Microsoft and its partner OEMs took their own sweet time for making 8-inch Windows 8 tablets mainstream as the OS is focused more on productivity than on content consumption. However, as consumer demand for compact tablets catches up, both don’t want to miss the bus.
While Microsoft has been trying to make the Windows experience as touch friendly as possible, device makers are bundling keyboards to make small Windows tablets as attractive to tablet users as possible.
Build & design
HP Stream 8 is a good looking tablet which is also easy to lug around mainly due to its light weight (410gram) body and slim form factor (8.9mm). Made from plastic materials, the tablet features rounded corners and a black coloured, plastic glossy front panel along with a smooth back that sports a matte finish. The front panel is dominated by an 8-inch capacitive IPS touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280x800p.
HP Stream 8 sports an 8-inch WVA IPS anti-glare, LED-backlit display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. Colours look vivid and viewing angles are good. Text and graphics look crisp and sharp. Black levels were also good.
Camera & Performance
HP Stream 8 features a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. The cameras are nothing home to talk about but can click average quality shots in both daylight and artificial light.The rear camera does not come with an LED flash so it’s not possible to click acceptable pictures in low light conditions
HP Stream 8 is powered by a 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core processor (Bay Trail), integrated Intel HD graphics and 1GB DDR3 RAM.In terms of performance, the tablet is good for moderate use and for web browsing, casual games and multimedia, and for apps like office suites, and simple imaging editors, among others.
Baterry & storage
HP Stream 8 comes with a 4000mAh battery and offers decent backup. In our tests, it lasted about 6 hours while using Microsoft Word, a picture editor, a music streaming service and playing some YouTube videos, keeping the screen at full brightness. In our video loop test, it lasted about 4 hours.
HP Stream 8 has 32GB storage out of which about 20GB space is available to the user. With the microSD card, storage can be expanded up to 64GB. You can also use a USB on-the-go adapter to connect flash drives and hard disks.
So should you buy the HP Stream 8? At Rs 16,990($275 us dollar) the device is a good mid-range Windows tablet. You can run almost all Windows 8 apps and most legacy Windows apps, so it’s essentially a portable PC. The tablet would certainly appeal to road warriors who need to use Windows apps for work.The wireless keyboard offers an almost PC-like experience.