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.
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.