This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

HP's New Radical, $279, Apple-Killing Laptop

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- I'm typing this review on a radical new $279 laptop that, if it had an Apple (AAPL) logo and were sold in Apple stores, would sell 50 million units in the first month alone. It's the best-spent $279 technology you can buy in the market today. I give it my highest recommendation ever.

Sadly, we live in an unfair world where ignorant consumers tend to buy products based on brand perceptions that often lag reality by a decade or more. As a result, this Hewlett-Packard (HPQ - Get Report) laptop will probably only sell in decent quantities, but not anywhere near the 50 million units had it worn an Apple label.

So what is this radical new $279 laptop and what's so special about it?

First, let's cover the bases: This is an 11.6-inch screen that's housed in a plastic package that weighs just over 2 pounds -- basically similar to Apple's 11.6 inch MacBook Air, which starts at $999. This plastic looks and feels similar to the old MacBooks from a half-dozen years ago -- of for that matter the brand new iPhone 5c.

Yet, this laptop is positively feather-weight compared to those MacBooks of yore, ca 2005. It feels more like a blown-up iPhone 5c -- but with a superb keyboard.

This plastic housing doesn't have any sharp edges, but at the same time feels very sturdy. The quality impression continues to the keyboard, which is the best I have ever used -- at any price. The trackpad is as good as many much more expensive laptops.

There are several things other than copying the very best of Apple's physical appearances that set this laptop apart from the rest:

1. It charges using your regular cell phone charger.

This must have been one of the most blessed developments since the women of the world were liberated by the washing machine. Until now, almost every new laptop has meant a new charger. And none of them were the same as a cell phone charger.

Until now.

The $279 HP Chromebook comes with the same kind of MicroUSB charger with which you can also charge every smartphone -- and many tablets -- on the market, except for Apple. I have been on my knees in front of all laptop makers, begging for this since at least 1991. Finally, my prayers have been answered.
1 of 3

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
HPQ $11.71 -3.38%
AAPL $95.18 1.64%
FB $117.43 -0.96%
GOOG $692.36 -0.84%
TSLA $232.32 -3.92%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,750.91 -140.25 -0.78%
S&P 500 2,063.37 -18.06 -0.87%
NASDAQ 4,763.2240 -54.37 -1.13%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs