Anton Wahlman on yet another Mac killer from HP:
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.
50-million? A month? Apple sells about 4-million Macs every three months.
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.
Impressive. Small. Light. Good keyboard. No word on battery life, though. A MacBook Air can go 12 hours and actually run real apps.
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.
Oh, it’s a Chromebook. It runs Chrome OS. No Windows. No Linux. No apps.