LG Chromebase Expands Chromebook Model to an All in One
The Chromebase, which LG will show off at CES in January, is a natural evolution of the Chromebook premise and LG's investment in Google.LG Electronics has taken the Chromebook concept to the next level with the introduction of the Chromebase, an all-in-one desktop running Google's Chrome OS. Resembling, at a glance, a stockier Apple iMac—a large display on an aluminum foot shaped like half a triangle—this less-expensive, faster-booting desktop is being positioned for LG enterprise customers in verticals such as education and hospitality, where the Chrome OS model is an easy fit. Because the OS runs off the cloud, a user could log in and have access to all of his or her content. It's also ideal because it requires no maintenance—software is automatically updated—and because all content is in the cloud, there's no chance of a user unwittingly downloading a bug, to a busy machine, for others to inherit. It will likely also be an easy sell as a kitchen-counter family PC—that is, if the price, which hasn't yet been shared, is low enough.
The Chromebase has a 21.5-inch, 1080p IPS display with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 and a viewing angle of 178 degrees. It runs an (unnamed) Intel Celeron processor, and has 2GB of RAM and a 16GB solid-state storage drive. There's an HDMI input port, enabling users to connect another monitor, as well as three USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port.