I was in Best Buy a few weeks ago, just looking around, when this laptop immediately caught me eye. It must have been the color that drew me, as it was bright blue. On further examination I saw it was the new HP Stream 13 laptop. I had a laptop that I bought on auction through Cowboom and it was an pretty good laptop, but there was something about this one that really intrigued me.
Besides the blue color and nice design, the fact that it was running Windows 8.1, had a touchscreen, and was only $279 really got my attention. You can see the full specs. here. Basically it has a 2.16 GHz Celeron processor, 2 GB of memory, 32 GB of eMMC storage, 1 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 headphone/microphone combo, and a 3-cell, 36 Wh Li-ion battery. Wireless connectivity is 802.11b/g/n (1×1) and Bluetooth® 4.0 combo. There is also a microSD media card reader.
So basically it has every I need in a laptop at a great price. I am not usually an impulse buyer but to me this was an irresistible combination of features and price. It also appears to be very well constructed with a very nice keyboard and touchpad. I almost forgot that it has Dolby DTS sound which sounds quite good. Additional software includes 1TB of OneDrive Cloud storage and a one year subscription to Office 365.
After using it for a few weeks I can say that it really was as good a deal as I originally thought it would be. I have had no issues with it and can do everything I did with my old laptop. Having eMMC storage it boots very quickly. The only detraction from the whole deal is that the screen brightness is not as bright as some other laptops I have seen but given the price point and other features, in my book it is a real winner. HP, you did a great job with this laptop.