LG Chromebase all-in-one Chrome PC available on May 26 for $349

LG Chromebase all-in-one Chrome PC available on May 26 for $349

Summary: Chrome's encroachment on the desktop continues when HP releases its Chromebox in June.


Lost amid the hoopla over yesterday's unveiling of numerous new Chromebooks (including models from Asus and Lenovo) were a couple of announcements related to Google Chrome expanding its presence to the desktop PC.

LG revealed that it will be making its Chromebase all-in-one (AIO) Chrome PC available starting on May 26 from online retailers like Amazon, Newegg.com, and Tiger Direct. (You'll be available to pre-order it from Newegg.com and select other retailers beginning on May 12.) The $349.99 price includes two years worth of 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage.

We first reported on the Chromebase when it was announced at this year's CES. The system is built around a 21.5-inch 1080p screen with modest specs to run Chrome: Intel Celeron Haswell processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of solid-state storage. Ironically, its competition will be all-in-one desktops that run Google's other OS: Android. Just yesterday we learned about AOC's mySmart all-in-ones that are similarly priced to the Chromebase but with 22-inch or 24-inch displays. Previously, Asus, HP, and Lenovo have announced Android AIOs.

During Intel's Chromebook event yesterday, it was revealed that HP's Chromebox -- the mini-PC form factor for running Chrome -- would be released in June. It will join new Chromebox models from Asus as another way Chrome can attack the desktop market.

Will Chrome succeed on the desktop the way it is starting to thrive with Chromebooks on the mobile side? Do you have any interest in a Chrome desktop PC? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback section below.

Topics: PCs, Google, Hewlett-Packard

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  • Don't see the reason

    I love Chrome O/S. I have an Acer C710 and an Acer C720. (I love the C720)
    I just don't see the need for a Chrome desktop. Other than the better display, why would I want to confine myself to a desk when for the same or less I can get a Chromebook?
    In my use cases, I use desktops when I want to do serious work. MS Office, photo/video editing, dual monitors, etc... A Chrome desktop can't help me there. I'll stick to my mobile Chrome devices.
    • Salonikios: "Other than the better display"

      Some Chrome OS users might be attracted to a device with large screen and may not care about the mobility that a Chromebook provides.

      And a Chrome OS-based desktop such as the LG Chromebase might be just the ticket for libraries. No?
      Rabid Howler Monkey
      • I still don't see the reason

        If you want a better display, why wouldn't you just use a "fat" desktop? The appeal for Chrome is a lightweight O/S perfect for mobile devices. You remove the mobility and I think that you've lost the biggest selling point. There are just too many things you cannot do with Chrome. When I am stuck at a desk, I am typically doing serious work. Things that Chrome O/S cannot help me with. If I am just surfing, which is what Chrome is really made to do, I'd rather be kicking back on my couch, or laying in bed....

        Again, I love my Chromebook(s). But I can't do any serious work on them. For example, I copied an excel 2010 Spreadsheet from my windows laptop up to my Google Drive. I tried to work on it with my Chromebook and it was a terrible experience. The formatting was off. Formulas didn't work properly.

        Library use? Ehh, maybe. I think that this desktop chrome device will be a failure. I still can't see the need for it. When I am at a desktop, I want dual monitors and a fat client.

        I am glad to see that they went Haswell rather than Arm based. I wish them the best, I just think that it will flop.
    • Because

      a majority of office workers are deskbound and would prefer a larger display over portability.

      I wouldn't swap my 27" displays for a 13" Chromebook if you paid me!
  • And everything old is new again

    it's like 1999, and WebTV, all over again...slightly upgraded.
    • 1999??? try 1991 when Sun was trying to sell the "network as a computer"

      along with diskless workstations...

      Repeat for "thin clients"...

      Repeat for "remote desktops"...

      A case can even be made for the Xerox Star network for the same reason.
  • LG Chrome Base AIO. Its certainly taken its time coming....

    It seems as though that the most highly anticipated is finally on its way. My previous comment back in January was:

    "Certainly a stunning looking AIO much like the iMac. But its not just about the looks or the OS but the build quality both inside and out.

    The iMac continues to set the high standards for others to follow. Being the owner of an iMac this one has certainly caught my attention. LG seems to have set itself on producing a commendable AIO Desktop running the Chrome OS.

    I have made it no secret of my doubts relating to the deficiencies of the Chrome OS when working offline but this post is more about the LG AIO itself.

    Looking in more detail I make comparisons to the iMac and its features.

    When I see the word Intel Celeron it shouts cheap CPU as down the years its been nothing more (the standard 21.5" iMac has a 2.9Ghz Intel i5)

    2GB RAM (the standard 21.5" iMac has 8GB RAM)

    Flash Storage is great but what can be done with 16GB. The answer has to be not a lot (the standard 21.5" iMac comes with a 1TB HDD)

    Four USB Ports but only one USB 3.0 (the standard 21.5" iMac has four USB Ports all of which are USB 3.0)

    So the LG AIO Desktop certainly looks interesting but how will it stack up or are there just too many compromises."

    "End Quote"

    Although an incredibly interesting product it still throws up certain questions and concerns.

    1) The Intel Celeron CPU. For a negligible amount extra in the way of cost the Intel i3 could have been deployed. Having Haswell coupled to the Celeron name does not automatically make it good.

    2) 2GB RAM is a meager amount. It is not unreasonable for a machine of this type to include 4GB RAM.

    3) USB 3.0 should be expected on all but the most budget of machines now. The LG AIO will only have one with the remaining three being USB 2.0 which is unacceptable.

    4) I am still trying to work out what can be with 16GB Storage. Surely it would have been much better to have a 500GB HDD instead.

    The LG AIO Chrome Base looks good but it could be so much better for little extra in the way of cost.
    • Trying to keep the price down?

      It might be nice to provide some upgrade options for users such as an Intel i3 CPU, additional RAM, etc.. But, for a base configuration, the specs aren't all that bad.

      It might also be possible to add additional RAM (perhaps, upgrade to 4 GB) as one might do with an iMac. Most Chromeboxes I've read about are expandable.
      Rabid Howler Monkey
    • So your comparing this $350 Chrome desktop to a $1400 iMac?

      Are we supposed to be surprised and impressed that the iMac is more computer?
      By my math, the iMac better be 4x better in every respect.

      Like most consumer Windows PCs, the LG AIO targets customers that do not have $1000+ to spend on a computer. Think families on tight budgets.
      • Re: So your comparing this $350 Chrome desktop to a $1400 iMac?....

        No not at all.

        However what in was attempting to say is some parity can be drawn as it falls in to the same form factor as the iMac.

        USB 2.0 ports were last used on the 2011 iMac with the 2012 iMac featuring four USB 3.0 ports.

        The forthcoming LG AIO only features one USB 3.0 port with the others being USB 2.0 That alone is reasonable to compare a machine three years old to one that is to be released in 2014.

        It does not cost $1000 for USB 3.0 so your argument doesn't really stack up.
    • And

      the new Celerons are cut down Atoms with faster clockspeed, not cut down Pentiums with slower clockspeed.

      The Haswells are more energy efficient, but slower than the previous generation... :-S
      • Slower than what?

        You mention that Haswell celerons are slower than previous generations. Previous generation of what? Celeron? If so, that is not the case. The Haswell celerons are much faster than the previous generation celerons.
        • All the reviews

          I've seen say that the Haswell Celerons are slower than the previous generation, because they are based on Baytrail, whereas previously they were based on cut down Ivy Bridge processors.
    • Specs are fine

      Earlier I posted that I think that this product will fail. I love Chrome O/S......on a mobile device. I don't see a need for a Chrome desktop.
      Now, with that, these specs are more than enough. For Chrome 2GB is plenty as is the Haswell Celeron. That processor is more important on Chromebooks as IMO, the biggest selling point for Haswell is unbelievable battery life. I have an Acer C720 (and older C710). It has 2GB and it is smoking fast. I have at any given time, at least 10 chrome browser instances running. It doesn't skip a beat.
  • Not really a "PC"

    since a device that doesn't really do anything (other than go on the web) isn't what most people associate with the high functioning computer device commonly regarded as a PC.
    • Who cares what it's called?

      As long as it does what the user wants, what does what we call it matter? Call it a WC or an IC if you prefer.
      Michael Kelly
      • WC?

        as in Water Closet....

        • Re: as in Water Closet....

          Which would make it fairly Bog standard LOL !

          'Sorry just a play on words'

          Joking aside the LG AIO does indeed look the part.
        • My first thought

          as well.
    • Re: Not really a "PC"....

      Agreed but it could be so much more. If it came with a regular Linux distribution such as Ubuntu instead of Chrome OS it could be a really potent package.

      The LG AIO is a squandered opportunity in this case.