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HP 14s-dq1431ng: Where affordable meets cheap

Could have used more fine-tuning: HP 14s-dq1431ng
Could have used more fine-tuning: HP 14s-dq1431ng
Good notebooks for less than $1,000 have been around for quite some time. Current processors are more than powerful enough to run Windows and office applications without any issues. However, a laptop seems to offer quite a few pitfalls and potential for flaws that even affordable notebooks should not suffer from.

HP’s 14-dq1431ng is a laptop aimed at price-conscious customers that don’t want to spend more than $600 on a notebook. It comes with a flicker-free 14-inch IPS display with decent brightness high enough for everyday use.

Its hardware looks promising: Intel Core i5-1035G1 (Ice Lake), 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD, and 16 GB of Intel Optane memory. This should make for adequately smooth system performance not just for office applications but even for modest photo editing.

It’s the details that count

On paper, the HP 14s-dq1431ng looks not just affordable but very promising indeed. Unfortunately, we immediately noticed the rattling trackpad that made a horrible and annoying rattling sound with every touch of the finger. Fully inserted SD cards protrude by around 2 mm from the case, which in itself is not particularly worrying. The fact that you will most likely require tools because of their super-tight fit, on the other hand, is.

The icing on the cake is a fan that already ramps up already when launching a web browser but on the other hand is incapable of maintaining proper cooling to ensure consistent CPU performance. Since fan behavior can be retroactively adjusted and fine-tuned, we would have been satisfied with a properly mounted non-rattling touchpad. However, as is customers receive a notebook whose flaws cannot be address and fixed through an update.


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Mike Wobker, 2020-06-16 (Update: 2020-06-16)