Chromebook Sales Punching Through And Gobbling Market Share
Acer C720 Chromebook
However, Chromebooks seem to be catching on. For instance, two of the three top-selling laptops on Amazon.com this holiday season were Chromebooks--specifically units from Samsung and Acer.
More importantly, the NPD Group has some startling numbers on commercial computing device sales. From January-November 2012, Chromebook channel sales were negligible at just 0.2% of the total market, but this year over those same months that percentage leapt to 9.6% of all computing devices. They also accounted for 21% of notebook sales.
Much of Chromebooks’ success appears to be at the expense of Windows-based machines, which is likely due to a combination of a lukewarm response to Windows 8 and Chromebooks’ significantly lower prices.