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HP Stream 14 Review – Specs & Performance [2023]

HP Stream 14-Inch Laptop Review

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Billed as Windows’ answer to Chromebooks, the HP Stream 14 laptop sports an insanely attractive price tag and appearance when viewed on the shelves. Unless you’re a student on a strict budget or a casual user looking to perform basic tasks, however, we recommend leaving it right there.

To bring the price that low, a lot of manufacturing corners have been cut and what we’re left with is a machine that performs lower than the sum of its parts, what’s left of them. It ambles through tasks, creaking and groaning all the way, and its screen and speakers leave a lot to be desired.

Having said all of that, this laptop is not without its positives. It excels in the area of battery performance, and despite its all-plastic build, it feels reasonably sturdy. When you consider the fact that this laptop offers the full Windows 10 experience on a budget, it begins to look less like a hard sell, especially if you’re willing to temper your expectations accordingly.

Design and Appearance

The first thought you’re likely to have about the HP Stream 14 is that it looks seriously good, whichever color you end up settling for (it’s offered in black, white, blue, and pink colors). Your second thought, after you give in to your urge to fill your hands with it is that it feels good to the touch too. 

Laptops in the Stream line have been significantly pared down to accommodate their budget prices, but HP makes a point of ensuring that the fact doesn’t become apparent just by looking at them. It’s on closer examination that they begin to reveal their kinks. The Stream 14 looks for all the world like a premium laptop, all sleek matte plastic, and brushed aluminum texture. The plastic chassis feels solid enough, but there’s more than a hint of flex when you lift the lid or work on the white keyboard. The palm rests give off strong plasticky vibes as well.

The Stream 14 goes against the grain a bit in the sense that it sports a 14-inch screen as opposed to the regular 13-inches that others in the line serve up. In spite of this extra bulk, this laptop is reasonably lightweight, tipping the scales at a little over 3 pounds, which is par for the course for laptops of a similar form factor. 

The screen is bordered by moderate bezels, with a webcam fitted to the top bezel and the bottom one sporting the HP logo.

Ports and Connections

The HP Stream 14 is not an ultraportable, and this should ordinarily mean that there’s enough real estate along its flanks to accommodate any number of ports. What we get, in contrast, and perhaps keeping with the latest trends, are relatively slim pickings. 

You’ll find the vast majority of ports along this laptop’s left flank, including a full-size HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, a full-size SD card slot, an audio headset jack, and a Kensington lock. The right side is less crowded, with only the power connector occupying the top end. This is a fairly basic port offering, as you can tell, and the absence of an Ethernet port means you’ll be relying solely on wireless connections (which are handled by WiFi and Bluetooth, by the way) for internet connection. The full-size SD card reader is a positive, but that is perhaps offset by the fact that it was included to make up for the laptop’s decidedly paltry memory space offering.

Keyboard and Touchpad

This laptop’s chiclet keyboard with white tile keys may be good, or it may not be. That would depend largely on an individual’s viewpoint. The keys are reasonably well-spaced, but they require a fair amount of pressure to register a keystroke, which can be a good thing or a bad thing. The keyboard isn’t backlit, so you’ll be obliged to do all your tasks on it while there’s daylight.

One other thing, the keyboard flexes a lot, giving it a plasticky feel that doesn’t make typing particularly enjoyable, even though you’ll generally get by without too much trouble. The touchpad is what you might expect a budget laptop’s touchpad to be: moderately competent without being outstanding. For a better experience, you should consider doing away with most of the multitouch settings.


Expecting an awesome panel on a $600 budget laptop is a bit like wanting to go on a ship cruise with taxi fare. But even with these much-diminished standards, the HP Stream 14 laptop’s screen manages to underwhelm massively. 

Its resolution of 1366 x 768 is only good enough for streaming videos and surfing the web. For video or photo editing, you’ll find this panel wholly inadequate. At 220 nits, the screen is bright enough, but the screen is also overwhelmingly reflective, which can put a spanner in most works. The screen can purportedly produce 81.5 percent of the sRGB color gamut, but a Delta-E rating of 3.86 means that colors appear washed out and text looks a little blurry. 

Our impression of this laptop’s screen is that it is merely passable, definitely not something to get excited about.


The speakers in this laptop are surprisingly good, but their unfortunate placement takes away a lot of their pep. HP decided to locate the speakers underneath the chassis, with the result that the downward-firing speakers fire straight into your laps, producing somewhat muffled sounds.

It’s a frustrating design choice since the speakers appear to be decent otherwise. Of course, there’s no bass, but the high and mid sounds are well proportioned, and the speakers are loud enough to fill a room with sound.

Graphics and Gaming

With its Intel UHD integrated graphics, the Stream 14 can not be expected to execute any graphics-intensive program without collapsing into a whirling mess. As it is, it struggles with even basic tasks. 

For regular computing tasks such as web surfing, word processing, and video streaming, it will be able to pull through without too much ado. If you get ambitious and try to run photo or video-editing programs, or anything that puts a strain on its graphics processor, you should be prepared to meet with stiff, loud resistance.

By the same token, gaming on this laptop is a bit of a non-starter, unless you’re willing to content yourself with basic games. And when we say basic, we mean really basic.


The Stream 14 laptop’s battery performance is like an oasis sticking out of a very hot, arid desert. You can call it the laptop’s brightest spot, alongside its appealing appearance. The batteries in this laptop can last a full workday, and if all you do is word processing and simple computing tasks, you can get the batteries to last up to 9 hours. This is one area where the low-powered CPU counts as a positive.

Cooling and Noise Emission

Since the Stream 14 only offers enough power to get through the lightest and most basic of computing tasks, it manages to maintain its cool the vast majority of the time. By contrast, it emits a high-pitched whiny sound in the thick of action that’s really unpleasant to the ears. The fans also tend to be excitable, starting themselves up at the first hint of adversity and maintaining a racket throughout. While the laptop is a cool customer, a silent one it is not.


Performance-wise, this laptop will not set hearts racing, However, criticism of this laptop’s performance should be tempered by an examination of its components, which cannot be described as high-powered by any means. An Intel Celeron CPU (offering base speeds of 1.6GHz), Intel HD Graphics 400, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMc flash storage make up the full cast of this laptop’s hardware. In the best of times, these are not spectacularly impressive specs. 

In the meantime, while this laptop handles all the basic computing tasks you’d expect laptops in its category to, it doesn’t handle them with any pizzazz or flair. In fact, we found the performance lacking in many aspects. The laptop lagged severely, even with basic tasks such as loading the web browser and typing out documents on One Drive, where you would normally not expect it to.

In our spreadsheet and multitasking tests, the HP Stream 14 struggled massively, creaking and groaning the whole time. We didn’t try to run it through CPU and GPU intensive tasks such as 3D image rendering, video transcoding, and Photoshop, for fear that it may spontaneously combust.

Final Verdict

The HP Stream 14 is a budget laptop in everything but appearance. And while there’s nothing wrong with shopping in the bargain basement for your laptop, you should be aware; what you see is what you get. What you get is a no-frills, bare-bones laptop that rarely ventures beyond the ordinary, in terms of performance.

Its list of positives includes impressive battery performance, a pretty solid build, and a price tag that looks generous. Throw in a full year of Microsoft 365 subscription into the deal and it begins to look like an enticing prospect for bargain hunters. On the flip side, sub-par performance, paltry onboard storage capacity, a so-so screen, and an unimpressive keyboard are major gripes.

If you’re looking for a laptop that offers all the basics as well as the Windows 10 experience on a strict budget, the HP Stream 14 might just be what you need. 

Device Specifications

Brand HP
CPU Intel Celeron N3060 (1.6GHz)
Company Website www.
Display Size 14
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 400
Hard Drive Size 32GB
Highest Available Resolution 1366 x 768
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Ports (excluding USB) USB 3.0, Audio-in, Kensington Lock, SD card slot, USB 2.0
Size 13.3 x 8.9 x 0.70 inches
Touchpad Size 3.7 x 2.5 inches
Warranty/Support 1-year standard warranty
Weight 3.11 lbs.
Wi-Fi Model Intel Dual-Band Wireless AC 7265, Bluetooth

HP Stream 14 – Review and Benchmarks

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The HP Stream 14 is affordable and fun to look at, but its build and display quality could be better.

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If you’ve browsed the electronics departments of Walmart or Target, chances are good that the HP Stream 14 ($219.99) has caught your eye, whether because of its candy-colored design or its ultra-affordable price. HP has been making the inexpensive Stream laptop for a few years now, presenting the low-powered budget laptop as a Windows-based competitor to Chromebooks. The Stream 14 is larger than HP’s Stream offerings in previous years (the largest model used to be 13 inches), but not much else has changed.

Like a Chromebook, the Stream 14 keeps the price low by sticking to the bare essentials: a low-powered CPU, minimal RAM and 32GB of flash memory for storage. Unfortunately, that may not be enough to support the sort of Windows experience you expect from even a budget laptop.


The Stream 14 has a lightweight plastic chassis, measuring 13.3 x 8.9 x 0.70 inches and weighing just 3.11 pounds. The plastic construction feels hollow and flexes a bit with every keystroke and tap on the trackpad — an issue we didn’t encounter when we tested the smaller HP Stream 11. The palm rest has a textured pattern and gets a dash of two-toned style thanks to the white keyboard. This is similar in both size and weight to other 14-inch systems in this price range, like the Lenovo Ideapad 100S-14, which measures 13.3 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches and weighs 3. 2 pounds.

The Stream line has always sported bright candy colors, and although the unit we reviewed was bright blue, you can also get it in purple. Competing machines, like the Lenovo Ideapad 100S-14, keep it simple with black plastic construction.


The Stream 14 has a 14-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution, which isn’t uncommon in this ultrabudget price range. When I watched the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, the colorful trailer looked OK. The Hulk’s skin looked to be the right shade of green, explosions flared orange and the lightning crackling off of Thor looked bluish white.

HP’s laptop can produce 81.5 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which is nearly identical to the scores from the Dell Inspiron 14 3000 (81 percent) and the Lenovo Ideapad 100S-14 (84 percent).

The display’s color accuracy isn’t perfect, with a Delta-E rating of 3.86 as measured with our colorimeter (0 is ideal). That’s pretty much what we expect in this price range, as both the IdeaPad 100S-14 (3. 85) and the Inspiron 14 3000 (3.4) had similar color accuracy.

The display was also pretty dim, averaging 186 nits of brightness. That’s better than the Inspiron 14 3000 (135 nits) and similar to the IdeaPad 100S-14 (188 nits), but we prefer a panel brighter than 200 nits.


The HP Stream 14 has a pair of downward-firing speakers, but on this laptop, you’ll want to use a pair of headphones. When I listened to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Dark Necessities,” I heard the lyrics clearly and could make out percussion well, but Flea’s aggressive bass line was muted. The DTS Studio Sound utility, which offers some audio presets, is preinstalled, but none of the presets did much to improve the anemic sound from the small speakers.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The HP Stream 14’s keyboard has white tile keys, which have 1.32 millimeters of travel and require 72 grams of pressure to register a keystroke. Despite the heavy pressure required for each keystroke, the keys themselves felt light and flimsy, and I briefly worried that they would come off if they were banged around in a laptop bag. On the typing test, I managed to bang out 65 words per minute, falling a bit short of my usual 80 wpm.

The touchpad measures 3.7 x 2.5 inches, and has the same bright-blue color as the surrounding chassis. The matte plastic finish may not be luxurious, but it registered every click and gesture without trouble. The HP Imagepad uses clickable zones in the lower corners instead of discrete mouse buttons, and supports multitouch gestures.


The port selection is a bit slim on the Stream 14, but it’s adequate for basic use. Along the left side of the chassis, you’ll find a full-size HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port and an SD card slot. You’ll also find a Kensington lock slot and an audio headset jack. On the right side of the laptop is a power connector. The Stream 14 has no Ethernet port, so you’ll be dependant on Wi-Fi.


Equipped with a 1.6-GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor, Intel HD Graphics 400, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMc flash storage, the Stream 14 has virtually the same components seen in the Ideapad 100S-14 and the Inspiron 14 3000, but with an additional 2GB of RAM. It’s also identical to the Samsung Chromebook 3, which highlights the Stream 14’s position as a Chromebook competitor.

While this Windows-based system may offer a more familiar OS environment and (ostensibly) support the programs and apps you’re used to, the performance just isn’t there. When I ran through basic aspects of testing, like snapping a photo with the webcam, there was noticeable lag for very basic functions, and when I tried running multiple browser tabs, things slowed and stuttered with only five tabs open.

The Stream 14 scored 1,817 in the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, which is a hair ahead of the Inspiron 14 3000 (1,807) and just behind the Ideapad 100S-14 (1,880), which was expected considering the Stream’s low-powered Celeron processor. Although it costs a good deal more, at $350, the Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-575-33BM) (5,408, Intel Core i3-7100U) gives you substantially better performance while still coming in at well under $500.

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The Stream 14 uses 32GB of eMMC storage — flash memory similar to an SD card, instead of a true solid-state drive — but it performed adequately on the Laptop Mag File Transfer test, transferring 4. 97GB of mixed media files in 3 minutes and 28 seconds. That works out to 24.7 MBps, which is slower than both the Ideapad 100S-14 (43.49 MBps) and the Inspiron 14 3000 (69.72 MBps), despite the similar storage setup.

In our OpenOffice spreadsheet test, the Stream 14 matched 20,000 names and addresses in 13 minutes and 4 seconds. That’s faster than both the Ideapad 100S-14 (14:35) and the Inspiron 14 3000 (14:22), but a notebook with a Core i3 CPU, like the Aspire E 15, will take less than half the time.

The Stream 14 does compare well with Chromebooks in comparable tests, like the JetStream JavaScript benchmark, scoring 58.85 compared to the Samsung Chromebook 3 (49.7) or the Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook (58.6, MediaTek MT18173C processor). It also compares well to Windows-based competitors, like the Ideapad 100S-14 (58.05) and theInspiron 14 3000 (35.9).


The integrated Intel HD Graphics 400 on the HP Stream 14 can stream videos from YouTube and Netflix or run simple games, like Candy Crush Soda Saga, but not much more than that. In 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited, it scored 19,073, which is better than the Ideapad 100S-14 (13,568) and the Inspiron 14 3000 (11,967).

Battery Life

The Stream 14’s power-sipping CPU helped stretch the Stream 14’s battery life to 7 hours and 4 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which simulates continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi. That’s enough to get a student through a full day of classes, and outlasts the Ideapad 100S-14 (5:51). You will get slightly better battery, though, from the Inspiron 14 3000 (9:01) or the Samsung Chromebook 3 (9:44).


While we don’t have high expectations for any webcam in the sub-$300 laptop range, the Stream 14’s webcam is still very grainy, with a lot of noise in the image. It managed to capture color fairly well, but fine details got lost in the haze.


The slim Stream 14 manages to stay comfortably cool. After we streamed online video for 15 minutes, the touchpad measured 73. 5 degrees Fahrenheit, and the keyboard reached 80.5 degrees, both of which are well below our 95-degree comfort threshold. The underside stayed pretty cool, measuring 75.5 degrees in the center, but it did have a hotspot that reached 92 degrees on the left-hand side of the laptop, where the processor is.

Software and Warranty

Microsoft offers manufacturers plenty of help in appealing to the budget crowd with the Stream and other Chromebook competitors. In addition to offering companies the OS for free on models in a certain price range and configurations, Microsoft bundles in some attractive extras. The Stream 14 comes with a free one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 2016, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The Stream 14 also comes with 25GB of cloud storage via Dropbox and a 30-day free trial of McAfee LiveSafe.

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HP preinstalls a few helpful utilities and apps, like HP Orbit, which lets you share files between your laptop and your smartphone. Unfortunately, it also comes with a lot of bloatware that you’ll likely want to remove right away, like a collection of game trials from WildTangent and apps from Amazon and

HP covers the Stream 14 with a standard one-year warranty. See how HP stacked up in our ranking of the Best and Worst Laptop Brands survey and Tech Support Showdown.

Bottom Line

When every penny matters, the HP Stream 14 is a colorful option with a budget-friendly price. It offers a 14-inch display, all the basic ports you’ll need and good-enough performance that will get you browsing the web and typing up papers in no time. However, the Lenovo Ideapad 100S-14 has a much better keyboard and superior build quality, though it has shorter battery life and less RAM. If you’re willing to spend just a bit more, consider the $350 Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-575-33BM), which remains our top pick for budget laptops.

But it’s also worth repeating that this is a bare-bones, budget laptop that was designed to compete with Chromebooks, and a system such as the Samsung Chromebook 3 could be a better answer for budget-minded shoppers. However, if you want an inexpensive 14-inch laptop with decent battery life, capable performance and a touch of color, the HP Stream 14 is a solid option.

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HP Stream 14 Specs

Brand HP
CPU Intel Celeron N3060 (1.6GHz)
Company Website
Display Size 14
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 400
Hard Drive Size 32GB
Highest Available Resolution 1366 x 768
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Ports (excluding USB) USB 3.0, Audio-in, Kensington Lock, SD card slot, USB 2.0
Size 13.3 x 8.9 x 0.70 inches
Touchpad Size 3. 7 x 2.5 inches
Warranty/Support 1-year standard warranty
Weight 3.11 lbs.
Wi-Fi Model Intel Dual-Band Wireless AC 7265, Bluetooth


Reviews Notebook HP Stream 13-c100ur [N8J60EA] | HP Notebook PCs

9 0013 Intel Braswell (2015)

900 13 Touch screen 9 0013 Integrated speakers 9001 3 USB 2.0

General Information

Date to Market 2014


13-inch version of a compact entry-level notebook designed for everyday use. The device received integrated graphics and a basic set of ports.

Type universal


Platform (code name)
Processor Intel Celeron
Processor model N3050
Number of cores 2
Clock frequency 1600 MHz
Turbo frequency 2 160 MHz
Processor power consumption (TDP) 6 W


Body color blue
Lid color blue
Illumination Corps
dust-, moisture, shock resistance

Size and weight

Width 333. 2 mm
Depth 229 mm
Thickness 19.5 mm 90 010
Weight 1550 g


Screen size 9001 0

Screen resolution 1366 x 768
Screen technology TN+Film
Pen support
3D screen

RAM 9 0009

Memory type DDR3L
Memory size 2 GB


Velocity recording

Data storage

Drive type SSD
Hard disk capacity 32GB
Optical drive (OD D)
Memory cards


Graphics adapter Intel HD Graphics
Graphics adapter type integrated

Camera and sound

Built-in camera 1
Built-in microphone 1
2 speakers

Keyboard and touchpad

Digital field (Numpad)
Keyboard backlight
Factory “cyrillic” on the keys
Cursor control touchpad


Fingerprint scanner
TV tuner


Bluetooth 4. 0
Wi-Fi 802.11n
Cellular 3G
Total USB ports 2
1 unit
USB 3.0 1 unit
USB 3.1 Type C
HDMI 1 pc
Audio outputs (3.5 mm jack) 1 pc

Battery and operating time

Number of battery cells 9001 0

3 cells
Energy storage 37 Wh


Operating system Windows 10
Package Power adapter , documentation 9Mouse

Reviews Notebook HP Stream 11-y001ur (Y5V32EA)

Key features

Warranty 1 Year
Country China
Width 300 mm
Depth 206 mm
Height 18 mm


90 011

Bluetooth (version) 4. 2
Miracast technology Yes
Wi-Fi enabled IEEE 802.11 a/b /g/n/ac

13 Memory card slot

micro HDMI connector 1 pc
USB 3.1 port type A 1 pc
USB 2.0 port type A 1 pc


Power supply included


Body material
Series Stream 11 (11″)

Video camera

900 06

Matrix resolution 0.3 MPix
Built-in microphone 1


Feature DTS Studio Sound
Built-in speaker 2

Service information

Base color other colors


Screen Size 11.

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