Stream (11-inch)by HP

  • Stream (11-inch)
  • Stream (11-inch)
  • Stream (11-inch)
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VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
76%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Stream's nine-hour battery life means you can work all day with the unit without worrying about running out of power.
  • Horizon blue and magenta orchid colors along with sleek lines make the Streambook an attractive package.
  • One year of Office 365 and 1TB of OneDrive storage expands the model's capabilities.

CONS

  • The display is mediocre with a passable resolution of 1,366 x 768, washed out colors and poor viewing angles.
  • The performance is sluggish for some applications.
  • The touchpad can be finicky and gesture controls are poorly implemented.
The Stream 11 is HP's answer to Google's popular Chromebook computers. Priced at $199, the portable is offered in fun colors and designed with the cloud in mind, although it's perfectly capable of performing basic computing and entertainment tasks offline. Lightweight at 2.8 pounds, the Stream measures a compact 11.81 by 8.1 by 0.78 inches and has an 11.6-inch HD anti-glare WLED-backlit display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The unit is built around an Intel Celeron processor and includes 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 32GB of solid-state storage. One year of Office 365 and a 1TB of OneDrive storage are included with the laptop.
NameStream (11-inch)Chromebook 2 (13-inch)EeeBook X205TA-US01-BLChromebook 11Aspire One Cloudbook 11
ManufacturerHPToshibaAsusHPAcer
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81%

The Stream 11 might be cheap enough to compete with a Chromebook, but that doesn't necessarily mean it performs like one. Though it uses an …

The Stream 11 might be cheap enough to compete with a Chromebook, but that doesn't necessarily mean it performs like one. Though it uses an Intel Celeron N2840 processor similar to what you'll find in many Chrome OS devices, it feels... slower.

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80%

Its bright plastic colors make the Stream look like a Fisher-Price toy.

Its bright plastic colors make the Stream look like a Fisher-Price toy.

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80%

If you perform a physical click at the bottom-middle of the touchpad, you won't get a left or right-click in Windows; you get nothing at all…

If you perform a physical click at the bottom-middle of the touchpad, you won't get a left or right-click in Windows; you get nothing at all.

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80%

Colours are really washed out, with the brightest of reds looking pink and the juiciest of oranges appearing slightly beige. Subtle differen…

Colours are really washed out, with the brightest of reds looking pink and the juiciest of oranges appearing slightly beige. Subtle differences in the brightest colours don’t show up either, making everything look a little soft. Black levels are poor too, with even the deepest of shadows looking grey.

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79%

After spending time with this device, I can’t for the life of me figure out why you’d spend, say, $500 on a Windows laptop anymore unless yo…

After spending time with this device, I can’t for the life of me figure out why you’d spend, say, $500 on a Windows laptop anymore unless you’re desperate for a larger screen.

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70%

These systems, including the $200 HP Stream 11...are pitched as being cloud-friendly, which is a polite way of saying they're too underpower…

These systems, including the $200 HP Stream 11...are pitched as being cloud-friendly, which is a polite way of saying they're too underpowered to satisfactorily run a lot of standard apps.

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70%

Image quality is good, but not great, as one might expect in this price range.

Image quality is good, but not great, as one might expect in this price range.

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70%

The 11-inch display on the Stream 11 doesn't wow.

The 11-inch display on the Stream 11 doesn't wow.

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The Stream 11 notebook may be low-rent in components, but not in build....the Stream 11 feels solid, with a sturdy hinge—definitely more rug…

The Stream 11 notebook may be low-rent in components, but not in build....the Stream 11 feels solid, with a sturdy hinge—definitely more rugged than many Chromebooks.

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HP has equipped the Stream with a simple TN panel. So, the viewing angles are narrow. The laptop can be used in the shade at best. Other tha…

HP has equipped the Stream with a simple TN panel. So, the viewing angles are narrow. The laptop can be used in the shade at best. Other than that, it is difficult or even impossible to use the display outdoors because of the glossy surface.

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