HP is launching an affordable new laptop with a relatively low price tag, as expected. Unfortunately the price tag isn’t quite as low as expected.

The HP Stream laptop features a 14 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an AMD Mullins low-power processor, and a $300 price tag.

That’s about $100 more than some folks had been expecting… although to be fair, HP had never officially promised to sell the laptop for $200. We’d heard that number from a Microsoft official.

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HP’s new laptop should be available starting September 24th, and it’s kind of HP and Microsoft’s answer to a Google Chromebook. It doesn’t include a lot of local storage, but customers will get 100GB of free cloud storage from Microsoft OneDrive for 2 years.

The notebook has 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output, and a microSD card reader. It weighs 3.8 pounds, measures 13.5″ x 9.5″ x 0.7″ and features a fanless design.

It’s one of the first notebooks powered by AMD’s A4-Micro-6400T Mullins processor which is a quad-core chip with a TDP of 4.5 watts and Radeon R3 graphics. One of the only other laptops I’ve seen with that chip is also from HP: The Pavilion 10z mini-laptop.

The HP Stream features a 32Whr battery and HP says the notebook should run for up to 6.5 hours on a charge. The notebook also features 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Miracast wireless display support.

While the HP Stream looks like a Windows alternative got a Chromebook, HP continues to hedge its bets. The company recently updated its line of Chrome OS laptops with new models feature Intel and NVIDIA processors. HP is also one of the only major computer makers to offer a laptop that runs Google Android.

Mobile Geeks got a chance to check out the HP Stream at IFA in Berlin, and reports that the notebook has a TN display panel with limited viewing angles, but generally feels like a decent notebook for the price… although a $300 laptop isn’t nearly as exciting as a $200 model would have been.

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16 replies on “HP announces the 14 inch, $300 HP Stream laptop”

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  3. Lenovo has a new g40, selling for 250, and Acer sells a $200 laptop at Best buy. Both run windows 8.1. How is a $300 getting so much coverage?

    1. To me, it’s interesting because it has AMDs new Mullins chip. I’m hoping to some some real world/synthetic tests on these chips. Plus it’s fanless.

      1. It seems 2GB of RAM is holding it back. I am not sure if it’s dual channel or even 1600Hz but some reviews (Lon on Amazon) seem to think Web performance is a bit sluggish.

        I would say it’s not so much the AMD APU but the bloatware HP and Microsoft put on these things, run the background and use up valuable RAM when you can upgrade.

        The solution to this is some tweaking of what happens when Windows starts up. Also I haven’t use Microsoft Office suite in over a decade. I can open say excel files with small add-on programs from MS, otherwise I do everything in the cloud via Google Drive.

        There also Power Point alternatives; just don’t need Office, can delete that and free up some space.

        Reviews report about 15-17GB of hard drive space once it’s booted up and updated.

    2. Because $300 hasn’t gotten you solid storage or 32Whr battery before. The Chromebook 14, for comparison, is a 40Whr battery, smaller SSD, but has a 4G WWAN & 4GB RAM option for $350.

      Edit: Checked the service manual: https://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04400176.pdf
      It has Realtek wireless, and fixed 32 GB or 64GB eMMC storage. No 4GB RAM option. For comparison the Chromebook 14 has Atheros wireless, M2 upgradeable storage, a 4GB RAM version and comes in red. The Chromebook 14 destroys the Stream.

      Edit again: It is internally similar to the Slatebook 14 with AMD/Windows instead of nVidia/Android and an inferior screen.

      1. The service manual says (on PDF page number 3):

        “Safety warning notice
        WARNING! To reduce the possibility of heat-related injuries or of overheating the device, do not place
        the device directly on your lap or obstruct the device air vents. Use the device only on a hard, flat surface.”

        That means that this model of notebook computer is literally a portable desktop computer, not a laptop computer.

  4. I’d like to see how these CPUs compare with Intel’s equivalents. Not really interested in the graphics part though.

  5. A10-Micro-6400T is only about $20 more and is a much better processor/gpu and why not put in 2x battery, 4gb or upgradable ram and ssd then it would be worth $300 but this is $200 specs

    1. I’ve spent a bunch of time reviewing the processors recently and my conclusion is that AMD is just around $20 too expensive for what you get.

      Improving single core performance will help them greatly.

  6. Some sites are saying that this has a metal finish. Is it true? With 0.7″ thickness and fanless design, this might have some potential if it goes on sale for under $250.

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