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HP Stream 7 32GB Windows 8.1 Tablet (Includes Office 365 Personal for One Year)

HP Stream 7 32GB Windows 8.1 Tablet (Includes Office 365 Personal for One Year)

  • 7-inch Display (1280×800)
  • Intel Atom Z3735F Processor (1.33GHz)
  • 32 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory
  • Includes Microsoft App Store Credit and Office 365 Personal for 1-year (.95 value)

HP Stream 7 5701 Tablet Stay on top of your work from wherever you love to be with the cloud-connected, Intel-powered HP Stream 7 Tablet with Office 365 and Windows 8.1. Product overview Lightning fast performance: Get the speed and responsiveness of the powerful Intel Quad core processor. Do more with Office 365: Keep up with life anywhere with a one-year subscription included. Free cloud storage: Get 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive so you can store all you want for a year. Operating System: Windows

List Price: $ 99.99

Price: $ 118.99

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  1. M. Y. "Photographer | Outdoor Enthusiast ... says:
    274 of 287 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Windows tablet on a budget. Does nearly everything a full laptop can do, November 17, 2014
    This review is from: HP Stream 7 32GB Windows 8.1 Tablet (Includes Office 365 Personal for One Year) (Personal Computers)

    I am an IT professional who deals with technology every day, and is very much into gadgets. Over the years, I have played with the HP TouchPad, Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Asus Transformer, iPad, Surface, and Surface 2. I now own the Surface Pro 3. Yes, I have used a lot of tablets — Apple iOS, Google Android, and Microsoft Windows 8. I’d like to preface that among all products, the Surface Pro 3 is my favorite for its versatility: tablet for play and consumption, laptop-like for work. Most importantly: it just plain works with the Windows ecosystem (hardware and software).

    HP Stream 7 is a surprisingly fluid Windows 8.1-based tablet that comes with a 1 year subscription to Office 365 Personal, a $69 value. More on that later. What makes it surprising is its performance for its price. (Note: I purchased this tablet from the Microsoft Store.)

    - Holds easily in the palm of my hand and in the back of my jeans pocket
    - A quite powerful Windows PC in the pocket of your pants!
    - Fluid performance of the Windows Store apps, helped by the Quad core processor
    - Traditional Windows app performance acceptable
    - Very inexpensive
    - Includes Office 365 Personal for a year ($70 value). Effectively making the tablet cost just $30!
    - Runs the full Windows 8 OS (not the crippled “RT” version). This lets you install traditional programs like on a regular laptop
    - Can access every file share that a Windows tablet/PC can connect to
    - Beautiful, bright screen (1280×800 resolution)
    - Screen can be seen from any angle!
    - Has 32 GB storage, expandable by a microSD card (tested with 64GB card)
    - Throw standard movies/videos onto the storage or microSD card, and watch them on this tablet without any conversion necessary
    - Bluetooth and Wifi
    - Battery lasts as much as 8 hours
    - Front and back cameras make video conferencing via Skype a possibility
    - Charges via standard microUSB port
    - microUSB port supports USB On-The-Go (OTG) cables. Allows you to connect hard drives, flash drives, memory card readers (for backing up your camera pictures). Can attach a USB hub to connect even more devices
    - Can run 2 Windows Store apps side-by-side
    - Plays videos (including Plex/Netflix) perfectly, including AVI, MKV, MP4, etc.
    - Despite having just 1GB RAM, I was pleased to be able to launch 8 Windows Store apps and easily switch between them
    - Supports Miracast wireless display casting (like Apple’s “AirPlay”, Samsung’s “AllCast”, Roku, etc). Allows you to project your tablet to a TV/projector — even use it as a second monitor. This was tested with the MS Wireless Display Adapter. This did not work with Fire TV mirroring
    - “Signature Edition” is available through the Microsoft Store. That version gives you the Stream 7 without any additional software added by HP
    - Supports Bluetooth keyboards and mice

    - At 0.8 lb, it feels heavy. Perhaps I got spoiled by the iPad Mini/Nexus 7/Surface 2, but its heft is noticeable
    - Speakers are loud enough in a room, but does not produce the best sound quality. What do you expect for a tablet at this price?
    - Only has 1GB of RAM although it has been able to perform acceptably
    - Although Miracast display mirroring works, it’s not as fluid as the $1500 Surface Pro 3
    - microSD card slot is accessible after opening the back cover
    - Spoiled by the Surface Pro 3, the tablet appears thick
    - There is no Charge indicator light. So, you have to turn on the tablet and look at the battery icon to see whether it is charging or full. Worse, connect a generic charger that may not provide enough power, and the icon shows that it’s charging, but… mouse over the system tray’s battery icon, and it shows “Connected, but not charging”. In other words, check that your non-HP charger works before you walk away
    - Only has 5-point multi-touch (Surface Pro 3/iPad do 10-point). With a tablet this size, 5-point works well enough
    - Typing on the on-screen keyboard was sometimes (not very often) laggy. Maybe I typed too fast.
    - “Signature Edition” is only available through the Microsoft Store
    - No GPS

    OFFICE 365 PERSONAL subscription (included for 1 year)
    - 1TB of OneDrive storage (Microsoft is upgrading this to UNLIMITED at no extra charge soon!)
    - Full copy of Office for 1 PC or Mac
    - Full copy of Office for tablets/phones (iPad, Android, Windows Phone)
    - 60 minutes of international Skype-to-phone calling
    - Worth $70/year
    - After the 1st year, you’ll have to renew the subscription, but with all the benefits listed above (especially the UNLIMITED cloud storage), I find this a steal
    - Can upgrade to Office 365 Home after the 1st year, which comes with 5 accounts that you can share with friends/family, each getting the above benefits for their own account


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  2. Lon J. Seidman "lon@" says:
    203 of 219 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Surprisingly capable for only $99 – Runs the full version of Windows, November 8, 2014

    This review is from: HP Stream 7 32GB Windows 8.1 Tablet (Includes Office 365 Personal for One Year) (Personal Computers)

    Customer Video Review Length:: 7:03 Mins

    The prices of Windows devices continue to plunge! HP has just released this new 7 inch tablet that runs the full version of Windows 8.1.

    Build quality for the price is surprisingly good. HP managed to get a 7 inch IPS display built into the tablet and it feels solid overall.

    Performance is actually pretty decent. It has a quad core Intel Atom processor that delivers about the same performance as other Atom based PCs. It is hindered by only having one gigabyte of memory, so there will be a limit to how much multitasking the machine can handle without slowing down.

    When running one application at time the machine feels as good as some of the inexpensive Atom based laptops I’ve looked at recently. Gaming performance is lacking for modern games (mostly due to the small amount of available RAM) but older games and casual mobile games should work fine.

    The Stream 7 lacks an external video port, so it’s not easy to use the tablet on a larger display. It is possible to transmit the display wirelessly to a Miracast device, but the output has a lot of latency and it won’t go beyond its native 1280×800 resolution. The charging port is OTG compatible, so it might be possible to use a USB video device with it.

    Yes it has limitations – both in its available memory and external display capabilities. But Compare this to any other $99 tablet out there and it’s exceptionally good – especially given how well it runs the full version of Windows 8.1

    DISCLOSURE – I purchased this tablet with my own funds


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  3. Robert Salita "Software Developer" says:
    116 of 131 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Geek Notes and Comparision to ASUS VivoTab 8, November 15, 2014
    Robert Salita “Software Developer” (CHI PAR PHX SYD PDX CLD NKC) –

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    This review is from: HP Stream 7 32GB Windows 8.1 Tablet (Includes Office 365 Personal for One Year) (Personal Computers)

    The HP Stream 7 Windows 8.1 Tablet is an impressive value in 2014. It’s the first 32GB Windows 8.1 tablet to crack the $99 price mark. Whether it’s the right tablet for you is very situational. I also bought an ASUS VivoTab 8 to evaluate and compare.

    Comparing HP vs ASUS
    1. PRICE: The HP is (was) $99 and the ASUS is still $199.
    2. OS: Both tablets are 32-bit Windows. You cannot install 64-bit Windows without dealing with the 32-bit UEFI issue.
    3. STORAGE: Both tablets have 32GB of eMMC (SSD-ish) storage. The HP has 1GB RAM and the ASUS has 2GB RAM.
    4. CPU: The ASUS has a CPU with better specs and is indeed has a somewhat more fluid UI. However, there isn’t that much difference.
    5. BIOS: The HP BIOS is easy to navigate. It’s touch sensitive and has a virtual keyboard for navigation. The ASUS has neither and is difficult or impossible to navigate without using a USB keyboard. The main reason for caring about the BIOS is if you want to install an alternate operating system such as Linux (more later) or Windows 10.
    6. Driver Availability: ASUS is a good citizen having posted a complete set of drivers. I have not found any other 8.1 tablet maker who has done so. This is really important if you wipe out your storage, such as experimenting with a new OS, and then wish to restore Windows 8.1.
    7. HAND: The ASUS feels like a tablet, the HP feels a bit blocky.
    8. DISPLAY: The ASUS is an inch larger and has a bit better display.
    9. GPS: The ASUS has a GPS. HP does not.
    10. microSD CARD: I tested a Samsung 64GB Pro microSD card in both tablets. The card must be formatted as NTFS to be recognized by the tablet. The HP would not recognize the card when formatted exFAT. I could transfer up to 19MBps from tablet USB to tablet microSD card. On a PC, the card performs (USB 3.0) at 78MBps read and 64MBps write. To install the microSD card on the HP, you must peel off the tablet’s back cover and then insert the card next to the battery. The ASUS has an accessible SD cartridge slot so the back doesn’t have to be removed.

    Which one do I recommend? Depends on your situation but I recommend first considering the WinBook tablets available from Amazon and, better yet, at Microcenters. The WinBook TW801 has an 8″ screen (vs HP’s Stream’s 7″), an additional 1GB of memory, a micro HDMI port, and a second USB port (a full size USB 3.0 port). Windows tablets with the features of the TW801 may well become the platform for the next generation of HTPCs.

    Geek Install Notes (applies to both the HP and ASUS).

    1. Drivers for ASUS VivoTab 8 […]
    2. Drivers for HP Stream 7 are — where?
    3. Linux is a bad idea on these tablets because of the many esoteric drivers needed to make a tablet work. As of this date, there is no Linux distribution that offers essentials drivers; display, touch, WiFi and probably others. Also there’s the 32-bit UEFI issue.
    4. Holding down both the power button + down volume will boot into BIOS (eqv to F2).
    5. HP Stream 7 BIOS has convenient menu for navigating BIOS. You’ll need a USB keyboard for navigating the ASUS.
    6. My trusty USB drive with Easy2Boot (recommended) didn’t boot. I assume this is because the BIOS is 32-bit UEFI.
    7. I wiped out the ASUS storage trying to install Windows 10 and Linux. Thankfully ASUS has posted drivers enabling reinstallation using a stock Windows 8.1 Pro + Update 1. I do not recommend doing what I did, reinitializing the 32GB storage and not having a backup. Fortunately drivers from ASUS site installed ok but there’s a couple uninstalled drivers according to device manager. GPS drivers missing?
    8. HP Stream 7 and ASUS booted fine with a powered USB 2.0 hub. I loaded up the USB hub with three USB drives and a keyboard.
    9. SplashTop Streamer, a remote desktop utility, installed fine. SplashTop Streamer is particularly convenient for setting up the tablets. Recommended. There may be some issue, possibly a timeout issue, when connecting to tablets. Changing taskbar property to force booting into desktop may have fixed the issue.
    10. Send Anywhere utility installed fine. Send Anywhere is a very convenient cross-platform file transfer tool. Recommended.
    11. Annoyingly, HP Stream 7 and ASUS don’t allow separate timeouts for display and sleep. You can only set one or the other and the setting apples to both. A solution is to disable connected device setting in registry and manually enter the following in an administrative Command (cmd) window. The following commands will cause the display to timeout after 15 minutes and cause the tablet to NEVER (0) sleep.

    Disable connected device using regedit: HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetControlPowerCsEnabled (change 1 to 0)
    sc config dam start= disabled
    – reboot –
    powercfg /x monitor-timeout-ac 15
    powercfg /x standby-timeout-ac 0
    [Update 16-Nov-2014: These changes work great…

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