At the CES 2015, HP unveiled its take on the modern budget computer: a pair of mini-PCs that run Windows.
The HP Stream Mini comes with 32GB of SSD storage and 2GB of RAM. It’s powered by an Intel Celeron 2957U processor and will comes with a 2 year subscription to Microsoft OneDrive, which will let users keep up to 200GB of their data in the cloud. It will cost around $180 (PKR 18,000). You also get a $25 Windows Store gift card with the purchase.
The Pavilion Mini is for people who need a little more oomph from their PCs. It comes with plenty of configuration options. You can choose from an Intel Pentium or Core i3 processor, 4GB or 8GB of RAM and either a 500GB or 1TB hard disk. The Pavilion Mini also features Quad-HD support. It starts from $320 (PKR 32,000) and goes up to $450 (PKR 45,000) depending on your choice of hardware.
Both of the mini-PCs boast a compact package with almost identical ports. Both feature 4 USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet as well as a 3.5mm jack. In addition, you get HDMI and DisplayPort. Another interesting feature is the low power consumption. Both of the mini-PCs will run on a little less than 45 watts of power.
Popularity of Chromebooks and Chrome OS:
At the risk of going off on a tangent, I’d like to mention the motivation behind this product release.
We don’t see a lot of them in Pakistan but Chromebooks are insanely popular in developed countries. And for good reason too. Without an internet connection, Chrome OS used to be more or less useless but now, it features powerful offline support, deep integration with Android, Google’s Drive suite for productivity as well as apps that mimic desktop functionality.
Their popularity has shown that there is a market for users who just need a laptop for regular stuff. Just think of your daily usage pattern. Most, if not all, of our daily activities like Facebook, Twitter and even reading this blog happens in-browser. That is precisely what Google is targeting with Chrome OS and low cost solutions that employ it simply make sense. Good thing for consumers is that manufacturers are now wising up to that fact.