Research firm Gartner reveals Chromebook sales could top 7.5 million this year
Here at n3 we’re no stranger to singing the praises of Google’s affordable, lightweight, and pretty great Chromebooks, and quite rightly too because they’re awesome and everyone should have one. Simple. And others seem to think so too as last year Chromebook sales topped 5.7 million in total, and one research firm can see that number growing to 7.5 million this year which suggests pretty impressive growth.
Of course, this is all a prediction from research firm Gartner who believe that while the educational sector is making the most of the affordable yet functional laptops, with more powerful Chromebooks set to come in the near future, business sectors may also look towards Chromebooks.
“Since the first model launched in mid-2011, Google’s Chromebook has seen success mainly in the education segment across all regions,” said Isabelle Durand, principal analyst at Gartner. “In 2014, the education sector purchased 72% of Chromebooks in EMEA, 69% in Asia Pacific, and 60% in the US.”
Chromebooks have unfortunately received a misconception that they’re essentially useless without an Internet connection, and while in part this is true, Chromebooks are still fully functional offline and can do simple tasks such as word processing, editing spreadsheets, and much more offline.