There is a lot of competition in the notebook market, competition that not only rides on the latest and greatest hardware, but also on the software. Apple’s notebooks, powered by OS X, have their own standing in the market, and so do Windows powered machines. Chromebooks are the new kids on the block, but according to the NPD Group’s research, Google’s browser based OS ended up taking a significant chunk of U.S. notebook sales in 2013.
The figures reveal as massive improvement from last year when Chromebooks only equalled to two-tenths of one percent of all computer and tablet sales in the U.S. This year, NPD Group claims, the Chromebooks accounted for 10 percent for all computer and tablet sales and 21 percent of all U.S. commercial notebook sales through November. Amazon’s list of most popular products during the holiday shopping season have two such notebooks from Acer and Samsung. According to the retailer, these Chromebooks were two of the three best selling notebooks during the holiday season in the U.S. One major reason why customers are turning to Chromebooks is the price, most models are priced around $200, much lower than an average Windows 7 powered notebook. The percentage is expected to rise in 2014, with a new crop of Chromebooks expected to be unveiled at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas, next month.