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HP scored a touchdown with its Stream 11 and Stream 13 laptops at the end of last year, so it is really not a surprise for the PC maker giant to try extending this success with other product types. Coming in as an entry-level tablet, weighing in less than 360 grams, it is the HP Stream 7. While lacking the sleek form factor of other entry-levels, it is still a pretty solid and almost risk-free device, costing less than RM450.

You may argue that it is not packed with the latest specifications but still, what more there is in the market that offers so much with so little? With that being said, it is still a mere RM 500 tablet. Don’t expect to get high edge quality with curve screens, thin and light design, Touch ID sensor, or other fancies found on more expensive devices of the same category like the much hyped Apple’s iPad Mini 3.

Whether you are in the midst of finishing a big project for your job or simply just kick back and ask for lives in Candy Crush, search apps and music, this mini-tablet offers all the basic capabilities and necessities you need. Being one of HP’s devices alongside Stream 11 and 13 laptops and similar products, they are installed with Windows 8.1 and powered with the quad-core 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage that promises to deliver fast and smooth performance.

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What makes the Stream 7 so interesting is of course, the screen. Loaded with a 7-inch IPS touch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800, it is better than its predecessors. However, the screen only offers “limited” touch support, supporting 5 touch points. That should be more than enough for a mini-tablet though.

Looking past the screen, for you tech-savvies, it is as you had expect, a single micro USB 2.0 port that doubles as a charging port with the use of the cable and power adapter included together. Cameras on both front and rear is nothing to be proud of, 0.3 megapixel on the front and 2 megapixel on the back. Supports Wi-Fi 802.11bgn with Miracast. Although, it might not be the most attractive of devices out there, the HP Stream 7, will be more than capable of getting you through the day, be it browsing through news, emails or chatting.

 

If you are looking for a device that is not too heavy, fits perfectly in your pocket or your palm, the HP Stream 7 is worth considering. Also, to further push this device to the market, Windows has made available a free year of Office 365 Personal, worth RM 219.99.

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Pros

  • Low power consumption
  • Appealing form factor
  • Decent built quality
  • Bright display
  • Full version of Windows

 

Cons

  • Low amount of RAM
  • Grainy display
  • Case doesn’t fair well with pressure
  • Windows 8.1 eats up a lot of space with updates

 

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Global reviews and ratings

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By NotebookCheck on 

In review: HP Stream 7 5700ng, courtesy of HP Germany. Users in the market for a Windows tablet with outstanding battery life but with a modest budget should take a look at the HP Stream 7. If other qualities matter as well, the decision might be more…

 

By AnandTech on 

Anyone looking for an Office 365 license should also see if they can find the Stream 7 on sale for $99 anywhere, as it comes with Office 365 for not much more than the cost of an individual license. I hope that HP can improve upon the Stream 7’s issues in future tablets, and I hope other manufacturers create their own devices to compete in this price range so consumers will have more options at the low-end. It’s always good to see technology brought to the masses, and HP has made some great progress in doing that with the Stream 7.

 

By Gear Diary on 

Rated of 4.0 out of 5

Here are the basic specs: – Windows 8.1 operating system – 1GB memory – 32GB storage – 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core processor – 7 inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution – Up to 8 hours of battery life – 2MP rear camera – 0.80 lbThese are My 10…

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