Meet the HP Stream: A $300 Chromebook Killer?

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HP Stream

After a tentative showing last month, HP has officially announced its super-budget-friendly Windows 8.1 machine, the HP Stream notebook. Already being dubbed as a "Chromebook-killer," the AMD-powered Stream is expected to hit shelves around Sept. 24. There is a caveat, however, as the laptop is retailing for $100 more than previously announced. 

When it ships, the 14-inch Stream will have a thickness of 0.7-inches and weigh approximately 3.8 pounds. The laptop will feature a 14-inch, 1366 x 768-pixel display and run full Windows 8.1. Powered by an AMD AR Micro-6400T Quad process, the Stream will be completely fanless. HP estimates that the Stream will get up 6.5 hours of battery life. 

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Other specs include 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. If that's not enough, the Stream will have expandable storage via a microSD slot. HP is also offering 25GB of Dropbox storage for 6 months and a whopping 100GB of OneDrive storage for 2 years -- at no cost to the consumer. As per ports, you'll have a USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0, HDMI and a headphone jack. 

While the initial specs look solid for the price, it remains to be seen how the Stream will stand up to the current generation of Chromebooks -- particularly HP's own Chromebook 14 ($289), which comes loaded with a 1.4-GHz Celeron CPU and boasts nearly 8 hours of battery life. 

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