As an introduction to this analysis
Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.So we ran tests on HP Stream 14-cm0042na to find out what it was worth.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Stream 14-cm0042na compatible with internet use?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. This Stream 14-cm0042na is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. The material used by HP are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 14 inches size. With a processor N3060, HP offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. 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 4 Gb of RAM, it Stream 14-cm0042na is a fair one. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the Stream 14-cm0042na, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. 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. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Last point about the autonomy. the Stream 14-cm0042na can work 6 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. 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.
Is Stream 14-cm0042na okay to watch videos ?
HP has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the Stream 14-cm0042na; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 14, in 1366×768, and a good quality of colours. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. 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. Stream 14-cm0042na will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. 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. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. 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.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor N3060, which today is rather light for this kind of use. 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.
With Intel HD Graphics, 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. 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 14-cm0042na only 3 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. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.
Is Stream 14-cm0042na planned for travelling ?
It Stream 14-cm0042na is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. This seems to be the issue that the HP didn’t really take into account in the design of this Stream 14-cm0042na. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
Its weight of 1.4 Kg makes it easy to move. It is one of the lightest in this category. 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.
No backlit keyboard on this Stream 14-cm0042na. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. A beautiful screen and quality images. 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.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor N3060; it’s inferior to the competition, and it’s not very good in terms of energy consumption.
The result is a poorer autonomy. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
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. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.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. Equipped with a compact 14 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
It Stream 14-cm0042na provides only 3 connectors. 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.
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this Stream 14-cm0042na for travel use.
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. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor N3060 does best. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 64 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. 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. The Stream 14-cm0042na allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 64 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
With 6 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. Maybe the next model will be better off.
On the connection side, the Stream 14-cm0042nai s equipped with USB 3 technology. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
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. Clearly, HP has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
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. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.64 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.4 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
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.
Is the Stream 14-cm0042na adapted to office automation ?
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Here are the main reasons.
Customary of this OS, HP has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model weighs 1.4 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this Stream 14-cm0042na. If you spend a lot of time on your computer, you will experience more eye strain. As far as the colour palette is concerned, it is well balanced even if they are less faithful than the colours your TV set gives you.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
The storage of this model, 64 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive Stream 14-cm0042nacan be quickly filled.
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.
The Stream 14-cm0042na – in summary
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it Stream 14-cm0042na is disappointing whatever the uses. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks