Google’s Chromebooks Now Account for nearly a Quarter of all Notebook Sales

| December 28, 2013 | 16 Replies

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We always hear from some of our readers when we cover Chromebook news, that no one uses a Chromebook. Well someone’s buying them. Because according to a report from the research group NDP, about 21% of all notebook sales are Chromebooks. The rise happened in 2013, where Google and their partners announced quite a few new Chromebooks. HP announced the Chromebook 11 and 14. Acer announced three variants of the C720. There’s one with 2GB of RAM, one with 4GB of RAM, and a touchscreen variant. Those are all under $300. Then there’s the Chromebook Pixel, which is by far my favorite Chromebook. But it is pretty pricey, at about $1500. Hopefully we’ll see more Chromebooks between the $300 and $1500 price range soon.

Last year, Chrome OS only made up 0.2% of the computer and tablet market share. This year it rose to 10%. This is different from the 21% we mentioned earlier. That was just in laptops or notebooks. The 10% market share here is among all computers and tablets. So a much bigger range of devices.

Chromebooks aren’t perfect for everyone, yet. When people ask me if they should get a Chromebook, I basically ask what they want to use this Chromebook for. If everything they want to do on the Chromebook can be done in Google Chrome, then it’s a great choice. Especially in the specs-price ratio. For those that travel to trade shows a lot like us, a Chromebook is an excellent choice, although it’s not that good for editing pictures and videos. However there are great web tools for that.

We’re expecting to see even more Chromebooks being announced in 2014. Including a few from ASUS, as well as more from HP, Toshiba, Lenovo and Acer. We may even see another one from Samsung. As we are still waiting on a successor to the ARM Samsung Chromebook. I honestly, hope they put a Intel Haswell chip instead of an Exynos chip in their next Chromebook.

How many of you are sporting a Chromebook? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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  • BumferryHogart

    I keep thinking my next laptop may be a chromebook, but the lack of video editing puts me off. You say there are great tools for doing this, which would you recommend for editing video and pictures? are there any available for offline work? thanks.

    • Brandon Miller

      WeVideo is the only decent web video editor I’ve found. It does have an offline Chrome app, WeVideo Next. But that offline app is very limited due to being a version 1 release. Good photo editing stuff is a bit easier to come by and many of them have offline options as well.

      A lot of it just depends on how sophisticated your editing needs are.

      • Mike Brown

        ChromeBooks still have a lot of maturing to do, but when they have a good app selection it’ll be a killer platform. I have considered getting a chromebox for my office.

  • David

    I’m not ready to hold my data in the cloud with current privacy issues. Especially when done by Google.

    • Mike Brown

      I’m going to have to disagree with you. My data consists of my business and my personal files. I have nothing to hide so I feel perfectly safe using the products. I highly doubt that my files would be observed anyway. Is your data really that important?

      • John Duryea

        I agree. It’s not like your Macbook or Windows PC is any safer. Both of them have back doors programmed into them. If you’re so worried about privacy, use Tails.

    • Kenny Strawn

      Then don’t visit this site ever again either. Why? Because Android is Google’s other OS, and as such give just as much data away to Google as Chrome OS does.

  • Elder Old Dog

    You can see where I’ve had lunches while on the road with my year old Acer ($199!) by examining the many crusty deposits on the keyboard. I type up notes on Google Keep and it’s there forever, in the cloud, thanks to all the free Wi-Fi that abounds. And when there’s no free Wi-Fi, I can “tether” to my cell phone. I still use the office computer for reports, because I use MS Publisher, because I have to stick in a lot of photos, so I’m not likely to shut the “Windows” in the foreseeable future, but I don’t ever see me buying a Windows 8 machine. For sitting around and poking into this and that corner of Los Interwebz, the quick start up and speed of my Chrome book is much appreciated.

  • Johnny Bravo

    Let’s wait until Chromebooks and Chrome OS pass up Mac OSX who sits at under 8% and at least slide into 2nd place before we start calling them a contender to Microsoft who holds over 90% of the notebook and desktop market.

    • SPM

      Chromebooks have already passed Macbooks – they are at 20% of laptops.

  • symbolset

    Last year the solid sales numbers started trickling out on the 29th. This year that’s a Sunday, so we’ll probably have to wait until Monday. I’ve been looking forward to these figures for six months. I believe uptake of Chromebooks and Android devices are going to be astoundingly huge. Incredibly epic. The sort of shift in technology market share you see once in a human generation.

    The protestations that Windows is the only way to do things ring more hollow every day.

  • jabberwolf

    Android head telephone game with a report of report of report.

    The actual report said that “Chromebooks already boosted their overall market share among commercial buyers (businesses, schools, governments, etc).” NOT the entire market. Chromebooks DO NOT account for 1 out of 10 notebooks or tablets. I mean if they wanted to throw in Android sales, then maybe. But other than that – lets do some better journalism of the actual numbers. But lets not blame the journalist too much, Google hasn’t actually released the actual numbers – all they have done is shown a % of the market of a specific % of market share – which means F’ all nothing!!

    • Lucas Anderton

      If a majority of the Top 10 laptop sales on Amazon is Chromebooks, what makes you think they aren’t dominating all laptop sales?

    • SPM

      This report does not count direct sales – only channel sales. Pretty well all of Chromebooks sold to schools and businesses are direct sales by Google of specially preconfigured Chromebooks which allow them to be associated with a specific Google Apps Domain. I think the “commercial” means commercial retailers (eg. Amazon, Best Buy etc.), not commercial buyers.

      If Chromebooks made up 20% of all business laptops, then things are much worse for Microsoft. Microsoft isn’t going to be able to hold onto consumer sales with the assault of Chromebooks, iPads and Android tablets. Microsoft is relying on businesses locked into Windows applications and the slowness of businesses to change to hold on to its core business computer stronghold. If Chromebooks can take 15.5% of its business laptop and desktop market in one year, then Windows is headed towards being a small niche OS very soon.

  • Kurt Wurmser

    I got a Chromebook for Christmas. So far, I like it quite a bit. It’s somewhat frustrating since EVERYTHING is done through the Chrome web browser, and things like local file storage are not intuitive.

    Except…Chromebooks run Linux. If you put it into developer mode you can run Crouton and have an Ubuntu Linux laptop. It’s not going to be a world-beater as far as storage space goes, but for the price point of most Chromebooks it’s not bad for surfing the web and possibly writing code.

  • Mike Brown

    I can understand your reservations, but I’ve never heard of anyone at Google looking at customers personal files. The Google Server can serve Ads based on keywords from your Gmail inbox, and cookies help me on a daily basis to find products tailored to my needs.

    I’m not angry at you nor am I trying to belittle your choice.

    What I am trying to do is understand why you’re so fearful of people looking at you online.