HP Stream 11-d001dx / 11-d010nr Small 200-Dollar Laptop

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The HP Stream 11-d001dx / 11-d010nr (or 11-d010wm at Walmart) is among the cheapest Windows ultraportables and laptops in general. Alongside the very low $200 price tag, other major benefits of the 11.6-inch 11-d001dx / 11-d010nr are a great portability with a weight of just 2.7 pounds and 0.8″ thin profile, a great battery life which is claimed to last up to 8.25 hours, a fanless noise-free design, and bundled 1-year subscription for Microsoft Office 365 Personal.

As you’d expect from a budget laptop, there are multiple drawbacks, too. The first is a basic computing performance provided by the Intel Celeron N2840 dual-core processor. It’s adequate for folks doing only the basic stuff like web surfing, emails, text editing, or movie playback. If you throw on the system anything heavier than that, like let’s say video editing, the CPU will struggle. More about the Celeron N-series processor performance and their entry-level gaming potential can be found in this review.

Another downside of the 11-d001dx / 11-d010nr is inclusion of only 2GB of RAM, so if you regularly use tens of web browser tabs or multiple apps simultaneously, chances are the memory usage will exceed 2GB and your notebook will slow down a lot. For storing data, 32GB of internal storage is simply insufficient for a comfortable use of Windows 8 OS. True, you can expand storage via the provided multi-format SD media card reader, but this scenario has several limitations, such as inability to put games and apps from Windows Store on the card. You can read about the limitations in this article.

To make things worse, both RAM memory and data storage device are soldered on the motherboard and thus not upgradeable.

In other aspects, the HP Stream 11-d001dx / 11-d010nr is just another inexpensive ultraportable laptop. Resolution on the 11.6″ screen is 1366×768 pixels and there are stereo speakers built-in, as well as a 720p web cam, a pair of USB ports, HDMI video connector, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless interfaces.

The gently curved chassis is made of plastics. It has a horizon blue lid and a gradient horizon blue to light turquoise keyboard dock, with a white non-backlit keyboard in the center of it. The same laptop will be also available soon in pink color.

Overall, the is one of the rare options to consider if you’re budget doesn’t exceed $200. But, it you have a bit more money for your next notebook, getting the 250-dollar Asus X200MA with the same screen size, with 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive storage, and touchscreen support seems to be worth the extra investment. Also, you can take a look at various full-size 15.6-inch laptops starting at below $250.

If you generally like the Stream, but you’re hesitant regarding the small screen size, HP has a 13.3-inch version for you.

HP Stream 11-d001dx / 11-d010nr

Specifications of the HP Stream 11-d001dx / 11-d010nr

Here's the specs sheet of the HP Stream 11-d001dx / 11-d010nr:

Brand

HP

Screen Size

11.6-Inch

Screen Resolution

1366×768 pixels (HD)

Touchscreen

No

Other Display Specs

TN display tech (narrower viewing angles than IPS)

Processor (CPU)

Intel Celeron N2840 "Bay Trail" Dual-Core 2.16-2.58GHz 1MB Cache (~1,100 PassMark benchmark points)

Graphics (GPU)

Intel HD Integrated Graphics

System Memory (RAM)

2GB

Storage

32GB eMMC

DVD Optical Drive

None

Input

Non-backlit keyboard without numeric pad
Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons

Speakers and Audio

Stereo speakers

Cameras

Front

Wi-Fi

802.11N

Ethernet LAN

No

3G - 4G Mobile Broadband

No

Bluetooth

Yes

USB

1 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0

Video Ports

1 x HDMI

Media Card Reader

Yes (SD card reader)

Other Features

Microsoft Office 365 Personal 1-year subscription for free

Battery

3-cell 37 Whr, 8.25-hour battery life

Weight

2.7 pounds

Height

0.8"

Width

11.8"

Depth

8.1"

Windows Version

Windows 8.1 (Eligable for free upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Check Windows.com for more info.)

Warranty

1-Year

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Written by on October 25, 2014

User reviews, comments, and Q&A on the HP Stream 11-d001dx / 11-d010nr

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  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    John

    Having just bought a HP Stream 11.6″ I can say without a doubt that you basically use it as is and don’t go crazy on adding much other then a few apps and don’t plan to download movies and content onto it. I found myself after uninstalling McAfee Live (which ate up tons of RAM) and did all the Windows updates. I had around 7GB left. Also the big question down the road is will you have enough to do a Windows 10 upgrade? May have to do one from a USB or SD card? You cannot kill restore partition because you do not have two Windows versions. Its shared and you do use files on restore partitions. You delete that and you Stream will not boot.
    Yes, like a Chromebook this is a throwaway notebook with no real upgrade path except for software and OS. You could install Linux but not without destroying Windows. I still find the notebook responsive, great battery life and nice keyboard that is far better then expected. Its a keeper for me, giving the need for a basic Windows notebook. It was a better choice then the Windows I ran in BootCamp on my Mac. Battery life was dismal and the drivers were iffy.

  2. Danijel Z

    Danijel Z

    I haven’t found downgrade info anywhere. Since there are no official drivers for Windows 7, I assume free downgrades are not supported. On HP.com you have only Windows 8.1 64-bit support in the drivers section. Also, since no drivers for it are available, I wouldn’t recommend downgrading at all. Instead, why don’t you just make Windows 8 look like 7: http://laptoping.com/how-to-optimize-windows-8-1-for-laptops-to-be-like-windows-7.html

    • John

      Just a note, the other issue installing Windows 7 is that your going to find its a bit bigger in size then Windows 8.1. Personally, while I like Windows 7 better, Windows 8 is by far a better OS for low powered CPU’s. I seriously would try to get used to Windows 8 before downgrading. Make sure to make a backup of restore partition incase you choose to go back to Windows8 or you find yourself not happy with how Windows7 installed.

  3. sam

    Am I eligible for a downgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium without buying a copy of Windows 7. Can you install Windows 7 at all on the Stream 11?

    • John

      As far as installing Windows 7 I imagine much of the hardware will run with Windows 7 although HP does not officially support any drivers for Windows 7. So your going to have to find generic ones or use trial and error on some things like Bluetooth and WiFi. Intel hardware should not be an issues. The big issue would be the firmware settings, the restore partition and how that can be switched to accommodate a Windows 7 install.

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