HP launched the Stream line of low-cost Windows notebooks in 2014, offering moderate performance, long battery life, and low prices. In 2015 the company is expanding the Stream line to include desktops.
The HP Stream Mini 200 is a desktop PC that’s small enough to hold in one hand. It’s a full-fledged Windows desktop PC, albeit with some of the same limitations as the Stream laptops: it has just 32GB of built-in storage.
HP sells the Stream Mini for $180, which makes it a little cheaper than a Stream laptop.
You might expect this model to be a lot cheaper, since it doesn’t have a screen or battery. But the HP Stream Mini does have a decent array of ports including HDMI and DisplayPort, 4 USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC card reader, and Gigabit Ethernet.
The system is powered by an Intel Celeron 2957U processor, has 2GB of RAM, and a 32GB M.2 SATA solid state drive. It features 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
If 2GB of memory isn’t enough for you, there are two SODIMM slots, only one of which is occupied by the stick that ships with the computer.
The system measures 5.7″ x 5.7″ x 2.1″ and weighs about 1.4 pounds.
HP is positioning the Stream Mini as a clutter-saving tiny computer that you can use as a simple computer or which you can connect to a TV to use as a small, low-cost media center. Customers who buy this $180 desktop will also get 200GB of cloud storage from Microsoft OneDrive for 2 years and a $25 gift card to the Windows Store which can be redeemed for games, apps, music, or other content.
The HP Stream Mini 200 should be available starting January 14th.
Need more power? HP also offers the new Pavilion Mini desktop for $320. That model has a Pentium processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.