Why Chromebooks Are Beating MacBooks

Educators are largely opting for Chromebooks in the classroom over Apple MacBooks and Android tablets, a new study suggests.
According to a report from research firm NPD Group, Google’s low-cost Chromebook computers soared past Apple’s MacBook line in terms of commercial sales, thanks largely due to growth in the education sector See also: 6 Apps That Make Mornings More Manageable “There are no governments or IT departments running out to buy these products —
they would be underwhelmed,” said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies.
“Instead, this growth is being driven by education.”
Apple’s MacBook and iPad sales declined this year as competition from Google’s Android and Chrome lines ramped up, while Chromebooks and Android tablets experienced the most commercial growth with 1.76 million, compared to just 400,000 units in 2012 Read more…
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

Chromebooks, and ChromeOS have come a long way, and this year two of the best selling laptops at Amazon are Chromebooks. Computerworld calls it a punch in the gut for Microsoft. “As of late Thursday, the trio retained their lock on the top three places on Amazon’s best-selling-laptop list in the order of Acer, Samsung and Asus. Another Acer Chromebook, one that sports 32GB of on-board storage space — double the 16GB of Acer’s lower-priced model — held the No. 7 spot on the retailer’s top 10. Chromebooks’ holiday success at Amazon was duplicated elsewhere during the year, according to the NPD Group, which tracked U.S. PC sales to commercial buyers such as businesses, schools, government and other organizations. … By NPD’s tallies, Chromebooks accounted for 21% of all U.S.
commercial notebook sales in 2013 through November, and 10% of all computers and tablets. Both shares were up massively from 2012; last year, Chromebooks accounted for an almost-invisible two-tenths of one percent of all computer and tablet sales.”

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Dell Chromebook 11 Offers 10 Hours of Battery Time for Less Than $300

Google has announced the launch of a new Chromebook device, aimed primarily at students — the Dell Chromebook 11 Besides 10 hours of battery time, the Dell Chromebook 11 boasts an 8.4 second boot time, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor and a 16GB SSD for storage See also: Acer Debuts $199 Chromebook The resolution of the 11.6-inch screen is 1366×768 pixels, powered by Intel HD graphics. On the connectivity side, the device offers Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports,
Bluetooth 4.0 and an HDMI port The Dell Chromebook 11 will be available in two versions: one with 4GB and another with 2GB of memory, but both will be priced under $300, Google claims.
The more powerful of the two will become available in January 2014, while the 2GB version is coming sometime in Q1 2014 Read more…
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