The laptop for travellers: 14s-dq1013nf Blanc – Core i5-1035G1 from HP

Foreword

Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.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.
So we ran tests on HP 14s-dq1013nf Blanc to find out what it was worth.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.

14s-dq1013nf Blanc enough for 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 14s-dq1013nf Blanc , the company wanted to design a very basic model. 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 the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 14 inches size. A reasonable choice equips this model; the Core i5-1035G1. HP basic idea that you’re not going to put too much strain on that laptop. Contrary to a video editing style use that requires computing power, this model is correct for surfing the internet; a use that does not require too much computing power. The 8 Gb of RAM available on this 14s-dq1013nf Blanc is correct, equivalent to other products in the same price range. It’s up to you to add more on the additional pitches provided if your needs arise.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. By offering only 256 Gb, this 14s-dq1013nf Blanc is one of the smallest in its category. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 6 hours of tranquility. You will have a limited time of freedom, needing to have the power kit nearby. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.

14s-dq1013nf Blanc the right choice for watching movies ?

HP presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the 14s-dq1013nf Blanc ; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 14 inches, with a 1366×768. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.5 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
For the sound part, the 14s-dq1013nf Blanc is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
The 14s-dq1013nf Blanc has a processor Core i5-1035G1, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). This will result in fluid video and audio sessions.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not HP installed by default. There’s only the operating system. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. For multimedia, you can possibly take VLC .
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel UHD Graphics 620, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
For connectivity, you will have 3 ports. This is standard compared to computers currently available on the market.You will need to prioritize the devices you want to connect, as they will not all fit at the same time.
As for battery life, it 14s-dq1013nf Blanc can allow you to have a multimedia use in nomadic mode. HP promises 6 hours of battery life; that’s about average. 

The 14s-dq1013nf Blanc to use while travelling.

One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. So we put this test to the 14s-dq1013nf Blanc . Is it made to be taken on trips, packed in your luggage ? Will it be designed for your home-to-work transfers? Should you only consider it for weekend trips with your family? Or finally, is this laptop, as in many homes, just a replacement for a fixed computer?
It appears that it is one of the best fulfilling the main criteria for nomadism, which are size, weight, quality of materials, and availability of wifi.
With a weight of 1.5 Kg, it is easily transportable. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. With a 14 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. This laptop displays deep and vivid colors.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
The processor Core i5-1035G1installed on this model makes it possible to save batteries.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this 14s-dq1013nf Blanc . This is an estimate for average current use; you can consider that the actual range will be around 75%.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 6 hours before the breakdown.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 256 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.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.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.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. Equipped with a compact 14 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
HP provides 3connectors on this model. This is roughly equivalent to what the competition is offering.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
HP clearly provides with this 14s-dq1013nf Blanc a very good choice for the trip.

14s-dq1013nf Blanc the right choice for 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 14s-dq1013nf Blanc is the right choice. Even for an amateur level, editing and creating music requires processor speed and sufficient RAM. Of course, there are models with much better performance, but this is already a good model.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Core i5-1035G1 will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. Having 8 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. If you decide to install pro applications, you may need to add more memory or you may experience performance degradation.
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. Here with 256 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.
For the autonomy part, HP proposes last generation batteries. For 6 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
For the connector part, the 14s-dq1013nf Blanc has the USB3 format. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. 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.
If necessary, it can be used for word processing and e-mails. A sensible choice for a product in this price range.

The 14s-dq1013nf Blanc for online or local games.

It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. Our tests have shown that yhis 14s-dq1013nf Blanc wasn’t designed for video games. 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. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
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. 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.
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.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.With 256 Gb it 14s-dq1013nf Blanc is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
For online gaming, it 14s-dq1013nf Blanc has high quality Wi-Fi. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.5 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
Please note that with an autonomy of 6 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
In the end, we do not recommend this 14s-dq1013nf Blanc for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.

Is the 14s-dq1013nf Blanc adapted to 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. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
HP has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It is equipped with Windows 10.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. A weight of 1.5 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
HP chose the matt tile option for this 14s-dq1013nf Blanc that does not reflect light. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
The storage of this model, 256 Gb, is one of the smallest. Not really a problem for office use, but perhaps penalizing for some users.
So, in summary, it appears that it 14s-dq1013nf Blanc is less interesting than its competitors. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.

Finally, the 14s-dq1013nf Blanc ….

In the end, our analysis will have shown that it 14s-dq1013nf Blanc is disappointing whatever the uses. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– making audio and video editing
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– travel use