While Chromebooks are becoming more and more popular in the consumer market, Microsoft and their partners are trying to find a way to combat them. With Chromebooks starting at a mere $199, it’s a tough market. However with the help of HP, Microsoft has officially fired shots at the low-end Chromebook market.
The HP Stream 11 is an 11.6″ inch Windows 8.1 laptop starting at a mere $199. This machine comes with Windows 8.1 out of the box along with 32GB of SSD storage and an Intel Celeron processor. This processor is of the Baytrail generation as this machine is fanless. For an additional $30 you can get the same package with a 13.3″ inch display. Both of these machines are available in Orchid Magenta and Horizon Blue. Both also come bundled with $25 of Microsoft store credit, 1TB of OneDrive storage free for one year, and an Office 365 subscription free for one year. The 13.3″ inch model is also available with T-Mobile data including 200mb of free 4G each month for the life of the device.
HP Stream 11
HP Stream 13
Aside from those machines HP also announced two new Windows tablets. The Stream 7 and Stream 8. Both of these also come with Windows 8.1, a free one year Office 365 subscription, 1TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 minutes of Skype each month. Both devices are powered by Intel processors.
HP Stream 7
Pricing for all these devices is below and are expected to begin shipping this November. You can sign up for updates on each at HP’s website. Will you be checking any of them out?