HP’s Stream laptops are Windows’ best answer to Chromebooks. The battle could get tougher as the company unveils its lineup for 2016.
The new lineup consists of an 11-inch version, a 14-inch version, and an 11-inch convertible. The laptops run on Windows 10 upgraded from Windows 8.1 which came on the last year’s version.
All of them offer 1366 x 768 displays in their base versions, 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM and an Intel Celeron N3060 processor. Last is the dual-antenna 2×2 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and a battery life which is quoted at up to 11 hours.
Better equipped models come with WLED-backlit HD touchscreens with anti-glare. The non-hybrid models will be available in white, blue and purple colours.
The Stream x360 is the only hybrid in this lineup, and can be used in laptop, tablet, standing or tent modes. Its touchscreen does mean that its aesthetics have taken a toll, too, being 0.78-inch thick and tipping the scales at 2.98 pounds. It has a special black version, too.
For education customers, there’ll be a special Stream 11 Pro available for later on, with a 4 GB RAM and 64 GB space configuration.
The most alluring aspect here is undoubtedly the pricing. For the Stream 11 it starts at $200 and for the Stream 14 $220 (approximately Rs. 22,000-26,000 price range for both models). The Stream x360 is the costliest of the bunch at $250 (approx. Rs. 27,000) but it is also $50 cheaper than its last generation.