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Acer Chromebooks top U.S. consumer market in Q1

2014/07/14 20:55:04

Taipei, July 14 (CNA) Acer Chromebooks topped the U.S. consumer market during the first quarter of the year with a 46.7 percent market share, the Taiwan-based company said Monday, citing data from the NPD Group, a market research organization.

Since its first Chromebook -- the Acer AC700 -- was launched in 2011, Acer Chromebooks "have received wide acclaim from consumers and media alike," Acer said in a statement.

The Acer C720P Chromebook won the Verge's "The Best Chromebook You Can Buy" title, while the Acer C720 Chromebook was named a winner by Tech and Learning at its annual International Society for Technology in Education Best of Show Awards.

The C720P and C720P-2666 models were also ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the Amazon Top Rated list of laptop computers Monday.

The Acer C720 Chromebook series, which runs on Google Inc.'s Chrome operating system, features up to 8.5 hours of battery life and boots up in less than 7 seconds. The Web-centric laptops went on sale in the U.S. last October.

Arthur Hsieh, chief electronics hardware analyst at UBS Securities, forecast earlier this year that Chromebook shipments in the United States will grow from about 3 million units last year to 5 million units in 2014, accounting for nearly half of the global market.

(By James Lee)