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HP 14-inch Laptop (14-fq0008ca)

HP 14-inch Laptop (14-fq0008ca)

This model ranked #9 among Laptops priced under $400 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

This laptop is as modest as it gets, but if you need more versatility than a Chromebook can offer, this could be worth a look.

Luckily, this laptop is relatively DIY-friendly for a system at this price, so you do have a few options to make this laptop viable for longer, and the process is a bit easier thanks to detailed documentation.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Restricted Version of Windows. This Laptop runs Windows 10 in S mode which means that most software from the compatibility list below won't work out of the box.
It is possible to upgrade Windows 10 to its normal, insecure mode for free. Doing so allows running programs which are not on the Microsoft App Store. The process isn't too complicated, but in essence, it involves reinstalling Windows.
This evaluation assumes that you (or a helpful friend) plan to go through that process; otherwise, Value and Versatility scores would be much lower. Most archetypes defined on TekAdvisors also could not access the software they need without it. Free

Slow storage. Once started, this Laptop should perform ok, however, expect it to take some time to start up, launch programs and open large documents. If this gets really annoying, it is possible to replace the hard drive with a faster alternative if you're comfortable with opening up your laptop.$60+

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Limited Workspace. The included screen has a lower resolution than the typical TV or computer monitor. This could hinder your ability to multi-task, especially if you work with multiple windows at once. On the plus side, things will tend to be displayed larger on screen if your eyesight is challenging.
This is easy to fix on a desk by connecting to an external monitor, but hard to address anywhere else.

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $220.

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck11th percentile
Versatility43th percentile
Power (General Purpose)30th percentile
Power (Graphical)35th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)33th percentile
Storage Space35th percentile
Portability83th percentile
Battery Autonomy36th percentile
Ease of Maintenance52th percentile
Longevity20th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck10th percentile
Versatility61th percentile
Power (General Purpose)24th percentile
Power (Graphical)24th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)24th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability86th percentile
Battery Autonomy37th percentile
Ease of Maintenance44th percentile
Longevity15th percentile

Specs

Screen

14", 1366×768 (1366 × 768, 1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows 10, S Edition

CPU

AMD 3020e, 2 cores clocked from 1.2 to 2.6 GHz

GPU

AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Battery

41Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w32.4 × d22.5 × h1.79

Dimensions (in): w12.76 × d8.86 × h0.7

Weight (kg): 1.46

Weight (lbs.): 3.22

Features

  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: eMMC Storage (slow)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB Type-C
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac

Maintenance and Upgrades

Commonly Replaced Components

Battery: A technician can help you with that

Local Storage: A technician can help you with that

Memory: A technician can help you with that

GPU: Can't be repaired or updated

Additional Ressources

Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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Accessories you might need

Dell 8x External DVD/RW USB Slim Drive (429-AAUX)

Dell 8x External DVD/RW USB Slim Drive (429-AAUX)

Pricing

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Other Speedex Wireless Numpad (SPEEDEX 650)

Other Speedex Wireless Numpad (SPEEDEX 650)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$29.
Asus 21-inch FHD 75Hz 1ms GTG TN LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor (VP228QG)

Asus 21-inch FHD 75Hz 1ms GTG TN LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor (VP228QG)

Specs

Screen

22", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), FreeSync, TN Display

Pricing

Typically sells for C$189. You could save 10% right now.
Logitech Z407 Bluetooth Computer Speakers with Subwoofer (Z407)

Logitech Z407 Bluetooth Computer Speakers with Subwoofer (Z407)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$149.

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Screen

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CPU

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GPU

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Memory

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Who it's For

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Versatility100th percentile
Power12th percentile
Storage Space8th percentile
Portability93th percentile
Battery Autonomy51th percentile

Specs

Operating System

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Screen

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CPU

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GPU

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Memory

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Storage

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ranked #4 among Laptops priced under $400

Even by Chromebook standards, this netbook is a bit humble, but it's a cost-efficient solution for everyday needs.

A few characteristics could impe

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck26th percentile
Versatility87th percentile
Power18th percentile
Storage Space8th percentile
Portability74th percentile
Battery Autonomy86th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Linux, Android, Chrome OS

Screen

14", 1366×768(1366 × 768, 1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

MediaTek MT8183

GPU

ARM Mali-G72

Memory

4 GB

Storage

32 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

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ranked #5 among Laptops priced under $400

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Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck23th percentile
Versatility96th percentile
Power12th percentile
Storage Space8th percentile
Portability72th percentile
Battery Autonomy58th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Linux, Android, Chrome OS

Screen

14", 1366×786(1366 × 786, 1.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Celeron N4000

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

4 GB

Storage

32 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

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ranked #6 among Laptops priced under $400

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Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

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Power12th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability41th percentile
Battery Autonomy56th percentile

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Operating System

Android, Chrome OS

Screen

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CPU

Intel Celeron N4000

GPU

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Memory

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Storage

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  • Casual Worker

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Versatility85th percentile
Power2th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability84th percentile
Battery Autonomy25th percentile

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Screen

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CPU

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GPU

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Memory

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Storage

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