HP Stream 14-ax030wm Review

HP Stream 14-ax030wm is the latest entrant to HP’s stream series. However, it offers similar hardware configuration as its predecessor. So performance of the laptop will be similar to HP 14-ax010nr. HP 14-ax030wm is powered by Intel Celeron N3060 processor. The processor has 2 cores which operate with base frequency of 1.6GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.48GHz. It comes with 4GB DDR3L RAM. The laptop is intended for basic computing and can be your companion during travel. It weighs around 3.17lbs.  HP 14-ax030wm is appropriate for basic use like typing documents, emailing/skype, web browsing etc. You will be disappointed if you run CPU intensive programs like Adobe Photoshop, 3DSMax or Audacity on this machine.  When it comes to storage, the laptop offers only 32GB eMMC drive. However, you get cloud storage with it. You can use external storage options if you need more storage. There is a SD Card reader slot so you can use SD cards or an USB based external drive to store files.

Model: 14-ax030wm lacks inbuilt optical drive. But you can always use an external CD/DVD burner. Again, it does not offer Ethernet connectivity. However, it supports wireless ac and Bluetooth 4.2. The display of the laptop comes with standard resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels. You can also consider Acer A114-31-C4HH, which comes with Ethernet connectivity and also offers Full HD display ( 1920 X 1080)p. The Acer laptop is powered by latest Intel Celeron N3450 processor which is a quad core processor. It has 4GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM and 32GB EMMC storage.

Compared with Intel Celeron N3060, Celeron N3450 is more powerful as it has 4 physical cores while N3060 has only 2 cores. You will get better multi-tasking performance with Celeron N3540. However, the Acer laptop comes with 1 month Trial of Microsoft Office 365 while HP Stream 14-ax030wm offers 1 year subscription of Microsoft office 365.

As the machine comes with pretty weak integrated graphics (Intel HD 400), the laptop is not suitable for serious gaming. Even low end PC games will struggle to run in this machine.

Both the laptops are not gaming laptops but you can play some app based games. As the memory is on-board memory, you can’t upgrade Memory. The 32GB eMMC flash drive is preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. Again, half of the storage is used by Windows OS itself and other preinstalled software.  You can also consider HP 14-ax050nr which has 64GB eMMC drive. It also offers 1 year subscription of Microsoft office 365.

HP Stream 14-ax030wm comes with standard number of ports and connectivity features which include 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Data Transfer Only), 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI and 1 headphone/microphone combo. As told earlier, it comes with SD card reader as well. The laptop comes with VGA webcam. None of the above mentioned laptops coms with backlit keyboard.  The keyboard lacks dedicated numeric keypad as well. Audio is supported by DTS Studio Sound and there are two speakers installed in this machine. The 3 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 4 hours of battery backup.