Chromebooks post healthy sales

Chromebooks have achieved a 20 to 25 per cent market share of sub-$300 (£197) laptop sales in the US.
The Google-OS tech was originally rejected by sceptics as being too simplistic and lacking in the features consumers want, but now Stephen Baker, an analyst at the NPD Group, has told Bloomberg the ultrabooks are proving critics wrong.
“While we were skeptical initially, I think Chromebooks definitely have found a niche in the marketplace. The entire computing ecosystem is undergoing some radical change, and I think Google has its part in that change,” he added.
The devices are now among the fastest growing in what experts said is a rapidly shrinking PC market.
Tablets are proving substantially more popular for consumers who value ease of use, user interface and mobility above the ability to word process or conduct more technical operations on their electronics.
Samsung and Acer joined the low-cost Chromebook market last October and prices start from just $199, which will be of huge appeal to recession-hit customers.
Other manufacturers of the Google-OS include Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard, which had previously been considered Microsoft allies.

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