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[video] Quick Take: Shoppers Buying More Chromebooks than MacBooks

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- This year's top-selling notebook computer might come as a surprise to some, according to TheStreet's Brittany Umar. 

Desktop, notebook and tablet sales have increased 25% in 2013 compared to 2012, she said. Of that increase, Google's (GOOG) Chromebooks jumped to 1.76 million units this year, up from 400,000 in 2012, according to research firm NPD.

The figure accounted for roughly 21% of all notebook sales in 2013, she added. Sales of Apple's (AAPL) MacBook fell 7% year over year. She said a quick check on Amazon's (AMZN) "top seller" list confirmed that the Chromebook held the top two spots.

However, Umar said some of those sales came on the Chromebook's significantly lower price tag. 

For instance, the top-selling Acer C720 is listed for $199, compared to Apple's MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, which start at $1,299 and $999, respectively, Umar said.

-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.

Bret Kenwell currently writes, blogs and also contributes to Robert Weinstein's Weekly Options Newsletter. Focuses on short-to-intermediate-term trading opportunities that can be exposed via options. He prefers to use debit trades on momentum setups and credit trades on support/resistance setups. He also focuses on building long-term wealth by searching for consistent, quality dividend paying companies and long-term growth companies. He considers himself the surfer, not the wave, in relation to the market and himself. He has no allegiance to either the bull side or the bear side.

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