By Jayanta Ghosh
This year HP India announced a range of new consumer products – an 11.6-inchnotebook HP Stream, two tablets including the HP Stream 8 and HP Slate6 VoiceTab II, and one palm sized desktop HP Pavilion Mini Desktop designed to boost performance and maximize productivity. With this new range of mobile computing devices, HP is looking to blend technology seamlessly into the lifestyle of the new age consumer by catering to their diverse demands around flexibility, performance and style. HP Stream is a new kind of Windows notebook PC that provides unsurpassed value in a thin and light package, and includes value-added services with free cloud storage for instant access and sharing of content with 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive for one year; Office 365 Personal for one year to edit, share or collaborate in real-time.
HP Stream is a thin, light and affordable notebook PC with the power for most every day computing tasks. You can enjoy entertainment in high-definition (HD) with an 11.6” HD display. It has a fan-less design with Intel Celeron processor and 32GB of eMMC flash memory allows for quiet, cool operation and quick file recall. Available in Horizon Blue colour with a stylish gradient design.
This ultraportable is more versatile than a Chromebook, using the Stream is just like using any other Windows 8.1 machine. Not only can the HP Stream 11 run classics like Word and Excel, it also comes with Office 365 Personal for a year with 1TB of OneDrive storage. The build quality is solid and it has a comfortable keyboard and loud speakers. Another thing that we liked about HP Stream is that it also got a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, and an SD card reader.One thing that is not impressive in this device is its battery life, its not very disspointing but we got around 6 hrs of battery life in normal usage.
And while the playful design isn’t for everyone, it will definitely stand out in a crowd .
What keeps the Stream 11 from being an Editors’ Choice pick is its relatively dim display, below-average battery life and a touchpad that simply doesn’t work as smoothly as it should. Assuming you want to stay in the Windows world on the cheap — and are willing to store a good portion of your stuff in the cloud — consider HP’s Stream 13. That laptop gives you a bigger 13-inch display for just $229, or $30 more than the Stream 11. But if you want to travel really light, the Stream 11 is a pretty good bargain.
The Pros: Built, design, Comfortable keyboard,DTS speakers
The Cons: Dim display, average battery life
Celeron Dual Core
2 GB DDR3 RAM
32 GB EMMC HDD