HP is adding two new low-cost laptops to the HP Stream family. The $300 HP Stream 14 will be joined by the $230 HP Stream 13.3 and $200 HP Stream 11.6 inch laptops in November.

These are inexpensive, portable Windows notebooks with Intel Celeron Bay Trail processors, solid state storage, and fanless designs.

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There’s no mistaking the new HP laptops for high-end machines. The viewing angles are limited, the cases are plastic, and there’s only 32GB of storage on each entry-level model.

But for as little as $200 you’ll be able to pick up a full-fledged Windows notebook from HP this fall, capable of running Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, or any other Windows apps that aren’t available for similarly-priced Chromebooks (we can’t really count Adobe Photoshop in that camp anymore).

In fact, the new HP Stream notebooks will both come with a 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 which includes access to Microsoft’s Office apps as well as 1TB of online storage.

The notebooks feature 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI ports, SD card slots, Intel Celeron N2840 Bay Trail processors, and 2GB of RAM.

Like many portable notebooks these days, the HP Stream notebooks don’t have removable batteries. But HP says the 11.6 inch model should get up to 8.25 hours of battery life, while the larger 13.3 inch version should run for up to 7.75 hours at a time.

And since there are no fans and no hard drives under the hood, this system shouldn’t make any noise during normal operation.

HP will offer a 4G model of the Stream 13 notebook which comes with 200MB of free data from T-Mobile each month during the life of the device. Both notebooks will also include a $25 gift card to purchase content from the Microsoft Store.

While HP hasn’t provided full specs for the notebooks yet, both the 11.6 inch and 13.3 inch models feel pretty light-weight. The models I got to spend some time with have matte screens with limited viewing angles when you push the display back — but colors look decent when you view the screen from the left or right sides.

In the photo gallery below, the blue notebook is a model with an 11.6 inch screen while the pink notebook has a 13.3 inch display. Both models have 1366 x 768 pixel screen resolutions.

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17 replies on “HP unveils new Stream laptops for $199 and up”

  1. Nice little netbook. Maybe I should get one. Should be easier to tinker with than a Chromebook.

  2. So after the HP Stream 14, a rather gorgeous looking laptop, well built, sleek etc, HP come out with these :/

    Where they High? did they run out of money? what the hell HP

  3. Based on mfrs’ track record with low cost
    devices, I don’t have good expectations
    for these things.

    Intel/Microsoft should enable an always-on
    cloud connection, constantly backing up in
    the background, even when the PC is put
    on standby or hibernation. The connection
    would resume automatically after an interuption,
    such as when the battery is removed or is

    These devices are like toasters. When
    they fail, you dispose of them and get a new one.

  4. I’d take a 10″ and thin bezels with the same specs. Hopefully, not as ugly looking though. Then I’ll install Linux on it.

  5. Now to decide, the Asus eeeBook x205 or one of these. What do you guys think?

    1. For me no question:
      Asus x205. Thinner, looking more professional, better battery life and Vetter colors

  6. Considering that a year of Office Personal is included in which many people might use just for the 1TB storage, then you can knock another $70 off the price. It’s quite remarkable.

    We are clearly just now entering a new era in which MS see’s little-to-no business model in selling OS licenses longterm anymore. So they need as many cheap devices as possible flooding the market were a “free” Windows is simply embedded in the device similar to ChromeOS, Android, iOS.

    Although I have no interest in devices this lowend as a primary laptop, it will be interesting to see how it pushes down prices on midrange devices (1080 IPS, 4GB RAM, 64GB & up). Although at effectively what is $130 it could certainly make an interesting file server, kids laptop, or even a TV box competitor to the Roku, AppleTV, FireTV (I find the W8 UI very TV friendly).

  7. Hope they have other colors other than the horrible pink/blue on display…..

  8. Excellent. Amazing what you get for $200 or $230 these days. Great to see the battery life extending out. Would be interested in seeing how easy it would be to upgrade the RAM, etc?

    1. For this price RAM isnt likely upradeable.
      However, I wish that SSD could be replaced with 7mm drive, but, most likely its the same as with RAM, non-upgradeable?

      1. Depends on how hard it is to open the casing… This isn’t a mobile SoC, so limitations are more like standard laptop…

          1. I wouldn’t doubt RAM. I think that the hard drive may not, though. I really don’t know. I’d have to crack one open and see for myself.

          2. no one makes 32gb HDDs, the storage is probably eMMC soldered on, much like your smartphone or tablet

          3. I knew that it wasn’t actually a hard drive, but it could be possible that it is a small capacity SSD inside.
            One would have to break it open in order to find out.

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