Back in 2010, the most common thread tech news in the world of laptop computers was Netbooks. But 4 years later, Netbooks are in dead product category as Tablets, Phablets, Ultrabooks and Chromebooks have replaced them.
However, HP a winning to throw a cat among the pigeons once again with their new Stream 14-inch Netbook which they hope will revive the ones lifeless mini-laptop category. They are certainly taking a strange stub about it because Netbooks are usually in the 10-inch display region where is this new HP Stream 14 is a 14 incher. In other words, it's not really a Netbook at all.
We don't even know why it's being build as a Netbook by lots of tech websites other than the fact that the price point is in Netbook category part. For $199, you get a 14-inch notebook with an 1366x768 display, an AMD A4 Micro 6400T Quad-Core SoC, Radeon R3 GPU, 2GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of storage. This is certainly a Netbook specs and a Netbook price point but slapped into a larger notebook form factor. It also runs full Windows 8.1 and comes with 100GB of Cloud storage for 2-years and Microsoft's OneDrive.
It's design to compete with Chromebooks and for that price point with a nice 14-inch display, it might do quite well indeed.