Is it any wonder why Windows PC customers refuse to pay for higher quality PC hardware? It all runs Windows and prices start at about $200, including this HP model which aims to be a Chromebook killer. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes on the why:
Once upon a time netbooks led the way when it came to cheap notebooks. They gave people a low-cost mobile platform to do work on, and they came with the familiar Windows operating system.
But then netbooks sort of died away – partly because they were a bit rubbish, partly because the cost of the Windows operating system kept the price high, and partly due to pressure from smartphones and tablets. Then Google entered the arena with Chromebooks. These didn’t run Windows, but as more and more people switched rich apps for web apps, they worked.
And the how.
The $200 HP Stream 11 is the perfect device for someone wanting a small, low-cost Windows-powered device, as long as they are aware of the limitations that come from spending only $200 on the hardware.
$200 gets you:
- 11.6-inch 1366 × 768 display
- Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit
- 2.16 GHz dual-core Intel Celeron N2840 CPU
- Intel HD graphics
- 2 GB of RAM
- 32GB of storage
- 8 hour battery life (HP data, real-world testing suggests it is closer to 6 hours)
- Office 365 Personal
After checking online, I couldn’t find a five-year-old MacBook Air with 2GB of RAM for less than $400. I wonder who really is getting killed with these ridiculous prices? Chromebooks? Or, Windows PC notebooks?