As Chromebooks catch on, 2014 promises more models
Laptops based on Google's Chrome OS will reportedly multiply in 2014. They're cheap and schools have a growing affinity for them.
As Chromebooks gain in popularity, device makers are gearing up for new entries in 2014.
Both Asus and Toshiba will enter the market, according to a report on Friday from Digitimes.
And the list of Chromebooks for sale on Amazon is getting longer every month.
Dell will be offering a Chromebook later this month for the first time.
How popular are they? Well, Chromebooks, such as the Acer C270 and Samsung offering, seem to be ensconced almost permanently at the top of Amazon's bestselling laptop list.
And a laptops grabbed about one-fifth of sales in commercial laptop channels -- which the report says is largely shipments to educational institutions -- in a 12-month period, up from virtually nothing the year before.last month showed the Google Chrome-based
All of the above is spurring the world's largest PC maker, HP, to put more emphasis on Google's Chrome OS. HP now sells both a 14-inch Chromebook and an 11-inch model.
One reason for their popularity is price. They're typically priced between $200 and $300. In addition, some organizations, like those in education, only need Google services such as Google Docs and Google Drive, according to NPD.