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HP Stream 11 Laptop Includes Office 365 Personal for One Year (Horizon Blue)

HP Stream 11-d010nr Notebook

Product Features

  • 11.6-Inch Screen, 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron N2840 with Intel HD Graphics
  • 2 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 32 GB Solid-State Drive and 1TB OneDrive Cloud Storage for one year
  • Ports: 1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 headphone/microphone combo

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3 Comments

  1. formortals says:

    Superb laptop for the money – After you remove the crapware I just bought my nephew who is going to college an HP Stream 13 for $230. Beautiful and powerful computer, but it took me 90 minutes to remove all the stickers and all the crapware & adware. I still need to offload the recovery partition to a flash disk to recover the SSD storage. It has a total of 32 GB SSD storage so every bit counts. I’m also waiting for a 64 GB MicroSD card http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IVPU7AO so I can expand the storage.Removing the crapware and adware took 2 hours plus another hour to install Windows update. I removed all the browser extensions and add-ons in IE and then installed Chrome. Then I installed CCleaner and removed McAfee anti-virus so that I can just use the free Microsoft AV. Also removed a bunch of bloatware like Cisco wireless networking utilities like LEAP and Apple Bonjour. Removed the Realtek card reader software since it slows the card reader down. Then downloaded fresh Realtek card reader driver and manually installed the driver without using their setup program.UPDATE – I had to remove all the HP tools (support and registration) as well. They were intermittently hammering the CPU to 100% and other people in HP forums were complaining about this problem. Once uninstalled, the CPU usage problems went away. Something else that caused some mildly high CPU usage during media playback was the Realtek DTS audio processing service and I’ve disabled that and the system performs better. It was not needed for playback quality and it was actually detrimental to audio recording quality.The thing that slowed me down was that I had to gather my nephew’s personal info to create a Microsoft account for him. It was mandatory since this is the free version of MS Windows 8.1 (with Bing). But the MS Account allows him to use MS Office online for free so it’s worth setting up. I also had to carefully remove 3 stickers on the keyboard rest. Intel sticker was tilted. Now it’s a beautiful clean system and it boots very fast and loads everything fast. It handles most computing tasks just fine and now I’m loathed to give this away.Some people will complain about the 2GB of RAM which is not expandable, but I never have any problems with 2GB RAM because I don’t leave a 20 browser tabs open. You’re not going to use this laptop for 3D intensive gaming or 3D rendering so the RAM shouldn’t be an issue. I have a desktop computer with 8 GB of RAM for running games and virtual machines and content production and no one should expect the HP Stream 13 to perform this role. It runs fewer than 10 web browser tabs just fine and it’s extremely snappy running Microsoft Office Online or Google apps.I ran a Youtube 1080P on Chrome browser. Google is screwing all of us now by forcing their VP9 codec on us which forces this computer to use software video decoding. This dual-core CPU is pegged at 100% utilization and forced to overclock to 2.58 GHz and it will still hiccup if a youtube ad shows up. Of course this is just chewing up the battery. By comparison, I tested a 1080P H.264 .MP4 video downloaded from Google and the CPU hovered around 8% during smooth playback. Google needs to shove their VP8 & VP9 codec where the sun don’t shine. But thank goodness for “Magic Actions for YouTube” (a Chrome plugin) letting me disable Google’s VP9 HTML5 crap. Now Chrome runs Youtube in flash mode with H.264 hardware decoding and the CPU hovers around 20%. Here’s a screenshot of the CPU pegged at 100% with VP9 software decode http://bit.ly/1u0O3bV. Here’s the CPU hovering at 20% using Flash mode with H.264 hardware decode http://bit.ly/1uahXfx.I've been hammering on this system with tests for over two hours. The Intel N2840 2.16 GHz processor is being forced to burst to 2.58 GHz from all the work I’m throwing at it. Windows Update is hammering the IO and CPU. The brightness level is even set to 60% and the battery level still reads 79% with 4 hours 24 minutes remaining.After all the tweaks and cleanup I’ve done, the slim HP Stream 13 3.42 lb laptop is running smooth as butter. The 13.3″ 1366×768 non-glare matte screen is the perfect compromise between viewabiliy and compactness. Would be even nicer if HP could sell us a 1920×1080 13.3″ screen but probably not at the $230 price point. Another small gripe is that the bezel is a little bigger than I’d like.The Stream 13 has a 720P webcam, but I wouldn’t even call it 360P quality. It’s incredibly grainy using indoor lighting, but what were you expecting for a $230 laptop? It’s certainly not going to look like the camera on the MacBook Pro. Get yourself a $66 Logitech C920 which has awesome image quality and 1080P hardware encoding if you want a nice webcam. Even a $29 720P webcam will look leaps and bounds better.On the audio output side, the HP Stream 13 has good sound output from the TRRS jack. It can drive my large 808 headphones with authority…

  2. Lon J. Seidman "lon@ lon.tv" says:

    Excellent value, performs better than the HP Stream 14 0

  3. Voltron00x "Elias" says:

    HP Stream 11: Initial Impressions Just over a year ago, I got my first Chromebook, the Acer C720. Since that time, except for gaming, it has been my most used computer for everyday web consumption: Ebay, Amazon, Facebook, Google+, WordPress, Netflix, Youtube, etc. I even figured out how to use Crouton to install Linux (Ubuntu) on it, so that I could install Steam for local gaming and Steam Streaming. While the Acer doesn’t have a great screen, or even a good screen, and it feels kind of, well, cheap overall, for the price it was a fantastic value.With the release of the HP Stream 11, I think Windows has a device that hits a similar value/performance intersection. I’ve only owned it one day but based on initial impressions, this is a fantastic value and an easy recommendation for a LOT of use cases.SPECSThe HP Stream 11 is an 11.6″ Windows 8.1 Laptop, powered by an Intel Celeron N2840 processor at 2.16 GHz. It has 2 GB of RAM and a 32 GB SSD, neither of which can be upgraded. It is rated for 8.5 hours of battery life, depending on performance and brightness settings of course.The screen is a 1366×768 high definition LCD screen, which has a matte coating for anti-glare. This is basically the same screen as the Acer C720. Which is to say, the screen is pretty bad. The matte coating takes a relatively low-resolution affair and makes it that much more dull and muted. That said, it is serviceable enough and has decent brightness considering the price point. Just know going in that your tradeoff for choosing this over a similarly priced $200 Windows Tablet is that the screen on a tablet will likely be IPS and significantly better in terms of clarity and viewing angles. However, this matte coating does help very much with glare in overhead and outdoor lighting situations.As far as ports, the Stream 11 has 2 USB ports (one 3.0 and one 2.0), a full-size SD slot, and HDMI. It has a single combo headphone/mic port.It also has two down-firing speakers that put out decent sound for the price point.SETUPSetting up this device wasn’t too bad. Windows 8 has come a long way over the past 12 months. In December 2013 my wife’s HP required several hours of updates, and updating my Surface Pro (1st Gen) from Windows 8.0 to 8.1 was very difficult; there was a point where the update hung, and I had to do quite a bit of research to get past it.Contrast this to the HP Stream 11: It took 10 minutes to get from unboxing to a functional Windows desktop. Once there I removed Norton, installed Avast, installed Chrome, and installed Steam, and then installed 35 Windows updates (33 required and 2 optional). This took 22 minutes, plus another 12 minutes of processing after I rebooted, for a total time of 34 minutes. The system handled them all with no crashes, hangs, or issues.Drivers for accessories like my USB Logitech Mouse and Dell Printer were plug and play with no issues.PERFORMANCEThis processor/RAM setup powers a lot of 2014′s Chromebooks, and thus it has Octane benchmarks similar to devices like the Asus C200 Chromebook and Toshiba Chromebook 2. My personal Octane scores were in the 7,500-8,000 range. As a point of comparison, the Acer C720 and HP Chromebook 11, with 2 GB of RAM and an Intel Celeron 2955 processor with Haswell architecture have benchmarks in Octane of around 11,000. You’re looking at about 20% decrease in performance.In general, most websites load quickly, but more intensive sites like The Verge hang a bit while various images and videos load. Once pages are loaded, everything scrolls smoothly. I read some people complaining about Chrome being an issue on this device but it ran fine for me. I had IE with one tab, Chrome with three tabs, and Steam open and the web pages were running fine. I also tested Google Docs and that ran smoothly.Boot time to the log-in screen is about 10 seconds, plus another 5-7 seconds of loading after you enter your log-in credentials. Unlike Chrome OS, when you hit the desktop a Windows device is still processing and loading in the background, so the full boot takes a bit longer – but I’d still say the whole process is under 30 seconds and to hit the log-in in 10 seconds is impressive.I had no problems installing Avast, Chrome, and Steam on the device. I tested Steam Streaming on my local network from my desktop computer and was able to play Wolfenstein: The New Order at an excellent FPS. I also tried a few games running locally including Pacman DX, Luftrausers, and Towerfall Ascension. These ran without issue. I would think that many indie games should run on this, especially those of the 2D variety, but 3D gaming performance will probably be terrible. You don’t have much space to store modern games, anyway. As a Steam Streaming device though, it works fine. And, it should be able to handle most emulation of systems up through the PS1…

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