As a preamble to this test
Latest release in the range HP, we’ve been running tests onStream 11-ak0008na…Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.To make the choice easier, we have judged this HP Stream 11-ak0008na according to what you are going to do with it.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Stream 11-ak0008na adapted to surf the internet?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. This Stream 11-ak0008na is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by HP; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 11.6 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. This model is designed the old-fashioned way, without a touch screen. It’s not mandatory, but it’s still an interesting technology; unfortunately it’s not Stream 11-ak0008na equipped with it.
Nevertheless, the trackpad is intuitive and simple to use. It is hoped that the other internal components of this laptop are future-proof; usually a lot of attention is HP paid to the design of its products and the one tested should benefit from this.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Celeron N4000. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. With less than a 2 Gb of RAM, it Stream 11-ak0008na is a fair one. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the Stream 11-ak0008na, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.Your computer will work better and longer.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. With only 32 Gb, HP considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Last point concerning the autonomy of 5 hours: A time of freedom that you will have to take into account and keep the power kit not too far away. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the Stream 11-ak0008na is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
Is Stream 11-ak0008na one for watching movies and listening to music ?
HP has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this Stream 11-ak0008na is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 11.6 inches, with a 1366×768. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.2 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
On the sound side, it Stream 11-ak0008na has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Celeron N4000 is now outdated. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics graphic card, and with 2 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. The Stream 11-ak0008na only 2 ports only provides you with ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. That’s only 5 hours of battery life you have at your disposal. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
Stream 11-ak0008na the right choice for travelling connected ?
Making this laptop an easily transportable computer may not seem to be a priority in HP the design of this Stream 11-ak0008na. We have tested it in several configurations : For travel, packed in a suitcase, in home-to-work mode, as part of a family weekend, or simply to go from the living room to the kitchen. Here’s what it turned out : What makes this one of the best laptops to carry is the balance between weight, size and the set of components chosen by HP.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It is one of the lightest in this category. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. The 11.6 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
Thin, lightweight laptops such as this Stream 11-ak0008na do not generally have touch screens. You’ll have to remember to always carry a mouse with you. Another possibility is to use the trackpad on the keyboard.
No backlit keyboard on this Stream 11-ak0008na. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
CPU Celeron N4000 power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
Unfortunately for the specifications of the batteries will only allow 5 hours of availability, one of the lowest at the moment.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 32 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. Thanks to this, HP was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Its 11.6 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 2 possibilities. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
With this Stream 11-ak0008na, HP offers a laptop which is a correct choice for travelling, as long as it is not too often.
The Stream 11-ak0008na to make audio or video editing.
If your main professional activity is not audio or video editing, but you are looking for a laptop that can meet this need for your hobbies, then this Stream 11-ak0008na is the right choice. Even for an amateur level, editing and creating music requires processor speed and sufficient RAM. This is below what dedicated computers do for professional use, but a good level for those who need it.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Celeron N4000. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. The Stream 11-ak0008na allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 32 Gb. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
With 5 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. On this point HP could have done much better.
On the connection side, the Stream 11-ak0008nai s equipped with USB 3 technology. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.
The Stream 11-ak0008na for online or local games.
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. With this Stream 11-ak0008na, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. Clearly, HP has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.32 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
No 5GHZ network possible in wifi on Stream 11-ak0008na. Too bad, it could have been interesting.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.2 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
One of the lowest battery life 5 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In short, an average rendering that makes this Stream 11-ak0008na a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
Stream 11-ak0008na for office automation ?
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, HP may have put a rather low computer on the market. Review of the details for this new laptop.
HP has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. An almost featherweight of 1.2 Kg.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
The storage of this model, 32 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
Simply put, it’s not Stream 11-ak0008na the best choice for office use. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
The Stream 11-ak0008na in conclusion
The conclusion of the test Stream 11-ak0008na is that almost all its specifications are below the others. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– travel use
– making audio and video editing