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HP Stream 14 (N3060, HD400) Laptop Review

Mike Wobker (translated by Christoph Wendler), 03/27/2018

Affordable cloudbook. While the Stream 14 is mainly focused on cloud-assisted operation, we will check whether using it offline is possible too. We shall also look into whether the 32 GB of storage and Intel Celeron processor can make a convincing package.

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The Stream series by HP has now been around for a view years, being incrementally updated over time. Buyers always got a simple notebook in a variety of shapes and sizes priced between 300 and 400 Euros (~$370 - $500). Back in 2014, the HP Stream 14-z050ng was praised by us, though a matte screen, a longer battery life, and a different price politic were on our wish list. As Chromebook competitors have gotten less numerous since then, the price of currently about 300 Euros (~$370) has become more of an argument.

Our test device is equipped with an Intel Celeron N3060 processor with an integrated HD Graphics 400 GPU. 4 GB of memory and 32 GB eMMC based storage are there to deal with the Windows 10 installation on the system. With this equipment, there are a few competitors in a similar price range, like the Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472, the IdeaPad 120s by Lenovo and the Chuwi LapBook 14.

HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3L
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel 112 PPI, AU Optronics AUO2D3C, TN LED, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Braswell
Storage
SanDisk DF4032, 32 GB 
, 8 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Braswell SoC - HD Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo Audio/Headphone jack, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18 x 337 x 226 ( = 0.71 x 13.27 x 8.9 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3 cells, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 10.5 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.3 MP
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, HP Audio Switch, HP CoolSense, HP JumpStart, McAfee LiveSafe, Netflix, one year Office 365, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.44 kg ( = 50.79 oz / 3.17 pounds), Power Supply: 282 g ( = 9.95 oz / 0.62 pounds)
Price
299 Euro

 

Chassis and equipment - HP laptop made of plastic

Those interested in the HP Stream 14 can decide between four different color variants. Our test device is gray; other colors on offer are white, blue and purple. The chassis is made of soft plastic but appears of sturdy construction. HP does not enable easy access for maintenance or swapping the battery. The low weight, paired with the size of this 14-inch notebook, enable great mobility. The chassis gives off a sturdy impression, making the daily transport in a bag worry free.

HP has taken care of basic connection options. The majority of ports are concentrated on the left side of the device. On the right, only the charging port can be found. The built-in SD card reader provides decent transfer rates. Considering its nature as an office laptop, the results the SD card reader delivers are above average. The HP Stream 14 supports the fast ac WLAN standard and thus achieves decent WLAN speeds. The terrible HP 14 notwithstanding, most results are almost identical to the competition.

HP Stream 14
HP Stream 14
HP Stream 14
HP Stream 14
HP Stream 14

Size comparison

Connectivity

Left: lock, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, combo audio jack, SD card reader
Left: lock, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, combo audio jack, SD card reader
Right: charging port
Right: charging port
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.4 MB/s ∼100%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
72 MB/s ∼82% -18%
Average of class Office
  (10.2 - 191, n=213)
61.7 MB/s ∼71% -29%
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
59.88 MB/s ∼69% -31%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
 
37.86 MB/s ∼43% -57%
HP 14-bp001ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.2 MB/s ∼28% -72%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86.4 MB/s ∼100% +7%
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
85.86 MB/s ∼99% +6%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80.8 MB/s ∼94%
Average of class Office
  (9.5 - 255, n=193)
79.4 MB/s ∼92% -2%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
 
44.46 MB/s ∼51% -45%
HP 14-bp001ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35.7 MB/s ∼41% -56%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
349 MBit/s ∼100% +4%
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
348 MBit/s ∼100% +4%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
340 MBit/s ∼97% +1%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
336 MBit/s ∼96%
HP 14-bp001ng
Realtek RTL8723DE
5 MBit/s ∼1% -99%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
330 MBit/s ∼100% +28%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
311 MBit/s ∼94% +21%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
258 MBit/s ∼78%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
144 MBit/s ∼44% -44%
HP 14-bp001ng
Realtek RTL8723DE
71 MBit/s ∼22% -72%

Input devices - solid laptop keyboard

The keyboard of the Stream 14 offers soft haptic feedback, with a light pressure point. Due to their texturized surface, keys are easy to find by touch and nice to press. Even longer writing is pleasant on the Stream 14. As a mouse replacement, our test device is equipped with a ClickPad. Movement of the cursor is being tracked reliably in all four corners. To perform a right click, one has to press down the pad in the lower right corner, anything slightly left from that point gets interpreted as a left click.

Input devices
Input devices

Display - Low-resolution screen

Subpixel
Subpixel

The Stream 14 is equipped with a glossy TN LED panel with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The average brightness is low, though that is to be expected in this price class. Distribution of brightness is rather inconsistent as well. From the top right, down to the bottom left, the brightness falls by a whole 50 cd/m².

Most competitors deliver better results in this class. However, HP did not use PWM to control the brightness; the device is thus suitable for users with more sensitive eyes.

221
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
204
cd/m²
220
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
177
cd/m²
189
cd/m²
201
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 228 cd/m² Average: 207.3 cd/m² Minimum: 12 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 78 %
Center on Battery: 185 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 29.43 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 13.14 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
55% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 35% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.18
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
AU Optronics AUO2D3C, , 1366x768, 14
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
CMN N140BGA_EA3, , 1366x768, 14
HP 14-bp001ng
BOE0697, , 1366x768, 14
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
AU Optronics AUO-B116XTN02.5 , , 1366x768, 11.6
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
Name: BOE06A8, , 1920x1080, 14.1
Response Times
25%
26%
-25%
6%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
46 (25, 21)
40 (20, 20)
13%
43 (23, 20)
7%
72.8 (30.4, 42.4)
-58%
32.8 (12.8, 20)
29%
Response Time Black / White *
25 (22, 3)
16 (11, 5)
36%
14 (8, 7)
44%
22.8 (16.4, 6.4)
9%
29.2 (16, 13.2)
-17%
PWM Frequency
1000 (100)
200 (90)
200 (20)
Screen
22%
21%
23%
36%
Brightness middle
220
206
-6%
189
-14%
266.2
21%
247.7
13%
Brightness
207
187
-10%
190
-8%
251
21%
243
17%
Brightness Distribution
78
82
5%
88
13%
90
15%
92
18%
Black Level *
0.34
0.53
0.67
0.32
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
29.43
10.01
66%
11.85
60%
12.4
58%
6.4
78%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
76.62
16.72
78%
20.61
73%
24.5
68%
24.3
68%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
13.14
11.11
15%
13.6
-4%
14.4
-10%
4.5
66%
Gamma
2.18 110%
2.43 99%
2.49 96%
2.16 111%
2.33 103%
CCT
15985 41%
12726 51%
16588 39%
19436 33%
7318 89%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
35
39
11%
49
40%
37
6%
39.8
14%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
55
62
13%
61
11%
59
7%
62.9
14%
Contrast
606
357
397
774
Total Average (Program / Settings)
24% / 22%
24% / 22%
-1% / 14%
21% / 30%

* ... smaller is better

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↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 3 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. » 39 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
46 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 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. » 72 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41.4 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: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8895 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

sRGB: 55 percent
sRGB: 55 percent
AdobeRGB: 35 percent
AdobeRGB: 35 percent

Our test device delivers a very cool image and gives us the lowest results in terms of color representation in our comparison. It is however not very far behind any of them and the screen should be enough for video streams, writing and surfing the Internet. The glossy plastic surface of the display leads to a clear image, the Stream 14 is not suitable for outside use because of it though. The reflections make the device basically unusable outside as content becomes unreadable.

CalMAN - gray scales
CalMAN - gray scales
CalMAN - color representation
CalMAN - color representation
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation
Outside
Outside

Performance - Simple streaming device by HP

Screenshot: LatencyMon
Screenshot: LatencyMon

The Stream 14 by HP is aimed at newcomers. The only equipment level on offer thus gives one just enough performance for basic notebook tasks, like writing, surfing online and viewing basic media content. Users will have to make do with the Intel Celeron N3060, the integrated HD Graphics 400, the 4 GB of memory and the 32 GB of storage space. Expanding the storage is possible via the SD card reader. Additionally, one year of free 1 TB OneDrive storage is included upon purchasing the Stream 14.

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Processor

The Intel Celeron N3060 is a processor mainly designed for use in passively cooled laptops. With a base clock of 1.6 GHz and a turbo boost frequency of up to 2.5 GHz, it is mainly suited for less demanding tasks.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit

The N3060 gets results behind other devices equipped with the same processor. It should be noted that competitors like the Aspire 1 get a 30 percent higher Cinebench R15 score while being more affordable.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Average of class Office
  (20 - 178, n=453)
107 Points ∼52% +197%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Intel Celeron N3450
48 Points ∼23% +33%
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
Intel Celeron N3350
46 Points ∼22% +28%
HP 14-bp001ng
Intel Pentium N3710
40 Points ∼19% +11%
Average Intel Celeron N3060
  (36 - 39, n=4)
37.8 Points ∼18% +5%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
Intel Celeron N3450
36 Points ∼17% 0%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel Celeron N3060
36 Points ∼17%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1050, n=457)
309 Points ∼10% +341%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Intel Celeron N3450
144 Points ∼5% +106%
HP 14-bp001ng
Intel Pentium N3710
141 Points ∼5% +101%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
Intel Celeron N3450
128 Points ∼4% +83%
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
Intel Celeron N3350
85 Points ∼3% +21%
Average Intel Celeron N3060
  (68 - 74, n=4)
71.3 Points ∼2% +2%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel Celeron N3060
70 Points ∼2%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
36 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
70 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
11.54 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Help

System Performance

System performance is comparable to other notebooks equipped with the Intel Celeron N3060. In PCMark8, the Stream 14 reaches only the second last place. Expect loading times when opening applications.

The results of other Intel Celeron N3060 equipped laptops can be read on our Benchmark page.

PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Average of class Office
  (1169 - 4458, n=333)
2992 Points ∼49% +70%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
HD Graphics 500, N3450, Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
1864 Points ∼31% +6%
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
HD Graphics 500, N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1810 Points ∼30% +3%
HP 14-bp001ng
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), N3710, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1769 Points ∼29% +1%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), N3060, SanDisk DF4032
1760 Points ∼29%
Average Intel Celeron N3060, Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
  (1661 - 1771, n=4)
1732 Points ∼28% -2%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
HD Graphics 500, N3450, SanDisk DF4128
1682 Points ∼28% -4%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1760 points
Help

Mass Storage

HP equipped the Stream 14 with 32 GB of eMMC storage. Only 8 GB are actually usable. However, one year of free OneDrive storage (1 TB) is included with the Stream 14. Adding to that, the SanDisk DF4032 built into the Stream 14 is rather slow when comparing it to alternatives.

How this notebook's storage stacks up against others can be read here.

HP Stream 14-ax002ng
SanDisk DF4032
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Hynix HBG4a2 32 GB eMMC
HP 14-bp001ng
Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
64 GB eMMC Flash
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
SanDisk DF4128
Average SanDisk DF4032
 
Average of class Office
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
159%
-39%
34%
59%
20%
1173%
Write 4K
7.611
31.55
315%
0.955
-87%
12.19
60%
11.87
56%
10.7 (7.61 - 13.9, n=2)
41%
94.2 (0.727 - 204, n=82)
1138%
Read 4K
13.21
10.58
-20%
0.367
-97%
6.61
-50%
11.45
-13%
12.7 (12.2 - 13.2, n=2)
-4%
31.5 (0.285 - 80.1, n=82)
138%
Write Seq
65.85
148.5
126%
92.48
40%
108.2
64%
106.1
61%
83.8 (65.9 - 102, n=2)
27%
615 (65.9 - 1895, n=82)
834%
Read Seq
120.6
272
126%
101.5
-16%
167.1
39%
293.6
143%
143 (121 - 165, n=2)
19%
980 (85.6 - 2827, n=82)
713%
Write 4K Q32T1
7.547
49.07
550%
0.951
-87%
15.38
104%
15.22
102%
10.6 (7.55 - 13.6, n=2)
40%
281 (0.825 - 701, n=82)
3623%
Read 4K Q32T1
35.25
31.92
-9%
0.734
-98%
31.28
-11%
33.91
-4%
35.7 (35.3 - 36.2, n=2)
1%
289 (0.647 - 773, n=82)
720%
Write Seq Q32T1
61.55
139
126%
93.08
51%
96.15
56%
110.3
79%
78.2 (61.6 - 94.8, n=2)
27%
707 (56.5 - 2027, n=82)
1049%
Read Seq Q32T1
122
196.3
61%
102
-16%
134.1
10%
183
50%
135 (122 - 148, n=2)
11%
1548 (78.6 - 3509, n=82)
1169%
SanDisk DF4032
Sequential Read: 107.9 MB/s
Sequential Write: 21.08 MB/s
512K Read: 104.7 MB/s
512K Write: 28.46 MB/s
4K Read: 12.42 MB/s
4K Write: 6.128 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 32.79 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 6.743 MB/s

GPU

Graphics are handled by an Intel HD Graphics 400 GPU. Only applications not stressing the system's graphics are suited to such a low-end GPU. 4k/H.265 videos are fluid, however.
Our comparison of the Intel HD Graphics 400 with other GPUs may be found here.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average of class Office
  (185 - 4967, n=578)
1186 Points ∼100% +211%
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3350
482 Points ∼41% +27%
HP 14-bp001ng
Intel HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), Intel Pentium N3710
463 Points ∼39% +22%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3450
433 Points ∼37% +14%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
Intel HD Graphics 500, Intel Celeron N3450
390 Points ∼33% +2%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Celeron N3060
381 Points ∼32%
Average Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell)
  (292 - 418, n=9)
351 Points ∼30% -8%
3DMark 11 Performance
421 points
Help

Gaming Performance

It should come as no surprise, but the Intel HD Graphics 400 is not suited to gaming. Older or less complex titles may work, however. The five-year-old Bioshock Infinite was unplayable, even on the lowest settings.


low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 16.539.11fps

Emissions and energy - Frugal laptop with long battery life

Noise emissions

As the Stream 14 is cooled passively, there is no fan that could cause noise. Likewise, there is no coil whine or other unwanted sound being emitted from our test device.

Temperature

Load
Load

The surface of our test device does not warm while idling, even under load temperatures do not rise dramatically. The processor was however not able to hold its turbo frequency for long during our testing. After that, the frequency fell well below the base clock and was not able to stabilize during the remainder of our two-hour test.

During day-to-day use though, this should be of little concern as this test simulated an extreme situation.

Max. Load
 39.4 °C
103 F
35.5 °C
96 F
24.8 °C
77 F
 
 40.4 °C
105 F
37.1 °C
99 F
24.7 °C
76 F
 
 30.6 °C
87 F
27.6 °C
82 F
25.2 °C
77 F
 
Maximum: 40.4 °C = 105 F
Average: 31.7 °C = 89 F
24.2 °C
76 F
29 °C
84 F
42.7 °C
109 F
24.5 °C
76 F
26.6 °C
80 F
42 °C
108 F
24.2 °C
76 F
27 °C
81 F
33.6 °C
92 F
Maximum: 42.7 °C = 109 F
Average: 30.4 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  32.4 °C = 90 F | Room Temperature 21.9 °C = 71 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
Idle, top
Idle, top
Idle, bottom
Idle, bottom
Load, top
Load, top
Load, bottom
Load, bottom

Speakers

The Stream 14’s speakers sound very balanced. Bass drops off a little early, though is not as weak as on the IdeaPad 120s. The speakers did not appear tinny; customers should however not expect perfect audio from this device.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.230.932.2253332.1333135.333.735.3403129.3315029.130.629.16327.427.227.48027.227.227.210025.925.125.912527.324.627.316034.32334.320040.522.740.525050.922.450.931557.721.657.740062.120.362.150065.118.865.163067.318.567.380071.917.871.9100067.617.767.6125065.417.765.4160066.917.766.9200071.817.371.8250073.517.773.5315070.517.870.5400074.318.174.350007618.27663007418.574800071.418.571.41000064.418.664.41250062.518.562.51600064.218.764.2SPL83.630.483.6N56.71.456.7median 65.4HP Stream 14-ax002ngmedian 18.5median 65.4Delta10.12.210.135.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
HP Stream 14-ax002ng audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.01 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.9% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 59% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 29% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 49% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 43% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

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 19%, worst was 47%
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 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked!)

Energy consumption

The Stream 14 is a very energy efficient device. As it only requires 12 W of power even under load, the included 45 W power supply should be large enough.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.37 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.6 / 5.3 / 7 Watt
Load midlight 11.8 / 12.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery life

The battery life of the Stream 14 is the best in our comparison. In our real-world WLAN test, it gets a result of almost 10 hours of simulated web browsing. We thus almost reached HP’s claimed 10.5 hours.

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
N3060, HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), 41 Wh
587 min ∼22%
Lenovo Ideapad 120s-11IAP
N3350, HD Graphics 500, 32 Wh
434 min ∼16% -26%
Average of class Office
  (105 - 964, n=271)
408 min ∼15% -30%
HP 14-bp001ng
N3710, HD Graphics 405 (Braswell), 41 Wh
399 min ∼15% -32%
Chuwi LapBook 14 inch 2017
N3450, HD Graphics 500, 38 Wh
372 min ∼14% -37%
Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C472
N3450, HD Graphics 500, 37 Wh
172 min ∼7% -71%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
9h 47min

Pros

+ long battery life
+ stable construction
+ free 1 TB OneDrive cloud storage for a year
+ passive operation

Cons

- glossy screen
- little to no storage
- no upgradability

Verdict - HP, low on storage

HP Stream 14  test model provided by Cyberport
HP Stream 14 test model provided by Cyberport

Buyers of the HP Stream 14 should be aware of the fact that they purchase a simple notebook with little to no internal storage. To access the cloud storage, a WLAN connection is required, as the device on its own does not offer Internet connectivity. Aside from that, the Stream 14 is a solid device, suitable for simple office tasks and playback of streaming content.

The Stream 14 by HP is a simple, but solid notebook. If one gets accustomed to the low storage, they get a laptop, equipped to handle office tasks and streaming.

The system performance of our test device fits what we know from other devices equipped with the Intel Celeron N3060. The main gripe we have is the low storage space, which made installing benchmarking software quite a hassle. Considering future Windows updates, we can picture the storage space running out sooner, rather than later.

HP Stream 14-ax002ng - 03/20/2018 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
75 / 98 → 76%
Keyboard
68%
Pointing Device
73%
Connectivity
41 / 80 → 51%
Weight
70 / 20-67 → 100%
Battery
92%
Display
59%
Games Performance
33 / 68 → 49%
Application Performance
43 / 92 → 47%
Temperature
92%
Noise
Audio
60%
Camera
29 / 85 → 34%
Average
61%
69%
Office - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2018-03-27 (Update: 2018-05-15)