HP 14" Netbook model: 14-DQ0007CA

Ranked #1 among Laptops priced $325 - $525.

HP 14" Netbook

Quick Description

This cost-saving netbook manages to deliver a usable Windows laptop; as long as your needs are on the basic side. Powered by Windows 10 S, it can only run programs from the Microsoft online store; which bars access to most windows programs out there, beneficial or not.

With only 4GB of memory, this laptop could be tempting if you're okay with only working one program at a time; especially if you browse the web with Microsoft Edge and insist on using Word and Excel instead of the free alternatives.

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

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (40.16% of the time to be exact).

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 $400.

Currently Exclusive to Staples for $380

Based on 122 days of observation, the HP 14" Netbook usually costs ~$500 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $379.99. If you were waiting for this laptop to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the HP 14" Netbook to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Staples at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the HP 14" Netbook ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Laptops

Bang for the Buck2/5
Versatility for the Price4/5
Price0.5/5
Durability2/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power1/5
Memory1/5
Storage1.5/5
Portability3.5/5
Autonomy2/5
Ease of Maintenance5/5

Netbooks

Bang for the Buck5/5
Versatility for the Price3.5/5
Price3/5
Durability5/5
Power4.5/5
General-purpose power4/5
Graphical power4/5
Memory4.5/5
Storage5/5
Portability2/5
Autonomy0/5
Ease of Maintenance5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck1.5/5
Versatility for the Price4.5/5
Price0.5/5
Durability3.5/5
Power1/5
General-purpose power1/5
Graphical power1/5
Memory1/5
Storage1.5/5
Portability3.5/5
Autonomy2/5
Ease of Maintenance3/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Pentium Gold 4417U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 610
Memory: 4.00 GB
Storage: 128.00 GB
Screen Size: 14"
Screen Resolution: 1366×768(111.94ppi)
Dimensions: 32.40 × 22.50 × 1.80 cm
Weight: 1.460 kg

The features

  • Fast-Charging
  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Windows S Edition
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • VA or SVA Display
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Upgradable and Maintainable
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement6/10A technician can help you with that
Memory Upgrade8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
Data Storage8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

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What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 3/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 3/5
    Music Production 1/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 2/5
    Photo Editing 2/5
    Video Editing 2/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 1/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (5 / 5)

Texts & Numbers (10 / 11)

Drawing and Illustrations (10 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (3 / 4)

3D and CAD (2 / 9)

Music Production (4 / 10)

Photo Editing (6 / 6)

Video Editing (2 / 11)

Enthusiast Games (11 / 71)

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Video Games (8 / 14)

Triple-A Video Games (8 / 71)

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