HP Stream 14-cb159nr Cheap 14″ Laptop (Intel Celeron N4000, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC)

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The HP Stream 14-cb159nr is an ultra-cheap laptop PC. Starting at below $250, the 14-inch notebook features entry-level components and performance, a chassis made of black plastics with a non-backlit keyboard on it, and a claimed battery life of “up to 14 hours and 15 minutes”.

The screen of the 4.4-pound 0.7″ thin Stream 14-cb159nr has a basic HD resolution, without sharpness of Full HD and better resolutions. The display is a TN-type, meaning narrower viewing angles than on IPS screens. The screen coating is glossy, as opposed to matte anti-glare.

The notebook features the Intel Celeron N4000 dual-core processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and 64GB of EMMC internal storage. The Intel Celeron N4000 is an entry-level laptop processor. It performs satisfactory only for the ordinary PC tasks like web surfing with a few web pages opened, work in MS Office-like applications, or movie playback. The RAM size of 4GB is the minimum on today’s notebook market. Nevertheless, it is large enough for moderate multi-tasking with a couple of programs running at the same time. As for 64GB of internal eMMC data storage, it is very limited by modern notebook standards. Thankfully, you can expand storage space using the notebook’s SD card slot.

The included battery has a capacity of 41 WHr, which is decent for a laptop with power-efficient components. The claimed run time of “up to 14 hours and 15 minutes” probably implies low computing load and screen brightness.

It’s also worth noting that the HP Stream 14-cb159nr comes pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home operating system in S mode. S mode means than you can run only app store-based Windows apps, which greatly improves security of the operating system. However, you can transition to full Windows 10 Home free of charge, if you wan’t to run the standard Windows programs besides store-based apps.

Furthermore, HP’s 14-cb159nr comes with Microsoft Office 365 Personal software suite 1-year subscription for free.

Specifications of the HP Stream 14-cb159nr

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Brand HP
Laptop type Standard non-convertible laptop
Screen size 14-inch
Screen resolution 1366x768 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Glossy reflective coating
Processor (CPU) Intel Celeron N4000 (decent for daily computing, but not fully smooth)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD integrated graphics of low-end CPUs (only for the lightest gaming)
System memory (RAM) size 4GB (for light multi-tasking)
Data storage 64GB eMMC (very small but usable capacity)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Non-backlit keyboard without numeric pad

Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front-facing web camera
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC
Bluetooth Yes
Ethernet network port Yes
USB ports 1 x USB 2.0 (standard full-size USB port)

2 x USB 3.1 (standard full-size USB ports)
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader SD card reader
Other features Microsoft Office 365 Personal 1-year subscription for free
Battery 41 Whr capacity
Weight 4.4 pounds
Height 0.7"
Width 13.3"
Depth 8.9"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)
Warranty 1-year
Year of release 2019

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Published on November 4, 2019

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