Google’s Chromebook initiative has resulted in other companies looking to release their own budget laptops in an attempt to grab a piece of the poor college student and starving artist market. Asus just released their EeeBook X205, an 11.6-inch laptop with decent specs for $199. Microsoft is getting in on the fun too with the HP Stream that we wrote about back in August. The problem is that the Stream was supposed to match that $199 price point but instead has ended up costing $100 more.

The HP Stream is equipped with a 14-inch 1366 x 768 display, 2GB RAM, an AMD A4 Micro processor, and 32GB of storage with a MicroSD slot for added space. On top of that, those picking up the HP Stream will get two years of 100GB OneDrive online storage. It will come in a variety of pretty colors once it hits shelves on September 24th.

So what happened to Microsoft wanting to take on Chromebooks? $299 isn’t a staggeringly high price, but it is 50% more than the advertised price point and we are talking about consumers on a budget. That extra $100 bucks you’d save from not picking up an HP Stream could go a long way towards paying other expenses.

via The Verge

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