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Best Laptop for School Students – HP 14-DQ1038WM

HP 14-DQ1038WM is a laptop for everyday use. It features an Intel Core i3 and HD display which is adequate for handling simple, basic computing tasks. When this writing, this laptop prices at $399.00, quite cheap and reasonable. So, we think that it is not only suitable for home and small business use, but for school students as well.

HP ships HP 14-DQ1038WM with a 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1.This power-efficient dual-core processor has four threads, thanks to Intel Hyper-Threads Tech. The range of frequency is between 1.20GHz up to the max of 3.40GHz. The max freq achieved when the laptop in heavy-duty with the support of Intel Turbo Boost Tech. This processor also has 4 MB Level 3 cache, and integrated Intel UHD Graphics G1. With a TDP of 15 W, this is an energy-efficient one.

The system memory is rated at 4 GB of 2666MHz DDR4 SDRAM and the storage space is a 128 GB M.2 Solid State Drive. Both have fast performance and reliable, but sadly with very limited capacity.

With the i3-1005G1inside, HP 14-DQ1038WM basically is a laptop for simple, basic everyday tasks. It will easily handle tasks such as browsing the internet, working with Word or Excel, watching online videos, basic photo editing, and similar else. Multitasking is actually its strong point but it really depends as well on the system memory and the 4GB RAM is limited capability.
Booting and running applications will be easy and smooth because of the fast and reliable SSD. Sadly, it is with very limited capacity, too.
Gaming? Yes, it is possible for light games only, and don’t force it with the more demanding one.


The 14-inch HD display on HP 14-DQ1038WM is an SVA screen panel. It is anti-glare and has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. This panel is equipped with WLED-backlit and has 220 nits of brightness and 45% NTSC color gamut.

The ports and slots are standard and adequate for work. Luckily, there is a USB Type-C port that supports high-speed data transfer. The following are the available ports:
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (Data Transfer Only, 5Gb/s signaling rate)
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (Data Transfer Only)
1 x HDMI 1.4b
1 x Headphone/microphone combo
1 x Multi-format SD card reader
Since this everyday laptop doesn’t have an RJ-45 port, it utilizes the wireless options only for networking. The options are:
802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi5
Bluetooth 4.2 Combo

HP 14-DQ1038WM has a 3-cell 41 Wh Lithium-ion battery as the power source. No further information related to battery life. But, with the specs above we can expect that its run time is up to 6-8 hours, depends on the setting and usage of the laptop.
So, you don’t need to worry about battery deficiency when working outdoor, as long as you full-charge the battery before.

Talking about portability, this best budget laptops for students is actually a nice one. With a dimension of 12.76 x 8.86 x 0.71 inch, it is not large and not heavy too, only 3.24 lb. It is a comfortable laptop to bring everywhere. It won’t need much space in your bag and won’t make you feel heavy as well when you take it around for work.

In the end, we conclude that HP 14-DQ1038WM is well-prepared to handle simple daily computing activities. This laptop comes with decent performance for this.
The price is quite affordable, so it is good enough to use at home, small business and school.