Unboxing & Review of the HP Stream 13: The ChromeBook Killer


Since last year ChromeBooks have been a threat to the sales of Microsoft's PC's and laptops. They are cheap, ultra-portable laptops running on Google's Chrome OS.
But Microsoft wasn't going to sit down and watch this coup happen.
They subsequently made the licensing of its Windows 8 OS free for OEMs, a wise decision that immediately saw the emergence of cheap ultra-portable laptops running Windows, not Windows RT but Full 32/64bit versions of the OS.
This has surely crushed the growth of the ChromeBooks. (We will talk about the Pros and COns of Windows over Chrome OS another day).
Take for instance, this HP Stream 13, which is a 13-inch ultrabook that would beat any chrombook in the market today. With it's affordable $229 price tag (from Amazon) this is the best laptop for students IMO.

So what makes this laptop the best affordable laptop you can find?
Here's an unboxing video for you, then come back here and let's talk about what this bad boy can do....




After using the HP Stream 13 for a few weeks, My first reaction is: The Battery Life!!! It is amazing. I can't remember when was the last time I owned a laptop that could run up to 7hrs.

But let's look at the specs first:
The Stream 13 is
- a 13.3-inch diagonal HD(33) WLED-backlit display (1366 x 768)
- Intel® Celeron® Dual Core N2840 Processor.
  2.16GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.58GHz
- On-board 2GB 1333MHz DDR3L SDRAM
- 32GB eMMC (with microSD slot for expandable memory up to 128GB)
- Intel® HD graphics with up to 1001MB total graphics memory
- On-board 2GB 1333MHz DDR3L SDRAM
- Front facing HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated dual
  array digital microphone
- Weighs in at 3.42lbs (very portable)
- DTS Studio Sound+
- 1 USB 3.0 port
- 2 USB 2.0
- 1 HDMI
- 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack

And for the part I love, when you buy this laptop, you get...
- $25 Microsoft Windows/WindowsPhone/Xbox Gift card, use on your Windows Phone store, Windows store or on your Xbox. Sweet!
- Also included is a 1 year subscription to Office 365 (Personal), this is ideal for students.

Here is a quick review I did...





I am used to touchscreen laptop (I have a yoga Pro which I upgraded to a yoga 2 Pro), so naturally when I handled this Stream laptop I thought it would be touchscreen, but it's not, though you can get the touchscreen version from amazon for around $270.

This laptop has everything to make the chromebook look like it never existed. It's cheap, exceptional battery life, decent CPU and memory to run everyday tasks (browsing, multitasking).
It has also got a fan-less design and surprisingly it doesn't run hot, maybe warm a few times but it's not noticeable.
It's got both HDMI and USB 3.0 ports and you can easily upgrade your harddrive space by inserting a microSD card that flushes with the edge so you wouldn't even notice it's there.

It's the best laptop money can buy (as a christmas gift, this holiday season)





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