As an introduction to this analysis
Latest release in the range HP, we’ve been running tests onStream 14-cm0042na…What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
Stream 14-cm0042na the right choice for surfing the internet?
If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this Stream 14-cm0042na. An inexpensive computer such as Stream 14-cm0042na may seem to be the solution. HP is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
The manufacturer offers a processor N3060; A mid-range orientation. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. 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. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. With only 64 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 6 hours: A time of freedom that you will have to take into account and keep the power kit not too far away. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the Stream 14-cm0042na is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
Stream 14-cm0042na for videos?
HP presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this Stream 14-cm0042na is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.4 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this Stream 14-cm0042na product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this Stream 14-cm0042na. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Stream 14-cm0042na. 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. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it N3060 is now outdated. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
HP didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. For the Stream 14-cm0042na has only 3 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
It Stream 14-cm0042na is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.
The Stream 14-cm0042na to use while travelling.
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Stream 14-cm0042na to be easily carried around. This seems to be the issue that the HP didn’t really take into account in the design of this Stream 14-cm0042na. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
With a weight of 1.4 Kg, it is easily transportable. It’s one of the best in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
With the installation of the processor N3060, the power consumption is rather important.
Note that like all manufacturers, HP is optimistic about the autonomy of this Stream 14-cm0042na. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 6 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 64 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. With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. The connector part is less well supplied, with only 3 possibilities. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Finally with the Stream 14-cm0042na, HP deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The Stream 14-cm0042na to make audio or video editing.
The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of HP have thought of for this Stream 14-cm0042na. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor N3060 that is almost obsolete. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, HP made the choice to put only one SSD. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. Here with 64 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
The autonomy of this Stream 14-cm0042na is of 6 hours in normal use; It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. On this point HP could have done much better.
For the connector part, the Stream 14-cm0042nahas the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
As you will have understood, it Stream 14-cm0042na proposes a rather basic oriented use. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
Stream 14-cm0042na for video games?
It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. With this Stream 14-cm0042na, 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. The HP technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
This laptop has a resolution in 1366×768, which is one of the poorest existing today. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Our tests have shown that for HP this computer is not intended for playing video games. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.With 64 Gb it Stream 14-cm0042nais below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
A better access to wifi on this Stream 14-cm0042na that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.4 Kg.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 6 hours available.
In the end, we do not recommend this Stream 14-cm0042na for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. But it can be a good choice for office functions.
Stream 14-cm0042na the right choice for office automation ?
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Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. An almost featherweight of 1.4 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.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this Stream 14-cm0042na. Testing the lamp next to the screen can affect the quality of work in office use. Concerning light intensity, is is: not so good for eye comfort and work, but powerful in the dark to watch videos.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 64 Gb. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
Simply put, it’s not Stream 14-cm0042na the best choice for office use. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
Finally, the Stream 14-cm0042na..
This Stream 14-cm0042na will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks