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[Review] HP 14M-DW0023DX: The Goldilocks of Convertibles

Pros
  • Stylish and convertible design
  • Core i5 (10th generation)
  • Windows 10 Home operating system
  • Integrated fingerprint reader
Cons
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Delivered without stylus
Looking for that perfect balance between mobility and multitasking performance can be pretty challenging with many manufacturers forcing us to pick between portability and performance. However, there are exceptions such as HP and its latest mid-range flagship; the HP 14M-DW0023DX which deliver performance, versatility, and a killer price point. 

As many customers have already attested, HP's newest convertible stands out from the crowd thanks to its fast response multi-touch display with a Full HD resolution, the ergonomics offered by its backlit keyboard, and the speed of its Core i5 processor when working on multiple tasks at a time.

Today, we've set out to find out if the HP 14M-DW0023DX is all it's cracked up to be or if you're better off going in another direction.



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For whom it is?


If you are looking for a convertible laptop at a reasonable price, the HP 14M-DW0023DX is the most suitable computing solution, especially if you need a model that fits within the 14-inch diagonal. 

Thanks to its latest generation Intel Core i5 processor, you won't have to worry about performance when working on your daily computing tasks; while its generous 256 GB of SSD storage ensures a fast execution of the apps that you need on your day-to-day basis.


Technical specifications


Make modelHP 14M-DW0023DX
Dimensions32.4 x 22.1 x 1.87 cm
Weight3.55 lbs
PanelWLED IPS (14 inches)
ResolutionFull HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
ProcessorIntel Core i5-1035G1 (4 cores 3.60 GHz)
RAM8 GB (DDR4)
Graphic ControllerIntel Iris Plus Graphics
Storage256 GB (SSD)
Battery3 cells (Lithium)
Operating systemWindows 10 Home
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6 
Bluetooth 5.0 
USB 3.1 (x2) 
USB Type C 
HDMI 1.4b 
Audio combo connector 
SD card reader 
HD webcam 
Digital microphone 
Fingerprint sensor


A timeless design

HP 14M-DW0023DX: convertible Core i5 con pantalla FHD multitáctil de 14’’, disco SSD y lector de huellas


The aesthetics of the HP 14M-DW0023DX are defined by a silver chassis that conveys not only elegance but also robustness and durability. Its 14-inch diagonal allows it to enjoy a slim 0.7-inch profile and a weight that's very manageable at just 3.55 pounds , overall a very portable device. 

Whether you prefer to use it as a laptop or tablet, the 360º swivel hinge lets you switch between these modes without complications; while the integrated QWERTY keyboard provides the user with a comfortable typing experience. We should also note that the keyboard is backlit with two intensities so typing in dark environments is not an issue. 


Enjoy your content with impressive definition


To enjoy a pleasurable viewing experience, the 14M-DW0023DX boasts a 14-inch WLED screen with  Full HD resolution and IPS  technology for better viewing angles as well as your standard narrow bezels that allow you to watch movies from all angles without distractions. 

Its 250 nit brightness level and matte surface, meanwhile, translate into clearer, brighter, and glare-free images, even when used outdoors. And to simplify its use as a tablet, it incorporates fast-response multi-touch technology, being also compatible with Windows 10 touch gestures.


A hard-to-beat hardware combination


Get enough performance for the daily shift


When it comes to the key internals, HP's newest bet for the mid-range implements a 10th generation Intel Core i5-1035G1 , made up of 4 real cores - running at a maximum  3.6 GHz -, 8 virtual cores courtesy of HyperThreading technology, and 6 MB of cache

Meanwhile, it's got 8 GB of RAM that runs at a frequency of 3200 MHz through a single DDR4 module.

That's quite impressive when you consider the fact that most RAM modules run at a considerably lower speed, typically below the 2700 MHz mark. 

It should also be pointed out that RAM on the 14M-DW0023DX is upgradeable to a maximum of 32 GB

In that regard, while 8 GB should suffice for most users, more so considering the fact that it comes with a powerful processor and an SSD storage module, you will probably want to upgrade the RAM down the line if you're a power user so it's definitely good to have that option available. 

Complete your tasks where and when you need it most


When it comes to overall performance, with this set of specs its this laptop's own clients the ones who assure us that this laptop is perfectly suited for your standard tasks such as: browsing on multiple tabs, office automation, multimedia playback, basic picture editing, and casual gaming, amongst other tasks.

That said, with this set of specs; was there ever any doubt?


An SSD unit that makes all the difference


When it comes to storage, HP's new laptop comes well prepared with a 256 GB SSD unit. Now, if you haven't bought a new laptop in a few years this might not sound very exciting and it might even look like you're downgrading if you come from a laptop that boasts a hard drive. However, you would be wrong, very very wrong. 

You see, a laptop that features an SSD such as this one instead of your traditional Hard Drive unit is up to 10 times faster than its equivalent Hard Drive version.

 Booting up, downloading files, rendering images, installing updates, pretty much everything you do on a laptop with an SSD will be considerably faster than its HDD counterpart. 


Watch 4K videos and play games in your spare time


As far as graphical performance is concerned, the HP 14M-DW0023DX comes with an integrated Intel UHD Graphics card which is best suited for stuff like streaming movies, a light image editing software, and maybe some light gaming at low settings with games such as FIFA. 

However, this is far from a gaming laptop, for that you would definitely need a dedicated graphics card and we would be remiss if we recommended this laptop either for gaming or for graphic-intensive tasks. That said, for most use cases it's a pretty good device. 

What else should I take into account?


A battery that won't let you down

You can't really have a convertible and not give it decent battery life. What would be the point of that? HP is well aware of this and advertises up to 13 hours of battery life on the 14M-DW0023DX through video playback. 

The company is also quick to point out that we should expect roughly 8 hours under mixed usage. Since we're all for adjusting expectations, we would say that most users should expect battery life to be between 6 and 8 hours. Expect this and you won't be disappointed. 

The connectivity other convertibles would like


In terms of connectivity, we've got WiFi 6 as well as Bluetooth 5 connectivity. There's also a standalone USB Type C port as well as a couple of standard USB type-A ports.

 By the way, if you've never heard about WiFi 6 until just now don't worry, that's because the WiFi consortium just recently decided to name WiFi in a more logical way.

 In that regard, if you come from a device with WiFi 5 (802.11 ac standard) then you could expect internet speeds to be up to 40% faster. 

Moving on, there is a fingerprint reader for quick login, an HD webcam with microphone, an SD slot, an HDMI 1.4b output for monitors,  and a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones.


Verdict: Should you buy it?


Overall, the 14M-DW0023DX reviewed today offers an excellent experience not only when interacting with applications via its touchscreen, but also when working with a variety of more demanding computing tasks. 


The keyboard's backlight function is an interesting addition for those who work in low-light environments, and the integrated fingerprint sensor offers additional protection for your personal information. 

We also appreciate the extensive connectivity options available and its battery life offers us a more than acceptable experience to carry the laptop around day in and day out. Overall, a great deal for those looking for a powerful convertible with a slim form factor and an affordable price point.  

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