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Updated Stream laptops, notebook and desktops

The budget Windows 10 notebooks will now come with dual-antenna Wi-Fi, improved battery life, and an update processor. The Stream 11 will keep its $199 price, while the new 14-inch version will cost $20 more.

HP launched the Stream line of laptops a couple of years ago as Microsoft started its push to get Windows into lower-cost devices. At the $199 price point and with its thin, colorful chassis, the Stream notebooks was designed to compete with the emerging Chromebook threat.

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The original Streams shipped with Windows 8.1, but it’s subsequently been upgraded to Windows 10. In time for back-to-school shopping, HP has just revamped the line, improving some features and expanding the family with a couple of new models.

In addition to the Stream 11 and the Stream x360, a 2-in-1 notebook, the company has now added the Stream 14, which retains the svelte design and low price of its smaller siblings. Given its larger screen size, the new model is a few ounces heavier than the other Streams, and, at $219, slightly pricier than the Stream 11 but $10 less than the original price of the Stream 13 edition it is replacing.

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