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HP Stream 11 notebook review: The funky netbook PC option for you

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Indian consumers have an eye for the right deal, no matter what they purchase—groceries, clothes or gadgets. No wonder, to win them over, manufacturers make it a point to launch things which are easy on pocket and heavy on performance. HP’s Stream netbook is one such this device. We got this chic-looking netbook priced at just under Rs 20,000 for review and here is what we think about it.

Price

Rs 19,999

What is it?

HP stream is an 11.6-inch netbook PC running on Windows 8.1 (non-touch display) and primarily meant for basic PC usage.

Who is it for?

Students mostly, but even aged folks can use this piece of technology in their twilight years. Also, if you’re on tight budget and are looking for some mobile computing power, then Stream could be one of the options.

Design

Stream has all the attributes of an HP product. Solid build quality, durable product construction and well thought-out design aesthetics sprinkled around all sides. It is like-for-like when compared with Asus EeeBook X205 and there’s nothing wrong about that per say.

The textured plastic finishing doesn’t look cheap, even for its price and the colour options will attract attention from all corners. The speakers have been placed at the bottom of the device and that for our liking has never been the go-to option. We like what the Stream 11 looks and feels like, but there’s a feeling that only the flashy kinds might find them worthy.

Hardware

HP has opted for the bare minimum with the Stream 11 and for under Rs 20k there’s nothing more you can ask or hope for. You get a standard 11.6-inch HD display, which offers crisp details with not-so-bad colour reproduction. However, there is no touch support on this one (they don’t have a model either).

With Intel’s Celeron power and 2GB RAM you get the power facilitated by a regular PC (low hardware set). But the most obvious part (and the cost-saving too) is: the 32GB storage only support with the rest being relied on cloud storage that is something you may not use in real life. You get a front HD camera for Skype calling and slew of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports.

Performance

Let’s make it very clear, Stream 11 is no ‘powerhorse’. It cannot sustain too much activity in one go but is perfect for surfing the Web, watching movies, checking your mails and creating a content library (on external drive). Gaming of high proportion is strictly prohibited; just keep things simple with this device if you want seamless and stutter-free performance.

It’s pretty much the same with Asus Eeebook X205 and with more or less similar structure and hardware; we weren’t expecting anything different in first place.

Battery

One thing that should get PC buyers interested in the Stream 11 is its ability to last the mile. On a single day’s charge at full brightness, we managed to get the device running for over 8 hours; something that the company promised during its launch phase. Even with Imtec Battery mark we garnered similar numbers for Stream 11 with an average of 7 hours and 46 minutes. Not bad for an affordable PC ,but then with a meager hardware in tow that’s the least one can expect.

The good

Quality build
Crisp display
Long battery life

Tragic flaw

32GB storage only
Standard hardware
Priced steeper than rivals

Should you buy it or not?

HP Stream 11 is a funky PC option for users on a budget. It is light, carries entry-level hardware but its limited support (with reliance on cloud) for storage is a bummer. We like the battery life on offer, but for Rs 19,999 it is pricier than Asus Eeebook X205 (for no specific reason) which is a mood dampener. However, if you’re brand conscious, then Stream 11 otherwise EeeBook is a good and cheaper option on its own.

Specifications

Display: 11.6-inch 1366x768p
CPU: 2.1 GHz Intel Celeron
RAM: 2GB
Storage: 32GB (20GB usable)
Camera: Front- HD
Weight: 1.27 Kg

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