The HP Stream 11-ak0514sa is equipped with an 11.6-inch display and an Intel Celeron N4020 processor. Throughout the years it has been given a number of upgrades. However, it remains one of the top bare-bones Windows laptops on the market. We have tested out the latest model.
The model we tested has 64GB of local storage, as well as 4GB of RAM. Sure, some modern apps can be run on the laptop. However, if you’re on a budget and you just want a way to connect to the internet, then look no further than the HP Stream 11-ak0514sa.
HP Stream 11-ak0514sa full Laptop Specs:
- Operating system: Windows 10 S
- Processor: Intel® Celeron® N4020 Processor Dual-core / 1.1 GHz / 2.8 GHz / 4 MB cache
- RAM: 4 GB DDR4 (2400 MHz)
- Storage 64 GB eMMC
- Screen size 11.6″
- Screen technology LED
- Resolution HD Ready 1366 x 768p 220 nits
- WiFi: Dual-band AC WiFi
- Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
- USB: USB Type-C x 1 / USB 3.1 x 2
- Video connections HDMI x 1
- Audio connections 3.5 mm jack
- Sound: Dual speakers
- Card reader: MicroSD
- Camera Webcam
- Mouse/trackpad: Multi-touch trackpad with gesture control
- Keyboard Membrane keyboard
- Security: Kensington NanoSaver lock slot
- Battery: 2-cell Lithium-ion
- Battery life Up to 13 hours
- Manufacturer’s guarantee 1 year
HP Stream 11-ak0514sa: A Netbook Throwback
This particular model has been given an upgrade when it comes to its aesthetics. It also comes with USB and HDMI C-ports. Other than that, it’s a bit of a throwback to the laptops that were available in 2008 and 2007.
This doesn’t mean the Stream 11-ak0514sa is not worth buying. In fact, if you just want to connect to the internet to check emails, weather and sports scores, and you don’t mind a small laptop, then the Stream 11-ak0514sa is the perfect laptop for you. It’s also a good buy for those on a tight budget.
The specific Stream 11-ak0514sa model we’re reviewing is referred to as the Stream 11-ak0514sa, which has a pinkish/bluish colour scheme, as well as 4GB of memory, 64GB of local storage and an Intel Celeron N4020 CPU. Bear in mind that different retailers may offer different configurations of this model.
The truth is you should shop around because 64GB of storage isn’t enough to do a lot of things, especially in regards to Windows 10. Microsoft recommends having 20GB of space for Windows. You’ll easily run out of space when you consider the extra gigabytes for buffering and storing various files. You can disable Stream 11’s
You can disable Windows 10 S Mode if you want to install more programs. Doing this will is very easy to do, and it doesn’t cost anything. How much space this will free up depends on several factors.
Also, another good thing about the Stream 11 is it has a MicroSD card slot. You can easily and quickly add additional storage, but you do need to purchase a removable memory card. The good news is for around Eur 20, you can buy a card that has 128GB of memory. You’ll be able to access large multimedia files, but you won’t be able to use the card to install apps.
The storage isn’t the only thing that left us unimpressed. The display itself and the screen quality left us disappointed. The display provides 1,366 X 768-pixel native resolution. Diagonally, the display measures 11.6 inches.
The resolution isn’t impressive and it’s what you’d expect from a cheaper laptop. This can be a bit of a nuisance for many people.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the LED panel doesn’t have touch support, nor is there a way to broaden your viewing angle. The best way we can describe the viewing experience on the Stream 11 is dull and boring. This may or may not matter to you. If your primary concern is price, and you just want something to browse the internet and do a bit of email, then Stream 11 is probably a good buy for you.
You’ll need to use an external monitor if you want to rectify the dull screen issue. This won’t be suitable if you’re wanting to use the laptop while out and about, but you can easily do it when you’re using it from the comfort of your home. When it comes to the SD card slot, we have no complaints and we actually think it’s on par with the higher-end laptops.
The port situation isn’t that bad, and this is thanks to its chassis, which is on the bulky side. It weighs just over two pounds and measures 11 X 7.5 inches. The laptop’s thickness is on par with larger and more expensive laptops. However, Stream 11 is more appealing, design-wise.
We are a fan of the deep-blue colour scheme, which we think is one of the reasons it has a great look to it. As for the keyboard deck, it features a metal finish with light shades of blue. Some people might consider the keyboard deck sleek and/or chic.
The HDMI port has plenty of height, thanks to the chassis’ additional height. It’s worth noting that 1/2 inch is the average thickness for many of the expensive laptops out there. If Stream 11 didn’t have the additional height, then it would have had to be designed as a mini version.
All in all, the Stream 11 is sturdy and very portable. Even when you use a bit of force on the keys, there will be no flex within the chassis. This isn’t what you’d expect from a very inexpensive laptop. Furthermore, the hinge does an incredible job at keeping the screen open, all without too much bouncing.
We do want to note there is no back-light under the keys. We actually didn’t expect back-lighting due to how much the laptop costs. The keys are well-spaced and there is a function row.
When compared to the keyboard, the touchpad is more cramped. Although it is clickable and doesn’t have a button, you can still use it for very basic cursor movements. In our opinion, it was difficult clicking stuff in the bottom half of the screen, as well as the top half, and this is due to the hinge.
There is a front-facing camera, but the video quality is horrendous. This is even when compared to webcams on very low-end laptops. The quality of the audio isn’t that impressive either.
The laptop also has a USB-C port, which many laptops at this price don’t have. In addition, there is two USB type-A ports. Both of these ports support USB 3 speeds. If you want to connect external storage drives, then you’ll be able to do that.
Furthermore, on the left edge, you will find a 3.5mm audio jack. On the right, there is a connector. You can use AC adapters in the connector, but only barrel-style adapters.
The Stream 11 doesn’t support WiFi 6, which isn’t a surprise. Remember, it is a very inexpensive laptop. However, you can use Bluetooth, as well as WiFi 802.11ac. One of the things we were impressed by was that the laptop remained connected to our home router, and we didn’t drop any connections.
Unfortunately, we’re not a fan of the rest of what the laptop offers, in regards to user experience. Mos basic actions are sluggish. This includes opening up the browser to scrolling through menu items and resizing windows.
Even if you only have a single tab open, browsing can be difficult due to the sluggishness. Let’s not even get into trying to stream videos, which the laptop does allow you to do. However, it stutters very frequently when you attempt to, so it is nearly impossible to stream videos and have a good user experience at the same time.
Preinstalled software is on the laptop, and this is known as bloatware and we didn’t care much for it. Some of the icons that were pre-loaded included Dropbox and Amazon’s shopping app. Even the Start menu is littered with adverts, such as links to McAfee and Booking.com.
Sure, bloatware is what plays a role in keeping the laptop at a cheap price. However, bloatware is annoying. The good news is you can clean out the bloatware, but the choice is up to you as to whether or not you want to leave it or remove it.
If you’re on a budget and you’re looking for a modern-day Windows 10 laptop, then look no further than the Stream 11. It’s not the best laptop on the market, but it’s far from being the worse. Plus, it’s aesthetically appealing, comes with 64GB of internal storage, the chassis is sturdy and you have the option of adding an SD card to it. All in all, it is a decent laptop, especially considering you can purchase one for under three hundred Pounds.