While that's only a small dent in the overall PC market, which counts annual shipments in the hundreds of millions, it's making waves in key segments like education.
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Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.
ABI Research said the average selling price for a Chromebook is $338. "This truly budget-driven device is a disruptive force to the portable PC market," says ABI analyst Stephanie Van Vactor in a statement.
That disruption is happening with Windows 8.1 PCs.
"The broader portable PC market continues to struggle, said ABI "The ultraportable segment, which is powered by the Windows 8 operating system...saw minimal growth during 4Q 2013 even with the holiday season."