The HP Stream 11 (11-y010nr / 11-y020nr) belongs to a popular category of Windows-based laptop PCs – to those with small displays and very affordable prices. The Stream 11-y010nr and 11-y020nr 11.6-inch notebooks stand out from the crowd with their colorful design. Just like its larger HP Stream 14 sibling, the Stream 11 is available in two colors. The HP 11-y010nr has an Aqua Blue chassis, whereas the 11-y020nr is Violet Purple.
The 11.6″ screen has the standard 1366-by-768-pixel resolution. It doesn’t support touch input, so for entering data and navigating through Windows 10 and apps you have to rely on the chiclet-style keyboard and trackpad with integrated buttons. The panel is based on TN technology instead of IPS, meaning this display doesn’t provide very wide viewing angles.
As expected, the 11-y010nr / 11-y020nr offers only entry-level performance. Just like the 3.2-pound Stream 14, the 2.6-pound Stream 11 incorporates the Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core processor with modest benchmark results, but acceptable performance for the light routine tasks of the average PC users, who usually surf the web, write documents, or watch movies. We applaud HP for inserting 4GB of system memory in this machine, instead of usual 2GB in similar systems. That will help with multitasking a lot, so during normal activities there won’t be performance issues related to small RAM. However, the provided eMMC internal storage drive has a usual but very small capacity of 32GB. So, if you have large multimedia libraries and a lot of other big files, you’ll have to additionally use the laptop’s microSD memory expansion slot, some external storage device, or online “cloud” storage such as OneDrive.
The rest of the specs sheet is minimalistic, but it can satisfy most users. The HP Stream 11-y010nr / 11-y020nr has stereo speakers, a 720p web camera, a single USB 3.1 port and a USB 2.0 port, HDMI video output, 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless, Bluetooth, microSD memory card reader, and a combo audio jack.
Hewlett-Packard estimates the battery life of the Stream 11 can last “up to 10 hours and 45 minutes”.
Besides Windows 10 Home OS pre-installed, buyers of the Stream series also get a 1-year subscription for Microsoft’s Office 365 Personal software suite for free.