HP recently unveiled a new lineup of Windows-powered tablets and laptops as the company works with Microsoft to take on Google’s budget-friendly Android and Chromebook offerings. The new family of Stream devices range from a 7-inch slate to a 13.3-inch notebook with a handful of options overall.
At the entry-level, there’s the HP Stream 7, which offers a 7-inch display and an Intel processor for just $99. HP is also offering a larger 8-inch Stream 8 tablet for $149. Both new devices should hit U.S. stores in November and offer a year of free Microsoft cloud services including 1TB of OneDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype calls per month. There’s no word on specific hardware specs yet, though the 8-inch slate will include 200MB of free LTE data per month for as long as the device lasts.
Moving on to HP’s new laptops, the company is rolling out an 11.6-inch Stream 11 with an HD display alongside a 13.3-inch Stream 13 with the option to choose a touchscreen. Both models feature a fanless design, Intel Celeron chips, 32GB of flash storage and come with 1TB of OneDrive storage for the first year. The HP Stream 11 starts at $199 while the larger model will retail for $229 starting in November.
Overall HP is offering a pretty solid lineup of devices this November, especially if you’re looking for a cheap new laptop. There’s nothing wrong with a Chromebook if most of what you do is browse the web, but if you need to run specific programs Windows is probably the way to go. In that case the HP Stream 11 or 13 could be the travel or backup laptop of your dreams.