Low cost devices for students – The HP Stream 14


Buying a device that has all the functionality and performance of a laptop or computer doesn't need to mean spending a vast sum of money. As manufacturing costs come down and the cloud handles more and more of the storage and operating requirements, parents and teachers are able to pick up machines that are perfect for students and classrooms at incredibly affordable prices. Let’s take a look on one such device.

The HP Stream 14

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The first thing that strikes you about the HP Stream 14 is the thinner, lighter aesthetic. Owing to the innovative fanless design and flash memory, this machine is built for cloud computing on-the-go, but still has a full-size island-style keyboard and HP Imagepad with multi-touch gesture support. The HP Stream 14 also offers a 14-inch HD display, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space. In terms of what’s going on inside, you’ll find an APU AMD A4 Micro-generation 6400T Mullins, with quad-core processor 1 GHz and integrated graphics Radeon R3.

By way of external inputs, the HP Stream 14 has:

  • HDMI,
  • Headphone/microphone combo
  • USB 2.0 (x2)
  • USB 3.0
  • 1 multi-format SD media card reader

Now, the 32 GB on board storage may not sound like that much to some people. However, Office 365 now comes with unlimited OneDrive storage. And when you take into account the fact that all students are eligible for a complimentary copy of Office 365 thanks to the Microsoft Pro Plus Benefit for Students and Teachers, then anyone looking at this device as something that can used in education will realise that the on board storage is no longer a limiting factor.

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What the reduced on board storage does mean though, is that the device itself can be physically more compact, lighter, and crucially for students – cost less.

Of course as well as working, every student enjoys their downtime, and the HP Stream comes fitted with BeatsAudio™ and quad speakers, designed for the best-sounding, richest audio on a PC, and with unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 users, you can keep all your music in the cloud and access it wherever you are.

So if you are looking for a Windows machine capable of running the full Office suite, and at a price that students and classrooms can afford, then the HP Stream is definitely an option worth considering.

Full spec and more information can be found on HP’s own website.


Comments (1)

  1. Big Jim Bear says:

    This machine is dog slow, and predicated upon the notion of "always on Internet connection" – maybe in the future that might be true, but today such a machine is very limiting. If you can cope with a machine that needs access to the Internet then a Chromebook could well offer better performance for even less money.

    If you think this machine might work for you then consider the HP Stream 11, it has even better pricing and a processor that makes its performance streets ahead of this machine (still not "good" but about on par with what you might expect from a Chromebook in the same price bracket). Also worth consideration is the HP Stream 13, which is basically a bigger version of the HP Stream 11 (though it has the same resolution as the HP Stream 11).

    Anyone contemplating these needs to consider WiFi issues carefully (basestations only support a limited number of clients) and performance will drop dramatically when you start to deploy them in numbers.

    These systems are unlikely to age well, as their specification is "bare minimum" today. It is also worth remembering that the "free" software disappears after the first 12 months and will need to be paid for every 12 months after that.

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