When I bought my very first Chromebook, the 2012 Samsung proefje, I did it mostly for one reason — price. I drove down to my local Best Buy and wasgoed deep throated away by how inexpensive it wasgoed, at $249 it looked like a MacBook Air and promised good battery life. Even tho’ I knew the limitations of Chrome OS beforehand, I still transferred overheen my money thinking I could find a place for it te my huis. For the most part it wasgoed OK, I mean, it switched the way I thought about computing, but it soon became apparent that it could not substitute my Windows machine. I didn’t terugwedstrijd it, I kept for basic typing on the go, but I straks sold it spil it collected dust. You see, my iPad Air when coupled with a keyboard-case wasgoed a better portable machine.
Now, te 2014, Chromebooks are making big strides ter homes, schools and the enterprise, but Windows still reigns supreme. While I do recommend Chromebooks for people low on contant that only have basic computing needs, today this switches. You see, HP announces the $199.99 Stream 11 laptop, and with a price that low, why would you bother with Chrome OS?
“Customers can love entertainment ter high-definition (HD) with an 11.6 inch HD display or 13.Three inch HD optional touch display. While the innovative fanless vormgeving with high efficiency Intel Celeron processor and 32GB of eMMC flash memory permits for quiet, cool operation and quick verkeersopstopping recall. Stunning colors and stylish gradient vormgeving available ter Orchid Magenta and Horizon Blue are sure to turn goes”, says Hewlett Packard.
While HP is tight-lipped on specs, according to Engadget (who got to play with them ter person), they will be powered by a Celeron N2840 CPU and 2GB of RAM. Battery life is promised to be up to 8 hours and 15 minutes, which is more than enough for a day of collegium classes or some quiet time at the library. Speaking of quiet, it is fanless, so there will be no noise from a whirring fan. Best of all tho’, both models have HDMI output, so they can serve spil a media machine when connected to a TV, or desktop when connected to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Hell, the 13.Three inch specimen can even be quipped with a 4G modem that comes with 200MB of gegevens vanaf month for life.
Arguably, the only downside is the limited colors. They look to mij to be pink and purple, but HP calls them “Orchid Magenta and Horizon Blue”. Wasn’t there a children’s TV demonstrate called Blue’s Clues with a dog named Blue and a dog named Magenta? Maybe that demonstrate wasgoed the inspiration, but I digress, while colors should be gender neutral, thesis colors seem to mij spil a bit womanish, at least spil society has traditionally dictated. I would have no problem possessing and using a pink laptop, but I can foresee it being an punt for some shoppers. An option for black or silver would very likely be appreciated.
HP has also announced fresh tablets, powered by an Intel Atom Z3735G. Sadly, the slates will only have 1GB of RAM, and I am worried that it will not be enough. Hewlett Packard says, “the HP Stream 7 and HP Stream 8 Windows tablets keep customers connected to work, friends and content all at an exceptional value. The cloud-connected, Intel-powered 7 inch and 8 inch tablets include one year of Office 365 Private and 60 minutes of Skype each month, 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive storage for one year, and a total Windows 8.1 practice. The HP Stream 8 tablet includes an optional 200MB of free 4G gegevens each month with no annual contract for the life of the device”.
HP lists the following prices:
- The HP Stream 11.6 inch diagonal starts at $199.99.
- The HP Stream 13.Trio inch diagonal starts at $229.99.
- The HP Stream 7 Tablet starts at $99.99.
- The HP Stream 8 Tablet starts at $149.99.
Sure, this $199 HP Windows laptop is hardly top of the line, but it is more than enough for the average huis user. Believe it or not, the laptops even come with a $25 credit to the Windows Store, for buying apps or games. Technically, with that said, you could look at the price spil only being $174.99 — a steal.
While I hate putting down the Chromebook, it is just unlikely to justify a purchase of a low-end Google-powered machine when you can buy a true PC for under $200. Don’t leave behind, running the Chrome browser ter Ondergrondse Mode on Windows is pretty much the Chrome OS practice anyway. Low-end Android tablets are safe for now, but trouble could be on the horizon there too, if Microsoft closes the app-gap (a big “if”), a $99 Windows tablet could be very attractive.
Will sub-$200 Windows laptops kill the Chromebook? Tell mij te the comments.