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HP Stream 7: Windows 8.1 tablet for $79

Now's your chance to get your hands on a Windows 8.1-powered tablet for only $79 - and get a $25 Windows Store gift card thrown in.

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HP's highly-rated budget Windows 8.1 tablet just got cheaper.

The HP Stream 7 proved popular over the holiday season with people looking for an affordable but quality tablet at a reasonable price. Now Microsoft has sweetened the deal by slashing $20 off the normal $99 price tag.

The HP Stream 7 features a 7-inch IPS display with a 1280×800 resolution and support for 5-finger multi-touch, a quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It also comes with a microSD card slot, a 3,000mAh battery good for hours, a 2 megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

On top of that you get a $25 Windows Store gift card and an Office 365 Personal subscription with 60 minutes of Skype calling a month worth $69.99.

Also, since this hardware is from Microsoft's Signature Edition, it comes with no bloatware installed.

A solid, well-made tablet. Don't expect it to break any performance records, but as a general-purpose tablet for browsing the web, content consumption, and creating and editing Office documents, it's a superb system.

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