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ERRATA – I incorrectly stated the processor is an n3050 when in fact it’s a n3060 – a marginal performance difference between the two. The added ram makes the largest difference between this one and the 2015 version.
00:55 – Hardware overview
02:34 – Color options
02:40 – Keyboard / trackpad
04:13 – Battery life
04:35 – YouTube 1080p 60 video performance
05:11 – Why 4GB is better than 2GB of RAM
06:10 – Web browsing performance
07:41 – Microsoft Word and Office
08:11 – Gaming: Minecraft
09:16 – Gaming: Indy Steam Game Shovel Knight
09:31 – Gaming: Older Steam Game Lego Star Wars
10:31 – Speakers and sound quality
10:45 – Display impressions
11:00 – Conclusion and final thoughts
HP’s Stream is probably the best deal right now for a name brand $200 computer. Their 11 inch notebook now has 4 GB of RAM, up from 2GB in last year’s model which does make a noticeable performance difference. The best part is the price is the same.
The added RAM allows for better multitasking and better overall performance for slightly more demanding tasks. The reason is that adding the extra 2GB of RAM added an additional memory channel which feeds data to the processor faster. This resulted in faster web browsing performance and even a boost in Minecraft performance.
But make no mistake: this is not a performance machine. It’s good enough to run Windows and many basic apps adequately enough to get the job done but not much more than that.
It might be a great choice for kids as its limited internal storage and overall performance will not play modern games all that well (if at all) but does nicely run Microsoft Office applications. Battery life is pretty workable too when running lower end stuff, hovering around 6-8 hours.
The display runs on the colder side (more blue in hue) than I like but good enough for most tasks. The keyboard is very nice (my favorite out of many $200 PC’s I’ve used), although the trackpad feels spongier than prior iterations.
In short this is a good deal for those looking for a cheap PC – especially now that it has double the RAM for the same price as last year’s model.
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