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?