But, if a report in Taiwanese wire Digitimes is correct, things are, at last, picking up.
The report said the brand vendors have placed more orders than for quite a while, and there are expected to be strong shipment this month and next.
Apparently, people have stopped being shy about Windows 10 and have started buying notebooks.
But there is still a problem with Windows 10 and its free upgrades, because some systems will run the new Microsoft OS with pretty little trouble.
The jury is still out on whether people will put their hands in their pockets to shell out for still rather expensive Windows 10 systems.
But it’s clear that the much cheaper Chromebooks is leading traditional notebook PC vendors to pushing the alternative to Windows 10 as hard as they can.