It’s no secret that Apple’s MacBooks are some of the most popular computers, as they are quite versatile and offer a premium build and experience. However, the problem with the “premium” aspect of MacBooks is that this brings a steep price tag along with it. Even the entry-level MacBook Air is priced at $999 without any educational discounts, and that’s still too steep of a price for some.
Chromebooks, on the other hand, come in all shapes and sizes, with options ranging from around $200 and going up to that $999 price point (and sometimes beyond. Well, it seems that Chromebooks have finally reached its peak to this point.
A new report reveals that although MacBooks saw a rise in sales over the course of 2020, it wasn’t enough to keep Chromebooks down. For the first time ever, there were more Chromebooks sold than MacBooks. Both of these types of laptops began to eat into the massive market share owned by Windows laptops.
According to the report, the market share for Windows laptops dropped to 76.7% in Q4 2020, while macOS laptops accounted for 7.7% and Chromebooks rounded things out with a 14.4% market share. For the sake of comparisons, Chromebooks went from 6.4% market share in 2019 all the way up to 10.8% in 2020, while the Mac when from 6.7% to just 7.5%.
So why are Chromebooks finally on the rise? Well, the obvious answer is the elephant in the room — the ongoing pandemic. Being able to pinch your pennies wherever possible is of utmost importance in the current economic climate, and you can’t get much better than a Chromebook.
Even though the Intel Celeron models, which are usually the cheapest options, don’t offer the best performance, the price point is enticing. At the end of the day, you’re provided with just about everything one could need at a fraction of the price of Windows or macOS devices. Chrome is obviously built right in, but there’s also access to the Google Play Store, which just adds even more versatility that the other two options don’t provide.