Friday, 05 December 2014 18:21
Over the past couple years Chromebooks have been selling like hotcakes in the ~$200 notebook market, Microsoft is trying to change that with the emergence of ~$200 Windows notebooks that pack a whole bunch of extras into an already affordable package.
One of the newest Windows offerings is the HP Stream 11 that comes with Windows 8.1 and costs $200. Included with the HP Stream 11 you get a free year of Office 365 and 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive storage. In addition to all of that you'll even get another $25 bucks to spend at the Microsoft store which pretty much gives you $100 bucks of extras on a $200 laptop.
Head on over to the WSJ to see what they thought about the HP Stream 11 and how it compares to other Chromebook offerings.
It really does sound like one of those too-good-to-be-true, shopping-network deals, minus, of course, the “four easy installments” plan and “Call right now!” instructions. But this isn’t even a holiday special or a clearance deal. It’s Microsoft’s new strategy to try to destroy Google ’s low-cost, cloud-based Chromebooks.
In fact, recouping some of the low-end laptop market is so important to Microsoft, the company worked with H-P to price the Stream to undercut the most popular Chromebooks, which are typically $250 to $350.