HP is adding two new low-cost laptops to the HP Stream family. The $300 HP Stream 14 will be joined by the $230 HP Stream 13.3 and $200 HP Stream 11.6 inch laptops in November.
These are inexpensive, portable Windows notebooks with Intel Celeron Bay Trail processors, solid state storage, and fanless designs.
There’s no mistaking the new HP laptops for high-end machines. The viewing angles are limited, the cases are plastic, and there’s only 32GB of storage on each entry-level model.
But for as little as $200 you’ll be able to pick up a full-fledged Windows notebook from HP this fall, capable of running Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, or any other Windows apps that aren’t available for similarly-priced Chromebooks (we can’t really count Adobe Photoshop in that camp anymore).
In fact, the new HP Stream notebooks will both come with a 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 which includes access to Microsoft’s Office apps as well as 1TB of online storage.
The notebooks feature 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI ports, SD card slots, Intel Celeron N2840 Bay Trail processors, and 2GB of RAM.
Like many portable notebooks these days, the HP Stream notebooks don’t have removable batteries. But HP says the 11.6 inch model should get up to 8.25 hours of battery life, while the larger 13.3 inch version should run for up to 7.75 hours at a time.
And since there are no fans and no hard drives under the hood, this system shouldn’t make any noise during normal operation.
HP will offer a 4G model of the Stream 13 notebook which comes with 200MB of free data from T-Mobile each month during the life of the device. Both notebooks will also include a $25 gift card to purchase content from the Microsoft Store.
While HP hasn’t provided full specs for the notebooks yet, both the 11.6 inch and 13.3 inch models feel pretty light-weight. The models I got to spend some time with have matte screens with limited viewing angles when you push the display back — but colors look decent when you view the screen from the left or right sides.
In the photo gallery below, the blue notebook is a model with an 11.6 inch screen while the pink notebook has a 13.3 inch display. Both models have 1366 x 768 pixel screen resolutions.