LG has announced the Chromebase, and all-in-one desktop computer running on Google’s Chrome OS operating system.
Up to this point we’ve only seen Chrome OS running on affordable laptop devices, though the likes of the Samsung Chromebox offer a low-price and compact desktop PC box.
But the LG Chromebase is something different. This is an iMac-like all-in-one PC that runs on the lightweight Google operating system.
More specifically, it’s a 21.5-inch IPS 1080p monitor with a built-in Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD. Yep, these are pretty low-end specs, even compared to a modern mid-range laptop, but that’s not really the point. Chrome OS utilises the web to do its grunt work, and thus needs very little processing power or storage.
And besides,LG isn’t just aiming at your average home consumer with the LG Chromebase. It believes it can have success in targeting schools and businesses like hotels and call centres.
Another interesting feature to note is that the LG Chromebase sports and HDMI in. This means that it can be utilised as a straight up monitor for a more capable PC with a heavier OS.
Having the choice of booting into a lightweight browser-based OS for some light browsing and email checking rather than a full-on Windows session certainly sounds appealing.
LG will be displaying the Chromebase at CES 2014 between January 7-10, where hopefully we’ll get some idea of pricing.
Next, read our Samsung Series 3 Chromebook review