AH
3676 Points ∼93%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Vega 10, R7 3700U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
3522 Points ∼89% -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4886, n=134)
3275 Points ∼82% -11%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
4955 Points ∼100% +78%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4642 Points ∼94% +66%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4613 Points ∼93% +65%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Vega 10, R7 3700U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
4418 Points ∼89% +58%
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (2790 - 5035, n=4)
4402 Points ∼89% +58%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5363, n=245)
4096 Points ∼83% +47%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 16GB + 256GB HBRPEKNX0101AH
2790 Points ∼56%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Average Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (3545 - 3988, n=4)
3699 Points ∼100% +4%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 16GB + 256GB HBRPEKNX0101AH
3545 Points ∼96%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3538 Points ∼96% 0%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
3355 Points ∼91% -5%
HP 14-dk0008ng
Vega 10, R7 3700U, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
3325 Points ∼90% -6%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3182 Points ∼86% -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4251, n=274)
3091 Points ∼84% -13%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3545 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2790 points
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DPC Latencies

LatencyMon revealed increased latencies, which could cause issues for real-time audio- and video-editing.

HP 14s-dq1431ng - LatencyMon interrupt
HP 14s-dq1431ng - LatencyMon driver
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
HP 14s-dq1431ng
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 16GB + 256GB HBRPEKNX0101AH
887.3 μs * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The HP 14s-dq1431ng was equipped with a 256 GB large SSD as well as 16 GB of Intel Optane memory. The latter is supposed to buffer frequently used data to lower access times thereto, thereby performing as fast as a high-end SSD.

However, this effect cannot be measured in our storage benchmarks since those only reflect the SSD’s performance. Accordingly, the results were just average at best. Our long-term sustained load test revealed that performance does not decrease over time.

See how well other storage devices performed on our HDD/SSD benchmark page.

HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 16GB + 256GB HBRPEKNX0101AH
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
HP 14-dk0008ng
Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
Average Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 16GB + 256GB HBRPEKNX0101AH
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
80%
69%
89%
-33%
0%
Write 4K
142.8
166.6
17%
159.6
12%
132.9
-7%
90.6
-37%
143
0%
Read 4K
167.4
46.72
-72%
53.45
-68%
42.75
-74%
33.17
-80%
167
0%
Write Seq
232.1
1458
528%
1174
406%
1447
523%
483
108%
232
0%
Read Seq
1128
1387
23%
1648
46%
2134
89%
511.4
-55%
1128
0%
Write 4K Q32T1
438
419.5
-4%
420.8
-4%
252
-42%
170.7
-61%
438
0%
Read 4K Q32T1
491.2
487.8
-1%
563.6
15%
334.2
-32%
235
-52%
491
0%
Write Seq Q32T1
621.7
1456
134%
1231
98%
1447
133%
496.5
-20%
622
0%
Read Seq Q32T1
1566
1733
11%
2274
45%
3522
125%
533.8
-66%
1566
0%
AS SSD
116%
94%
156%
-16%
0%
Score Total
1305
2326
78%
2781
113%
3052
134%
753
-42%
1305
0%
Score Write
782
1064
36%
562
-28%
1401
79%
260
-67%
782
0%
Score Read
345
821
138%
1510
338%
1125
226%
320
-7%
345
0%
Access Time Write *
0.065
0.027
58%
0.263
-305%
0.037
43%
0.062
5%
0.065
-0%
Access Time Read *
0.109
0.045
59%
0.081
26%
0.063
42%
0.119
-9%
0.109
-0%
4K-64 Write
638.44
789.22
24%
383.45
-40%
1162.37
82%
154.95
-76%
638
0%
4K-64 Read
219.59
649.62
196%
1264.88
476%
825.87
276%
244.3
11%
220
0%
4K Write
124.05
135.1
9%
101.25
-18%
102.22
-18%
57.83
-53%
124
0%
4K Read
58.12
46.86
-19%
37.81
-35%
44.52
-23%
26.82
-54%
58.1
0%
Seq Write
194.68
1393.38
616%
775.17
298%
1365.29
601%
473.92
143%
195
0%
Seq Read
676.97
1244.22
84%
2074
206%
2546.81
276%
491.65
-27%
677
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
98% / 101%
82% / 83%
123% / 128%
-25% / -23%
0% / 0%

* ... smaller is better

Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 16GB + 256GB HBRPEKNX0101AH
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1566 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 621.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 491.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 438 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1128 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 232.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 167.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 142.8 MB/s

Sustained read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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HP 14s-dq1431ng UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 16GB + 256GB HBRPEKNX0101AH: Ø959 (573.78-1363.36)
HP 14s-dq1431ng UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 16GB + 256GB HBRPEKNX0101AH: Ø959 (573.78-1363.36)

GPU Performance

All things graphics are handled by an integrated Intel UHD Graphics G1 GPU. It does not have exclusive access to its own memory but relies on a shared memory architecture instead and thus benefits immensely from a dual-channel RAM setup. Overall performance was fairly low and only fast enough for undemanding and modest applications.

While the HP 14s performed slightly above average in 3DMark 11, the UHD Graphics G1 scored slightly below average in Fire Strike and Cloud Gate. See how other GPUs performed on our GPU benchmark page.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
4056 Points ∼100% +66%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
3883 Points ∼96% +59%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
NVIDIA GeForce MX230, Intel Core i7-1065G7
3180 Points ∼78% +30%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
2443 Points ∼60%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (1963 - 2578, n=6)
2353 Points ∼58% -4%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1822 Points ∼45% -25%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 11501, n=403)
1480 Points ∼36% -39%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
2581 Points ∼100% +67%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
2506 Points ∼97% +62%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
NVIDIA GeForce MX230, Intel Core i7-1065G7
2168 Points ∼84% +40%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (1359 - 1755, n=6)
1583 Points ∼61% +2%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
1550 Points ∼60%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
1237 Points ∼48% -20%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 8093, n=282)
1181 Points ∼46% -24%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
18378 Points ∼100% +60%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
18087 Points ∼98% +57%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
NVIDIA GeForce MX230, Intel Core i7-1065G7
13376 Points ∼73% +16%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i5-1035G1
11485 Points ∼62%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (10336 - 12698, n=5)
11484 Points ∼62% 0%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-10210U
9592 Points ∼52% -16%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 30436, n=300)
8284 Points ∼45% -28%
3DMark 11 Performance
2677 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
10185 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1468 points
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Gaming Performance

The HP 14s is only fast enough for modest or older games. Modern demanding titles only managed frame rates too low for a smooth gaming experience. In addition, we had to lower the display resolution to 1366x768 in the older Dota 2 Reborn in order to achieve frame rates of more than 30 FPS.

Take a look at our GPU game list in order to find out what games will run smoothly with an Intel UHD Graphics G1.

Dota 2 Reborn
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6.5 - 107, n=53)
30.2 fps ∼100% +33%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
28.2 fps ∼93% +24%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
22.7 (min: 17.8) fps ∼75%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (18.2 - 26.2, n=5)
22.2 fps ∼74% -2%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (14.3 - 112, n=55)
50.2 fps ∼100% +30%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (34.1 - 49.7, n=5)
40.4 fps ∼80% +4%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
38.7 (min: 29.6) fps ∼77%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
36.2 fps ∼72% -6%
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (57.7 - 83.4, n=5)
71.4 fps ∼100% +9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (15.9 - 118, n=55)
70.2 fps ∼98% +7%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
65.6 (min: 55.9) fps ∼92%
HP 14-dk0008ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
53 fps ∼74% -19%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark - 1280x720 Lite Quality
Average of class Subnotebook
  (6.1 - 36.9, n=11)
18.3 fps ∼100% +39%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (13 - 13.8, n=3)
13.3 fps ∼73% +1%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
13.2 fps ∼72%
X-Plane 11.11
1920x1080 high (fps_test=3)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.09 - 60.5, n=39)
18.3 fps ∼100% +39%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
13.2 fps ∼72%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (10.8 - 14.2, n=4)
12.8 fps ∼70% -3%
1920x1080 med (fps_test=2)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3.42 - 71.5, n=42)
19.8 fps ∼100% +42%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
13.9 fps ∼70%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (11.6 - 14.7, n=4)
13.5 fps ∼68% -3%
1280x720 low (fps_test=1)
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel Core i5-1035G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
28.8 fps ∼100%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (5.04 - 79, n=44)
27.1 fps ∼94% -6%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (21.9 - 28.8, n=4)
26 fps ∼90% -10%
low med. high ultra
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 65.6 38.7 22.7 20.7 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 13.2 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 28.8 13.9 13.2 fps

Emissions – Loud Fans and Tinny Speakers

System Noise

System noise
System noise

The fans ramped up fairly often in our test. Even when simply launching a web browser we could already hear them very clearly. The HP 14s is thus unsuitable for quiet and noise-sensitive environments.

Noise Level

Idle
31.2 / 31.2 / 31.2 dB(A)
Load
35.2 / 41.2 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 31.7 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.133.93435.133.12535.640.235.429.935.63132.432.133.133.132.44031.831.130.829.131.85030.230.829.33030.26329.629.228.828.529.68029.529.227.128.129.510028.327.12727.428.312526.525.726.225.826.516026.824.825.525.126.820026.724.723.32426.725024.823.523.12324.831526.123.621.72226.140024.821.92121.724.850025.32220.720.825.36302521.819.820.12580026.72219.41926.7100030.824.518.618.730.812502923.718.718.529160030.72418.118.330.720003225.218.318.332250030.924.718.318.530.9315031.925.618.418.531.9400029.921.418.518.829.9500026.120.318.618.826.163002520.118.918.925800025.719.918.918.925.71000022.219.518.918.922.21250020.619.319.118.820.61600019.719.219.218.819.7SPL41.335.231.131.241.3N3.62.21.61.63.6median 26.5median 23.5median 19.1median 18.9median 26.5Delta21.71.41.52hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP 14s-dq1431ng

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Surface temperatures peaked at 38 °C under load. The laptop thus remained cool enough during normal everyday use and can be easily used on your lap.

Core temperatures climbed to 86 °C during our one-hour long stress test. Frequencies dropped to just 1.2 GHz, which is still above the CPU’s base clock speed of 1 GHz. At the very end of our stress test the device was very lethargic and slow overall but sped up to previous levels of performance immediately after we quit all load-inducing applications.

Max. Load
 27 °C
81 F
38 °C
100 F
35.4 °C
96 F
 
 25.6 °C
78 F
35 °C
95 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
 25.2 °C
77 F
25.6 °C
78 F
26.4 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 38 °C = 100 F
Average: 30.3 °C = 87 F
36.2 °C
97 F
35 °C
95 F
27.8 °C
82 F
37.8 °C
100 F
33.8 °C
93 F
26.5 °C
80 F
26.2 °C
79 F
26 °C
79 F
25.9 °C
79 F
Maximum: 37.8 °C = 100 F
Average: 30.6 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  44.2 °C = 112 F | Room Temperature 23.5 °C = 74 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.3 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37.8 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 39.7 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.9 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26.4 °C / 79.5 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.5 °C / 83.3 F (+2.1 °C / 3.8 F).
Heat map top (idle)
Heat map top (idle)
Heat map bottom (idle)
Heat map bottom (idle)
Heat map top (load)
Heat map top (load)
Heat map bottom (load)
Heat map bottom (load)

Speakers

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

The speakers were relatively quiet overall but offered a wide soundscape with slightly overpronounced high mids. However, they are not suitable for media consumption due to the fact that even Windows sound effects already produced a clearly audible rattle. Users will thus have to use external speakers or headphones instead.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.235.133.22536.929.936.93135.333.135.34030.329.130.35029.83029.86328.628.528.68028.628.128.610029.127.429.112535.325.835.316041.225.141.220042.62442.625053235331556.72256.740063.621.763.650064.720.864.763062.420.162.480061.41961.410006718.767125068.118.568.1160070.718.370.720007118.371250068.618.568.6315065.218.565.240006418.864500066.418.866.4630060.918.960.9800063.518.963.51000063.718.963.71250058.418.858.41600046.818.846.8SPL78.931.278.9N43.11.643.1median 63.5median 18.9median 63.5Delta7.21.57.235.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP 14s-dq1431ngApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP 14s-dq1431ng audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.01 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 43% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 30% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 63% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Power Consumption – HP 14s runs less than 6 hours in our Wi-Fi test

Power Consumption

With a power consumption of at least 4.5 W and a maximum of 46 W under load the HP 14s-dq1431ng landed somewhere in the middle of our comparison group. Its power consumption was average overall, and the included 45 W power supply was more than sufficiently dimensioned.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.37 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.5 / 7.7 / 8.7 Watt
Load midlight 27 / 46 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP 14s-dq1431ng
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 16GB + 256GB HBRPEKNX0101AH, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
i7-1065G7, GeForce MX230, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
R5 3500U, Vega 8, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
HP 14-dk0008ng
R7 3700U, Vega 10, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Power Consumption
28%
-19%
-15%
-1%
6%
-23%
Idle Minimum *
4.5
2.7
40%
4.7
-4%
5.1
-13%
4.8
-7%
3.62 (3 - 4.5, n=6)
20%
6.44 (1 - 36, n=642)
-43%
Idle Average *
7.7
3
61%
6.6
14%
7.2
6%
7.1
8%
6.53 (5.4 - 7.7, n=6)
15%
9.65 (2.06 - 39, n=642)
-25%
Idle Maximum *
8.7
4.6
47%
5.9
32%
9.7
-11%
7.3
16%
8.18 (6.8 - 10.2, n=6)
6%
11.9 (3.9 - 55, n=642)
-37%
Load Average *
27
29.3
-9%
56
-107%
40
-48%
34
-26%
30.8 (27 - 36.6, n=6)
-14%
33.4 (6.3 - 75, n=632)
-24%
Load Maximum *
46
45.4
1%
60.2
-31%
49
-7%
45
2%
44.8 (29.4 - 50, n=6)
3%
40.6 (7.6 - 111, n=635)
12%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

When subjected to our real-life Wi-Fi battery test the HP 14s-dq1431ng managed a battery life of just 5:34 hours. This may not be bad per se, however the HP 14-dk0008ng managed to squeeze out a significantly longer battery life out of the exact same 41 Wh battery. Charging the HP 14s with the included power supply from near empty to full takes around two hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 03min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
5h 34min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 56min
HP 14s-dq1431ng
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 41 Wh
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 51 Wh
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
i7-1065G7, GeForce MX230, 42 Wh
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
R5 3500U, Vega 8, 45 Wh
HP 14-dk0008ng
R7 3700U, Vega 10, 41.04 Wh
Average of class Subnotebook
 
Battery Runtime
54%
5%
34%
-10%
14%
Reader / Idle
723
1360
88%
830
15%
705
-2%
633 (87 - 2735, n=561)
-12%
WiFi v1.3
334
564
69%
390
17%
448
34%
432
29%
493 (206 - 991, n=262)
48%
Load
116
121
4%
98
-16%
50
-57%
123 (40 - 369, n=580)
6%

Pros

+ fast Wi-Fi
+ good display
+ usable keyboard
+ robust case

Cons

- rattling touchpad
- slow SD card reader
- mediocre battery life
- fan runs frequently

Verdict – More Fine-Tuning Would Have Been Nice

In review: HP 14s-dq1431ng. Test unit provided by Cyberport
In review: HP 14s-dq1431ng. Test unit provided by Cyberport

HP’s 14s-dq1431ng has a lot of pros, but the list of shortcomings is just as long, ultimately resulting in a significantly lower score than it could have achieved because they are majorly disruptive in everyday use. For example, do the fans really have to ramp up every single time when launching a simple web browser? Does the trackpad really have to imitate an agitated rattle snake at every touch of the finger? Why can't users open the device in order to perform maintenance? This is a limitation that is completely unnecessary in our opinion.

If HP had paid more attention to quality then the HP 14s-dq1431ng could have been a good notebook.

Users that do not mind these drawbacks get a usable laptop in return. It offers more than enough performance for various office tasks, a good Wi-Fi performance, and a keyboard well usable for typing. Its short battery life is acceptable considering the laptop’s low price. However, we can only recommend the device if after taking everything into consideration and looking at all possible alternatives you still continue to not mind the device's cons.

HP 14s-dq1431ng - 06/03/2020 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
74 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
72%
Pointing Device
79%
Connectivity
44 / 75 → 58%
Weight
70 / 20-75 → 90%
Battery
67%
Display
81%
Games Performance
54 / 78 → 69%
Application Performance
83 / 85 → 97%
Temperature
94%
Noise
89%
Audio
63 / 91 → 69%
Camera
30 / 85 → 35%
Average
69%
79%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2020-06-16 (Update: 2020-06-21)
Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Editor
I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.