Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all notebook sales through November

By Shawn Knight · 17 replies
Dec 30, 2013
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  1. If the planned rebellion against Microsoft Windows at next month's Consumer Electronics Show wasn’t enough to keep Redmond up at night, the latest notebook sales figures from The NPD Group will likely do the job. The consumer market research firm...

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  2. Who is buying these things. I played with one, and I don't see the value.
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  3. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 953   +515

    I personally don't take notebooks seriously. Only good for web browsing (and my phone can also do that)

    Edit: Maybe I was thinking of netbooks (the 9" and smaller screened ones). However, as a heavy PC user, I don't see the point in cheaping out with a notebook...
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2013
  4. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,335   +843

    Probably some people with more money than sense. Still I envy them for that.
  5. NotParker

    NotParker TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +9

    This was "US Channel Sales" which is only 14 million per year. World PC sales are around 300 million.
  6. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,335   +843

    Why? notebooks can do everything desktops can, except heavy gaming cause of smaller screen and less performance. Netbooks however are for web browsing.
  7. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Education is buying these things. More affordable than Mac laptop/desktops, more versatile than "iTouch", cheaper to own and support than PC's. These bridge that gap to 1-to-1 computing that schools desire. The one sticking point is finding the software titles which schools need to support Chromebooks. A golden opportunity for developers indeed. Once developers show up these will really take off.
  8. Maybe he meant chromebooks and not notebooks in general. That would be more accurate.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    I don't think that's why they became so popular in the first place lol
  10. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    The same people who are buying Chromecasts instead of more expensive and overpowered HTPC options maybe?

    It's easy to forget that a massive majority of computer users out there are NOT US. Those of us who frequent sites like this one are typically more advanced users, with higher expectations and requirements than the typical consumer. To be honest, the Chromebooks are more than adequate for the limited functionality that most users expect: browse the web, check Facebook/Twitter, do some email, maybe watch Netflix or Youtube. They don't need a full-on computer with a complete OS for most of what they do, and can often accomplish everything with just their phone. But, when they want to actually type, on a screen that is larger, why buy a more expensive overpowered option? Tablet (with keyboard) or netbook/Chromebook almost always would do the trick.
  11. I wonder how many people buy these things thinking they are laptops (Windows) and are confused when they get home and fire it up.
  12. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 953   +515

    Hmmm... maybe I was thinking of netbooks (the 9" and smaller screened ones)
  13. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    Whoa... that's disappointing figure in the headline...a fool is easily parted with their money. Dont get me wrong I am in no way bad mouthing Google's products... n
  14. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 565   +179

    For a basic user they make sense but I would rather keep windows even in rt form it has more function and flexibility then the chrome os does. everyone I personally know that got one of these put ubuntu on it instead. With how cheap a windows 8 tablet runs you and a bluetooth keyboard I usually suggest that route or android/ ipad before a chromebook.
  15. Guest17

    Guest17 TS Enthusiast Posts: 92   +37

    Every tune you take
    Every move you make
    Every hack you break
    Every step you take
    Google's watching you

    Every single day
    Every word you say
    Every game you play
    Every night you stay
    Google's watching you

    O can't you see
    You belong to Googleee
    How my poor Chromebook aches
    With every step you take
  16. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,335   +843

    I don't know what were you thinking but if you though about Netbooks than I agree. They are meant for cheapest internet browsing experience and I they do that job quite badly IMO.
  17. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I remember when many people in the past, me included, thought that Chromebooks were useless. But now, even though I do not own one myself, I see great potential for them in the future in schools and developing countries, or even for people who dont need a full-fledged PC.
  18. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    It does appear that the best candidate for dual booting with ubuntu is the Chromebook Pixel but as that is around $1,000 it is not a cheap option. At the end of the day a touchscreen laptop preinstalled with Windows would work out cheaper.

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