The HP Stream 13-c002dx is an inexpensive 13.3-inch laptop with touchscreen support. More precisely, with a 280-dollar price tag it’s the cheapest 13.3″ touch notebook PC on the market currently.
As same as the non-touch Stream 13, the 13-c002dx is based on the entry-level Intel Celeron N2840 dual-core processor. The CPU is accompanied by 2GB of RAM memory. The CPU / RAM combination is good only for the basic computing tasks like web surfing, movie watching, or Word and Excel document editing. The 1366-by-768-pixel multi-touch display is managed by the Intel HD graphics, integrated in the Celeron chip. More about performance of the N2840 and Intel HD IGP can be found in this review.
The weakest point of the notebook is storage space. The built-in Flash storage has a capacity of only 32GB, which is insufficient for those who like to download movies, music, and software to local storage. Thankfully, with a purchase of the HP Stream 13-c002dx, you get 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage for free. In addition, a 1-year subscription for Microsoft Office 365 Personal software suite is included in the package, as well as 60 minutes of Skype calls per month for 1 year. Another way to expand storage is via the built-in microSD media card reader.
Alongside stereo speakers, a 720p webcam, and the microSD slot, the Stream 13 is outfitted with 3 USB ports, HDMI video connector, a combo audio jack, Wi-Fi wireless, and Bluetooth.
The HP Stream 13 series and 13-c002dx itself draw attention with their colorful design. The keyboard deck sports a gradient blue to light turquoise finish, while the lid has “horizon blue” paint on it. The chassis is in contrast with while chiclet style keys of the full-size keyboard. The keyboard has no backlight and is accompanied by a one-piece touchpad.
With a weight or 3.8 pounds and 0.8″ thin profile, this model is a quite portable companion.
It is powered by a 36 WHr battery. According to HP, a single charge gives an autonomy of up to 7 and a half hours.
To achieve the low price of $280, Hewlett-Packard has made several compromises: entry-level processor speed, 2GB of RAM instead of 4GB, and small storage space. But, the 13-c002dx is nevertheless a good buying choice. Primarily thanks to the affordable price tag, touch support, attractive design, and a great portability.