HP Stream Mini: A Cute, Cheap Windows Desktop

By Sean Hollister on at

The £180 HP Stream is the bargain-basement laptop to beat. But what if you want a desktop instead? Take a peek at the new HP Stream Mini. At just over 2 inches tall, 725g, and a mere $180 (about £117, directly converted) out of your wallet, this tiny pastel blue nettop packs a surprising amount of value into the case.

Sure, you'll only get a 1.4GHz Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of solid state storage, and last-gen 802.11n Wi-Fi, but there are plenty of ports on tap. With a computer this cheap, you'll probably be plugging it right into a TV, and twin DisplayPort and HDMI sockets will make damn sure you can do that. Four USB 3.0 ports (two front, two back), an SD card slot, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 3.5mm headset jack round out the connectivity suite. The machine comes with a USB keyboard and mouse, as well as a Windows Store giftcard, and a 2-year, 200GB subscription to OneDrive.

Yep, not a particularly powerful computer, but at least that 1.4GHz processor is of the Haswell variety, actually making it a bit more powerful than the 2.16GHz Bay Trail chip in the Stream laptop. More importantly, it's cheap.

But if you want to pay more, you can: HP will also sell a Pavilion Mini desktop that looks identical except for a white paint job, a wireless keyboard, a starting price of $320 (about £209) for a 1.7GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive... plus the ability to expand those specs to a Core i3, 1TB of storage, and 8GB of RAM. Both PCs will go on sale January 14th from HP's website, and February 8th at retail.

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