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NPD: Chromebooks take 20 to 25 percent of sub-$300 laptop market in the US

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Snapped up a Chromebook for less than three Benjamins? If so, NPD thinks you've made Page and Co.'s devices account for 20 and 25 percent of laptops sold for under $300. Stephen Baker, an NPD analyst, told Bloomberg that the research firm was initially skeptical about the cloud-tied laptops, but Google's hardware "found a niche in the marketplace." Mountain View's mobile PC foray took eight months to reach current sales numbers and NPD claims that based on price, they're the fastest-growing part of the PC industry. Bloomberg attributes the recent uptick in sales to the education market and early adopters -- increased retail availability probably doesn't hurt, either.

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