• Average performance
  • Faster SSD storage
  • Wide viewing angles display
  • Pretty solid plastic build
  • Smooth and responsive precision-enabled touchpad
  • Lightweight
  • No thunderbolt port
  • No dedicated GPU
  • Poor screen color gamut
  • Display is below-average brighter
  • Speakers are little less loud
  • Doesn't open with one finger
  • Fingerprints show up but easy to clean
  • Inconsistent tactile keyboard
  • Backlit doesn't illuminate the keys fully
  • Touchpad is inaccurate to zoom and rotate gestures
  • Poor camera and microphone
  • No Windows Hello support
  • CPU Undervolting helps increasing the performance and decreasing the termpature as well
  • Cooling is unworthy for this laptop to buy
  • Can do
  • Web/desktop programming
  • Android programming without emulators in parallel
  • Run engineering-specific software like AutoCAD, and etc.
  • Can't do
  • Android programming with emulators in parallel
  • Smooth Gaming and Graphics & Video editing
  • Machine learning
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Hello, guys. Today, in this article, I am going to review the HP 14s dr1009tu laptop in detail. In addition to that, I will also compare it with other laptops to give you an idea of what to expect from the same price range laptops. So, let’s get started. But before I begin, read my dedicated article on laptop specs written in easy-to-understand language.

Table of Contents

Furthermore, the review unit that I have received from New Delhi, India has the following specs.

Technical Specs of HP 14s dr1009tu Laptop

HP 14s dr1009tu Laptop.
  • CPU: 1.0GHz 10th Gen 4 Core Intel Core-i5 1035G1 Processor, 6MB cache, Max 3.6GHz
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD GPU
  • RAM: 2666MHz Dual Channel 8GB DDR4 | Upgradable to 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Display: 14-inch FHD display | IPS & Anti-glare panel | 244 nits
  • Battery: 41Wh 3 Cell Li-ion battery | Lasted for 6 hours and 29 minutes while watching YouTube.
  • Wireless Connectivity: 802.11a/g/b/n/ac 2x2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Weight: 1.46 Kg (3.22 Pounds)
  • Laptop dimensions: 32.4 x 22.5 x 1.8 cms

The Build Quality and Material

All-plastic build of HP 14s dr1009tu laptop with its charging accessories.

This HP 14s dr1009tu laptop is all-plastic build. Though the material is plastic, it’s pretty solid and sturdy enough. The plastic lid is enough capable to withstand the flex. The smooth plastic silver finish base is also quite solid enough. To save the cost of this machine, HP hasn’t put the recommended Aluminum lid. But, don’t worry, the existing one is not problematic.

Dimensions and Weight

The dimensions of this HP 14s dr1009tu are 32.4 cms (12.7 inches) in width, 22.5 cms (8.8 inches) in depth, and 1.8 cms (0.7 inches) in height. In addition to that, I have also measured the weight using Propert’s weighing scale. The weight is

  • For laptop only: 1.46 kg (3.22 lbs)
  • For laptop with charging accessories: 1.69 kg (3.7 lbs)

The purpose to check the laptop’s weight with its charging accessories is to give you an idea about the weight you may need to carry during travelling. When compared to other laptops, it found much lightweight.

Display Quality and Color Reproduction

Size and Quality

14-inch FHD IPS display of HP 14s dr1009tu laptop.

This HP 14s dr1009tu is coming with a 14-inch Full HD IPS display. And, it has a 60Hz refresh rate. The display is surrounded by a 6.5mm thin bezel which gives you more screen-to-body ratio. It has better viewing angles with a 1400:1 contrast ratio, thanks to the IPS display.

The contrast ratio for this display is above average (1000:1). At thanalysis, we recommend the minimum 1000:1 value for it. Next, see the color gamut of the screen.

Screen Color Reproduction

I have measured the screen color gamut to measure color reproduction efficiency. For that, I have used the Spyder 5 PRO. And the SRGB, AdobeRGB, and NTSC results for this 14-inch IPS display are in the below image.

Screen color gamut of this laptop's display measured by Spyder 5 PRO.

As shown in the above image, the color gamut for this laptop’s display is 59% of SRGB, 39% of AdobeRGB, and 38% of NTSC as produced by Spyder 5 PRO. Honestly, the color gamut result is quite poor which makes this laptop useless for professional photo and video editors. However, there are some reasons that they can use it. I will discuss it later in this article.

Display Nits at different Brightness levels

Display nits of this laptop at different levels of brightness.

This 14s dr1009tu’s display has reached 244 Nits at 100% of screen brightness at the center of the screen as shown in the above image. So, below an average brighter display. The average brighter display should have nits value of at least 290 to 300. The 300 nits display allows you to work in direct sunlight without having pain in your eyes.

Screen Flex

When intentionally moved the display of this laptop up and down with fingers, I found little flex but it wasn’t problematic for me. Despite not having an aluminium lid, the display has managed to withstand the flex as much as possible. In addition to that, the hinge that's running mostly along the base has also contributed to the prevention of the flex. In addition to that, it doesn't allow the screen to rotate 180-degree right back to the keyboard.

It is to note that I failed when I have tried to open the display with one finger. That shows the uneven distribution of weight across the hinge.

Keyboard

Build Quality and Flex

A chiclet keyboard of this HP 14s dr1009tu laptop.

The chiclet keyboard has a plastic island which is designed to give it more strength to resist flex as much as possible. When pressed the keyboard of this laptop down hard with fingers with a fair amount of pressure, I found little more flex there. But, to be frank, it wasn’t even problematic for me during aggressive typing.

The flat square keys which are mostly identification marks of the chiclet keyboards are made of plastic keys. It has a silver color with grey fonts on it for both primary and secondary functions. In addition to that, the WASD part isn’t highlighted here, which isn’t even required since this HP 14s dr1009tu laptop is not a gaming machine.

Backlit

A white backlit of this laptop's keyboard.

The keyboard has a white zonal backlit to illuminate the keys in the low-light or darkroom. The backlit isn't enough bright to illuminate the keys’ secondary functions. The backlit is also seems to be a little bit dim compared to other laptops I've tested with a backlit keyboard.

Typing Experience

While typing on this keyboard, I found the keys were travelling on average 1.45mm of distance down. That’s a little below than we recommend. At Thanalysis, we recommend at least 1.5mm of travel for keys for tactile feedback. However, I found the feedback inconsistent.

On 10FastFingers.com, I achieved 77 words per minute (WPM) speed while my speed on Macbook Pro 16-inch is 101 WPM. The keyboard of this HP 14s dr1009tu laptop gives inconsistent tactile feedback. In addition to that, during aggressive typing, I found no flex on the keyboard. However, the keys are a little bit noisy but you will find them considerably silent when compared to the mechanical keyboards.

Furthermore, the power button, unlike many Acer and Asus laptops, not placed on the keyboard. It has a different shape than keys of the keyboard and placed outside of the keyboard area which reduces almost all possibilities of the accidental wrong press.

Small and Very Closely Placed 2 Arrow Keys

Small and very closely placed 2 arrow keys of HP 14s dr1009tu laptop.

The 2 arrow keys are smaller in size and placed very closely which caused accidental wrong press when I have tried to press Up or Down arrow keys. The rest of the keys are not problematic.

Touchpad

Precision-enabled 4.1-inch plastic smooth and responsive touchpad of this laptop.

The plastic touchpad of this HP 14s dr1009tu laptop is 4.1-inch wider and has a plastic surface. It's smooth and responsive. But, despite being precision-enabled, it's not accurate to zoom and rotate gestures. Furthermore, it doesn't click anywhere. It has two integrated mouse buttons like Acer Swift 3 SF314-57, SF317-57G, and Aspire 5 A514-52G laptops, which produces little bit audible sound when pressed. Unlike Mi Notebook 14's touchpad, this one doesn't get bend down when pressed.

Fingerprints on the Smooth Surface

Fingerprints on the smooth plastic surface of this laptop.

Fingerprints easily show up on the smooth matte silver finish. But, I found it easy to clean using a micro-fiber cloth. In addition to that, unlike Alienware m15 R2 gaming laptop, I found no change in surface color over the use. In Alienware’s white version, I found it was getting slightly yellowish at some of the parts. But, that's not the case with this laptop.

RAM

This HP 14s dr1009tu laptop is been equipped with an 8GB of 2666MHz Dual Channel DDR4 RAM to make the multitasking smoother and better. And, you can also upgrade it to a maximum of 16GB. Also note that there's no extra slot for the upgrade, so you need to buy either 12GB or 16GB of RAM and replace with the existing one.

Also, the RAM is of Dual-Channel which way efficient than the Single-Channel one. Overall, HP, in this laptop, giving to you quite a better option to improve the multitasking capabilities of this 14s dr1009tu laptop.

See below the other laptops that allows you to upgrade the RAM.

  • Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G (review) - 2666MHz 8GB Dual Channel DDR4 - Upgradeable up to 12GB
  • Acer Swift 3 SF314-57G (review) – 2400MHz 8GB Dual Channel DDR4 – Upgradeable up to 32GB
  • HP 14 DK0093AU (review) – 2400MHz 8GB Single Channel DDR4 – Upgrade to 16GB
  • Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 (review) – 2400MHz 8GB Dual Channel DDR4 – Upgradeable up to 32GB
  • Lenovo IdeaPad S145 (review) – 2400MHz 8GB Single Channel DDR4 – Upgrade to 12GB
  • Acer Aspire 3 A315 (review) – 2666MHz 8GB Single Channel DDR4 – Upgrade to 12GB
  • Dell Inspiron 3593 (review) – 2666MHz Single Channel 8GB DDR4 – Upgradeable to 16GB

CPU and GPU Performance

The Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor of Ice Lake family and Intel's integrated UHD Graphics are responsible for the powerful performance of this HP 14 dr1009tu laptop. In addition to that, HP has equipped this laptop with 512GB of the solid-state drive to make this laptop work faster. An SSD storage allows us to read and write files at lightning speed.

So, let’s check some of the benchmarks to see where this laptop stands in terms of specs.

Cinebench R20 Score

Here, I took 3 runs of Cinebench on this laptop and shown the average of it. Cinebench is a tool to measure the single and multi-core scores of the CPU.

Cinebench R20 single and multi-core scores of this laptop measured with and without a cooling pad, and with 0.15v CPU undervolting.

When put on Cinebench R20 test without a cooling pad, this laptop has achieved 399 scores for Single-core and 1098 for Multi-core. And, the same scores Cinebench has displayed when the cooling pad was used. So, that makes clear that the cooling pad is unworthy to help in the performance of this laptop. With 0.15v CPU undervolting, the multi-core score has raised to 1113 while the single-core score was found the same. It tells that CPU UV is definitely going to help you. Now, the question is what these scores tell?

First of all, During the testing, Cinebench R20 puts an excessive load on the CPU to execute the tasks. By doing so, it will check the machine’s cooling solution also which other tool doesn’t except for 3DMark. So, when the CPU comes under a heavy load, thermal throttling takes place in the processor and it reduces the performance.

For example, If your CPU has a max clock speed of 4.5GHz, then you will reach 4.1GHz max during gaming or stress tests. The reason for not picking up the limit is thermal throttling. So, If the Cinebench R20 score of the laptop is high means the laptop has a high powerful CPU with better thermal management.

Now, let’s check Geekbench benchmarks.

Geekbench 5 Score

Geekbench 5 Single and Multi-core scores of this laptop.

When tested this HP 14s dr1009tu laptop using Geekbench 5, I found this laptop has scored 1034 for single-core and 3189 for multi-core. Now, what does this score tell?

It tells the performance of the laptop. The higher the score, the higher the performance. Here, you have to consider the multi-core score. Look, Geekbench doesn’t put an excessive load on the CPU like Cinebench R20. And, Geekbench considers mainly productivity tasks like emailing, browsing, multitasking, and etc to evaluate the hardware.

And, such ways cannot give you an idea about the cooling solution. Because tiny tasks don’t make much weight on the CPU. Hence, If the laptop has a higher Geekbench multi-core score means its capability for productivity is much better. But, at the same time, information about thermal throttling and the cooling solution will remain unanswered by this tool.

Hence, for gamers and programmers, Geekbench isn’t a tool to evaluate the laptop. It’s better to consider Cinebench here. And, for normal users or office users, this one seems to be getting the job done.

Average CPU Clock Speed

Average CPU clock speeds of this laptop measured during stress test at an auto fan, cooling pad, and with 0.15v CPU UV.

To check the CPU clock speeds, I have used AIDA64 tool.

In a stress test at an auto fan without a cooling pad, the CPU clock speed was 2296MHz. The same test with a cooling pad has raised the CPU speed by 3MHz. So, no noticeable change has been observed. It clearly indicates that the use of a cooling pad for this laptop is useless. Hence, only buy it if you’re about to waste your money.

As Intel UHD Graphics is integrated within the same silicon board and not much powerful as dedicated GPUs, it’s worthless to measure its speed. Because it won’t make any noticeable change.

Furthermore, as this HP 14s dr1009tu laptop is neither a gaming laptop not it has even MX series NVIDIA GPU, it’s void to conduct the CPU and GPU TDP test. Hence, for a non-gaming laptop like this one, I have skipped such a test.

Video Editing Performance

The video editing performance of this laptop was tested by two ways.

  • Average of the video export time
  • Multitasking during video export

Average of the video export time

In this test, I have exported the 16 minutes and 13 seconds long video on YouTube 4K H.264 preset using Adobe Premier CC. And I have repeated the same test 4 times further to show you the average result.

Video export benchmarks of this HP 14s dr1009tu laptop measured by Adobe Premier CC.

So, during my test of video export in 4K preset, the 14s dr1009tu has ended up in on average 35 minutes and 14 seconds. That’s too much.

Multitasking during video export

The motive to conduct this test wasn’t other than to rate the smoothness of this laptop when the CPU is busy with intense work. I have checked the following during the video export, the touchpad, keyboard, and laptop’s response time.

So, During this test, I found this laptop almost laggy. As it has no dedicated NVIDIA graphics, not even of the MX series, the expectation of good performance is useless. Overall, I found it below an average for video editing when compared to Mi Notebook 14 Horizon edition.

Thermal Performance

Average CPU temperature

This test was performed to tell you whether the cooling pad is efficient in temperature reduction with stable or increased performance. For the stress test, I have used the AIDA64 tool. So, the results are in the below image.

Average CPU temperatures this laptop during idle and stress test at different modes.

At idle at an auto fan, the CPU temperature was 48 degrees C. In the stress test at an auto fan, it has raised to 79. With the use of a cooling pad, it has a little reduced to 78 degrees C. And with 0.15v CPU undervolting, it has further reduced to 74.1 degrees C.

So, the use of a cooling pad has shown a little noticeable reduction of 1 degree in CPU temperature. That’s not a big change in my eyes, but if you think it’s a matter for you then must go for buying. Here, for CPU temperature reduction, the CPU undervolting is found an effective approach.

Laptop’s Exterior Temperature

At idle at an auto fan, both the palm rest and a keyboard found pretty cool.

During the stress test at the auto fan, the palm rest was found cool to touch. The middle of the keyboard was at mid 40 C. The sides of the middle of the keyboard were found less hot compared to it. The exterior above the function keys was a bit hotter to touch. Furthermore, there was no difference between the QWERTY part and other keys in terms of temperature.

During the same test with a cooling pad, I found nearly similar results that I have got without it except for the right part of the keyboard. It was a little less hot to touch.

Fans Noise Emission

Fan's noise emission level of this laptop during idle state and stress test at an auto fan.

At idle, the fan of this HP 14s dr1009tu laptop has emitted 33.7dB of noise which is not even heard. During the stress test at an auto fan, the level was increased to 49.6dB.

In addition to that, the gaming laptops like Lenovo Legion 7i, Dell Alienware m15 R2, MSI GS65 Stealth-004, and like have more noisy fans than this one. the noise level during gaming at performance mode increases to 60dB. And, that’s become equal to the noise emitted by a washing machine, hairdryer, and electric toothbrush.

But, such scenario is not the case with this laptop.

Camera and Microphone

The 720p camera and microphone of this HP 14s dr1009tu laptop are below average good at capturing the face and voice, respectively. Furthermore, the camera doesn’t support Windows Hello here. And, the microphone is good but also captured some noise with my voice.

For both camera and microphone, I have given a 4 ratings out of 10.

Speakers

The top-firing speakers are placed at the top of the keyboard. The long belt of holes is made for speakers to let the sound out uniformly. Well, in my testings, I found the sound wasn't coming uniformly through the best. But, that does not matter here.

Both speakers are below-average loud with a little bass present. In addition to that, the sound coming out of them created little bit vibration on the topmost part of the keyboard. Furthermore, while watching the YouTube video, Digitech’s sound level meter has measured the sound. The sound level was 72dB and changing around it.

Ports on the HP 14s dr1009tu Laptop

Ports on the left side of this laptop.
Ports on the left side of this laptop.
Ports on the right side of this laptop.
Ports on the right side of this laptop.

Left Side

  • 1 x Full-size SD card reader

Right Side

  • 1 x 3.5mm Audio/combo jack
  • 1 x USB Type-C Gen-1
  • 2 x USB Type-A 3.1 Gen-1
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4b
  • 1 x Power input

Backside

There’s nothing on the backside of this 14s dr1009tu except air exhausts.

Air Intake Vents

Air intake vents on the back cover of HP 14s dr1009tu laptop.

On the back cover of the laptop, there is an almost 11-inch long and 1.5-inch wide belt of air intake vents. HP might put them to let the cool air enter to cool the laptop down possibly, but my tests have revealed very different results. When I have used the cooling pad during the stress test, It has shown near to zero effect.

And, it’s not surprising that having a lot of air intake vents actually cool down the laptop. All of the cooling solutions of the laptop depends on the fans and the heat pipes. In addition to that, the CPU thermal paste also plays a major role in this case.

Battery

Battery life of 41Wh battery of this laptop measured during YouTube Watch and stress test.

Honestly, this laptop has the worst battery life. The 41Wh battery has lasted just for 6 hours and 29 minutes on YouTube videos watching and 1 hour and 14 minutes on stress tests. Furthermore, the YouTube test was carried out at 50% of screen brightness, keyboard backlighting and other lightings off, and background apps disabled.

When compared to Mi Notebook 14 Horizon laptop, it’s pretty low. Because a 48Wh battery is powering the Mi Notebook and, it has lasted for 7 hours and 29 minutes. Overall, the battery life is about below-average in life and quality.

Storage

This laptop has got 512GB of PCIe-based solid-state storage to provide a possible high performance. This laptop has no extra slot to add more SSD storage. Also, it has no slot for hard-disk. But, you can increase the storage by replacing the existing one with the higher capacity ones. Furthermore, I have used the CrystalDiskMark tool to test its speed. And the results are below.

SSD storage speed test results for this HP 14s dr1009tu laptop.

So, the SSD storage is pretty faster. The reading speed is 1583MB/sec and the writing speed is 1487MB/sec. Furthermore, as you can see in the image above, there are many technical terms by CrystalDiskMark. You read here their meaning in detail.

Furthermore, neither this laptop is capable of gaming nor it has at least NVIDIA's MX series GPU. So, I have skipped testing the gaming benchmarks.

Final Thoughts

This Intel-powered laptop is good enough for office users but it cannot handle graphics-intensive tasks like gaming, photo and video editing. Hence, this one is definitely not the machine for Gamers, Programmers, and Photo and Video editors. Despite the all-plastic build, this laptop is pretty solid and sturdy enough to withstand the flex. The 14-inch FHD display fails to meet the minimum Nits that are required to work in the direct sunlight without creating the pain in eyes and the Screen Color Gamut which are responsible for the accurate screen color reproduction during photo & video editing. Furthermore, having a precision-enabled touchpad isn't matter to happy for this laptop, because I've found it inaccurate at handling the zoom and rotate gestures. This HP 14s dr1009tu laptop definitely fits the place for MS Office users of office-users due to its low weight - just 1.46 Kg. Furthermore, this laptop has no thunderbolt port which pretty awkward for the laptop of ₹60,000 price range. And, you might need a headphone or earbuds since the top-firing speakers of this laptop aren't capable enough to fill the room. Overall, I've rated this laptop 36.20 out of 100, which is pretty low, I except the laptop of ₹60K price range to achieve the score beyond 40 at least.

FAQs

Should I buy this laptop?

This laptop is very limited in terms of performance. It's powered by an Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor from Ice Lake family and Intel UHD GPU. It's perfectly fine for office-level tasks like which involves MS Office because this machine is almost 350g lighter than the limit we recommend at Thanalysis. It's good for academic purposes like for professors of commerce field. But, you shouldn't buy this HP 14s dr1009tu laptop if you're involved in the field that requires high CPU computations, like programming, machine learning, graphics and video editing, and many more. For CPU and GPU intensive works, there are other laptops like Acer Swift 3 SF314-57G, Aspire 5 A514-52G, and Mi Notebook 14 Horizon can replace this one.

Is this laptop good?

This laptop is good for those who aren't going to edit videos and photos, programming, and like. It's good for those who are going to deal with browser, MS office, or small software. This machine isn't good for the students of chemical engineering because they require a machine that capable enough of running the chemical engineering-specific software like AutoCAD, CFD, ANSYS, and many more. It's also incapable of the jobs the computer science students because they require at least GPU installed for programming and graphics-intensive work. And, the same for mechanical and civil engineering students.

Can I add HDD/SDD to this laptop?

No. This machine has the only slot for the solid-state drive and that's not extra even.

Is this laptop good for video editing?

This laptop is not good for video editing for two reasons. First, this laptop has no dedicated graphics installed, hence you won't be able to complete any graphics-intensive tasks which is the key part of smooth video editing tasks. Second, the color gamut values of this HP 14s dr1009tu laptop's display are too below-average that makes the color reproduction of the display poor. So, this laptop is neither fits in the performance nor in the color reproduction that required in the video editing.

Can I play Games on it?

You can only play light games like GTA Vice City, Project IGI, and like. You cannot play games that require high graphics to render. Hence, you cannot play games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, The Witcher 3, CS:GO, and many. For gaming, the laptop must have at least of MX series of NVIDIA GPU. In addition to that, smooth gaming requires a different kind of internals the laptop to have, like heat pipes, proper ventilation, air exhausts placement, a well-placed thermal paste, and many more. The thin laptop like this one is designed to meet the gaming needs. For gaming laptops, you can read our dedicated article here.

Is this laptop upgradeable?

In this HP 14s dr1009tu laptop, you can only upgrade RAM and an SSD storage. The 2666MHz 8GB of DDR4 RAM can be upgraded to a maximum of 16GB. And, the limit for SSD expansion is set to 2TB. Also, note that HP hasn't given any extra for both RAM and an SSD. So, you need to replace the existing one before upgrading of either or both of it.

Is HP, the manufacturing company of this laptop, the best?

Yes, HP is one of the best laptop manufacturing companies on this planet. It manufactures many outstanding products. But, the customer service is little not satisfactory. In fact, HP’s customer service got 61 scores out of 100.

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