If there is such thing as an Ultra-budget laptop, HP 14-an013nr is it.
It is one of the cheapest conventional laptop that you can get in the market. Of course it is not a very powerful system. However, for all the essential tasks like word processing or internet surfing, there is nothing better.
Is this laptop suitable for programming or other professional tasks? Not at all.
Read this HP 14-an013nr review to learn more.
In this laptop HP has created a stylish affordable machine with a streaked silver color. The styling reflect a shine HP seems to like in their laptops.
The design on the outside flows into the inside giving you an overall feel like you are working on something special which you wouldn’t expect from something so conveniently priced. Coming in at pretty light 3.86 pounds with a 14 inch screen in the design aspect this laptop is a clear contender.
Here is the thing, you cannot expect wonders from this laptop. This is an ultra-budget laptop so you must keep your expectations low.
With that said, it is the best seller laptop for a reason. The hardware that it features for the price is one of a kind in the market.
This laptop sports a AMD 1.8 GHz E2-7110 quad core processor. However the 1.8 Ghz is the top end so it can’t be boosted any further. With four cores this laptop should be made for multitasking except with the low top speed that’s going to depend on what you are multitasking.
This processor is a slight upgrade over the 6110 model focusing on high performance for programs that run on the low end of the spectrum. It’s great for bragging to your friends about how you have a quad core but you might not want to actually let them use it because the limitations will become apparent. Nonetheless the processor will suit you just fine for basic work like web surfing.
Here we have an integrated Radeon R2 graphics card. Your eyes might light up like oh name brand that is great, so I have to stop you right there. While it is name brand, the Radeon R2 is among the slowest of all name brand cards.
It will reliably work on many open source games and a few on the low end like League of Legends or DOTA 2, but as you ramp up the settings the frame rate will drop.
At 128 units of stream processing you could multiply that by 4 and still not reach the average for many cards on the market. So temper your name brand expectations and look for decent not excellent results.
With 4 Gigabytes of DDR3L – SDRAM you might want to take the tortoises approach to winning and races when comparing to the competition. It kind of makes me tear up as someone who grew up in the nineties but 4 gigs of RAM isn’t much these days.
It will suffice for basic tasks like watching videos but you may want to upgrade to 8 gigs. This model maxes out at 16 gigs which is pretty good if you are willing to spend a bit extra to get some RAM when you purchase. Otherwise don’t expect to move ultra fast although in conjunction with the quad core and the price you can’t get too mad.
Depending on the person this could be a deal breaker as this model comes with a 32 gb EMMC drive. That’s extremely small by today’s standard though it does have some benefits. EMMC are faster than standard hard drives but slower than a solid state drive so that’s always nice with the processor.
The 32 gigs will actually end up being a bit lower with the operating system installed so it depends on what type of files you’ll be saving. That is only enough space to fit about 10 movies at a decent resolution.
I would probably recommend purchasing an external hard drive with this model if you are serious about not having to uninstall things often.
14 inches of full HD WLED goodness, the screen is not one of the places they skimped on in this model. Running with a max resolution of 1920 x 1080 this laptop will be as clear and crisp as it much higher priced brethren.
You might still want to run it at 1366 x 768 as on a 14 inch screen the max resolution might require binoculars or at least 20/20 vision to see everything you need to. However, using the FHD will significantly improve your multi-tasking experience.
One thing to keep in mind though is to be wary of glare, Brightview screens are great for low light but extremly reflective in the sun.
Here we start to see the price point come into play a little bit but this little guy isn’t devoid of features. We have a USB 3.0 along with two USB 2.0 connections so their is a little room for that one thing where you need the high speed.
There is a VGA port for connecting an extra monitor along with an HDMI port for everything that provides. Theirs a cleverly placed media reader on the front along with a light up RJ45 for LAN connectivity.
A wireless 802.11 A/C is also installed for high speed wireless. We even have a camera for web camming. The big thing were missing though is an optical drive or even a DVD rom drive at all, their was simply no space on the motherboard to include on so I think we know what we will probably use one of those USB ports for.
Value for Money
Gotta give a hats off to HP for this one because they have made a nice functional laptop for only less than $250. The idea that you could throw another hundred dollars into upgrading it and end up with a laptop that could compete with some of the models in the $400 dollar range is pretty astounding.
I can’t think of a better cheap model for sending with your kid off to college. It would be perfect for all the work they need to be doing and still limit them from just using it to play games like they probably want to. I’m sorry kids I was there too but I have to say it.
HP 14-an013nr Review Conclusion
This HP isn’t for the people who want top of the line performance, but it is great for someone who just wants a cheap quality laptop good for getting basic work done.
An excellent starter laptop for anyone on a tight budget. Word processing, web surfing even a bit of graphics work, this laptop can not be recommended enough for someone who just want’s a light laptop for handling standard business.