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[Microsoft Store] HP Stream 14 - $199

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mikka2017 wrote:
Sep 13th, 2019 4:01 pm
im setting up mine now..how come its not 'fullscreen'? this thing has THICK bezels lol , looks ancient, so much white empty spaces, ya im complaining bout a 200 cheap lappy!

im on the blue dots spinning screen " 'We're still working. " takes forever
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mikka2017 wrote:
Sep 13th, 2019 4:14 pm
anyone else notice a slight light bleed at top left a bit..seems like another user mentioned this its not big or anything but i did notice it on the blue setup screens, i don't remember windows taking this long to setup~!
If you think Windows setup is taking a long time, wait till you start downloading the updates! About 1 hour in, and it's still updating lol. Kinda scared of updating it to 1903 which I'll probably do overnight. That said, for $200, I'm actually quite impressed. Display is a lot nicer than I expected. Performance is passable. The last time I had something this basic was a old Dell Netbook.
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i wonder how much battery life u get if u max out the cpu in the power options..im still using stock cpu speeds
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So, which Linux distro are you going to install on this thing? I am thinking of a couple, either Linux Mint or MX Linux. I have both of them on a USB drive already as live usb (non persistence mode) which I already use for my old dell laptop that has similar settings as this laptop. I may just need to set them up for persistence mode and leave windows 10 s mode as is for now... I don't think i'll update it to Windows 10 home until later down the road. For extra storage, I just bought 4 Kingston removable media (2 USB - 32gb each, 2 SD cards - 64gb each). I am leave the crappy ssd alone for Windows only.
Thank you RFD community for helping me with spending money, I feel so poor now!
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I think this is the first time a laptop for $199 has a 1080p IPS display. Perfectly acceptable for browsing dank memes, filling tax returns, sending off job applications to not use this laptop anymore lol
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Luyuan20 wrote:
Sep 13th, 2019 4:56 pm
I think this is the first time a laptop for $199 has a 1080p IPS display. Perfectly acceptable for browsing dank memes, filling tax returns, sending off job applications to not use this laptop anymore lol
The iSmart from CC has it, but I'd take HP over an unknown China brand any day.
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Saltywetguy wrote:
Sep 13th, 2019 4:45 pm
So, which Linux distro are you going to install on this thing? I am thinking of a couple, either Linux Mint or MX Linux. I have both of them on a USB drive already as live usb (non persistence mode) which I already use for my old dell laptop that has similar settings as this laptop. I may just need to set them up for persistence mode and leave windows 10 s mode as is for now... I don't think i'll update it to Windows 10 home until later down the road. For extra storage, I just bought 4 Kingston removable media (2 USB - 32gb each, 2 SD cards - 64gb each). I am leave the crappy ssd alone for Windows only.
I don't have this machine so this is going to be untested advice.

Someone on the internet said that Ubuntu 18.04 didn't support the WiFi hardware in this computer. But they suggested that later versions might support it. Hard to tell what's true. That problem might carry over to Mint because it is based on Ubuntu (if I remember correctly).

Some firmware makes it hard to boot an installation "disk" that isn't properly signed ("Secure Boot"). I don't know if the HP firmware requires this. I use Fedora which is signed. It might be a problem with Mint.

I haven't found dual booting to be useful very often. And the cost on this machine is quite high: the eMMC is big enough to be comfortable for one system but not for two. Microsoft has even said that it will stop supporting systems with only 32G of "disk". Using external media seems pretty fiddly and slow.

Why you might not want to use Fedora: it has a constant stream of updates and that can get bothersome. I actually like this.
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Luyuan20 wrote:
Sep 13th, 2019 4:56 pm
I think this is the first time a laptop for $199 has a 1080p IPS display. Perfectly acceptable for browsing dank memes, filling tax returns, sending off job applications to not use this laptop anymore lol
I have a couple of Acer Spin 1 notebooks and an iSmart notebook with similar specs and price from around last Christmas. They were clearance deals from Canada Computers. This kind of deal has been very rare.

I'm so glad that 1080p IPS is no longer limited to $600+ notebooks.
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Wow this laptop can play 4k 60fps on edge no problem huh
Even my desktop struggles..weird
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Hugh wrote:
Sep 13th, 2019 5:18 pm
I don't have this machine so this is going to be untested advice.

Someone on the internet said that Ubuntu 18.04 didn't support the WiFi hardware in this computer. But they suggested that later versions might support it. Hard to tell what's true. That problem might carry over to Mint because it is based on Ubuntu (if I remember correctly).
I was using Ubuntu "Live" on a USB dongle and everything seemed to work fine. This was 18.04.
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mikka2017 wrote:
Sep 13th, 2019 5:28 pm
Wow this laptop can play 4k 60fps on edge no problem huh
Even my desktop struggles..weird

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The integrated 600 GPU does pretty well on H.265 and VP9 decoding.
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shwab wrote:
Sep 13th, 2019 6:06 pm
I was using Ubuntu "Live" on a USB dongle and everything seemed to work fine. This was 18.04.
Thanks -- good to know!

The current version is Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS. Perhaps the WiFi was supported some time between .0 and .3.
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Hugh wrote:
Sep 13th, 2019 6:17 pm
Thanks -- good to know!

The current version is Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS. Perhaps the WiFi was supported some time between .0 and .3.
Sorry it was 18.04.3 to be precise.

I did notice it was not waking up after closing and opening the lid, I'm not sure if that's just a "Live" issue or not, haven't had the time to look into it.
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trinxified wrote:
Sep 13th, 2019 3:54 pm
Where's the setting for the classic shell? Or is that something I have to install separately? Is it a theme?
It is a 3rd party app. Google it to get it.
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Can it run youtube 1080P or 4K streams and play simple games like Roblox (on a more advanced textured map) smoothly? I have an older Samsung Tab A 8.0 tablet and it glitches like crazy on more textured heavy maps/scenes.

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