HP Stream 11-d010na Signature Edition Laptop (Blue) £149.99 at Microsoft Store
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HP Stream 11-d010na Signature Edition Laptop (Blue) £149.99 at Microsoft Store

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Found 8th Aug 2015
The HP Stream 11 is currently reduced from £179 to £149

11.6-inch HD display
Intel Celeron N2840
2GB memory/32GB eMMC
Includes Office 365 Personal and £20 Windows Store Gift Card

Also includes update to Win10.

This seems a pretty decent option for simple Chromebook type functionality, but with MS Office for a year. There are also lots of youtube vids of people playing Minecraft, WOW and other 'older' games.

It's also worth mentioning that this is the 'Signature' edition - which means that there is no crapware on it at all - and has been optimised for the hardware. So allegedly, improved battery life, quicker startup and shutdown.

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It is a good machine but it is very low end in specs. I've had it for a few months and have completed the windows 10 update, which for a machine designed with that in mind was not as painless as it could have been.

One thing to immediately be aware of is the disk space, or lack thereof. Whilst it is a 32 gb drive, 7 gb is taken up by the rescue partition which you cannot access.

When I ran the upgrade to win 10 the machine ran out of space to complete the upgrade, despite the fact the drive was in pristine factory condition with nothing installed.....

So to get around this I shoved my SD card from my camera into the slot on the machine which allowed the upgrade to do its stuff.

Here's some things worth considering.

1. Before you do any upgrade, get a usb stick (8gb) and using the up software back up the recovery partition to that. This means that you can do a restore back to win 8.1 factory condition should it all screw up.
2. Have another spare disc or stick to hand so the upgrade to win 10 will work
3. The upgrade gave the option of wipe everything or upgrade. I chose the wipe everything option because I wanted to try to break the apparent link of windows 8.1 to the recovery partition. You see that were you to get into the bowels of the drive and deleted the recovery partition, win 8.1 will not start....
4. Having done the clean update/install all the HP software went and with it the trackpad. So make sure you have a USB mouse to hand when you first go into win 10 otherwise you'll get very annoyed. So first job is to go to HPs website to download the support assistant which will in turn grab the relevant drivers you're missing.
5. So far that's fine for everyone. What I did next is a bit more advanced and quite destructive if you don't know what you're doing.
6. Taking a live install of a 32 bit version of Linux mint I booted off that so that I could get at the file system on the disk. Using gparted I deleted the recovery partition (remember I'd backed this up before anyway so I could always get the machine back to factory state) and resized the c drive to take up the rest of the disk. Do however make sure you leave the EFI partition, the small bit at the start of the drive, as windows requires this.
7. On rebooting into windows 10 I did a scan disk of the c drive which unsurprisingly had some errors after the rejig. However once fixed the machine ran fine with a 29 gb c drive rather than 22gb.

Windows 10 runs fine and at least has a bit of space now, although the machine itself is billed very much as a cloud based thing.

(As an aside it runs 32 bit Linux absolutely fine too)

The keyboard is a bit unresponsive and the trackpad leaves something to be desired, but for a cheap backup laptop there's a lot to like.

Hope that's useful to folks, but please don't do steps five to seven unless you're confident about fixing a non booting machine!

Si

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@swfarrigton - thanks for this - I will try this when my daughter's turns up next week. Also, with a class 10 SD card - can you use that to install programs yet, or is it still greyed out in Win10 options? thanks

11 is quite small
I've grabbed a refurbished 14 inch AMD one off amazon for £135- very happy with it. Extra screen space is a necessity

I would never buy a laptop with an Intel Celeron Processor....

juanmax

I would never buy a laptop with an Intel Celeron Processor....



likely you are still thinking of the early Celeron's with limited L2 cache from back in the day...??
Modern Celeron's are perfectly usable low power CPU's designed from use in portable devices like this.

Awesome! Pairing up that with a large capacity SD card and good to go. Great size for carrying to and from work to work on Office files.

markcd

@swfarrigton - thanks for this - I will try this when my daughter's turns … @swfarrigton - thanks for this - I will try this when my daughter's turns up next week. Also, with a class 10 SD card - can you use that to install programs yet, or is it still greyed out in Win10 options? thanks



Can't say I've tried installing off the card. I know the SD slot isn't bootable which is a real shame as it would make the system a perfect dual boot system.

My other half bought the 13" 64gb version for Uni and it is superb for battery life, Easily gets 8 hours life from a full charge.

No its not a great processor, but using the celeron is what gives it great battery life.

This laptop works fine, software included was a bonus to me. I'm not a techno geek & needed something easy to set up & use. It works - happy user.

Very good price, but I've sworn off HP for life.

Maybe their build quality has improved in the last 4 years - but once bitten, twice shy.

I did buy one of these newer-gen netbooks for a family member, and it works fine - these aren't the netbooks of 2008 - they're actually usable. Don't expect to do much more than browsing / Windows 10 edition / Office, but for a lot of people, that's enough. Sings with Windows 10, too.
Edited by: "hammeredpizza" 10th Aug 2015

worth a go for 150, decent brand and reasonable spec and Office. Good for kids.

Same price from hp through unidays, kinder pointless to say so. but thought I'd metion it

Hi, just checked web page, price has gone back up.

Hi, has anyone been able to redeem the £20 windows gift voucher?

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Jake thePeg

Hi, has anyone been able to redeem the £20 windows gift voucher?



no - I have an outstanding call with Microsoft, so will update this when I get it resolved. Have you got your to work yet by any chance?

Hi. I want to buy this for my son as his first student laptop. Then I want to install MSoffice 2013. Is it possible with only 32gb hard drive?

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myoffer123

Hi. I want to buy this for my son as his first student laptop. Then I … Hi. I want to buy this for my son as his first student laptop. Then I want to install MSoffice 2013. Is it possible with only 32gb hard drive?



After doing an upgrade to Windows 10, followed by a clean install, I ended up with (iirc) - about 21Gb free, so should be fine to install office.

anybody used on of these for kodi and netflix?
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