The Acer C720 topped the list, followed by Samsung's Chromebook. In seventh place was a higher internal storage model of the Acer Chromebook.
Research firm NPD Group went even further, saying Cromebooks accounted for an astonishing 21 percent of all US commercial notebook sales in 2013. "Commercial" sales are defined as notebooks sold to businesses, schools, government and other organizations. Perhaps more notably, Chromebooks accounted for 10 percent of all computers and tablets sales, says the Group.
In 2012, Chromebooks sales were nearly non-existent, at two-tenths of a percent of total sales.
"Tepid Windows PC sales allowed brands with a focus on alternative form factors or operating systems, like Apple and Samsung, to capture significant share of a market traditionally dominated by Windows devices," says the NPD Group. After stumbling hard with Windows 8, Microsoft was forced to begin developing their next update, Windows 8.1, almost immediately after the original's release.
Chromebooks, while lacking in specs, are small, cheap, fast and light. For example, the Acer C270 sells for just $199 and the Samsung Chromebook sells for about $230. The cheapest Windows laptops will you find usually have an MSRP of $350.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 29 Dec 2013 15:58