updated 09:58 am EST, Mon December 30, 2013
Windows notebooks, iPads remain bestsellers
Chromebooks surged ahead in 2013 to become a major player in US commercial computer sales, according to new NPD data. Between January and November of this year, some 14.4 million desktops, laptops, and tablets were sold. Of these about 9.6 percent were Chromebooks; in 2012, by contrast, the platform represented just 0.2 percent of sales. Companies are presumably choosing Chromebooks because of their laptop-style features and their cost, which can be as little as $199, cheaper even than many low-end tablets.
The gains helped Chromebooks trounce MacBooks -- which slipped from 2.6 to 1.8 percent year-over-year -- as well as Android tablets, even though they leapt ahead from 4.2 to 8.7 percent. Windows tablets are also beyond MacBooks, having risen from 0.8 percent to 2.2.
Windows notebooks remained in control of the commercial market, despite having fallen from 42.9 percent to 34.1 percent. The iPad was the dominant tablet, but in ceding some share to Android and Windows, shrank from 17.1 percent to 15.8.
In terms of individual companies, HP was the leading commercial supplier, with a 30.4 percent marketshare -- albeit down from 36.4 percent in 2012. Lenovo dipped from 23.6 to 23.3 percent, while Apple declined from 17.9 to 16.1. Samsung, previously marginal at 1.7 percent, rose dramatically to take a 10 percent share.