At a time when you have phablets, tablets, smartphones and mini-laptops, it is tough for an entry level laptop to make a big mark. So when a maker like HP decides to push the boundary with the HP Stream 11-D023tu, one is made to sit up and take notice.
In terms of physical looks, we so love this piece. While the color—a bright shade of blue—could be distracting for many, it has a funky feel to it.
The challenge with this laptop is that there are so many entry level laptops flooding the market that we need to actually weigh its pros against the plausible cons. Only then can we know if it scores a hit or a miss.
For starters, we barely found any impressive hardware on the Stream 11. However, this is well made up for by the presence of the integrated 3G modem. Basically, this allows for smoother internet connectivity sans the worry of hotspot or dongles.
There are three ports and the usual HDMI output. However, all of these are on one side. The basic flaw we noticed here is the absence of any vent or fan. In fact, the speakers fire downwards being located on the lower lip curve of the device.
Moving in to greater details—there is no touch input support but then, the 11.6-incher screen is of poor quality and comes with 1366 x 768 resolution. The laptop is powered by Intel Celeron N2840 CPU. Other specs around his niche are-
- 2.16 GHz dual core processor
- 2 GB RAM
- 32 GB memory
- Flash support of only upto 32 GB
- Windows 8.1, 34-Bit
While the full size keyboard is a good spec, we are let down with the pre-installed apps such as Connected Music, Trip Advisor and MySMS among others. The battery is beefy and offers 5 hours of activity post a single round of charging. However, this is just about it. For us, the HP Stream 11-D023tu misses the mark—big time!