Rather than roll out yet another Chromebook for next month’s CES, LG is instead pushing its Chromebase, an all-in-one computer.
With Chromebooks slowly gaining market share, you can see LG deciding to get in early on this particular niche seeing as the Chrome OS hasn't gone big on the desktop yet.
But here's the thing: you can see the Chrome OS' appeal for portable computing, but is a cloud-app dependant desktop something that makes sense?
So, who needs Windows?
If you're looking for a desktop that can do heavy duty stuff like video editing, 3D rendering and such, a Chrome-based computer might not be for you. But if your computing needs are basic, leaning towards consumption of media instead of creating, then a cloud-based desktop could make sense.
The Chromebase does have a nice display, 21.5-inch IPS which is a nice tradeoff for specs that are slightly on the low side. The system is powered by Intel's lower cost Intel Celerons, but it does come as a full package with a keyboard, mouse and webcam, as well as built-in 5W speakers.
Sounds like a back-to-basics machine for people who are perfectly fine relying on Google's apps as compared to installing their own. No word on pricing as yet or if there are upgrade options, seeing as the default storage is a mere 16GB SSD drive.
We saved you the trouble of looking for the official release by listing the specs below:
- Processor: Intel Celeron CPU
- Operating System: Chrome OS
- Display: 21.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS
- Memory: 2 GB
- Storage: 16GB iSSD
- Ports: HDMI-in, USB 2.0 x3, USB 3.0 x1, LAN
- Accessories: Keyboard, Mouse, Cable Organizer
- Webcam: 1.3 M 720 HDv