Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 09:12 UTC
Google "Google's Chromebook was dismissed as a bare-bones laptop with limited appeal when it debuted two years ago. Now it's defying skeptics and gaining share as the rest of the personal-computer market shrinks. Chromebooks have in just the past eight months snagged 20 percent to 25 percent of the U.S. market for laptops that cost less than $300, according to NPD Group Inc. The devices, which have a full keyboard and get regular software updates from Google, are the fastest-growing part of the PC industry based on price, NPD said."
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Comment by smashIt
by smashIt on Thu 11th Jul 2013 09:49 UTC
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Chromebooks have in just the past eight months snagged 20 percent to 25 percent of the U.S. market for laptops that cost less than $300


so chromebooks took 25% of the collapsed netbook-market?
doesn't sound that impressive to me

Edited 2013-07-11 09:52 UTC

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RE: Comment by smashIt
by chithanh on Thu 11th Jul 2013 10:53 in reply to "Comment by smashIt"
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2006-06-18

so chromebooks took 25% of the collapsed netbook-market?
doesn't sound that impressive to me

FTA: Chromebooks are also benefiting as the market for laptops that cost less than $300 is set to grow more than 10 percent in 2013, Baker said.

A segment that grows, at a time when the whole PC market contracts by 11% according to IDC[1] is not a bad place to operate in. This also means that the $300+ market collapses much faster.

[1] http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57593170-92/lenovo-tops-hp-amid-we...

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RE[2]: Comment by smashIt
by Nelson on Thu 11th Jul 2013 11:16 in reply to "RE: Comment by smashIt"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Meanwhile they are a non factor in ultraportables thats due to explode in the next few years.

To put things in perspective, they control 3% of the total market. Thats up 2% YoY, which is still impressive but not as misleading as 25% of the netbook market.

The problem with competing on price is that once Microsoft lowers their prices, their value proposition evaporates. Look at Linux Netbooks for a refresher.

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RE[2]: Comment by smashIt
by smashIt on Thu 11th Jul 2013 11:56 in reply to "RE: Comment by smashIt"
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2005-07-06

A segment that grows, at a time when the whole PC market contracts by 11% according to IDC[1] is not a bad place to operate in. This also means that the $300+ market collapses much faster.


where does it say that the <300$ markt is growing?

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