A review to HP's stream 13 laptop
If you are not planning to spend too much on a laptop, you can choose HP`s Stream 13, a Windows 8 powered notebook that has an Intel Celeron CPU and 32 GB of local storage for just 230 dollars. In this price you will also have a one year subscription for Office 365 and 1 TB of storage on OneDrive. This notebook has a 13 inch screen and quality audio.
The first obvious thing about the HP Stream 13 is its bright appearance. The plastic body characteristic is a matte, blue exterior that distinguished the Stream 13 from the regular silver and black notebooks. Anyway, you can have it in magenta is you aim to stand out. Under the lid you will have a shiny chromatic paint with a gradient that goes from blue near the hinge to a light sky-blue in the palm rest.
Its dimension is 13.1 x 9 x 0.77 inches and it is similar in size to its 13-inch Chromebook competition. The difference is the fact that it weights around 3.4 pounds which is a bit heavier than the Toshiba Chromebook 2 and the Acer Chromebook.
The keyboard and Touchpad
It has a regular white keyboard. The touchpad is properly sized and measures 3.75 x 2.5 inches, but it is smaller than the touchpads on both the Toshiba and Acer Chromebooks.
The only thing that states the fact that the HP Stream 13 is a low-budget notebook is the fact that it has a 13 inch screen. The 1366×768 display has inadequate viewing angles that fade away when tilted just 10 degrees forward or backward. When it comes to side to side viewing it is a little better.
The brightness goes around 166 nits which is 86 nits lower than the ultraportable average of 254 nits and less than the Toshiba Chromebook 2 and the Acer Chromebooj 13 that have 339 nits and 222 nits.
The most impressive characteristic of the HP Stream 13 is the fact that it has a set of DTS Studio Sound speakers. It can produce around 91 decibels of sound on the Laptop Mag Volume test. You have the possibility to adjust it through the DTS Sound app that has a customizable EQ and various settings and audio presets.
The ports and the webcam
HP provides its Stream 13 with three USB ports: one USB 3.0 port on the left and two USB 2.0 ports on the right. It also has a microphone port and a micro SD card reader. The Stream 13 has a 720p webcam that offers regular experience for usual chatting needs.
The most important thing about the Stream 13 is the fact that it is equipped with a 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron N2840 CPU, which is completed by 2GB of RAM and 32 GB of eMMC flash storage. Booting into Windows 8.1 went around 33 seconds which is slower when compared to the Toshiba CHromebook 2 (8 seconds) and the Acer Chromebook 13 ( 7 seconds).
The Stream 13 has an Intel HD graphics integrated which means it can handle regular games from the Windows Store but it cannot work with more graphically challenging games like League of Legends.
The battery life
When it comes to lastingness, HP`s Stream 13 does not stand up to the Cromebook race. The system endured only 6 hours and 26 minutes on continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi at 100 nits. This represents a shorter time than the average 7 hours and 57 minutes.
The Software and Warranty
Stream 13 comes with one year free subscription of Office 365 and one year trial of OneDrive that has 1TB of cloud storage. Also, the HP comes with a one year limited hardware warranty which can be upgraded to two or three years for a price that goes between 190 and 230 dollars.