HP Stream Mini Desktop and the Pavilion Mini Desktop: two compact PC with Windows
To combat the spread of Chrome OS on low-cost computers, or simply to offer a more attractive alternative, Hewlett Packard announced the Stream Mini Desktop and the Pavilion Mini Desktop. As you can see in the images below, these are two small, almost pocket-sized device designed for not too demanding audience, i.e. those who use the computer mainly for surfing the net.
HP Stream Mini Desktop will be sold with Windows 8.1 with Bing, a version of Microsoft’s operating system, which is designed for low-cost computers and tablets.
Characteristics of the device includes the following components: Intel Celeron processor 2957U, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB storage (SSD), 4 USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0, card reader (3 in 1), HDMI, DisplayPort, Ethernet port and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n. The package will also include a USB keyboard, mouse, 200GB OneDrive for 2 years and a gift card for $ 25. All this at a price of $ 179.
HP Pavilion Mini Desktop with Windows 8.1 promises superior performance thanks to the possibility to choose a configuration with Intel Core i3 and 8 GB of RAM. Basic configuration includes: Intel Pentium 3558U, 4 GB RAM, hard drive 500GB (7200RPM), 4 USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0, card reader (3 in 1), Ethernet port and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n. The computer also supports connecting two external displays via HDMI or DisplayPort. This configuration, which also includes a wireless keyboard and mouse, will be offered for $ 320.
Sales of both devices will begin in January, but only in the US. Availability and prices for other markets yet was not published.