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.
Usual starting price: around 229 USD* as of November 4, 2019.