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.
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.
- Low power consumption
- Appealing form factor
- Decent built quality
- Bright display
- Full version of Windows
- Low amount of RAM
- Grainy display
- Case doesn’t fair well with pressure
- Windows 8.1 eats up a lot of space with updates