Not everyone uses the same programs as everyone else and needs a bunch of extra hardware/software. Those people would use a Chromebook. A Chromebook wouldnt be for me either since I do more....but there is a small market for it. The initial report that CBs only sold 500k was inaccurate. Acer alone has sold around 500k CBs and that doesnt account for Samsung and HP.
really,Roger Kay is a blind fanboy idiot.
So, how big a market is this anyway? Acer recently made a public statement saying that 5-10% of its U.S. PC shipments are Chromebooks these days. My friends at IDC supplied Acer’s most recent four quarters of U.S. data, and although Acer’s unit shipments are off by double digits — almost 50% in 4Q12 — they still managed to put 4.1 million units into the market during the last year.
Okay, so 10% of 4.1 million is 410,000, and 5% is 205,000. Chromebooks start at $199. The latest Acer C710-2055 is available now in U.S. retail and from authorized resellers for $279.99. So, let’s make $240 an average price (because we don’t have enough information to weight the model any other way than a linear average). A little multiplication and we have annualized sales of $49.2-98.4 million. Not a princely sum, but enough to take care of a few of Acer’s bills.
first of all, that %5-%10 figure is AFTER they released the C7 in November 2012.
Acer, one of Google's Chrome OS hardware partners, has reported that Chromebooks accounted for 5% to 10% of the company's U.S. computer shipments since the company released its C7 Chromebook in November.
so lets check q4 2012
IDC's preliminary estimate for Acer's U.S. PC shipments during Q4 2012 is 803,000
So this is the number you need to use to determine how much %5 and %10 are. %10 is 80,000 and %5 is 40,000. And since the C7 was released in November, you're looking at only close to half a quarter,so these numbers are actually even smaller. maybe 20k-40k.