HP unveils $199 Windows laptop, targeting Chromebooks

HP unveils $199 Windows laptop, targeting Chromebooks
Microsoft and HP have teamed up to take on Chromebooks, launching the HP Stream 14 at just $199, even undercutting most of the Google-backed cloud-based systems.

The 14-inch notebook runs on Windows 8.1, giving it its first advantage over Chromebooks, has a 1366x768 resolution display, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (SDXC slot is available to add up 128GB more) and an AMD A4 Micro-6400T Quadcore SoC clocked at 1GHz. The SoC has an integrated Radeon R3 GPU.

Additionally, the laptop has the standard three USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI out and a webcam. The Stream 14 has four speakers, and takes advantage of Beats Audio software.

Since the internal storage may not be enough, Microsoft is throwing in 2 years of 100 GB OneDrive cloud storage for free.

The design isn't too pretty, and the laptop is heavy at 3.9 lbs, but for $199 HP may have a potential hit on their hands.


Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Aug 2014 22:08
Windows ChromeBook HP Stream 14
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  • aw2600

    Seems very under powered - even if you consider it a Chromebook replacement or Cloud based computer. I can see all of the 2 GB of RAM being used just to get Windows 8.1 up and running. The CPU also seems very slow for a modern OS. Just running a browser will be slow. While most tablets have lower specs, they don't need to support a desktop OS.

    19.8.2014 12:47 #1

  • vyze

    I got the HP Chromebook 14 from woot ($199 refurbished with 200mb/month with t-mobile for life for free)

    - 32 GB SSD
    - SD-Card slot (upto 128 GB)
    - 2x USB 3.0
    - 1x USB 2.0
    - Celeron Processor 2955u (1.4 Ghz)
    - 4 GB DDR3 RAM
    - 14-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366x768)
    - 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN
    - HDMI output
    - Bluetooth®
    - HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone
    - Dual Speakers

    First thing I did? Dual boot Ubuntu 14.04. If I want Windows I'll run WINE or VirtualBox/VMWare.

    I'd rather do that then "run" Windows on a lesser powered machine

    "...all in all you're just another brick in the wall..."

    23.8.2014 00:57 #2

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