HP unveils the stream mini – a cheap and compact Windows desktop


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Borrowing a leaf from the Mac mini, the new Hp Stream Mini is a compact, portable and sleek looking desktop PC that runs Microsoft’s Windows. The $180 HP Stream mini is just over 2 inches tall and about 725 grams in weight.

The Stream mini comes packed with a 1.4GHZ Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM and a 32GB solid state drive. It also comes with the latest generation Wi-Fi 802.11n and a good number of ports for connecting to other devices such as twin DisplayPort, HDMI port as well as 4 USB 3.0 ports (two front, two back). It also has an SD card slot, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Hard to believe all the above ports have been crammed onto such a small machine and best of all, the machine comes with a USB keyboard and mouse, a $25 Windows Store gift card and a 2 year 200GB OneDrive subscription.

Given the overall specs of the machine, it is nowhere near powerful but for those who want more power in a similar package can do so as HP will also sell a Pavilion Mini desktop that looks identical to the Stream Mini except for a white paint job and a wireless keyboard. With that you can get a 1.7GHz processor, 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive and the ability to expand the specs to a Core i3, 1TB of storage and 8GB of RAM.

Both the Stream mini and the Pavilion mini will go on sale staring on the 14th of January from HP’s website and from February 8th on retail stores.

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