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

In other words, what most people tend to do most or all of the time.

Not everyone. But a large chunk of the population.

The benefits of Chrome OS include ease of use and security. Google takes care of all updates automatically, and many of the old-fashioned PC security risks have been eliminated or otherwise mitigated or moved to other pain points. The bottom line for the average user is that Chrome OS is a zero-maintenance machine, and it's ideal for having many people share it in a household, business or school.

On the wish list for additional versions HP should offer to this $279 configuration are these two:

1. Larger screens: 11.6 inches is fine for some people, and for others to use a couple of hours a day. However, many others would prefer 12, 13, 14, 15 inches and ever larger laptop screens for full-time productivity. HP will surely offer those additional versions in the relatively near future.

2. Embedded cellular data (LTE): Some people prefer to use LTE instead of WiFi, just because they need to get their laptop up and running immediately and securely.

In summary, I've been typing this article on this wonderful Apple design-lookalike, $279 HP laptop, and all aspects of the design are simply superb -- from the keyboard to the trackpad to the rounded sturdy plastic body. Then combine it with the 100% silent fanless design and the cell phone charger, and you pretty much have the dream laptop for almost any price.

It is products like this that make you wonder how companies such as Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple could possibly survive. Google is taking its competition to the cleaners, in this case with HP's help.

I test almost all the best smartphones, tablets and laptops constantly, and at this point this $279 HP Chromebook gets my highest recommendation. I can't find a weak spot on this product, and therefore I can't think of a better mobile computing purchase you can make for $279.

The $279, 11.6-inch HP Chromebook gets an unqualified 10 out of 10.

At the time of publication the author is long GOOG and AAPL.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.
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