LG Chromebase hands-on preview

by: Adam KoueiderJanuary 13, 2014

Chrome OS saw a meteoric rise last year with many calling 2014 the year where Chrome OS hits the masses. We’ve seen Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, but this is the first time we’ve ever seen an All-In-One style Chrome OS running device in the form of LG’s Chromebase and we took a look at it at LG’s booth at CES 2014.

LG isn’t the biggest player in the PC market, and with a lot of manufacturers currently focusing on Chromebook laptops, the Chromebase gives LG a lot of breathing room without any competition, at least from other Chrome OS running devices.

LG ChromeBase Chrome OS CES 2014 AA-2

The LG Chromebase runs Chrome OS (obviously), and inside that relatively svelte package is a 21.5-inch Full HD display, a Haswell Intel Celeron processor which is more than enough to run Chrome OS, 2GB of RAM, and a 16GB SSD. The lack of storage may worry you, but since Chrome OS is built for cloud computing, it won’t really be used for much other than storing some pictures, or music.

As far as connectivity goes, the Chromebase is well served with an HDMI port, a single USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports. There is also the usual headphone jack and a 1.3MP webcam with keyboard and mouse included in the package as well. It comes in glossy white and matte black and unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.

LG ChromeBase Chrome OS CES 2014 AA-6

While some might be scratching their heads at the existence of a desktop style Chrome OS running device, it makes perfect sense given Chrome OS’s popularity in schools where a larger, more stationary device with access to the internet and the ability to easily log in and out of accounts while maintaining all your settings and files thanks to the power of the cloud will definitely come in handy.

The appeal might not only be limited to schools, as LG hopes that it will gain traction with hotels and small businesses. The only thing missing is the price and availability, and LG has yet to announce these vital pieces of information, however, if LG can get the pricing right it looks like it could be a big seller.

What do you think of the LG Chromebase?

  • Ben Schoon

    If the price is right I could see this being the perfect machine for a living room computer or even the main computer for someone who writes for a living.

  • MasterMuffin

    I really don’t understand why my school doesn’t update it’s computers to Chrome Os devices now that it’s got the money. Our current PCs take few minutes to start up and are really slow, we can’t install anything and we can’t access the file system, so a device with Chrome Os like this one would be perfect and cheap solution to get our computers to the 21st century!

    • Jayfeather787

      Same way in our school. We can’t access anything in the hard drive or open the command prompt. Intel i3 is not good at running windows. Though Chrome OS doesn’t have word, it has google docs, which is in some ways better, and has google drive, and a lot of other cool things. Plus I thing that these would be a lot better than some mac computer that barely runs and costs a couple thousand dollars.

      • filaos

        Agreed… except the weird last part :-O

      • Core i3? God, you’re lucky. Till Christmas, my school used Pentium 4s (with a Celeron and a P3 in the corners) with Windows XP. Now they’re probably using i3s or i5s (haven’t checked yet).

        • Jayfeather787

          Oh, the i3s are the good ones. We have crappy old dell latops with petniums as well. I forget the exact type, but it has a clockspeed around 1.1 GHz single core with a little less than a gig of RAM.

    • MadCowOnAStick

      I hate my school, they got iPads and Macs

      We have chromebooks as well but they’ve been like abused so badly.

      • MasterMuffin

        That’s one rich school!

        • MadCowOnAStick

          not really, I live in silicon valley :P

          • MasterMuffin


          • MadCowOnAStick

            the cat is going to give me nightmares now

          • MasterMuffin

            good! >:)

          • MadCowOnAStick

            want to see apple’s construction? well, you can’t, they walled it up. and apparently my beautiful pictures of walls are over 2 mb :/

          • MasterMuffin

            break in!

          • MadCowOnAStick

            managed to… by cropping

  • Guest123

    I would still rather see an Android desktop UI than Chrome OS, but whatever eats MS’s lunch makes me happy :)

  • Oli72

    I’m excited.

  • nishantsirohi123

    Since it has hdmi port, that means we can use it as a monitor also. Which is great for connecting a regular pc with it
    If there’s a touch screen version I’ll buy it surely for my home

  • nishantsirohi123

    And while lg may not be a big name in pc market, LG monitors are very popular

    And do you know who makes the display panels of makers like dell, Acer, lenovo, etc.

  • Carney3

    I’m totally getting this for my in-laws. Should drastically cut my tech support duties.

    Too late for my parents. My Mom struggles to reconcile her iPhoto library between their MacBook and iMac. For a fraction of the same price she could have her photos always synced between a ChromeBase and a ChromeBook.