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Earlier this month, Acer unveiled a new line of Chromebook 13 laptops with a battery life of up to 11 hours and a suggested retail price starting at $279.99. The Chromebook 13 features fanless cooling, a 13.3-inch screen and a quad-core Nvidia Tegra K1 processor.
Chromebooks now account for more than one-third of all channel notebook sales in the U.S., according to the market advisory firm NPD Group. NPD reported in July that Chromebook sales increased by 250 percent in the first half of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013.
NPD noted that Chromebook sales were strengthening especially as schools moved into their buying season.
"Building on last year's surprising strength, Chrome's unit strength ahead of this year's education buying season shows how it has become a legitimate third platform alongside Windows and Mac OS X and iOS," said NPD Vice President of Industry Analysis Stephen Baker upon release of the first-half 2014 market figures.
"The next test for Chrome will clearly be the most difficult, as both Apple and Microsoft get more aggressive in pricing and deal making over the next few months. By the end of the third quarter we will have a much clearer picture of the long-term impact Chromebooks will have in the commercial channel."