Hard drives with ridiculous amounts of storage have become cheap these days, really cheap. Many low-end desktops and laptops now come with 500GB+. So why has HP just unveiled a machine with only 32GB of storage at CES? Because they want to make things even cheaper. Using the cloud.
The Stream mini costs only $180 and is designed to be a full-fledged Windows-based desktop PC. The machine comes with a low-end Celeron processor and 2GB RAM. It also comes with that exceptionally low 32GB of storage. However, it is worth mentioning that it also comes with a two-year subscription to the OneDrive cloud service, giving users 200GB up in the cloud. It also only uses 45 watts of power, which is less power consumed than that of most lightbulbs.
This little machine, with such low specs and only 2 USB ports, seems to be a big bet on HPs part on the usefulness of cloud computing. We’ve seen it with Chromebooks – machines that use an OS that is effectively designed for the cloud, but never on a desktop PC running Windows. It’ll be interesting to see if this works.
HP isn’t risking everything on this though, there’s a version of the machine just called ‘Stream’ that carries a much more appropriate 500GB, perhaps the company’s strategy just in-case nobody’s comfortable with so little local storage.
Source: The Verge