The low budget, Chrome-based laptops are now available at 1,500 Staples stores and 2,800 Walmart locations throughout the US.
Walmart will feature the newest Acer Chromebook, which has a 16GB Solid State Drive (SSD), for $199, while Staples will have models from Acer, HP and Samsung across all stores.
Google Chromebook Marketing Director, David Shapiro, reiterated: “So in case you’re on the hunt for a laptop in addition to pens, paper, and stylish new outfits, your search just got a whole lot easier. Chromebooks — a fast, simple, secure laptop that won’t break the bank — will now be carried in over 3 times more stores than before, or more than 6,600 stores around the world.”
Joining Dixon’s as a UK retail outlet are 116 Tesco stores. Mediamarket and Saturn stores are new retail partners for Chromebooks in the in the Netherlands. The JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores in Australia will be carrying Chromebooks as will FNAC stores in France and Elgiganten stores in Sweden.
Chromebook distribution will expand in 2013 to include Office Depot, OfficeMax (OMX) and regional chains Fry’s and TigerDirect locations, Shapiro added.