Chromebook makes its mark
Google's Chromebook was dismissed as a bare-bones laptop with limited appeal when it debuted two years ago but has snagged 25pc of the US market for low-cost laptops in the past eight months.
The product is defying sceptics and gaining market share as the rest of the personal-computer market shrinks. It is cheaper since it lacks built-in software, but has a full keyboard and regular software updates from Google.
Chromebooks are benefiting as the market for laptops that cost less than $300 (€234) is set to grow over 10pc this year.