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Amazon's top-selling laptop is the Linux-based Chromebook

Amazon's top-selling laptop isn't a Windows- or Mac-based device, it's a Linux-based Chromebook

By Anthony Garreffa on Jan 7, 2013 at 01:32 am CST - 1 min, 24 secs reading time

While Microsoft are having issues with sales numbers of Windows 8-based devices and Apple continue to push their awesome Retina-based MacBook's, it is the Linux-based Chromebook from Samsung and Google that is topping Amazon's charts.

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Listed at just $249, with Amazon selling it for up to $317 - as demand is driving up the price and retailers are taking advantage of this. Even at $317, which is $68 more than its list price, it is still cheaper than all of the other 20 laptops in Amazon's top 20 laptop list. What makes the Chromebook such a huge seller?

After its price being the number one reason, secondly just about anyone can use it as a Chromebook is pretty much just a Chrome web browser-based notebook, and that is definitely not a bad thing. Linux is churning away underneath, but you don't see that on top of the OS. Most people turn away from a Chromebook because they think Google's many services are all online-only, but they're not.

Google have pushed out updates to Google Docs and Drive that allow for offline work, which is a huge change in how you can use a Chromebook. I'm sure most are the same and I can admit I'm definitely that person - everything I do is within the browser. Right now this news post is being typed within a tab of Google Chrome, my first tab opened and still open is always Gmail, Facebook is in another tab and then just my random sites.

Outside of that, I use Google Drive for storage and safe keeping of business-type files, and the only other application I really use is Spotify which is soon moving into web browser territory. What about you?

Last updated: Dec 6, 2019 at 02:46 pm CST

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

NEWS SOURCE:zdnet.com

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