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HP  Stream 7  5701  Intel Atom  1GB DDR3L  Memory 32GB eMMC  7.0
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Small Tablet with full Windows 8 32 bit 12/12/2014

This review is from: HP Stream 7 5701 Intel Atom 1GB DDR3L Memory 32GB eMMC 7.0" Touchscreen TabletWindows 8.1 with Bing

Pros: 1280x800 screen resolution and 32gb of storage, better specs than the Toshiba Excite for about the same price. Full Windows 8.1 with Bing and Office 365 1 year free. Windows 8.1's "Modern UI" works better on a tablet than a desktop PC. Capable of running 'normal' 32 bit Windows programs. This tablet is built more solid than cheaper Nextbook or eMatic tablets.

Cons: The 7 inch screen is barely big enough. The text on the screen is small. Modern UI tile apps work ok, but not as many free apps as Android. Desktop Mode is not as easy to use without a keyboard and mouse.

Other Thoughts: Not many protective cases available.

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Noctua A-Series NF-A6x25 60mm Blades with AAO Frame, SSO2 Bearing Premium Fan
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Installed as CPU Fan 08/24/2014

This review is from: Noctua A-Series NF-A6x25 60mm Blades with AAO Frame, SSO2 Bearing Premium Fan

Pros: Good fan with good airflow. The LNA adapters are nice. I'm running mine at 1600rpm with the RC12 adapter and I put the RC10 adapter on my case fan.

Cons: I took away 1 egg because mine makes a ticking noise. It seems like the blades are barely hitting something. I checked and it's not the wires. Didn't try without the LNA adapter.

Other Thoughts: Good quiet fan except for the ticking noise. It's still quieter than my old CPU fan. Also note, this fan is 25mm thick. My old CPU fan was 10mm thick.

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Nextbook 7
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 1gb of RAM, 8gb of Storage. Plays games like Candy Crush and Angry Birds just fine.

Cons: 8gb of storage, but only 512mb allocated for Apps. It appears Google imposed this limit for DRM reasons. You can try to delete the included apps like B&N Nook. But, when you turn the tablet back on, it runs an update and they all come back. About 300mb is used by the included apps, so you don't have much room for installing other apps. Then, if you have other apps installed, you get error messages saying 'insufficient storage' and it runs very slow. I found a workaround for this. See 'Other Thoughts' below.

Other Thoughts: I added an 8gb Micro SDHC card to the tablet. In Settings, you can move installed apps to the SD card. I moved the B&N Nook app and Candy Crush apps to the SD card and they worked just fine. Then I reinstalled Angry Birds and other apps one at a time, moving them to the SD card once they were installed. I no longer get the 'insufficient storage' error message, the updates run and the slowness problem is gone. Problem solved. This is the only way I could install more than 200mb of apps. It's a good workaround for techies, but non-techies like my mom may be confused and return the tablet for this reason. This tablet works for me, but I took away 2 stars because non-techies may have problems.

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Display Name: Paul B.

Date Joined: 09/19/09

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  • First Review: 10/03/09
  • Last Review: 12/12/14
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