HP's Laptop line has long been a popular choice among customers, providing a balance of performance and elegance at a reasonable price. The HP 14 laptop has an excellent design. Despite the mid-range pricing, the black aluminum chassis adds beauty.
The HP 14 has several interfaces, including two USB 3.0 ports and a USB-C port with a power supply, 10GBps transfer speeds, and DisplayPort 1.4 connections. This gives you the option of several daisy-chaining displays if necessary. An HDMI 2.0 connector is also included for a conventional display connection.
The HP 14 has a 14-inch anti-glare FHD display with Full-HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. With the flat black bezels, it looks unapologetically plastic. Thankfully, they're not too big. A 720p webcam with integrated dual array microphones is also located on the top.
The display's maximum brightness of 238nits is also achieved by the show though HP promises 250nits on the box. This isn't always a negative thing. Because it's a frequent area for cost-cutting, some low-cost laptops only go up to 200nits, which is when things start to get messy.
On either side of Pavilion 14, there are B&O speakers. Even if you crank it up – which you won't need to do - the music is pleasantly straightforward and sharp. Overall, the keyboard is pleasant, and there is plenty of breathing area between the keys despite the small layout. The keys, like the display, are clear plastic, which stands out against the aluminum frame, and the typing is pretty loud.
The HP 14 delivers smooth day-to-day performance, making it a viable alternative for professionals working from home or in need of a cheap laptop for hotdesking. In our tests, the HP 14 recovered 37 percent of its battery life in only 30 minutes, giving you a couple of hours of use - and maybe more if you utilize the battery optimization option. In an hour and a half, you can recover 87 percent of your battery life back and practically a full charge.
The HP 14 battery life is adequate. The gadget lasted 7 hours and 21 minutes in our video loop battery test. While this isn't the worst we've seen on a cheap laptop, there are plenty of laptops that can last far longer if this is a priority.
The HP 14 is a reliable, budget-friendly laptop that can handle most tasks you put at it, including video chats, web surfing, and social networking, music streaming, and light picture editing. Its main flaw is that the display may be too dark for some users, and the touch-screen isn't essential.
Despite this, the gadget is portable and small, making it perfect for individuals who work from a home part-time or hot desk. You can instantly connect the laptop to one or more monitors thanks to HDMI and DisplayPort 1.4 connectivity, and a fingerprint scanner adds further protection.