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HP takes on Chromeboxes with $180, Windows-based Stream Mini PC

Gordon Mah Ung | Jan. 6, 2015
Late last year, HP kicked off the Windows war against Google's Chromebooks with its $200 Streambook 11, and now the company is back again to tackle Chromeboxes with its Stream Mini PC.

Celeron a better deal than the Pentium

As far as the processors go, both are capable units for what they're intended for. I did a quick comparison of the CPUs at Intel ARK and the Stream Mini comes out on top in pure value. The main difference between the two CPUs is about 300MHz of clock speed for the 1.4GHz Celeron vs. the 1.7GHz Pentium. The good news for Stream Mini buyers is its Celeron chip is based on the faster Haswell microarchitecture instead of the tablet-focused Bay Trail designs which, while fine, are definitely slower. 

HP actually says the new PC will support up to Core i3 parts, but didn't specify details. Both are expected to be available once CES wraps up.


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