HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet

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Hewlett-Packard has launched its first 7-inch Windows tablet recently, with an exceptional price of only $100. You can find it at various retailers, but Microsoft Store offers it under HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet name. Alongside the small 7″ display with 1280-by-800 pixel resolution, the tablet has only 1GB of RAM, but in other aspects it isn’t the lowest-end device. Signature Edition simply means Microsoft has cleaned it up of various trial-ware programs new Windows-based computers are usually cluttered with. They can noticeably slow down the system and unnecessarily take storage space. Also, the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet is pre-loaded with a free anti-virus program, so it comes with enhanced security out of the box.

The included Intel Atom Z375G quad-core processor from the power-efficient “Bay Trail” CPU family is suitable for daily home and office operations and even some occasional gaming. The screen has IPS technology for wider viewing angles and this feature is usually reserved for pricier tablets. As for storage, included 32GB isn’t spacious by no means, but competing similarly priced tablets have only 16GB and you should definitely avoid them. The

Other features worth mentioning are 0.3MP front and 2MP rear cameras, 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless, Bluetooth, microSD card reader, micro USB port, and 3000 mAh Li-ion polymer battery for u to 8 hours of use on a single charge. Unfortunately, the tablet has only one mono speaker instead of stereo sound.

The Stream 7 is one of the smallest computers running Windows OS. It weighs 0.8 lbs and has a 0.4″ thin profile.

Specs-wise, the HP Stream 7 is clearly the winner in the ultra-cheap Windows tablet category. Its small RAM memory size is the biggest drawback, but if you don’t multitask a lot, you won’t notice the limitations much. We applaud HP for using IPS display on a tablet this cheap. If you add a free 1-year Microsoft Office 365 Personal subscription included in the package for free ($70 value), the Stream 7 is really a tempting offer by HP. Especially given that Microsoft will soon roll out unlimited OneDrive cloud storage for free for all Office 365 users. Add Signature Edition to the mix, and you’ll get one of the best Windows tablet offers ever.

And of course… $100 price tag is almost unbelievable.

Specifications of the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet

Here's the specs sheet of the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand HP
Screen size 7-inch
Screen resolution 1280x800 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)
Touchscreen Yes
Other display specs IPS type

Displays based on IPS technology provide much wider viewing angles than the budget-class TN screens.
Processor (CPU) Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core 1.33-1.83GHz 2MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 13)
System memory (RAM) size 1GB RAM

1GB RAM size is rare nowadays and makes laptops with it almost unusable due to the low capacity.
Data storage 32GB eMMC

A barely usable capacity.
DVD optical drive None
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD integrated graphics of low-end CPUs (only for the lightest gaming)
Keyboard, input Touchscreen
Speakers and audio Mono speaker
Camera Front + rear
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11N

802.11N is an old Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the 802.11AC and the latest 802.11AX with improved data transfer speeds and connectivity. 802.11N is rarely used in modern laptops.
Bluetooth Yes

This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to connect the computer to Bluetooth mice and other Bluetooth peripherals, smartphones, and other Bluetooth-equipped devices.
USB ports 1 x micro USB 2.0
Video output ports None

The laptop has no video output port.
Media card reader MicroSD card reader

The laptop has a slot for MicroSD memory cards. These are small SD cards commonly used in smartphones.
Other features Microsoft (Office) 365 Personal 1-year subscription for free
Battery 3000 mAh Li-ion polymer, "up to 8 hours" of battery life
Weight 0.8 pounds
Height 0.4"
Width 7.6"
Depth 4.3"
Windows version Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is eligible for free upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Check Windows.com for more info.
Warranty 1-year

A typical laptop warranty length.

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Published on November 20, 2014

User Reviews and Q&A on the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet

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Current rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  1. moira Fitzgerald

    I ordered my HP tablet from Groupon and its hard ti believe its real because its useless anyway to check if its a knockoff?

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Montelongo

    Hi,
    What is the difference between Stream 7 SE and no SE? Is there some “extra” features from Microsoft? or HP?
    Thanks, and congratulations for your article.

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    • Danijel Z

      Hardware is identical. Signature Edition simply has less or no third party trial-ware programs pre-installed and comes with a free antivirus out of the box. That’s the only difference between it and standard edition.

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