A lot more details of the HP Stream 14 has emerged, which provides us a clearer picture of what the HP's Chromebook device will be like in reality. Here is a head-to-head comparison of the two devices to find out which emerges on top.
To begin with, both the Stream 14 and Chromebook 14 sports near identical internal build even though both the devices are poles apart on the software front. Chromebooks have been particularly popular with the student community who has been lapping up the devices owing mainly to its ultra cheap price tag and easy to go features. However, as Business Insider points out, things do start to look a lot different now that the Stream 14 is in the fray sporting a price tag of just $199, the same that most Chromebooks retail for.
Both the devices sport the same 14 inch 1366 X 768 pixel display and 2 GB of RAM. Both the competitors will also have the same number of ports though the Stream 14 offers twice the storage space, 32 and 64 GB options compared to 16 GB on the Chromebook 14. Microsoft is also throwing in 200 GB of free cloud storage for 2 years into the fray to further sweeten the deal.
The Stream 14 is also more powerful than its Chromebook competitor, powered as it is by a 1.6 GHZ quad core AMD chip compared to a 1.4 Ghz Intel Celeron processor for the Chromebook 14.
However, the one area where the Stream 14 beats its Chromebook 14 stable mate comprehensively is the price. With a price tag of $199, the Stream 14 is almost $80 less than the Chromebook 14, mentions PC World.
Also, as Microsoft is all too keen to point out, the Stream 14 running Windows 8.1 offers a full Windows experience. In comparison, the Chromebook is, in Microsoft speak, a "brick" without an active internet connection. Most of its app are only functional when online though Google has been involved in making its Chromebooks more relevant when offline. The Stream 14 running Windows 8.1 allows a lot to be done eve when offline.