HP launching budget-friendly laptop

HP recently launched rhe HP Stream 7 and Stream 8 budget tablets with Windows 8.1 on top, but it seems that the company is decidedly trying to get the attention of budget-shoppers with another cheap device, the HP Stream Laptop. The HP Stream 14 was a bit more expensive than we had previously thought so HP decided to launch another device which would be cheaper, but powerful at the same time.

HP has launched two new laptops, a 13.3 inch HP Stream and an 11.6 inch laptop, both priced under $250. The 11.6 inch HP Stream will set you back @200, whilst its larger 13.3 inch brother will cost $230. These prices should definitely raise interest in HP’s new products because it’s not easy to find capable and durable laptops which won’t burn a hole in your pocket. The new HP Stream notebooks sport Intel Celerom N2840 CPUs, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB flash storage, Intel HD graphics and the battery on these notebooks will last for up to 9 hours on a single charge.

The new budget-friendly Stream notebook line aims to rival the recent Chromebook releases and will probably be a worthy competitor with such a low price tag and acceptable specs to boast with. The laptops have fan-less builds and HD displays, supposedly with 1366*768 resolution. Rumor has it that the larger HP Stream notebook will also be available with a touchscreen variant so that it could rival convertible and hybrid tablets like the Asus Transformer Book T100, Lenovo Yoga tablets and Microsoft Surface tablets, which are double the price.

Most customers interested in the new HP Stream notebooks will probably be glad to hear that the notebooks, like the Stream tablets launched alongside, will offer a one year free subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal, 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage and a $25 gift card for the Microsoft store. The smaller HP Stream also comes with 200 MB free 4G internet per month, which will last for life. 60 minutes of Skype calls per month will also come free, so the bundle offered with the HP Stream notebooks and tablets is quite the attractive offer.

Intel and HP have teamed up to create the HP Stream line in order to put out rivals against the recent Chromebooks and cheap Android tablets that have been dominating the market recently. With such low prices, both for the HP Stream tablet and notebook line, and the interesting Microsoft bundle you will be getting with your purchase, HP has a shot at getting back some of the revenues and popularity it has lost recently.

Do you think the new Stream line will help Intel, as well as HP to get back to the top of sales, or at least boost their revenues? Do you think the bundles offered with the HP Stream notebooks and tablets will be attractive to customers or is the low price-point enough to spark interest?