As an introduction to this analysis
Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
To make the choice easier, we have judged this HP 14-ds0004nf according to what you are going to do with it.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
14-ds0004nf enough for internet use?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. This 14-ds0004nf is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. HP is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 14 inches size. For all users who don’t appreciate the use of the mouse (with or without wires), it 14-ds0004nf is provided by default with a touch screen. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. It seems that HP has designed a solid model with latest generation components.
With a processor AMD A4-9120, HP offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Your computer will work better and longer.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 32 gigabytes will be enough. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Finally, the autonomy of 8 hours is one of the worst on the market. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. In other words, you will have to keep this 14-ds0004nf most of the time connected to the power cable.
Is 14-ds0004nf one for watching movies and listening to music ?
HP has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the 14-ds0004nf; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 14 inches, with a 1366×768. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.5 kilogram.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this 14-ds0004nf. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
On the sound side, it 14-ds0004nf has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor AMD A4-9120, which today is rather light for this kind of use. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not HP installed by default. Only the operating system is installed. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. For multimedia, you can possibly take VLC .
With AMD Radeon R3, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 4 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for HP. For the 14-ds0004nf has only 3 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this 14-ds0004nf may not be suitable. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.
The 14-ds0004nf to use while travelling.
It 14-ds0004nf is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model HP. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
With a weight of 1.5 Kg, it is easily transportable. It’s one of the best in its class. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. The 14 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
Note that the screen of this 14-ds0004nf being touch screen, you will be able to do without the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. A beautiful screen and quality images. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
Here this laptop is not very powerful because of its processor AMD A4-9120; it’s inferior to the competition, and it’s not very good in terms of energy consumption.
Note that like all manufacturers, HP is optimistic about the autonomy of this 14-ds0004nf. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of HP; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 8 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 32 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. With a screen of 14 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 3 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
The manufacturer has surely decided on this model to limit the manufacturing costs, and thus removed the Bluetooth functionality; a pity when we know that sharing between devices (phones or speakers) is convenient with this technology.
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not 14-ds0004nf really made for travelling.
The 14-ds0004nf- the right model for audio or video editing ?
Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. However, this does not prevent you from editing as long as you are patient and no other applications are launched. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. You can always try to do video editing with the processor AMD A4-9120. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
The designers of HP have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The 14-ds0004nf allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 32 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (8 hours). It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. Maybe the next model will be better off.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it 14-ds0004nf receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
As you will have understood, it 14-ds0004nf proposes a rather basic oriented use. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
The 14-ds0004nf for online or local games.
It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. Our tests have shown that yhis 14-ds0004nf wasn’t designed for video games. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
With only 1366×768, this model is below standard ones. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Since HP has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 32 Gb.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.5 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
One of the lowest battery life 8 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this 14-ds0004nf one. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
The 14-ds0004nf for office automation.
In case your unique and main everyday use is a tool for office automation, HP may have put a rather low computer on the market. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 that’s running it.
Not all basic office applications may be available on this model. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. A weight of 1.5 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 32 Gb. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive 14-ds0004nfcan be quickly filled.
So, in summary, it appears that it 14-ds0004nf is less interesting than its competitors. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.
The 14-ds0004nf – in summary
This 14-ds0004nf will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks