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This article was published on May 20, 2016

K-12 market pushes Chromebook sales past Mac in Q1 2016

K-12 market pushes Chromebook sales past Mac in Q1 2016
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The first quarter of 2016 saw Google’s Chromebook outsell Macs for the first time.

The data, shared by International Data Corporation (IDC)  in a Chromebook session today at I/O, estimated 1.76 million Macs sold in Q1 2016, while Chromebook makers Dell, Lenovo and HP sold nearly 2 million units.

In a world with dwindling PC interest, Chromebook’s success comes largely from the K-12 community. With multiple models priced under $400, it’s an attractive solution to the ever-changing education landscape and the machines are far from their stripped-down predecessors that were mainly glorified netbooks.

Today’s Chromebook’s are capable machines that make a great alternative for enterprise and education segments, all while packing a lot of bang for the buck when you consider they’re about a third the price of similar Mac offerings.

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