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HP Stream 13 Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 05/24/2015

Chromebook rival. If users do not find the color of the Stream 13 appealing, they will at least find the inner values attractive. Its silent operation, long battery life, and low price make HP's laptop interesting. A one-year license for MS Office 365 Personal is also included.

For the original German review, see here.

With its Stream 13, HP has a 13.3-inch laptop in its lineup that is to compete with Google's Chromebook. The main advantage of a Windows laptop compared with a Chromebook is quickly found: A permanent Internet connection is not needed. Our report reveals whether the Stream 13 impresses in other aspects.

Inexpensive 13.3 and 14-inch laptops are rivals of the Stream 13. For example, Acer's Aspire E13 ES1-311, Lenovo's M30-70, and Acer's Aspire V3-371 could be mentioned. Naturally, a Chromebook like Acer's Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T0B2 should not be left out.

HP Stream 13-c002ng (Stream Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Core: 313-792 MHz, single-channel, 10.18.10.3925
Memory
2048 MB 
, DDR3, single-channel, soldered
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, Samsung, TN LED, glossy: no
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 17 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC282 @ Intel Bay Trail SoC - HD Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: MicroSD, Sensors: brightness sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.5 x 333.2 x 229 ( = 0.77 x 13.12 x 9.02 in)
Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Windows Store Gift Card, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office 365 Personal (one-year license)
Weight
1.55 kg ( = 54.67 oz / 3.42 pounds), Power Supply: 311 g ( = 10.97 oz / 0.69 pounds)
Price
249 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

HP has given our review sample a somewhat unusual color, which it calls "Orchid Magenta". Most of the casing is covered in this color. On the upper side, the magenta transitions into pink. Furthermore, the base unit's upper side features a printed dotted pattern. The laptop is also available in blue. Neither the stability nor the build give any reason for complaint. Everything matches to the price level.

The most important interfaces are installed. One of the three USB ports supports the USB 3.0 standard. The Stream 13 has been equipped with a MicroSD memory card slot, and therefore full-sized SD cards cannot be inserted. Positive: the interfaces are positioned at the back of both sides. Consequently, cables will not clutter the areas beside the wrist rest.

The 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 powers the laptop (standard version, not the Bing version). Along with the laptop, the buyer also receives a one-year license for MS Office 365 Personal. Microsoft also includes 1 TB of Cloud storage free of charge for one year.

Input Devices

HP installs an unlit chiclet keyboard in its laptop. The even, roughened keys feature a short drop and clear pressure point. In our opinion, the resistance could be slightly crisper. The keyboard yielded slightly while typing, but it was not annoying. Overall, HP delivers a decent keyboard. The multi-touch ClickPad has a surface area of approximately 9.5 x 6.5 cm (~3.7 x ~2.6 in). Thus, there is enough room for using gestures. The sleek surface does not prevent the fingers from gliding. The pad features a short drop and clear pressure point.

HP Stream 13 input devices
HP Stream 13 input devices

Display

The Stream has been equipped with a 13.3-inch screen with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The screen's contrast (488:1) is satisfactory. However, it could have a higher brightness (205.4 cd/m²). After all, it must be presumed that a 13.3-inch laptop will be used in a variety of environments and different light conditions.

195
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
200
cd/m²
199
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 212 cd/m² Average: 205.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 169 cd/m²
Contrast: 488:1 (Black: 0.43 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.95 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 1.42 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
53% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 34% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.31

The color reproduction rates are rather surprising. The screen has an average DeltaE 2000 deviation of 11.95 in the state of delivery - a common rate in the low-cost sector. A rate less than 3 would be desirable. However, the screen's grayscale level reproduction is very balanced. A shift of just 1.42 from the target is achieved here. The screen does not exhibit any bluish cast.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

HP has equipped the Stream 13 with a viewing angle dependent TN screen. Consequently, the screen cannot be read from every position. Outdoor use is possible when the sunlight is not too bright.

The Stream 13 outdoors (completely overcast skies)
The Stream 13 outdoors (completely overcast skies)

Performance

HP's Stream 13 is a 13.3-inch laptop. It is, so to speak, a Windows-based rival of Google's Chromebook. Our review sample is priced at 250 Euros (~$272). There are no other configurations available. Only an identically equipped, blue model exists.

Processor

A dual-core Celeron N2840 (Bay Trail), one of the weaker CPUs from Intel's latest processor, is installed in the Stream 13. Since the CPU has only two cores, it naturally lags far behind the quad-core Bay Trail processors in multi-thread applications. However, there are hardly any differences in single thread performance, which is more significant for routine use. The performance is definitely sufficient for office and Internet applications. The processor's maximum speed of 2.58 GHz is available in both AC and battery mode.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
2533
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2363
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1328
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
0.89 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.45 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
5.96 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
5.93 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
76 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
41 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
41 Points ∼19%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
42 Points ∼19% +2%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
49 Points ∼22% +20%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
34 Points ∼16% -17%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
76 Points ∼35% +85%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
64 Points ∼29% +56%
Lenovo M30-70
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
68 Points ∼31% +66%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
76 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
157 Points ∼4% +107%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
165 Points ∼4% +117%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
95 Points ∼2% +25%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
191 Points ∼4% +151%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
122 Points ∼3% +61%
Lenovo M30-70
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
170 Points ∼4% +124%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
0.45 Points ∼18%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
0.5 Points ∼20% +11%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
0.59 Points ∼24% +31%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
0.41 Points ∼17% -9%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.8 Points ∼33% +78%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.75 Points ∼31% +67%
Lenovo M30-70
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.73 Points ∼30% +62%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
0.42 Points ∼17% -7%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
0.89 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
1.88 Points ∼7% +111%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
2.04 Points ∼8% +129%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1.16 Points ∼4% +30%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.03 Points ∼7% +128%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.41 Points ∼5% +58%
Lenovo M30-70
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.8 Points ∼7% +102%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
1.44 Points ∼5% +62%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1328 Points ∼12%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
1348 Points ∼12% +2%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
2267 Points ∼21% +71%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1251 Points ∼12% -6%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2813 Points ∼26% +112%
Lenovo M30-70
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2447 Points ∼23% +84%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
1117 Points ∼10% -16%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2533 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
4754 Points ∼10% +88%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
7010 Points ∼14% +177%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3380 Points ∼7% +33%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
6285 Points ∼13% +148%
Lenovo M30-70
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
5584 Points ∼11% +120%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
3398 Points ∼7% +34%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1688 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
3282 Points ∼11% +94%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
3803 Points ∼12% +125%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2239 Points ∼7% +33%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3779 Points ∼12% +124%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
957 Points ∼20%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
991 Points ∼21% +4%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1277 Points ∼26% +33%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
882 Points ∼18% -8%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1792 Points ∼37% +87%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
306.9 ms * ∼3%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
297.6 ms * ∼3% +3%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
271 ms * ∼3% +12%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
696.1 ms * ∼8% -127%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
393 ms * ∼4% -28%
Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T0B2
GeForce ULP K1 (Tegra K1 Kepler GPU), K1, 32 GB eMMC Flash
634.6 ms * ∼7% -107%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
511.9 ms * ∼6% -67%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6484 ms * ∼11%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
6254.1 ms * ∼11% +4%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
6296.2 ms * ∼11% +3%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9354.9 ms * ∼16% -44%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5975.9 ms * ∼10% +8%
Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T0B2
GeForce ULP K1 (Tegra K1 Kepler GPU), K1, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4696.6 ms * ∼8% +28%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4784 Points ∼9%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
5050 Points ∼10% +6%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
5800 Points ∼11% +21%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6827 Points ∼13% +43%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3947 Points ∼8% -17%
Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T0B2
GeForce ULP K1 (Tegra K1 Kepler GPU), K1, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6843 Points ∼13% +43%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
861 Points ∼14%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
883 Points ∼14% +3%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1173 Points ∼19% +36%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1205 Points ∼19% +40%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
781 Points ∼13% -9%
Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T0B2
GeForce ULP K1 (Tegra K1 Kepler GPU), K1, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1255 Points ∼20% +46%

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System Performance

The small laptop runs smoothly, and we did not experience any problems. The PCMark benchmark scores do not present any surprises, and correspond to the performance of the installed hardware. Overall, the scores are at the lower end of the performance scale. Laptops that are based on Haswell or Broadwell processors have a clear edge. Owners of the Stream 13 cannot tweak the system performance because the working memory and eMMC storage are soldered.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1273 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
1055 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1396 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1273 Points ∼21%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
1485 Points ∼24% +17%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1955 Points ∼32% +54%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2158 Points ∼35% +70%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1848 Points ∼30% +45%
Lenovo M30-70
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2023 Points ∼33% +59%

Storage Device

The installed storage device is an eMMC module with a storage capacity of 32 GB. The laptop's owner will have approximately 17 GB of the 32 GB available for personal use. The rest of the storage is reserved for the Windows installation and recovery partition. The transfer rates are within the normal range for an eMMC storage. The storage capacity can be expanded via a MicroSD card.

32 GB eMMC Flash
Sequential Read: 171.2 MB/s
Sequential Write: 69.89 MB/s
512K Read: 154.6 MB/s
512K Write: 45.37 MB/s
4K Read: 19.57 MB/s
4K Write: 4.639 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 33.97 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 5.032 MB/s

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics graphics core takes care of video output. It supports DirectX 11 and clocks at up to 792 MHz. It is the weakest GPU that can be found in laptops today. Various models of the GPU with different maximum speeds exist, and therefore the 3DMark benchmark scores vary on a low level. Comparable AMD graphics cores, such as the Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema) GPU, are considerably stronger.

3DMark 11 Performance
236 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
13399 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
1102 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
236 Points ∼1%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
274 Points ∼1% +16%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
826 Points ∼3% +250%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
444 Points ∼1% +88%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
786 Points ∼3% +233%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
555 Points ∼2% +135%
Lenovo M30-70
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
786 Points ∼3% +233%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
248 Points ∼1% +5%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
484 Points ∼2%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
219 Points ∼1%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
482 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
304 Points ∼1%
Lenovo M30-70
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
479 Points ∼2%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
498 Points ∼1%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
585 Points ∼1% +17%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1827 Points ∼3% +267%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
982 Points ∼2% +97%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2247 Points ∼4% +351%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1439 Points ∼2% +189%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1102 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
1609 Points ∼3% +46%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
2865 Points ∼5% +160%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1638 Points ∼3% +49%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3603 Points ∼6% +227%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2366 Points ∼4% +115%
Lenovo M30-70
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3452 Points ∼6% +213%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13399 Points ∼1%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
20924 Points ∼2% +56%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
32751 Points ∼3% +144%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
16523 Points ∼1% +23%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
34508 Points ∼3% +158%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
25637 Points ∼2% +91%
Lenovo M30-70
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
32949 Points ∼3% +146%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
18460 Points ∼2% +38%

Gaming Performance

The hardware in the Stream 13 has not been designed to cope with modern 3D games. At most, a handful of games will manage a playable frame rate - using a low resolution and low quality settings. Users who want to play games should stick to those from the Windows Store.

low med. high ultra
Trackmania Nations Forever (2008) 90.223.6fps

Emissions

The Stream 13 in the stress test
The Stream 13 in the stress test

Temperature

The Stream 13 performed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in the same manner in both AC and battery mode. The processor clocked at 2.58 GHz, and the graphics core ran at 720 MHz. The hardware was occasionally throttled to 2.16 (CPU) and 620 MHz (GPU) at a later point in the test. Although the laptop operated at full speed, it barely heated up. The temperatures remained well below 40 degrees Celsius (~104 °F) on all measuring points during the stress test.

 29.8 °C
86 F
29.6 °C
85 F
26.6 °C
80 F
 
 27.2 °C
81 F
28.6 °C
83 F
26.3 °C
79 F
 
 25.1 °C
77 F
24.5 °C
76 F
26.8 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 29.8 °C = 86 F
Average: 27.2 °C = 81 F
26.4 °C
80 F
33.1 °C
92 F
29.1 °C
84 F
25.1 °C
77 F
30 °C
86 F
28.7 °C
84 F
24.1 °C
75 F
25.1 °C
77 F
25.4 °C
78 F
Maximum: 33.1 °C = 92 F
Average: 27.4 °C = 81 F
Power Supply (max.)  29.4 °C = 85 F | Room Temperature 23 °C = 73 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.1 °C / 86 F, compared to the average of 29.8 °C / 86 F for the devices in the class Netbook.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.5 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 33 °C / 91 F, ranging from 21.6 to 53.2 °C for the class Netbook.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35.7 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.2 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 29.8 °C / 86 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.6 °C / 87.1 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.3 °C / 84.7 F (-1.3 °C / -2.4 F).

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the Stream 13 have been positioned under the device's front edge. Overall, they produce a decent sound that allows listening over prolonged periods. As expected, they lack bass.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Stream does not need much energy since it only features relatively low-performance hardware. The idle power consumption is well below 10 watts. The requirement increased to 13.3 watts during the stress test. On the whole, these are normal rates for the hardware platform installed.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.6 / 6.3 / 6.7 Watt
Load midlight 11.1 / 13.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

In the real-life Wi-Fi test, websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds. The energy saving profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Stream 13 achieved a runtime of 7:26 hours, which is a good rate.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (IE 11)
7h 26min
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
HP Stream 13-c002ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
446 min ∼107%
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
415 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
348 min ∼115%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
317 min ∼105%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
394 min ∼130%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
387 min ∼128%
Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T0B2
GeForce ULP K1 (Tegra K1 Kepler GPU), K1, 32 GB eMMC Flash
604 min ∼200%
Lenovo M30-70
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
217 min ∼72%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
302 min ∼100%

Pros

+ Matte screen
+ Long battery life
+ Quiet operation
+ Decent keyboard
+ One-year MS Office 365 Personal license

Cons

- Dark screen

Verdict

HP Stream 13-c002ng. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.de
HP Stream 13-c002ng. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.de

With its color alone, HP's Stream 13 stands out. However, this  would not have been necessary because the laptop can attract attention in other aspects.

Priced at 250 Euros (~$272), the silent 13.3-inch laptop offers enough computing power for office applications and Internet use. It also features decent input devices, which together with the long battery life, make the Stream 13 a portable typewriter and browsing machine. A one-year license for MS Office 365 Personal rounds off the bundle. It is commendable that HP has equipped the Stream 13 with a matte screen that, however, could have been brighter.

HP Stream 13-c002ng - 05/19/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
74 / 98 → 76%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
58 / 80 → 73%
Weight
68 / 35-78 → 77%
Battery
90%
Display
81%
Games Performance
36 / 68 → 53%
Application Performance
42 / 87 → 48%
Temperature
92 / 91 → 100%
Noise
100%
Audio
56 / 91 → 62%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
69%
78%
Netbook - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-05-24 (Update: 2018-05-15)