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12 August 2016 | 0

HP has announced a refresh of its Stream notebooks, a budget-priced line of Windows 10 laptops that were originally seen as Microsoftian alternatives to Chromebooks.

The latest Stream refresh includes an updated version of the classic 11.6″ notebook and its x360 convertible variant, as well the return of the 14″ Stream.

For the 2016-2017 lineup, HP is adding dual-antenna 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi for better connectivity. The new Streams also have four colour options (in select regions), including blue, purple, white, and a black version for the x360 only.

Select models also include options for high-definition touch displays, and an HD WLED-backlit display that includes an anti-glare screen.

HP did not announce an update to the 13″ Stream.

We haven’t seen a 14″ model since the HP Streambook 14 was announced with the original batch of laptops in 2014. The base model of the new 14″ Stream includes a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor, 4Gb of RAM, 32Gb of onboard storage, a digital card reader, and Windows 10 Home. The display on the standard version offers 1366×768 resolution.

The notebook weighs 1.4kg and comes in under an inch thick, at 0.70″.

The standard 11″ model is similarly featured, with the same Celeron processor, screen resolution, RAM, and onboard storage as the 14″ Stream laptop. The smaller device weighs in at 1.16kg and is actually just a hair thicker than the 14″ model, at 0.71″ versus 0.70″.

Finally, we have the Stream x360, which also offers the same basic specs as its counterparts. But the x360 is heavier than the other 11.6″ model, at 1.35kg, and is the thickest of the bunch at 0.78″.

The new devices aren’t quite available yet. HP tells us that the new HP Stream 11 will be available from September with the base model at €229. The HP Stream 14 also rolls out in September, starting at €229. Finally, the x360 will be released some time in October, starting at €299.

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