HP Stream 11 Inch 2018 (N4000, 4GB) Budget Student Laptop Review

HP Stream series should take easily your interest considering how cheap the price and how durable the design is. HP costs it for under 200 dollars and as return you are going to be offered a fully working machine for finishing or doing your work. There is little thing to complaint about it as the performance, design, and build are relatively great. In term of design, they put of very colorful variants included the blue, red, and even the white one. The performance itself is quite good as inside the Gemini Lake processor is finally coming into a budget laptop.

I am just hoping HP adds bigger storage here as 32GB EMMC is really small. Here, you are forced to use micro SD for expanding the storage. 500GB HDD would be more convenient companion although it runs slower than any storage available right now. If you can live with just of 32GB storage, then this might be the best option you have right now. Today, we are going to take a look into it further and how it goes. For the new 14 inch model, I already prepared another review about it here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

I am impressed on seeing how the build quality is improved here. Usually, some manufactures will sacrifice the build in order to put the appropriate specification, but the thing is not happened here. The chassis is built pretty well and feels stable. They use some kind of rough plastic here and hold the pressure and twisting greatly. There is some minor warped around the keyboard area, but I find it as normal case as other budget device also suffers of this case. I am so sure it will hold itself during heavy usage or daily trip in your in your school.

HP once again puts different color variants this year. They do the same thing last year by providing unique colorful options and it worked successfully for getting the consumers. For this review, I am getting the blue one and I think it as the most neutral variant users could pick here. I never think the red one will fit everyone taste here. As for the connectivity, they do not make any upgrade at all here and decide to stick with a single USB 2.0 and another USB 3.0. I am happy to see of USB type-C as ASUS has included it last year in Vivobook W202NA.

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HP Stream 11 Inch 2018 2 Both of 11 and 14 inch models feature similar TN display with only difference in sizes. While the panel looks quite good on showing images and text, the brightness is incredibly dim for some reasons. 200 nits brightness is something uncommon here as the standard used here will be around 240 nits. As the result, the panel suffers of viewing angle and clarity during outdoor usage. Any Indoor usage should be fine especially when it has an appropriate lighting. Just make sure it does not get directly into your screen since it will look so reflective during this case. Well, this is what we got for its cheap price.

The display quality might look quite disappointing, but its audio quality does not sound bad at all here. It can produce boom and high volume sounds while maintaining the clarity. Unfortunately, it’s started to sound distorted as soon as you put the volume into 80 %. However, I am still impressed on finding how it’s able to catch the wide sweeping range of some musical instrument from some music I have played here. Wearing headphone is still recommended if you are an audiophile here, but it should fill your small room pretty easily here.

Last price update: 2020-01-29 18:24:04

HP Stream 11 Inch 2018Main Specs
CPU Intel Celeron Dual Core N4000 1.1 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size11.6 Inch TN HD
OSWindows 10 S
Memory 4GB DDR4 Memory
Storage32GB EMMC

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Performance and Battery

HP equips the system with Intel Celeron N4000 from Gemini Lake generation. The processor is a direct upgrade to its predecessor, the Apollo Lake we commonly see last year. Interestingly, they put of quad core CPU in N3450, but for a good reason they drop the CPU numbers into 2 again in N4000. Yeah, this is still a dual core CPU clocked at clocked at 1.1 GHz and maximum at 2.6 GHz. The improvement is very minor and it’s pretty normal to see it make similar scores at Cinebench. Intel increases the level of cache to 4 MB and making the performance per clock is slightly better, but keep in mind the improvement is hardly noticeable here. If you previously have this laptop from 2017, then I never recommend you to buy it again if you look for more performance.

The battery life is satisfying due its low power consumption. 9 to 10 hours is a very standard result found here and I never see any competitors could beat HP in battery life. If you expect to see something long lasting for a full day usage, this something you might able to depend here. The system does not support any fast charging method, but it charges the battery from 0 to 100 % in only less than 2 hours. With how long the battery last, I think 2 hours is pretty neat in my opinion.

Last price update: 2020-01-29 18:24:04
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Final Thought

The HP Stream 11 2018 is going to be my number one recommendation if you look an affordable laptop for just 200 dollars. Users are even managing to get it cheaper by using some coupon and special deals provided by some online sites. There is only one thing worth considering here before you ready to take it, the thing is the display. The 11 TN panel looks completely washed due its low brightness level and poor color accuracy. If you are familiar with many budget devices, then you should know how it looks. The case is different when you expect more than it. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Mind leaves some comments below and thank you very much for reading the article.

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