HP recently unveiled a line of low cost notebooks and tablets as part of the HP Stream family. Can’t decide if you’d rather have a laptop or a tablet? HP’s also got a 2-in-1 convertible.
The HP Stream x360 is an 11.6 inch notebook with a hinge that lets you push the screen back just about 360 degrees, allowing you to hold the computer like a tablet.
HP hasn’t announced a detailed specs or a US price for the HP Stream x360 yet. But the HP Stream line of products are designed to be affordable. Tablets start at just $99 and notebooks have starting prices as low as $199.
Notebook Italia reports that the Stream x360 will sell for €289, or about $364 in Europe. A 3G model with HP DataPass will run €349 ($439). It’s likely that the notebook will be cheaper if and when it goes on sale in the United States.
Pictures on the HP UK website show a system with 3 USB ports, HDMI output, an Ethernet jack, SD card reader, and headset jack. Power and volume buttons are located on the sides of the system, letting you access the buttons even when the keyboard is tucked away behind the display.
If the Stream x360 looks familiar, that might be because it looks a lot like the HP Pavilion x360 convertible notebook the company has been offering since February. That system sells for $400 and up.
One difference is that the Pavilion x360 has vents on one side so the fan can blow out hot air. I don’t see any vents on the HP Stream x360, which suggests it could be fanless like the HP Stream 11 and 13 inch notebooks. Both of those models are powered by Intel Celeron N2840 Bay Trail low-power processors and have 32GB of solid state storage.
HP says customers who buy the Stream x360 will also get a 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365. That includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Access. It also includes 1TB of cloud storage with Microsoft OneDrive.