Getting a tablet today can be expensive. If you want an iPad tablet you could spend $600. Spending less means you get less of a product and will ensure you run in to issues like running out of memory on the device, or slow performance. Your other more affordable options are Windows and Android. You can purchase an Android device from China but you will be restricted on newer versions, performance, support and screen quality. However, HP is providing a quality product at a very affordable price. As of right now if you purchase this product you get it for the same price as a year of Office 360, so you’re getting one of the products for free.
The build quality of the HP Stream 7 is good; I wouldn’t say great, but it works. The screen will catch every glare and light in your house, and when holding the tablet the plastic can make creaking noises. You use a MicroUSB cable to charge the device, but this is also your only USB port so you will share this port with any other USB devices. But to use this port, you will have to buy an adapter to convert it to a normal sized USB port.
The speed of this tablet is good enough to run Windows 8 Apps, and watch videos on. The audio quality is acceptable, but not HD or anything close to what a smart phone offers. When using a standard x86 program, some programs showed a major slow down. I tried Bejeweled using Steam and it was slow on the cut-scenes but the gameplay was fine. You can also use Chrome or Firefox browsers since they are x86 which gives you more options for a browser type. Especially having the option for addons with Chrome and Firefox.
The battery will last you 3-5 hours of continuous use, depending on what you’re doing. But if you have it in sleep mode you can make it last for several days. The weight being 0.7 Lbs can be a bit heavy, but I also highly recommend getting a case to stand this tablet up with, as it slips on every surface.
I recommend plugging a USB thumbdrive up and moving the recovery partition to that thumbdrive to save storage space on the tablet. But, there is space for a microSD card which gives you expandable space for pictures, videos and x86 programs. Windows 8 apps do not save to expandable memory types.
7 in HD IPS touchscreen (800 x 1280), 5-finger multi-touch support
Intel Atom Z3735G quad core 1.33 GHz with Burst Technology up to 1.83 GHz
1GB DDR3L-RS 1333 MHz
Hard drive size
Windows 8.1 with Bing, 32-bit
Intel HD Graphics with shared graphics memory
1 Micro USB 2.0 • Headphone output/Microphone input combo
3000mAh lithium-ion 11.1Wh (up to 8 hours)*
2MP back-facing camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera
802.11b/g/n (Miracast enabled)
7.59 x 4.36 x 0.39 in (192.78 x 110.74 x 9.90 mm)
0.78 lbs (353.8 g)