As a preamble to this test
Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more for multimedia, and others more for games.
So we did some tests HP 14-ds0004nf to find out what it was worth. The result depends on the use you will make of it.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.
14-ds0004nf compatible with internet use?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. With this 14-ds0004nf, the company wanted to design a very basic model. The material used by HP are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 14 inches size. For all users who don’t appreciate the use of the mouse (with or without wires), it 14-ds0004nf is provided by default with a touch screen. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. It seems that HP has designed a solid model with latest generation components.
With a processor AMD A4-9120, HP offers an already outdated technology. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it 14-ds0004nf is a fair one. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. By offering only 32 Gb, this 14-ds0004nf is one of the smallest in its category. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Last point concerning the autonomy of 8 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. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.
Is 14-ds0004nf one for watching movies and listening to music ?
HP presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this 14-ds0004nf 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.
Equipped with a small screen size, 14 inches, it has a resolution format 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. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.5 kilogram.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this 14-ds0004nf. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this 14-ds0004nf. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor AMD A4-9120, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not HP installed by default. Only the operating system is installed. This is a Windows 10 on which you can install the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
With AMD Radeon R3, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 4 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. Indeed, it 14-ds0004nf has only 3 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. 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. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.
The 14-ds0004nf to use while travelling.
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes 14-ds0004nf to be easily carried around. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model HP. 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.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It is one of the lightest in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. A 14 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
Note that the screen of this 14-ds0004nf being touch screen, you will be able to do without the mouse. Always convenient, the operating mode is as simple as on your smartphone. The selections are precise in the cursor movement, making navigation seamless.
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.
The processor AMD A4-9120 is inferior to other competitive products.
Note that like all manufacturers, HP is optimistic about the autonomy of this 14-ds0004nf. 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 8 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 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. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Its 14 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 3 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
This model unfortunately does not have bluetooth; a shame when it comes to exchanging photos with your loved ones on holiday, or sharing an internet connection.
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not 14-ds0004nf really made for travelling.
14-ds0004nf the right choice for audio or video editing ?
Not really designed for video editing or music. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. HP has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. So use this laptop for simple tasks, otherwise you’ll reach the limits and very often you’ll have frozen screens .
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor AMD A4-9120 that is almost obsolete. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 32 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. Here with 32 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
The autonomy of this 14-ds0004nf is of 8 hours in normal use; 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 14-ds0004nfi s equipped with USB 3 technology. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. 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.
In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
The 14-ds0004nf for online or local games.
It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. With this 14-ds0004nf, 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 main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below 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. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 32 Gb.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1.5 Kg.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 8 hours available.
In short, an average rendering that makes this 14-ds0004nf a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.
14-ds0004nf for office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, 14-ds0004nf it’s still a good product. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
It’s not 14-ds0004nf equipped with all the applications you’ll need. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. 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 1.5 Kg.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
With only 32 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
Simply put, it’s not 14-ds0004nf the best choice for office use. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
Finally, the 14-ds0004nf….
The conclusion of the test 14-ds0004nf is that almost all its specifications are below the others. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks