The laptop for travellers: 14s-dq1033nf Argent – Core i5-1035G1 from HP

Foreword

Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.

14s-dq1033nf Argent adapted to surf the internet?

What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. An inexpensive computer such as 14s-dq1033nf Argent may seem to be the solution. The material used by HP are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 14 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. The processor at the heart of this laptop, a Core i5-1035G1, is a rational choice. Considering that the components evolve very quickly, HP offers a laptop of good quality that will remain a good choice over several years. Contrary to a video editing style use that requires computing power, this model is correct for surfing the internet; a use that does not require too much computing power. The 8 Gb of RAM is in the average for this type of product. It’s up to you to add more on the additional pitches provided if your needs arise.
For hard drive sizing, HP decided to put 500 Gb. This is the standard model. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Finally, an important point for a laptop: autonomy; here you will have 6 hours of freedom before you have to plug it back into the socket. This is standard for this range of laptops, and for the type of battery it is equipped with. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.

14s-dq1033nf Argent for videos?

With this laptop, HP offers a product oriented toward general use. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this 14s-dq1033nf Argent is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to « classic » uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 14, in 1920×1080, and a good quality of colours. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The main advantage linked to this size, on the other hand, is its overall weight: 1.5 kg that it will be easy to take anywhere.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
For the sound part, the 14s-dq1033nf Argent is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
The 14s-dq1033nf Argent has a processor Core i5-1035G1, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. A mid-range element with the latest components (chipsets) ensuring better compatibility with your peripherals. So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
As far as applications are concerned, did HP not install any. There’s only the operating system. This is a Windows 10 on which you can install the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
With Intel UHD Graphics 620, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
For connectivity, you will have 3 ports. About the average compared to the competition.Between, the speakers, the mouse, and the external hard drive you will have little possibility to add many more peripherals.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. You have 6 hours of autonomy in unplugged mode, which is in the average. 

The 14s-dq1033nf Argent to use while travelling.

Easy to carry, and usable wherever you go. With this in mind, we tested the 14s-dq1033nf Argent. Under what conditions can you take it with you on trips, at weekends or on public transport? Or finally, is this laptop, as in many homes, just a replacement for a fixed computer?
However, we were able to discover through his overall score, that it is among the best for the travel aspect.
With a weight of 1.5 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in its class. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. With a 14 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. The viewing is up to the mark.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
The manufacturer offers the processor Core i5-1035G1 on this laptop; in average in terms of power compared to other products in the same range, and also in terms of energy consumption.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this 14s-dq1033nf Argent. This is an estimate for average current use; you can consider that the actual range will be around 75%.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 6 hours.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 500 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.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.
HP provides 3connectors on this model. This is roughly equivalent to what the competition is offering.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
In conclusion, it can be considered that this 14s-dq1033nf Argent can be used for travel purposes.

The 14s-dq1033nf Argent for audio or video editing ?

If your main professional activity is not audio or video editing, but you are looking for a laptop that can meet this need for your hobbies, then this 14s-dq1033nf Argent is the right choice. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. Of course, there are models with much better performance, but this is already a good model.
In the event of occasional audio-visual use, the processor Core i5-1035G1 of this laptop is within the market average. With its 8 Gb of RAM, it has enough memory for image processing. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, HP made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 500 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
For the autonomy part, HP proposes last generation batteries. Indicated for an autonomy of 6 hours by the manufacturer, it is preferable to keep your charger close by if you need to make changes while on the move or if you use a lot of resources for your audio or video editing. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
On the connection side, the 14s-dq1033nf Argenti s equipped with USB 3 technology. 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.
It will also do very well for word processing or web browsing when you need it. In short, an interesting choice in this price range.

14s-dq1033nf Argent for video games?

It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this 14s-dq1033nf Argent, it may be better to go to other models. The HP technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 1920×1080, nothing better at the moment
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Our tests have shown that for HP this computer is not intended for playing video games. An exception to this is if you play on games that are more than 5 years old.
With its 500 Gb of space, this 14s-dq1033nf Argent is on a level playing field with its competitors. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
A better access to wifi on this 14s-dq1033nf Argent that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1.5 Kg.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 6 hours.
In the end, we do not recommend this 14s-dq1033nf Argent for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. But it can be a good choice for office functions.

The 14s-dq1033nf Argent 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. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
Customary of this OS, HP has chosen as usual. It is equipped with Windows 10.
It’s not 14s-dq1033nf Argent equipped with all the applications you’ll need. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model, with its 1.5 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
This 14s-dq1033nf Argent eliminates the problems of light reflection on the screen, as it has a matt finish. But at the same time, the light intensity is low enough so as not to tire the eyes in the dark.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
About storage, this model has average space . Equipped with a hard drive of 500 Gb, it will give you the possibility to store all your documents locally.
So, in summary, it appears that it 14s-dq1033nf Argent is less interesting than its competitors. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.

In short, is the 14s-dq1033nf Argent, the right choice ?

In the end, our analysis will have shown that it 14s-dq1033nf Argent is disappointing whatever the uses. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– making audio and video editing
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– travel use