Google has cut the price on its Chromebook laptop computers, offering the Web-connected device with minimal offline capability at prices starting at $299.
When Google unveiled the product in May, the base price was $349.
In a blog post, Google senior product manager Venkat Rapaka said the company has been "working closely with our partners to continually improve the overall Chromebook experience while making them even more affordable." Google, though, declined to disclose specific sales figures for the devices.
"Our partners just launched their devices into the market a few months ago, and we're encouraged by the positive feedback we've received from consumers and the rate of adoption by schools and businesses," a spokeswoman said.
But the price drop suggests the devices aren't moving off store shelves as quickly as the company and its partners want, said Roger Kay, president of market research firm Endpoint Technologies Associates. Kay believes Chromebooks have sold "poorly" since their launch.
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