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Top Amazon Seller
An emerging question is whether Chromebooks will have appeal beyond narrow niches, and, if so, if their sales could hurt Windows 8 computers. HP Executive Vice President Todd Bradley told news media last month that his company found sales of Windows 8 machines to be disappointing. Acer President Jim Wong has also described Windows 8 as "still not successful."
In recent weeks, a variety of data points have indicated that Chromebooks may be catching on. In addition to Acer's report that as many as 10 percent of its laptops sales in the U.S. are now Chromebooks, Samsung's 11.6-inch screen Chromebook is presently the top selling laptop on Amazon.com.
Last month, Lenovo launched its ThinkPad X131e, a rugged Chromebook designed for the rough conditions of the K-12 market, and it is reportedly working on a model for corporations. The financial journal The Street has reported that it is hearing from enterprises that are ready to have as many as 20 percent of their employees try Chromebooks.
'Some Getting Used To'
Charles King, an analyst for industry research firm Pund-IT, said that, anecdotally, he's seeing Chromebooks appear in local school districts and that some libraries are switching over to the cloud-based devices.
Some observers have suggested that Chromebooks will have no more appeal long term in the personal computer market than, say, Linux has. King said that, while Chromebooks did not appear to "be a serious threat to Windows 8 quite yet," he expects they will have "a bigger market opportunity than Linux."
And, he said, the quick-starting Chromebook has at least one key advantage over Windows 8 machines -- "a familiar interface." Windows 8's interface, the subject of much commentary, "takes some getting used to," he said.
Posted: 2013-02-05 @ 1:37am PT
4.25 hours battery life??? Lol.. POS