It is originally preloaded with Windows 8.1, however, users have the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10. The laptop originally retailed for $240 in 2014 as a way to attract laptop users to switch from the Chromebook laptop to the low-end Windows arena. It comes in two colors- "Horizon Blue" and "Magenta."
The laptop also comes in two types, touch and non-touch. A quick way to tell which version of the laptop you have is to look at the front bezel. If the perimeter of the screen is black and the screen is glossy, you have the touchscreen model. The non-touch is slowly being phased out with the touch version of this laptop. Although it is unclear if the Stream line of laptops will be phased out entirely (April 2016).
Upgrades from 2015 to 2016
The year 2016 upgraded the stock Intel Bay Trail-M to the current Intel Braswell processor. Both processors are still dual-core, except for the fact that Braswell added support for DirectX 12.
- 2014/15: Intel Celeron N2840 (2.16 GHz, turbo up to 2.58 GHz), 1333 MHz/1 MB L2 cache), Dual-Core
- 2016: Intel Celeron N3050 (1.6 GHz, turbo up to 2.16 GHz), 1600 MHz/2 MB L2 cache), Dual-Core
The newer version also packs 4 GB of DDR3 RAM. An improvement over the original 2 GB. Both models are still DDR3L-1600MHz and soldered to the board.
The 2016 version also has support for 64 GB of Samsung eMMC storage, but few models have hit the US market with this newer capacity.
Original Basic Specifications
- Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
- Hard Drive: 32 GB eMMC (soldered to board)
- System RAM: 2 GB DDR3L (soldered to board)
- Processor Speed: 2.16 [Base] to 2.54 GHz [Max]
- Processor: Intel Celeron N2840 Dual Core Bay Trail-M
- Graphics: 1GB at 311 MHz Intel® HD Graphics
- 13" Screen - Support LVDS as default, co-layout with eDP1.3
- One half-size mini-card for WLAN/SSD
- One M.2 card slot for WWAN (On WWAN models only!)
- 65-W HP Smart adapter
- 45-W HP Smart adapter
- 0.5MP Webcam
- USB: 1 x 3.0, 2 x 2.0
- Weight: 3.30 lb
- Battery life: 9.1 Hours
While being criticized for not having much storage space (32GB soldered eMMC), the HP Stream 13 can have it's WiFi card swapped out with an mSATA SSD. Additionally, you can remove the WWAN card and replace it with an M.2 SSD if you have the HP Stream 13 WWAN model.
Please obtain this board if you want to use the M.2 compliant WWAN as an SSD: http://partsurfer.hp.com/ShowPhoto.aspx?...
HP Part # 792769-001
The on-board SSD
While you won't find much information about the SSD on this laptop, our team has determined that the factory installed SSD uses the version 5.0 eMMC standard. It is a Samsung MBG4GC drive. It gets about an 18.28 MB/s write speed and a 27.20 MB/s sequential read speed.
We found that it would be best to add your own SSD instead of wear this IC down. Due to the nature of the eMMC design and the number of read/writes that Windows executes, we estimate the lifespan on this drive is estimated to be only 4 years with casual use.
If you need to use this computer for extended periods of time over the course of eMMC's life, it is recommended that you add an SSD via the laptop's PCIe mini or SD Card slot to avoid obsolescence.
Accessing the BIOS
To access the UEFI BIOS on this laptop, repeatedly and quickly tap on the ESC key during booting. You may have to power down and try again to access it. If you enable Legacy Support, you will need to type in the key which appears on the screen during boot.
Upgrading to Windows 10
We advise that you remove any of the programs that you don't use first before you try to upgrade. Then, run disk cleaner to make any space you can on your drive. Now run the Windows 10 installer to upgrade https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software...