Despite all the great $1,200 laptops out there, the average PC notebook buyer spends only around $470. While you can get a Windows PC for well under $400, you usually have to make a lot of compromises. Though Google is targeting cost-conscious consumers with its Chrome OS, many hardware vendors prefer the company’s other operating system.
In 2013, we saw a handful of Android laptops and all-in-one desktops from major PC vendors like HP and Acer. In the year ahead, we expect to see even more Android PCs with low price points, targeting consumers who are used to the OS from their phones and want to do more with it. By next holiday season, these PCs could give both Windows laptops and Chromebooks a run for their money.