The HP Stream 11 and Stream 13 are thin and light notebooks with low prices. But they’re not Chromebooks. These are Windows laptops that come with a free 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium.

HP introduced the Stream 11 and Stream 13 September. Now you can buy them for $200 and up.

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The HP Stream 11 has an 11.6 inch display and $200 price tag, while the HP Stream 13 has a 13.3 inch screen and sells for $230.

Both models feature Intel Celeron N2840 dual-core Bay Trail processors, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage (plus cloud storage from Microsoft Office + OneDrive for at least a year).

HP says the smaller model should get up to 8.25 hours of battery life, while the larger notebook should get about a half hour less. Both machines feature fanless designs thanks to their low-power processors.

Each has 1 USB 3.0 port, 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI output, and an SD card reader.

When I got a chance to check out the new HP Stream notebooks in person I found that they have matte 1366 x 768 pixel displays instead of the more common glossy screens. But they also suffered from limited viewing angles — if you tilt the display too far backward or forward the colors will start to fade.

These notebooks are aimed at folks who are looking for a low-cost portable computer that can run Windows software. They’re not high-end devices, so if you don’t expect a high-quality display, a super-speedy processor, or top notch build quality, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking for those things, you’ll probably have to spend more money.

The HP Stream 11 measures 11.8″ x 8.1″ x 0.8″ and weighs 2.8 pounds. The 13 inch model is 13.1″ x 9″ x 0.8″ and weighs 3.4 pounds.

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27 replies on “HP Stream 11 and 13 laptops now available for $200 and up”

  1. Microsoft has the HP Stream 13-c077nr Signature Edition Laptop why get all the HP crud

  2. Any idea when the 13″ model will be available in stores, if at all? My local Walmart and Best Buy only seem to stock the 11″ which, unfortunately displays text too small for my old eyes.

  3. I was able to play around with a pink 11.6 inch model at Walmart. Sitting next to the $199 samsung arm chromebook, the display of the HP was inferior. I was very impressed with the build quality and the fanless design. While the keyboard keys felt a bit cheap, overall for the price the thing seems solid. The color scheme is a bit radical. I would purchase one if I could get it in black with perhaps the white keyboard. The blue and pink colors look like hot wheels and barbie computers.

    1. I’m starting to think that HP is keeping the colour selection to pink and blue as a way of providing a low-cost education laptop for kids, but trying to steer other customers in the direction of pricier laptops.

  4. This laptop looks amazing for its price. I was considering ordering an Asus X205 next month, but this one looks better.

    Full-size SD is a great feature (to me MicroSD cards are like AAA batteries. I will buy one for a specific device IF i need it. I will never stock up on them). I have plenty of 32gb SD cards for my Nikon, so for me it is a free 32gb expansion.

    My only hope is that the SD slot swallows the whole card. If the card doesn’t fit flush, then the only benefit is loading pics from a camera.

    The full-size HDMI is another plus. The Asus X205 has a Micro HDMI (again, I don’t have one of these cables laying around. I could be convinced to buy one, but I’d rather not).

    USB 3.0 is another big perk. Also, the Celeron processor is a bit faster than the Atom in the Asus.

    The only thing the Asus has on the HP is the battery life. Asus claims 12 hour. HP says 8.25 hour. Also the fact that the Asus is available in a really nice white colour. I’m not so keen on owning a Blue laptop, but it will probably never leave my house.

    1. “The only thing the Asus has on the HP is the battery life.”
      It’s possible that the Asus has a better keyboard. Gizmodo’s hands on called the Stream’s keyboard “painfully plastic”, and Asus are generally pretty good with tiny keyboards. Realistically neither keyboard is likely to be very good, but if the Asus is like the 1015e then at least the keyboard won’t have a ton of flex.

      1. You’re right. Every smallish Asus laptop I have used has a pretty decent keyboard.

        When it comes to cheap laptops, the only thing that concerns me (quality wise) is the chassis flex. If I pick it up by the corner, does it creak and flex?

        I had a Samsung Chromebook, and it flexed so much if you picked it up by a corner, that the mouse touchpad wouldn’t even let me click because the chassis flexed so much. I returned it the very same day because of that issue.

        Since then, I have played with a bunch of Chromebooks, and found the same flaw (to varying degrees).

      2. Quality issues aside, and also considering I haven’t played with either of these laptops, I would say the HP is ahead in my books. Mostly because of the SD slot, USB 3.0, and the hope that it boots Linux (this is a guess).

  5. Very attractive design ……
    I prefer SD card slots, micro sd is awful – it’s so easy to drop the little card before you get it in the device!

  6. At the end of the article you say, “The HP Chromebook 11 measures 11.8″ x 8.1″ x 0.8″ and weighs 2.8 pounds. The 13 inch model is 13.1″ x 9″ x 0.8″ and weighs 3.4 pounds.”

    Did you mean Chromebook? It seems odd you would suddenly throw that in at the end… I think you meant Stream 11 and Stream 13?

  7. How does a dual core Bay Trail Celeron compare with a quad core Bay Trail Atom?

  8. Between this and the new Asus one covered last week, I’d go with the Asus, because it has microSD, although the Asus has the Intel Atom Z3735. Not sure off the top of my head how that compares.

    1. The HP has a full size SD card slot though. At least it looks like from the video.

    2. The Celeron N2840 in the HP should perform better than the Atom Z3735 according to CPUBenchmarks.Maybe I’ll get this instead of the Zotac Pico, since I get a kbd, screen and little better processor.

      1. I thought about it a bit more and thought that I’d go with the Atom for something that would be used mainly mobile and unplugged, such as that Asus netbook which I thought would be good for travel. That’s because it’s lower power. The Celeron might be better if you also intended to use the device at all as a desktop replacement, and this HP having USB 3, where I think the Asus might only have USB 2, would help there too.

        Thoughts?

  9. Is the RAM on these upgradeable or soldered in place? Any word about how well they play with Linux?

      1. Thanks. That’s unfortunate about the RAM. Upgradeable RAM would have made this a steal of a deal. Oh well.

        1. Don’t hold your breath, I think most companies will go out of their way to prevent upgradability on a laptop this cheap. It would cannibalize sales all the way up to the $400 pricepoint.

    1. made me doubt the smoothness when opening doc and pdf and browser at the same time

  10. I wish one could at least expect a usable trackpad at these prices.

  11. I will guess the headline is supposed to read “Now Available”…

    1. Hah! I could have been publishing “Not available” articles every day during the month of October.

      Thanks for the heads up. I’ve fixed the headline. Sadly my typo will live on in infamy in the URL…

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