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HP Stream 14-z010nr laptop: review and testing

In due time the appearance of such class of devices as netbooks was very warmly assumed by the computer market and consumers. This was due to the fact that for a relatively low price we obtained a full portable x86 system with inherent advantages (adequate performance and autonomy, a considerable screen, mechanical keyboard, a wide range of programs, etc.). Over the time they were driven out by tablets, for a low price can perform most simple daily tasks (surfing the Internet, watching videos, listening to audio, etc.). In addition, in recent years Google is actively promoting laptops based on Chrome OS (t Chromebook) which have the required minimum functionality. And Microsoft and its partners have provided affordable laptops based on Windows 8.

HP Stream 14-z010nr

Such interesting device is the hero of our regular review HP Stream 14-z010nr. The novelty is based on the latest energy-efficient platform AMD Mullins. It has a bright appearance, high quality audio subsystem created in collaboration with experts of Beats Electronics, as well as a number of other interesting features.

The specs:




Stream 14-z010nr


AMD A4 Micro-6400T: 4 cores, 4 threads, rated frequency − 1000 MHz, dynamic frequency − 1600 MHz, L2 cache – 2 МB


AMD A4 Micro-6400T


2 GB DDR3L-1333 MHz (SK Hynix H5TC4G63AFR-PBA)


14" HD BrightView LED-backlit: TN+film, 1366 x 768 (WXGA), glossy coating

Graphics adapter

AMD Radeon R3 Graphics: 128 data flow processors; frequency 350 MHz; video memory is selected from the RAM

Discrete graphics card



32 GB eMMC (BHT WR202A1032G 6702)

Optical drive


Card reader




1 х combined audio socket

2 x USB 2.0

1 x USB 3.0

1 x HDMI

1 x power socket


Speaker system 

stereo, technology Beats Audio

Sound processing

Realtek ALC290

ATI Radeon HDMI (AMD K16.3)




HP TrueVision HD Webcam

Communication capabilities


802.11 b/g/n (Realtek RTL8723BE)


4.0 (Realtek RTL8723BE)


BIOS and HDD boot password


lithium-pol cell, 3-points, nonremovable: 10,8 V, 2960 mА·h, 32 Wh

Power supply


Output parameters: 19,5 V DC, 2,31 А, 45 W

Input parameters: 100~240 V AC at 50/60 Hz


Purple (Neon Purple)


343,9 х 240 х 17,8 mm


1,75 kg


Windows 8.1


12 months

Producer website


Packaging and content

Laptop is shipped in a classic cardboard box. Appearance is traditionally plaint and concise: several logos (HP, AMD and Beats Audio) and stickers with information about the scope of delivery and performance. Components of the test sample HP Stream 14-z010nr include a minimum set to start work: the compact power adapter with cable to connect to the network and technical documentation. In addition, the manufacturer offers a number of useful accessories that can be purchased separately.

Design and elements layout

HP Stream 14-z010nr

All have used to the fact that available laptops have quite bulky structure, as well as simple and dull form (without the use of premium materials) that is repeated from model to model. But Hewlett-Packard has decided to dispel this stereotype. A striking example is the tested laptop HP Stream 14-z010nr. New product combines the classic look (rounded shape and smooth transitions) with bright colors and qualitative materials. The device is available in three colors: purple (Neon Purple), light green (Grass Green) and completely silver (Modern Silver). So everyone will be able to pick up option according to own preferences. In addition, a full 14-inch laptop HP Stream 14-z010nr has a very modest dimensions (343.9 x 240 x 17.8 mm) and weight (1.75 kg).

HP Stream 14-z010nr

The base is made from saturated purple plastic, which changes its color depending on the light conditions. The plastic is mat that provides a pleasant tactile feelings and an almost complete absence of fingerprints. But it is sensitive to mechanical impact: it is very easy to be scratched. In order to provide secure the device on flat surfaces rubber legs are provided. Here closer to the front are openings for the sound output from two of the four speakers. Ventilation holes are absent, indicating about a small heat generation of hardware platform that uses passive cooling system. It is important to note that the bottom cover is devoid of conventional compartments that provide fast access to parts replacement. This step requires a complete disassembling of the laptop, which leads to loss of warranty.

HP Stream 14-z010nr

The left side has ports HDMI and USB 3.0, the combined audio jack (for connecting speakers/headphones or microphone), microSD slot, as well as power indicator.

HP Stream 14-z010nr

On the opposite side there are: two ports USB 2.0, socket for adapter connection and an operation indicator. The optical drive is absent. Taking into account the widespread external storage devices and high-speed Internet, it is less requested in modern life, but this fact needs to be taken into account.

HP Stream 14-z010nr

The outer side of the lid and the entire work surface, including the base keyboard unit is covered by a rather thick sheet of anodized aluminum, which has kept its original light silver color. Although the metal has a matte finish, it quickly collects fingerprints, although they are quite easily removed. In the center of the lid is placed a purple logo of HP. Display bezel is made of the traditional matte plastic with a slightly rough texture. Its upper central part has webcam with activity indicator and a directional microphone.

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The working surface has the power button with a clear touch (light is present), wide perforated area for audio output (near is a logo beats audio), the keyboard unit and a considerable touchpad without dedicated keys.

HP Stream 14-z010nr

HP Stream 14-z010nr

The front faces have no slots or LEDs, but there is a considerable recess in the central part for easier opening of the device. The back side has part of the hinge, which provides a secure fixation of screen unit. The maximum opening angle is approximately 135, which is enough for everyday use.

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If we talk about the overall stiffness of the structure, it is at very good level, although the keyboard unit in the center is a bit pressed, but it does not affect the comfort during the work. The build quality is also pleasant, although there are notable gaps between the plastic base (curved on the sidewall) and aluminum panel. But due to the democratic price of the device, such details can be forgiven. Furthermore, the design has no backlash or creaking.

In general, HP Stream 14-z010nr has a nice and modern design that attracts attention not only to the adherents of classical design, but also lovers of bright colors. And thanks to the relatively compact size and light weight laptop is quite convenient to be transported.

Input device

HP Stream 14-z010nr

The model HP Stream 14-z010nr has the traditional keyboard, which is characterized by a rather successful and conventional key layout with branding corner caps. There is no separate numeric keypad. The keys are based on the scissor-membrane mechanisms (Scissors System) and have the following dimensions: main - 15 x 15 mm; arrows (up/down) - 15 x 7 mm; functional row- 14 x 7 mm. They are easily pressed (pretty quiet) and have a nice short stroke with medium tactile feedback. Symbols are printed and marked with white, without the usual separation of basic and function keys.

It should be noted some unusual algorithm of the [F] button. By default, they work out the functional steps, and using [Fn] has standard functionality. However, the performance of conventional combinations (e.g. [Alt + F4]) does not require the use of keys [Fn], which simplifies the operation.

The working area has a lot of sizes, so in the long run wrists almost never tire. The base of the keyboard unit pretty well fixed, although it may be a bit of flex in the central part, which does not affect the user experience.

HP Stream 14-z010nr

The touchpad (HP Imagepad) has a considerable size (100 x 68 mm) and includes dedicated keys. Touchpad is covered by a translucent plastic that provides a pleasant tactile feeling and easy fingers sliding. The sensitivity level is high and causes no complaints. Also there is a support for multi-touch gestures.

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