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  1. jcar302's Avatar
    Got home today and i see a box that says "caution, lithium ion" all over it.
    Honestly, had no clue what it was.

    Opened it up, it was my new hp stream 7.

    I didn't get any tracking email or anything and my order said it would arrive around the 11th of november.

    Entered all my info and it automatically setup exactly like my lenovo yoga laptop. Wallpaper and everything.

    So far all i did was setup office on it, which says it allows one office on a computer one on a tablet. Does not give you a keycode, it auto extended my current office (which expired)

    Seems like the perfect size for the couch browsing. I'd also say for a table this small it feels kinda heavy.

    One thing i haven't figured out yet is how to get the keyboard to automatically pop up when you put the cursor in a text box, anyone know how on 8.1?

    As of right now it's updating, quite a few to go.
    Guytronic likes this.
    11-01-2014 04:30 PM
  2. jcar302's Avatar
    So after updating and messing around with the tablet so far i like it.

    I found that if you use the IE from the new start screen (not desktop, not sure the difference), the keyboard does pop up when you work in a text box. I was using aurora and it didn't work before.

    Another thing, not sure if it's related to the tablet or what. When using the preinstalled video player to play my xbox movies i own or even watch a trailer, the volume is at a minimum of 50% lower, without headphones i have to put my ear to the speaker.
    When watching a youtube video, volume is fine.

    Anyone know what that is about?
    11-01-2014 10:57 PM
  3. Dragav0n's Avatar
    Where did you order from? My Amazon order still hasn't shipped. So sad.
    11-02-2014 04:21 AM
  4. FuzzyLogician's Avatar
    FYI the touch keyboard will only automatically pop up for metro apps in Windows 8. You have to manually open it for desktop use. Supposedly this was or will be fixed in Windows 10.

    Does the tablet really feel that heavy?
    11-02-2014 09:27 PM
  5. jcar302's Avatar
    I ordered mine straight from hp, which was kinda a nightmare. Each order said it couldn't be completed, then it ordered me 4 of them.

    I really didn't expect it for like another 2 weeks.

    So far i enjoy it, well worth $100, in fact may be the best $100 value in tablets period.

    Although i do feel like i need to tweak the power settings. I don't think i got anywhere near 8 hours of use today out of it.
    11-02-2014 09:30 PM
  6. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Got mine yesterday (Saturday). I have to say that this could be the best $99 I've spent in a long time. Granted, it's not a premium tablet....it is surprisingly heavy, the plastic back is pretty slick, the speaker isn't terribly loud, and the smoothness of the glass is not as smooth as my 1520, but the fact that I can put a full PC/tablet in my back pocket is really pretty cool! Aside from a few negatives listed above, the Stream 7 is a very good tablet for the price. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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    11-02-2014 09:50 PM
  7. FuzzyLogician's Avatar
    The weight comments are making me nervous 😒
    Did either of you buy a case for the tablet?
    11-02-2014 11:27 PM
  8. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    It's really not that bad. It's just heavy for its size. I have no problem holding it with one hand. I looked for a case, but couldn't find a link to buy one. I've seen a PDF document showing a flip cover type case, but don't know when it is going on sale.
    I really like this tablet though. I've been using Word, I just finished putting together a Powerpoint using it. It's worked flawlessly since I got it. It feels like it has a high quality build to it... No bending or flex. Like I said, for $99, it's a great tablet.
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    11-02-2014 11:46 PM
  9. jcar302's Avatar
    Yeah, the weight thing isn't a big deal. It's not like it's heavy, i just think i expected lighter for a 7 inch tablet. Weight is one of those specs you get used to anyway.

    This tablet basically let's you know that we are getting ripped off on pretty much all other electronics we have been buying.
    If a company can build something that feels as good as this in your hand and works this well for $99, how the hell does most other devices cost $500+?

    The virtual keyboard on this size unit is perfect for 2 handed thumb typing. Something that the original surface (which my wife uses) and other 10 inch 16:9 tablets are horrible at.
    I've been holding out until the price dropped on the thinkpad 8, but when i saw $99, i figured what the hell, if i don't like it, it's only 99 bucks. As of right now i'm very glad i bought the stream 7.

    I also didn't know windows 8.1 moved from device to device so well.
    I've barely done a thing to set it up. It took a couple minutes to set itself up and copied bookmarks and settings from my lenovo yoga, even my wallpaper.

    My only complaint as of right now is the volume on the MS video app. It's so low i'd say unusable anywhere but in a quiet home. Which is odd because anywhere on the web the volume is fine.
    11-03-2014 08:34 AM
  10. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    I agree with everything jcar302 said. It is a very, very good buy for $99.
    11-03-2014 10:17 AM
  11. jcar302's Avatar
    The one thing i will add, is that i don't think this would be the best tablet for a child.
    It's still a computer, just in tablet form.
    So unless your kid/kids are very tech savvy, i'd say they may be confused by it and or mess it up (like any windows computer can be) really bad.

    Some other things i notice:
    The desktop doesn't have much use, i kinda wish i could just turn it off (can it be done?).
    And the metro UI has no battery gauge so you have to goto the desktop to see it. Pretty annoying.
    I think that the start screen needs to have info on it like you see at the top of your cell phone at all times.
    11-03-2014 11:10 AM
  12. scottwallace5's Avatar
    I got mine on Saturday as well and so far like others have said, you truly can't go wrong on this tablet costing $100. A great portable media consumption device that plays and handles light games well, as well as streaming HD video too. I watched NBA through League Pass on this and it worked quite well. The only two issues I have with it, is that there's a louder than normal sound when the earphones are plugged in which can be gone once you turn up the volume. And taking off the back is probably the hardest thing ever, I want to see if a 64GB microSD card will work on it. (Since all the specs say up to 32GB, but it's super tight to the back. Definitely not easy to take apart, which I guess is good since it's durability feels quite good.
    11-03-2014 03:18 PM
  13. jcar302's Avatar
    Oh, that back cover, lol.
    I'd love to know wtf they were thinking when they designed that thing.
    Hope they have a supply of back ups, can't see it put up with being removed all too often.
    11-03-2014 04:30 PM
  14. scottwallace5's Avatar
    Yah seriously and I still can't do it since I don't want to break it or anything like that...how'd you get yours off? And yes, I really hope they do have spares because oh boy...this is such a pain. If only they had the microSD slot along the side that would be MUCH better!
    11-03-2014 07:48 PM
  15. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    There is a little place for your fingernail to the right of the Windows button when holding the tablet in portrait mode.
    11-03-2014 09:03 PM
  16. jcar302's Avatar
    Found something else kinda silly, speaker comes from Windows button side, so in landscape when you hold it, you muffle the sound.
    11-04-2014 12:23 PM
  17. FuzzyLogician's Avatar
    How's the battery life on the Stream 7?
    11-05-2014 03:01 PM
  18. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    I would think that a heavy use would go through the battery pretty quickly. But to give you an idea.... I'm a teacher, so I charge mine overnight, power it up around 5 am, use it throughout the day to send and receive emails, check the news and read a little during my lunch, and watch an hour or so of Netflix when I get home. I'm looking at it right now at 5:46 pm, and I have 27% of my battery left.
    That's just an average day of casual use for me. Hope that helps.
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    11-05-2014 06:47 PM
  19. os1019's Avatar
    Very informative thread. Have any of you posted an online review of the stream? How is the display? Does it hold up outside or under bright lights?

    Sent from my Surface Pro 3 using Tapatalk
    11-05-2014 11:29 PM
  20. jcar302's Avatar
    I'd say the battery life is similar to that of my 920.
    You do certain things and it feels like it's lasting forever, others like playing games burns up power pretty quickly.

    I played a full level of the game chronology (which I really like), killed 20% the battery very fast. I would have played more but after the free level you have to pay $2.99 for the next one. I'd pay that for the whole game, but not per level which only takes about 20 minutes.

    I really hope MS wakes up and puts a battery meter on the screen, it's kinda hard to track since you have to go back to the desktop to see it.

    os1019, I haven't had the tablet out of the house, and I probably never will, but next time it's sunny i'll try it outside on the deck.
    FuzzyLogician likes this.
    11-06-2014 04:59 PM
  21. P1n3apqlExpr3ss's Avatar
    How much storage is free after Windows and HP's bloat?

    Do 64GB microSD cards still work fine?

    Does only 1 GB RAM hold it back once it has 5~ Chrome tabs open or is it fine?

    I haven't seen any side shots of it, it doesn't have any full sized USB or HDMI ports does it?

    Also does it support video out with MHL?

    Can someone confirm it supports USB-OTG?

    Can someone please confirm that it has Bluetooth and lacks GPS?

    Alright, I think that's it for now haha
    11-07-2014 04:28 AM
  22. leolucas2445's Avatar
    The tablet comes with 19 GB of free storage out of the box there is hardly any bloatware on it( 17 GB with office 365 installed)
    I haven't installed windows updates but have heard it goes down to 10gb with updates
    Haven't tried a microsd yet
    For the most part it doesn't slow down with only 1gb of ram that much and runs smoother than some of the first windows 8 tablets released
    The tablet only comes with 30.5 headphone and micro USB which does support USB otg but no mil. It does not have hdmi. Believe it only has miracast support
    It has Bluetooth but not sure if it has GPS.

    Office Depot/OfficeMax has it in stock on their website for $94 instead of waiting until amazon and hp have it in stock again on their websites.
    I also agree it is a good tablet for the price, I showed it to someone, they also like the tablet and they ended up buying one from office depot and only paid $2 more than I did on the hp website using a coupon.
    11-07-2014 05:40 AM
  23. jcar302's Avatar
    How much storage is free after Windows and HP's bloat?

    Do 64GB microSD cards still work fine?

    Does only 1 GB RAM hold it back once it has 5~ Chrome tabs open or is it fine?

    I haven't seen any side shots of it, it doesn't have any full sized USB or HDMI ports does it?

    Also does it support video out with MHL?

    Can someone confirm it supports USB-OTG?

    Can someone please confirm that it has Bluetooth and lacks GPS?

    Alright, I think that's it for now haha
    Not sure about chrome, so I installed it.
    Come to find out the only bloatware on the tablet was installed by chrome when I did it.
    Guess I didn't decline all the right things when installing.
    No wonder why people's computers are so messed up, you could potentially installed 8-10 programs you don't even want by installing chrome alone if you aren't paying attention to what you click.

    This one program knctr (or something like that) is like a god damn virus.

    I'm not going to make this into a browser ******* match, just be careful when you install chrome on what you agree to. If you give one of these tablets to your kids, install chrome for them, don't let them do it themselves.
    11-07-2014 10:25 AM
  24. bulls96's Avatar
    Any live pictures? Comparison shots would be appreciated.

    Sent from my Surface Pro 3 using Tapatalk
    11-08-2014 11:35 AM
  25. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    I'll add some pictures once I get home. I really, really wish that the Windows Central app would let me upload pictures. :(
    11-09-2014 11:41 AM
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