received this item from the Walmart Spark Review Program for no compensation - just an honest review. The below paragraphs reflect the areas I was asked to specifically review:
Operating experience using Windows 8 (Examples: What did you like/not like about the device? How was your overall experience?)
I typically utilize Windows 7 professional in the office, so Windows 8 is a bit different for me.
Using it on the HP Stream 11, was quite intuitive thanks in large part to the touch screen on the computer. I especially liked that Windows 8 allowed for the traditional view of the control panel for people like me used to the last operating system. I had no problems with Windows 8. Upon setting up the computer – it obviously took awhile (around 1 hour) to set it up, and there were immediately 54 Windows updates to get the system up to Windows 8.1.
Review on Laptop
The HP Stream 11 has been great so far. Yes – it is most comparable to a chromebook. So – positives are a small, easily transportable computer with long battery life over 8 hours per charge. There is no fan – so it is quiet. Instant On without having to wait minutes for your computer to boot up is A HUGE POSITIVE!! Screen resolution on the 11.6” screen and sound are satisfactory to me – but – I think it could be brighter and clearer – but this was not any major issue. A larger screen would be great in computer mode – but you could always buy the bigger computer to take care of that issue. The screen was perfect size in display mode and tablet mode. My HP Stream 11 came in blue, thank goodness, don’t think I could stand the pink, but the blue does have an underlying tone of purple. The case is entirely blue and has a tactile rubbery grip to it, which I liked, and helped prevent it from slipping out of my hands. Keyboard was responsive enough and easy to transition to from my normal computer keyboard. Keys were rubbery feeling as well which were pleasant to use. The touchpad was also sufficiently responsive to me, and had clickable spots in the middle, lower left, and lower right just like a mouse. I prefer a mouse though – and purchased a Microsoft designer Bluetooth mouse, which paired easily to the computer. The computer easily liked/paired with my Epson printers at home and work too. The swivel joint was wonderful and allowed easy transitioning from computer mode to tablet mode to display mode. Loved the free 1 year subscription to Microsoft Office, as well as the 1tb of cloud storage for 1 year. This computer has tons of ports on it to accommodate all kinds of devices, such as: earphone jack, 1 usb 3.0 port, 1 usb 2.0 port, 1 hdmi port. It features DTS sound. Also allows for memory expansion through the SD card slot. HP states up to an additional 32gb of memory utilizing the SD card slot, but the pro’s have found it will accommodate up to 512 gb SD Memory cards. I purchased a 128 gb SD Card to expand the memory! This is not the fastest machine out there – but – at sub-$200 prices – it is comparable to the chromebooks – and adds the benefit of windows operating system which is compatible with a lot more than chromebooks!! The free $25 gift card for Microsoft online purchases (games/music/movies/apps) was another bonus – which I am probably unlikely to use due to unfamiliarity with what is offered – but could be an added bonus for another purchaser.
This is an ideal computer at this price point for students in high school, college, or professional school, as well as the small business or homeowner!
Russell R. Herman
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