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HP’s Stream laptop provides low-budget, everyday-use features for families, students and other casual PC users, all wrapped in a stylish, executive-looking design that gives it a premium feel for an easily portable device. 

Key Features

  • AMD dual-core 3020e processor.
  • 1.2GHz processor speed burst speed of 2.6GHz.
  • 14-inch 1366 x 768-pixel screen. 
  • 4GB RAM DDR4.
  • 64GB eMMC storage.
  • Microsoft Windows 10 S.

One step down: A Chromebook, so no Windows, but most of the apps low-end users need. 

ASUS C223 11.6 Inch Celeron 4GB 32GB Chromebook (£199) 

Next step up: Plenty of portable power for those on the go

Microsoft Surface Go 2 2020 (from £653)

Details

Not everyone needs huge amounts of processing power in their home computer. For people who just do a spot of web browsing, productivity work in documents and spreadsheets and social media, a Stream laptop is all you would need. 

The Stream’s processors are very much at the budget end of the range, so are good for basic tasks, but are likely to only work with the simplest games. However,  that does mean great battery life. 

Storage is also on the low side at just 64GB, but you can expand it with an SD card if you need more. The 14-inch screen is a decent size but at the low-end of the HD specification, and looks washed out, so not great for watching movies.

Very much a case of you get what you pay for, this will do most basic PC tasks okay, but not much more. Buy with that in mind and it will serve you well. With the budget keyboard and trackpad, you can at least connect it to a larger HD screen and proper inputs to improve the user experience. 

Summary

Pros

  • A cheap and highly portable system
  • Expandable to make it better and more practical

Cons

  • Only comes with Windows 10S 
  • Not the best PC components

Rating

4.7 out of 5 based on 62 reviews

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