Although Chrome OS is still very much a niche operating system, we’ve recently seen quite a few device manufacturers get into the Chrome devices game including companies such as Lenovo and HP. Now LG is also jumping into the fray with its very own all-in-one computer, the Chromebase.
The 21.5-inch All-in-One is powered by an unspecified Intel Celeron CPU with 2GB RAM. Other specs include a 16GB solid-state storage, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, an ethernet port and an IPS display with a resolution of 1080p.
There are situations where an All-in-one Chrome device could be perfect such as in schools, hotels, libraries and businesses that simply are looking for a quick-and-easy way to the web.
Of course the real magic is that the Chromebase runs the lightweight Chrome OS, which should provide a quick-booting experience that is relatively lag and maintenance free, all without hopefully costing a bundle. Unfortunately LG is mum on exactly how much this bad boy will cost consumers, though here’s to hoping it’s not much more than a typical Chromebook.
You might be wondering why consumers would want such a device. After all, the main draw for the Chromebook series is that they run a lightweight OS that is perfect for when you’re on the go, but it’s important to remember that not all consumers have the same needs. There are situations where an All-in-one Chrome device could be perfect such as in schools, hotels, libraries and businesses that simply are looking for a quick-and-easy way to the web.
LG seems to understand that the Chromebase’s potential goes beyond the home, as indicated in the following statement (taken from their press release):
“LG Chromebase is the wave of the future for desktops, expected to be widely adopted not only at home, but especially in schools, hotels, call centers and other business settings.”
What if you want a Chrome OS experience but don’t want to give up your traditional desktop to do it? The good news is that the Chromebase has an HDMI input, allowing you to use it as a standard computer monitor. This means that you can use Chrome OS for lightweight web-centric tasks and then boot into your stand-alone PC or Mac for those times when you need more traditional desktop applications.
LG has yet to give an official release date for the Chromebase, but they do promise to formally introduce the device at CES in January — so hopefully we’ll learn more about their launch plans then. What do you think of the 21.5-inch Chromebase, if the price is right would you be interested in such a device?
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Yay! Intel Celeron!
How much would this thing cost?
Better be cheap. And awesome. Or else.
Cheap, yes. Awesome, no.
My guess: Cheap? No. Awestome? Neither.
Looks interesting, this would be great for someone like my mum or dad who only use the computer for casual stuff.
Wow LG is really going all out.. The G2, Nexus 5, G Pad Google Edition, Now this.. Very impressive..
Still waiting for the Asus Chromebox so I can hook it up to whatever I want to use as a screen.
Intel celeron! really? 16 GB? WTF is this…a stationed tablet?
Yes, a dual-core, Intel Bay Trail-T Celeron. Is it really that bad? Chromebooks are sporting the same hardware and they can perform fine.
Not everyone needs a 3970X + GTX 780 Ti combo with an SSD + HDD and 16GB of OC’ed RAM; this is aimed mostly at people who use their computer for just surfing the web.
I don’t get. Is this Android Authority or Chrome OS Authority?
As mentioned already I would definatley consider this as a replacement computer for my parents (been thinking of introducing them to Ubuntu). Though I would ensure all privacy measures are taken before I let them loose on it.
Lg is becoming a subsidiary of Google! Go LG!!
Also I like the name :)
I still don’t understand why people buy Chrome OS machines. It’s like we are downgrading technology. I pity the fool that spends a grand not to be able to play BF4.
While I would never get one, I can see how they are perfectly capable for many users with constant WiFi access — a great number of people will rarely use anything beyond their browser on a Windows machine. Furthermore, for these people Chrome OS is much better than Windows due to upkeep — these type of people’s heads explode when they have to fix the most basic of things on a Windows machine, where Chrome OS is pretty much self repairing all the time.
The problem with Windows, and even Mac OS X (BSD), is that the OS was NEVER designed for end use consumers. You can put any type of GUI on them but that doesn’t make them truly “user friendly” at all.
Nonetheless, I would still tell these people to use an Android device, and if they want a larger screen then hook it up to their TV with a keyboard and mouse — would do what they need IMO.
Now this shall be a great monitor and I hope this is touchscreen, making full use of the Windows 8 and also fun to have the chrome OS as an additional platform to play with.
make a $99 box and watch them fly
I could see myself buying this as a gift, or a guess computer in my family’s house.
The power of cloud computing!!