@ELUNO I bought myself a Chromebook for $175 a few months ago and I love it. Fast AF, and the best feature to me is the ability to download and use apps from the Android Play store. I would’ve jumped on this HP but all that damn blue pushed me away.
@ELUNO@Junior305 I agree, I love my Chromebooks. My Chromebook has been my primary device for over a year now, it does everything I need. I purchased a Stream about two years ago, hated it from the get-go.
@ELUNO A Chromebook is much faster. I still have a f****ing Windows 10 PC around, one year old but went through many resets and fresh installs. Of course, the updates are the best part with the restarts that give you time to meditate and you got an excuse for not working if your boss comes around. A Chromebook won’t give you time to meditate during restarts, resets, "refreshs’, system restores, BSODs, driver fails, freezes etc. Those damn Chromebooks just work. Never buy a Chromebook if you hate to work.
Assuming this is the Intel N3060, PassMark Benchmark is around 995ish. Running Win10 on 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC, it has it’s uses… but those are pretty much limited to web browsing, email and maybe one of the open source office programs like LibreOffice.
It does appear to have an HDMI port, so maybe as a streaming player as well?
Reviews on Amz are meh, 3.4 stars. I suppose the long battery life maybe helps offset some of the limitations.
Passmark is the first thing I checked. If this had a backlit keyboard and a 1920x1080 touchscreen I’d pick one up for a family member to replace a Surface RT even though it’s likely not a whole lot faster, but the screen is larger and it’ll receive updates with certainty. As is, googling for the P/N reached HP.com/ca/… and clicking on the specs = zilch/empty, clicking on the datasheets/documents = Sorry, there are no documents available for this product. And the ratings are 1.0 with only two submitted reviews; a person should go elsewhere to find out just how netbook-ish this is. I already get the feeling it’s on-par with the HP Stream 8 tablet a friend gave me a while back - only with 3GB more RAM to offset your pain for a little while longer.
@ruouttaurmind I have an older 11" Stream I got a couple years ago from, er, that other deal-a-day site the meh guy used to own before Amazon assimilated it. I got it for a very specific purpose: playing the newest DOOM. That didn’t work out so i settled for the other reason I got it. I install video systems that need me to got to the Web interface, and my 17" I5 laptop just wasn’t up to that arduous a task. The Stream was perfect for that, and bonus, it weighs about tenth of what the 17" does, so I can add lots of heavy tools and extra cables I don’t need to the laptop bag.
Seriously, though, it’s basically perfect for browser based stuff and anything that does not require HDD space. A Windows based Chromebook, of you will. The one I got was a Win 8 box but I made it my first experiment with Windows 10 because my desktop and real laptop were still running 7 and 8. Downside is that since then, I haven’t been able to do any of the other major updates due to the tiny eMMC, even after stripping out everything i dont use and putting my user files on a 128gb SD card.
Aside from that, I’ve been pretty happy with it because it does exactly what I got it for. And it does, indeed, stream Hulu/Netflix/Amazon just fine when i want to hook it to the hotel TV. It’s been three years. I’m thinking it might be time to update my field machine.
@ruouttaurmind oh, and when i got the older Stream, i had the choice of blue and pink. I went for the blue. It’s not terrible though I would not mind something a little more royal or navy. You know, more manly.
@ruouttaurmind I have one these. It’s alright for the price. The 32GB hard drive is more limiting than you’d think, which is my main gripe. I have a 128 GB SD card that solves some problems, but not all.
I managed to eventually put my Dropbox files on the SD card, but that took a lot of googling and I received zero help from Dropbox when I asked for their support in figuring it out.
The main issue I have is that I’m at the point where I don’t have enough hard drive space to update Windows, even using an external USB drive. There’s just nothing more I can delete. That’s kind of a deal breaker honestly.
Intel Celeron N3060, 1.6GHz, dual-core Processor
4 GB DDR3L SDRAM Memory. Processor technology : Intel Turbo Boost Technology
More productive. Windows 10 is the best for bringing ideas forward and getting things done.
32 GB eMMC, no optical Drive. Front-facing VGA webcam with integrated digital microphone
14.0-Inch diagonal HD sva bright view wled-backlit (1366x768)
@eeterrific There is not enough free space for major windows upgrades like creators. You can install it from scratch though if you put a thumb drive in to give it more space temporarily. It’s fiddly and not straight forward to do though. Definitely not for someone without decent computer skills.
@sporkinum I’ve got one of those 32GB eMMC Asus that I got on Black Friday three years ago for $99. I did get it to upgrade to Creators after ripping everything out and downloading the media creation tool. It was painful. Moved everything other than the OS to an SD card, and configured to store as much there as possible. Use it for web browsing, email, and light document processing when I travel. Its slow, but it works. But I don’t and won’t encourage anyone to buy anything smaller than 64GB if they’re gonna do Windows. Linux would be OK, but then you’re probably gonna have to mess with the bios. Like you say, folks better have decent computer skills if they’re gonna buy this.
Have been watching this over on morningsave ($158) for a while as I need something that will run windows but is super portable. Does what I need it to, but still not totally convinced. (Is $146 plus shipping on Newegg, also refurb)
Not likely. This is built to be thin and light. The bottom panel is probably one piece, meaning at least 6-8 screws for the panel, then 4-8 for the drive. External drive should be far simpler.
@hchavers Agree with the others - I run W10 on many (like 8-10) computers with ‘only’ 4G RAM. Primarily Office 365 and web browsing, but my primary use device is a Surface Pro 4 with the M processor and 4G RAM - I regularly do video editing with Sony Vegas on it. All have SSDs, of course. Would I prefer 8G or more? Sure, but don’t count out W10 with 4G so long as everything else is in order.
@Kidsandliz I had a 32GB Intel PC stick for about a minute and had the same issue. Win10 was unable to install updates, even after I killed everything installed which wasn’t absolutely necessary. I returned the thing for a refund, but was bummed ‘cause I was really looking forward to browsing and email on my TV.
Our laptop crashed and I bought one of these… It was horrible!!! It was slow even with our high speed internet, it was a reminder of dial up days. And if you wanted it to do more than one thing at a time, you better have a lot of time and patience because it doesn’t multi-task well at all. Needless to say it went back. I have had a lot of HP’s in the past but the Stream is not even on the spectrum of useful.
@ruouttaurmind It really depends these days with all the secureboot and windows 10 stuff. Sometimes it can be a real pita to get the computer to let you use a different OS. Not that you can’t but that it takes hours.
@njd Eh, not too bad on the time. Typing on a Acer C710 converted to Ubuntu. After updates stopped, I went permanent with a bios replacement. So even with replacing the bios, the research --> configuration was 6 hours.
@djslack What, no “eh” key?
Honestly, though… why can’t you just reformat the HD, and reinstall Windows 10? Also, is it possible to replace the HD with an SSD? Or is that putting a jet engine on a model T?
I read that as reformat and reinstall to remove the hp-included bloatware. Or potentially build an image with future win 10 updates included and install them fresh to circumvent the lack of space issue.
But yes, it’s a win 10 unit already and I just left that unclear. (I was also confused because it was unrelated, I just wanted to see what symbols were on a Canadian keyboard)
One Important Question, that I’m not seeing in the description. does it Bluetooth?
I’m in the market for a windows laptop at the moment, as my current one is an old ASUS netbook I bought from WOOT back in 2012. Slow AF. always has been.
The ONLY thing I use even use it for anymore is a piece of Ford Diagnostic Software that requires windows.(there is an Android version, but it’s a “Lite” version, doesn’t do everything the full windows version does) and it connects to the car via a Bluetooth adapter…
So how is it you are okay with yourselves for selling something with a Canadian keyboard but won’t ship to Canada? Not that I actually care, just find it ironic or interesting or just plain odd.
/giphy John Candy Canadian Bacon
@rtjhnstn i know, but “No, because Meh does not ship to Canada” wasn’t an option which makes it even more ironic that they’d sell a product in the States you likely won’t use optimally unless you move there, which would cut into their customer base.
@Lurker I don’t know… The Celeron is pretty bad, but I’d think that the 32 GB of total storage combined with a Windows 10 install that probably takes up 25 GB after you update it makes it truly useless.
I own a chromebook in the same blue color. I like it. It’s easy to find among the clutter on the couch. I accidentally left it at a meeting once. When I retrieved from our lost and found it the next day, I got Really, Jeff? We thought that pretty laptop must belong to a girl. Bingo. Instant sexual-harrasment lawsuit!
The sales map makes me think this is not a great tech deal. There are sales in technology centers, but tech centers are also population centers. While Oregon is not a technology hub, it does have tech-savvy centers, and the lack of sales in that state is why I chose to pass on this deal.
Please sell some Toshiba Chromebooks again! They’re my favorite laptops and mine just died. I’ve had a lot of laptops and none (that I can afford) are as fast for as long as those refurbished Toshibas for as long. They never, ever slowed down, just fell apart due to my carelessness.
Alternatively, any suggestions for cheap but decent laptops are welcome. I avoid HP because I’ve never had a good experience with one. I’m writing this on a borrowed, newish HP that is far more expensive than the one Meh is selling today and it’s so awful. So seriously, what do people buy (that isn’t HP)?
I have one of these with the amd chips from two years ago. Doesn’t connect to wifi frequently without a reboot and a driver reinstall. Can’t update Windows without significant effort because of space with no apps installed. Slow as hell for anything with java script (hello any shopping page…). My wife hates it and I’m replacing it with a 7 year old ThinkPad T430s that blows it out od the water for the same price. Thanks ebay!