|Screen Size||7 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1280 x 800 pixels|
|Max Screen Resolution||1280x8000 pixels|
|Processor||1.8 GHz Intel Celeron|
|RAM||1 GB DDR3L-SDRAM|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||8 hours|
HP Stream 7 Tablet 32 GB Windows 8.1 Signature Edition, Black
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- Comes with a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal ($69.99 value).
- Signature Edition PCs offer no junkware or 3rd party trialware, the best computer meticulously configured, and world-class security software.
- Fine-tuned for fast performance from the second you turn it on. It comes protected with premium, anti-virus software that never expires.
- 7-inch Display (1280x800), 32 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory
- Free digital $25 Windows Store Credit when you visit http://www.microsoft,com/HPStream on your Hp Stream 7
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- Windows 8.1 operating system
- 1GB memory
- 32GB storage
- Intel Atom processor
- 7" screen
- Up to 8 hours of battery life
- 0.80 lb
HP Stream 7 5709 Tablet
Live life untethered on the cloud-connected, Intel-powered HP Stream 7 Tablet. Stay on top of your work from wherever you love to be with Office 365 Personal and a full Windows 8.1 experience.
- Work or play, the HP Stream with Intel quad core processor delivers the speed and responsiveness you need to stay on top of life.
- Keep up with life anywhere with a one-year subscription. Get all the powerful tools you need with the familiar Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Access, plus cloud integration.
- All your files, all within reach. Get 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage included for one year so you can easily store and share your favorite photos, videos, documents, files, and more.
This product has
Lightning-fast performance: Get the speed and responsiveness of the powerful Intel quad core processor
Do more with Office 365 Personal: Keep up with life anywhere with a one-year subscription included (Office 365 Personal 1-year with activation required within six months. Internet access is required and not included.
Love what you see: Captivate your senses with razor sharp resolution from a breathtakingly brilliant HD display
Free cloud storage: Get 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive so you can store all you want for a year (The OneDrive cloud storage offer is available only with the included Office 365 Personal subscription for a limited time. Check the activation card inside the package for details.
WIMBoot: Save storage space and launch apps faster with less memory
Share all your moments: Stay in touch with friends and family
Internal storage for you: 32GB storage space for your digital library
Tablet accessories (sold separately)
- HP Stream 7 Screen Protector: Keep scratches off your screen without impacting touch sensitivity
- HP Bluetooth Keyboard Case: Comfortable typing, multiple viewing positions and durable protection
- HP Stream 7 Tablet Case in white, black or blue: Dual viewing angles, on-the-go protection and precise port openings
Operating system: Windows 8.1 with Bing
Memory: 1GB DDR3L
Storage: 32GB eMMC
Processor: Intel Atom Z3735G Quad Core Processor (1.8GHz)
Display: 7 inch diagonal multi-touch IPS wide viewing angle display (1280 x 800)
Battery life: Up to 8 hours
Weight: 0.80 lb
Dimensions (inches): 4.36 w x 0.39 d x 7.59 h
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0
Product color: Black Licorice
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Full Stream ahead: Stay entertained and productive wherever you go with the pocket-sized HP Stream 7 Signature Edition tablet. It has plenty of speed and power to handle all your work and play, and is sleek, slim, and lightweight, making it a breeze to take everywhere you're headed. Office 365 Personal included: The Stream 7 comes with a 1-year subscription to Office 365 Personal ($69.99 value) to keep you productive wherever you are. You get the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more, plus 1TB of OneDrive online storage to share your photos, videos, documents, and more. 1 year limited warranty. Free $25 Windows Store Gift Card: With Windows Store Gift cards, you can buy apps, games, movies, music** and more on Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox. $25 Windows Store gift card must be redeemed by December 31, 2015. Customers have 90 days to spend their balance after redeeming the gift card. Not redeemable on earlier versions of Windows and Windows Phone. Windows 8 users: Update to Windows 8.1 for free through the Windows Store. For full terms and conditions, visit: http://www.Microsoft.com/HPStream. **Music: Only for purchase of individual tracks and Xbox Music Pass on Windows 8.1, or Xbox Music Pass on Xbox One (Xbox Live required). Intel quad core processor: Work or play, you can expect great speed and responsiveness from the Stream 7's Intel Atom Z3735G quad core processor. It's engineered for optimal system performance along with fast video and page loads without your battery life suffering. Vibrant HD IPS display: A stunning HD display delivers razor-sharp resolution and brilliant picture quality for everything you're looking at. And with IPS technology (in-plane switching), it ensures a clear view from any angle along with accurate, lifelike colors that will delight your eyes. Signature Edition: Exclusive to Microsoft, the Stream 7 Signature Edition tablet is fine-tuned for fast performance from the second you turn it on. It comes protected with premium, free anti-virus software that never expires. And best of all, it comes without any annoying junkware or trialware, giving you peace of mind that your tablet will always be clean, fast, and protected.
Top Customer Reviews
When the device arrived I was excited and tore into the box as soon as I could. Normally I hate to unwrap my tablets until my case and screen protectors arrive (ALL my tablets are still pristine), but I could not wait on this one. On first observation there was really nothing flashy about the look and feel of the device. It was boxy and somewhat thicker than most newer 7-inch tablets of recent memory. When picking it up you will notice the weight of this thing. It is heavier than all my small tablets for sure but it felt solidly built! There was a little flex when pressing on the back of the device but that I owe to the fact you have to pry the tablet open to access the micro-SD slot to expand the memory (which was an awesome add-on because Windows can take up a decent amount of storage). All in all I was happy that this budget device did not feel cheap (way to go HP).
It came with a good charge on it when I powered it on and it immediately began setting itself up. It transfers all of your settings (including your screensaver) if you have a windows laptop or desktop. I thought this was pretty awesome as it looked like a mini version of my Lenovo laptop after it finished setting up. I was pleasantly surprised with how crisp the screen looked. I guess things look pretty decent on a 7 inch screen but still for a budget tablet the screen quality was nice. Using the device was also a pleasant experience. Many people have complained about a lack of touch screen responsiveness and the text being too small to be productive. Though the latter argument is valid I still do not have much trouble navigating the text at all. The Windows store is still lagging far behind all the other major operating systems out there but all the ones I generally use are there (Netflix, C-Net, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, etc). Movies playback fine without any lag. I have heard reports of weak Wi-Fi but the only time I have seen this is when I try to use my job's Wi-Fi which sucks to begin with. At home this thing is zippy fast. Another negative I have heard is that since this device only has 1GB of RAM then it will be sluggish if you have too many things running. Since it is such a small device I can't imagine doing anything hardcore on it so I haven't had a sluggish moment yet. I have had 3 web pages, Netflix and a social app running with no troubles. So performance wise I have been thrilled with the decent graphics and snappy performance. I do not do any gaming on my tablets so I can't comment on how it handles graphic intensive games.
Now for a few negatives. The first was beyond the device's control and that was initially the lack of decent cases and screen protectors. It tok a month after for actual products to become available on Amazon. I chose a lime green Infiland case with removable bluetooth keyboard that came with a free OTG dongle cable (it plugs into the power port and has a USB plug-in). With the OTG dongle I plugged in a wireless mouse and with the keyboard case the HP Stream 7 becomes literally a mini-laptop. Using a wireless mouse makes it A LOT easier to navigate around the device. A LOT. Using the mouse makes clicking on small font a breeze and zipping towards the corner of the screen to activate many of Windows operating features is a breeze! So the first negative is technically solved. The second negative is the battery life. While using the device it does seem to drain somewhat fast but I expected this due to the cost cutting HP had to do to keep this thing budget. The battery is not the best in the world but it lasts the way I expected. My Lenovo laptop is the same way so I was not turned off by the shorter life. What I was apprehensive about was the way the battery drains when the device is NOT turned on. My other tablets can be turned off for a month and still have a decent charge when I finally do pick them up again. The HP Stream 7 I noticed dies after being turned off for a couple days prompting you to have to recharge it again. If you just hibernate this thing without turning it off then it is curtains EVEN faster than that! I suggest shutting down the device after every use and always carrying the included charger with you at all times in your bag, man-purse, pocketbook etc. just in case. The device charges a little slow but not bad when you use the proprietary charger. i have heard horror stories of people using 3rd party chargers or chargers from other devices that make charging painfully slow. So now I carry my charger around so it is not that big of a deal.
My final negative is one that caused me to almost return this device. As many people have reported when you are using headphones there is a very loud and constant static/buzzing noise. I generally always use headphones because I have never been fond of any tablet's speakers (thought the Kindle HDX 7 is good). When I plugged my headphones in I heard the noise right away. it would come and go depending on what I was doing. When just navigating webpages (and being lazy to take them off) I will hear the static. If I am watching YouTube videos or Netflix and I am watching quiet scenes or low speaking scenes I can really hear the annoying background static. If I am watching things with decent sound, action or just watching anything loud you will not really notice the background static as much. I contacted HP about this and they offered sending me a new device. I waited for the new one to arrive and when it did I set it up and plugged my headphones in and same problem. I am thinking this is an effect of the cost cutting measures to keep this device at a competitive price. I decided to return the second tablet HP sent me and keep the first because the HP device had bloatware on it that my original Signature edition was free of. I am dealing with this unfortunate sound issue but this would be the biggest negative about the device in my opinion.
Overall for the money you pay for the HP Stream 7 you are getting a great device for your buck. It is fully functional, built solidly, offers a great quality screen and graphics, and allows for expandable storage AND ability to use OTG cables to add a wireless mouse or even keyboard. The flaw with the battery and sound is daunting but with the free Office 365 for a year (in which you can also activate on a desktop/laptop as well) makes this a definite must-have for those wanting a Windows tablet or for people looking to gift a loved one with a tablet that allows them to enjoy entertainment and be productive at the same time.
After using it for something over a month, my thoughts:
One huge caveat before I begin -- there is a well-known, widespread issue with the Stream 7: a low-level, buzzing/hissing through the headphones (but not with Bluetooth) when you play any media files; the audio will often mask it, but in quiet moments it comes through. If your plan is to use a Stream 7 for listening to music or watching movies, I strongly recommend making your purchase either through a retailer with a reliable return policy (like Amazon, in my experience) or in person, and trying out the exact one you're going to buy, since there seems to be some variance in just how loud this is (though that may only reflect different reviewers' hearing and/or tolerance levels). It hasn't really been a big issue for me, but had I known about this beforehand, it might well have caused me to hold off on my purchase. Since it doesn't happen as soon as you plug in your headphones, only when you actually start up a file, I suppose it's possible that a software/firmware update could address it, but from what I've read, that's not been the case so far, even with a recent BIOS update that HP offered. Amazingly shoddy on HP's part, but I guess that's how you keep the price down. Given that I paid for two years of protection, I may look into having mine replaced if I see that the issue is resolved on future models.
Smaller caveat: most (all?) models have some light bleed from the bottom of the screen (as held in portrait mode). Again, it seems to bother some people more than others (I typically read my e-books in "night" mode, with white type on a black screen, and even there I scarcely ever notice it).
I've also seen reports that the Stream 7 drops wi-fi signal. Haven't experienced that myself, either on my home network, at work, or using w-fi in coffee shops and such. But, again, make sure you can return the device if that turns out to be an issue.
Those aside, the biggest "drawback" to the Stream 7 is that price point: for under $100, this is going to wind up in the hands of a lot of people who would, frankly, be better off with a Nexus, Kindle, or iPad, with their simple setup and app integration.
The Stream 7 is a "tablet" in shape only; it's a full-fledged Windows 8.1 computer. The only significant difference between it and my Dell laptop is the absence of a physical keyboard: in all other respects, this is a Windows 8.1 computer, with all that implies in terms of functionality and learning curve.
As an example, unlike an Android device, you can't simply plug the Stream 7 into your computer and transfer content back and forth (just as you can't easily do that between a laptop and a desktop). I did set up the drives (built-in and micro SD card) on our home network, but that proved glitchy and not worth the effort. I picked up a 16 gb "On The Go" USB drive (standard 3.0 interface on one end; micro USB on the other) to copy stuff back and forth, and that works fine. There are also On The Go adapters that allow you to fully connect the Stream 7 to a computer (and charge it at the same time), but the drive seemed a simpler solution. You can also copy files via Wi-Fi (or, presumably, Bluetooth, though I haven't tried that).
While I've been basically pleased with Windows 8.1 on my laptop, there's no question that, on a hand-held device, it's a more complicated experience than using an iPad or Android tablet. For instance, Windows defaults to requiring you to log back in anytime your device goes to sleep, which reduces the "instant-access" convenience we've come to expect from tablets, and is particularly annoying if you have a long, strong password. It's possible to change that, of course, but (like a lot of things in Windows 8.1) it requires drilling down into the PC Settings, whereas most mobile devices have simpler, more intuitive, settings layouts. Naturally, the "Modern/Metro/app" side of 8.1 is better optimized for this device than it is for a full-sized computer, and as a mobile experience, compares favorably, IMHO, with Android and Apple.
One of the principal motivators for me was the form factor. The side bezels on the Stream 7 are much narrower than was the case on my Nexus, which means that, in portrait orientation, the Stream 7 fits very comfortably into my hand, as well as jacket and jeans pockets. It is about 20 grams heavier than the Nexus, and since it's thicker back to front, it feels like a bit more than that, since the weight is more concentrated; but I find the narrower shape less fatiguing to hold for an extended period, even with the slight gain in weight.
As noted, you get a year of Office 365 with the Stream 7; how useful you find that will vary. In my case, I certainly don't regard it as a full $69 discount on the device, as some have suggested. In the first place, I already have Office on my laptop, so there was no particular advantage there, and Office came pre-installed on my phone. It does allow you to also install Office on an additional computer, but because this is a subscription service, you have to decide to lock yourself into it to get full advantage of it. And even on my Nexus I had a couple of excellent Android office suites (including Kingsoft Office, which is free) that integrate just fine with MS Office; that doesn't even get into the free tools available with OneDrive and other online sources. If you're planning to do complete, polished documents/spreadsheets/presentations on your hand-held device, then having Office 365 on your Stream 7 may actually represent a true $69 savings for you. On the other hand, if (like me), you tend to do preliminary work on your tablet, but prefer to prepare the final version on a fullsize computer, with mouse and physical keyboard, then Office 365 really doesn't do much for your mobile device that the free suites don't.
Using Office 365 also adds 1 TB of storage to your existing OneDrive account (I guess it's eventually going to be "unlimited"). Bear in mind that if you use that much space, you risk losing access to it if you stop subscribing to Office 365 (officially, you'll still be able to access what's already there, just not add anything new, but I wouldn't assume that will still be the case if you stop subscribing a year from now).
Having a full Windows 8.1 installation goes some way toward narrowing the app gap with Apple and Android, since you can install pretty much any Windows program that you could run on your computer, if there's no app equivalent yet.
It's been suggested that it's impossible to run Windows on the 1 gb of memory installed on the Stream 7; that hasn't been my experience at all: everything I've run, including Office, performs well (watching video is smooth; I haven't tried any games). I wouldn't try to put Adobe Creative Suite on here, but as an example, I did install an older version of Paint Shop Pro that handles most of what I use Photoshop for, and it runs just fine. Multi-tasking can be a bit slow, but that's not something I find comfortable on a 7" screen anyway.
And it's a very nice screen. The specs are the same as on my Nexus, but it seems even sharper and is very responsive, which is important, because the Windows "desktop" side of things is VERY small on a 7" screen, and while you can technically change the resolution (from 1280 x 800 to 1280 x 720), it doesn't make things larger. Some apps/programs are amenable to pinch/zoom, etc., some aren't. Still, performing Windows commands with my fingertip, even when the icons are pretty tiny, has proved easier than I'd anticipated.
The 32 gb of memory that comes pre-installed sounds decent, but this isn't Android: even without bloatware, you only get around 12-13 gb of usable space. You'll definitely want to add a micro SD card; the Stream 7 is "officially" rated for 32 gb of expansion, but I'm running a 64 gb card with no problems (and I've read of people using a 128 gb card on the Stream 7). The Stream 7's not ideally set up for those who like to swap out memory cards, since accessing the card slot requires removing the back altogether (Samsung users can sympathize); it's not hard, but it's definitely a pain, particularly if you keep your device in a cover. I'd suggest just buying the most memory you can afford, and planning to leave the card in place. Among other things, this will allow you to save space by setting your download locations there, and if you're using the OneDrive app, you can move that to the external card as well (though you'll have to format your card for NTFS first).
Battery life is actually decent, given the 3000 mAh size of the battery; I haven't run any formal tests, but it seems to give me about 15-20% less time than my Nexus used to, which is about what you'd expect for the difference in battery sizes. A lot of portable devices can be finicky about external chargers, but I've found that, in addition to the supplied HP charger, the Stream 7 also charges just fine with the one from my Nexus, so it's easy to keep one charger at home, and one at the office, and not worry much about running out of juice. The HP case I bought with it doesn't have a "smart" sleep/wake feature, and I sort of doubt the Stream 7 has that capability at all, so that's another battery-life consideration.
(Interestingly, while the battery isn't technically "replaceable," it's installed in such a way that most users could probably swap it out without too much difficulty)
Cameras? It's got 'em. The front-facing works more or less OK for Skype and such. Haven't tried the rear one, but the specs (and online reviews) suggest it's not much use.
Bluetooth is variable (as I've found on most Bluetooth devices); connected instantly, and stays connected, with my Sony speakers and Logitech keyboard; can't see my Microsoft mouse at all.
Bottom Line: There's not much question that, for a price point below $100, HP has put more into the Stream 7 than I'd have expected; it runs smoothly and looks and handles great. Even if you don't regard the Office 365 subscription as a significant add-on, you'll get more than your money's worth from the Stream 7. Given the issues with the headphones, and the fact that some people don't want or need a full Windows 8.1 installation on their tablet, I can't recommend it without reservation. But as a replacement for the Nexus 7 (which, when I bought it two years ago, cost twice as much as the Stream 7), it's an amazing bargain for anyone comfortable with Windows 8.1.
I had originally planned to post this review last month (after I'd had the Stream 7 for a few weeks); then, for Christmas, I received an iPad mini (the original 16 gb version with non-Retina screen), so I figured I'd spend some time with both of them before I posted. It's an interesting comparison, since this Mini is the closest iPad to the Stream 7 in terms of price point (though still more than twice the cost).
The iPad is decidedly lighter, and the battery life is amazing. Some of the apps I have on both devices, like Flipbook, have a slightly more elegant interface on the iOS side, and of course, the audio doesn't have the inherent hissing of the Stream 7. But with its limited storage and larger form factor, I'm definitely just keeping it around the house where I always have wi-fi; the iPad is my "morning newspaper," catching up on all my news feeds, the Stream 7 remains my "daily driver" for taking to work, running errands, etc. The screen resolution on the Stream 7 is also superior to the iPad (remember, it's not the Retina screen): it's much easier on the eyes for extended e-book reading, and while I'd thought that the iPad might become my go-to device for reading comics, I'm finding that, even with the smaller screen size, that's more enjoyable on the Stream 7 (I also prefer the "CDisplay" program as my comics reader, which I was able to install on the "desktop" side of the Stream 7).
While I could imagine being satisfied with either of these devices, if I had to choose just one, it would be the Stream 7.
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