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HP's $279 Hotel Lobby Laptop That's Going to Kill Apple!

Stocks in this article: AAPLHPQGOOG

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), even living off of Google's (GOOG) Android hog, isn't going to "kill" anything or anybody. To say it will suggests, quite objectively, there's something seriously wrong with you.

I have talked to TheStreet contributor Anton Wahlman several times. Lengthy discussions about everything from electric vehicles to Apple (AAPL). These interactions confirm he's not crazy; rather he's a bright, well-connected guy, who lives and breathes the subject matter he writes about.

That said, after reading his article from last Thursday, HP's New Radical, $279, Apple-Killing Laptop, there must be something going on in Wahlman's life that causes a form of delusion the entire staff at Bellevue, waiting with their oxygen masks, couldn't definitively diagnose.

From the get-go ...

I'm typing this review on a radical new $279 laptop that, if it had an Apple logo and were sold in Apple stores, would sell 50 million units in the first month alone.

Wahlman spews a brand of orgasmic insanity unmatched by any Google chest bump or fist pump that came before it:

It's the best-spent $279 technology you can buy in the market today. I give it my highest recommendation ever.

But it's not merely Wahlman's subjective endorsement of this apparent sub-$300 technological wonder, he plays his euphoria off of humanity:

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.

So, coming from a guy with a markedly conservative record politically -- based on his previous writings at TheStreet -- the world's unfair and the public just plain dumb because they prefer Apple laptops over Google-fueled HP devices.

But then, on Page Two of his article, after arguing, on the basis of screen size and product weight, that this HP Chromebook isn't all that different from a Macbook, Wahlman blatantly contradicts himself:

On the software side, Chrome OS is for those who are not in need to run significant local apps, including iTunes, photo editing software and advanced games. It's best for general Web surfing, email, calendar, address book and running basic business productivity services such as Google Docs in particular.

Sounds a bit like something Jim Balsillie might have written shortly ahead of the artist formerly known as RIM's demise.

Wahlman contends that this is all "a large chunk of the population" uses their laptops for "most or all of the time."

This is where I can't help but think he's delusional.

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