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.