I think its time to get rid of the HP Stream

img_0065I recently went to Best Buy with my daughter so that I could return the Ring Video Doorbell 2 (I would have to do quite a bit of legwork to get the thing mounted and I’m just not handy).  My daughter wanted to come along to play with the computers that are in the demo section.  She seems to really like using the Surface line of computers because you have the ability to draw using the included pen.  Although the real reason that my daughter likes going to Best Buy is because her HP Stream isn’t really working well.

I bought the computer 3 years ago for my daughter so that she could use it for school.  I originally bought it with Windows 7 but since then I’ve upgraded it to Windows 10.  Unfortunately the computer doesn’t have a lot of hard drive space and its been experiencing trouble loading web pages due the low disk space.  The picture in this post shows the hard drive only has about 60MB free which is basically nothing these days.  Because of this issue, videos are not loading on the computer which is preventing my daughter from using it to use it for school.  I’ve thought about trying to reload the computer again and delete all the partitions to start again but I don’t have a big enough flash drive that’s clear to put the Windows 10 ISO file on it.  I also don’t have the free time to do this sort of reload either at the moment because I’ll still experience the low disk space error.

I think that a new computer is in order for the family.  One that my wife and my daughter can both use.  I definitely have some requirements and both of them do.  I think the first part is that the screen needs to allow pen capabilities.  My daughter seems to enjoy drawing on the screen and likes to use my iPad Pro sometimes to make drawings in Paper by 53.  My wife has also expressed that this would be a neat feature to have.  Its definitely going to be a laptop.  This computer is going to potentially replace the desktop as well so all that gear is going to go away too.  I personally need the computer to be semi fast and have a decent amount of space on the hard drive.  I think 128GB or 256GB should be about right.  I think I’ll boost capacity to the NAS or I can re-purpose one of my external hard drives that I have lying around.

If money wasn’t any object, I think I’ll get the family the Microsoft Surface Pro 6.  The Surface Pro 6 is brand new but I have to pay extra for the type keyboard and the pen which will bring the price tag to over $1000.  Barring that, I think the Lenovo Yoga 730 would be an awesome machine too.  I haven’t seen one in person but it does hit all of the requirements and its under $1000 but I would also have to get the pen for it too.  However its a convertible computer so I don’t have to get a keyboard.

Black Friday is around the corner so maybe I can get it then, gotta love holiday sales for some awesome savings on electronics for the house.


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