LG joins the Chrome OS party with 21" all-in-one Chromebase

By on December 18, 2013, 1:30 PM

LG is joining the small but growing list of companies offering Chrome OS devices. Rather than going with an inexpensive Chromebook laptop like most of its peers, however, the company is putting Google’s cloud-centric operating system into a 21.5-inch all-in-one computer it is calling the Chromebase.

The device will be shown off at CES 2014 but LG has already made some details available. In terms of specs you’ll find an unnamed Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of memory, and 16GB of solid state storage alongside the aforementioned 21.5-inch IPS display running at full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. That’s more or less in line with the rest of the Chrome OS lineup -- a little short on RAM but perhaps LG will offer a step up version.

Elsewhere the LG Chromebase will have three USB ports, one of them USB 3.0, Ethernet, HDMI-in, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and microphone for video calls, two 5W speakers, mouse and keyboard. The inclusion of an HDMI input around the back suggests you’ll be able to use this as a monitor for another PC as well.

Although it’s interesting to see Chrome OS making its way onto new form factors it’s also hard to see this picking up much traction in the consumer market. That said, LG writes that it expects the Chromebase to be especially well received in schools, hotels, call centers, and other businesses settings. Pricing details are still unknown.




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penn919 said:

I love the look, but I haven't a clue why anyone would want to use Chrome OS on a desktop. Light weight operating systems are good, but they don't make much sense in stationary machines that can pack so much power.Why limit yourself with a cloud OS? Don't people need to do work anymore?

Guest said:

At work, our IT groups have a mandate to develop all applications to be web based (no desktop applications anymore). I personally think ChromeOS is absolutely the future (and I'm a Windows fan).

penn919 said:

At work, our IT groups have a mandate to develop all applications to be web based (no desktop applications anymore). I personally think ChromeOS is absolutely the future (and I'm a Windows fan).

Yeah, I understand that cloud apps are becoming more mainstream and that's great, but it doesn't change the fact that you can still do way more with a real OS. Chrome OS is a perfect fit for an ultrabook, but never on my rig at home because some things you'll never be able to do in the cloud. On Windows, Mac, and Linux you have the best of both worlds.

The rise of cloud apps ultimately means that lower powered devices like tablets and smartphones will gain increased functionality but will never out do computers running local software.

MrAnderson said:

Mush be under 400 bucks, and they need Wifi or it is crippled out of the gate at least in the states.

A bonus would be touch... I'd be sold with the above and touch. Getting 1080 screen is a good touch... (sorry no pun intended.)

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