LG Chromebase all-in-one desktop to run Chrome OS

LG Chromebase all-in-one desktop to run Chrome OS

Summary: The desktop with integrated 21.5-inch 1080p screen will be on display at next month's CES trade show.

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While ideal for laptops (like Chromebooks), Google's Chrome OS has occasionally found itself on desktop PCs, usually in small-form-factor systems like the Samsung Chromebox. But LG is going a different route with its forthcoming Chromebase machine.

The Chromebase is an all-in-one (AIO) PC that combines Chrome with a 21.5-inch display with 1,920x1,080 full HD resolution. Given the lightweight footprint that Chrome requires, it should come as no surprise that the Chromebase's other specs aren't awe-inspiring: Intel Celeron Haswell processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of solid-state storage.

LG hasn't announced pricing on the Chromebase, though don't expect a big sticker price considering the pricing strategy for most Chrome systems (Google's Chromebook Pixel aside). In addition to Windows AIOs, it will be competing against a handful of Android-based all-in-ones from Acer and HP. LG announced the Chromebase to get a jump on the deluge of tech news coming soon from next month's CES trade show, but more information will probably emerge when the company shows off the new PC in Las Vegas in January.

[Via Engadget

Topics: PCs, Google

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  • Re: LG Chromebase all-in-one desktop to run Chrome OS....

    At first glance this is a vague attempt at a budget iMac.

    The Specifications are less than convincing with the Haswell Celeron and 2GB RAM. Such a small SSD is pointless not much can be done with 16GB. It would have been better to ship with a 500GB HDD.

    In the past I have been critical of Chrome OS and its limitations relating to its internet dependency and that has not changed. Something more productive such as Ubuntu would have been more suitable.

    It will be worth keeping an eye on the amount of interest it generates.

    Granted its no iMac but its interesting nonetheless.
    5735guy
    • Wrong on 2 points

      1 - ChromeOS now allows much more functionality offline than originally, including all of Google Docs

      2 - AIOs aren't typically used for office functions - they're luxury devices that people use on a countertop etc. for convenient media/web access while doing other things. I forget the study, but there was one done that showed this. ChromeOS fits this use case well.
      daboochmeister
      • Re: Chrome OS and Offline Functionality....

        Chrome OS is of little use without internet access with productivity being severely compromised. It is the weak link in what appears to be an interesting AIO package.

        My point as before is if it came loaded with Ubuntu a break in internet access would not be so catastrophic as it would be with Chrome OS as Ubuntu is highly productive even offline.
        5735guy
        • Re: Offline

          I use a Chromebox as my primary device every day, driving a 1900x1200 monitor - a similar set up to this LG all-in-one.

          Offline, I can edit word processor documents, spreadsheets and presentations, edit images, edit project plans (in Gantter Desktop), outlines (in Workflowy) flowcharts and diagrams (in Gliffy), listen to music, watch movies, and play some games. I can even answer emails in GMail which will be sent when I'm back online.

          Explain to me, please, how a break in internet access would be catastrophic?
          Graham_Brand
          • I agree

            And it stays at home, so much less likely to loses a connection.
            Boothy_p
          • Re: And it stays at home....

            I rest my case.
            5735guy
          • Well, duh...

            Not sure what your point is here. Both my Chromebox and this LG AiO stay at home, hence Boothy's comment about being less likely to lose the connection.

            My point, which you're avoiding answering, is that the ChromeOS devices work just fine offline - in fact they're better at seamlessly switching from being online to off and back than my Windows devices.

            Out and about, I've used my Chromebook productively on long haul plane flights, and numerous 5 hour train journeys, with intermittent or no connection. Yes, for work.

            Graham
            Graham_Brand
          • Waiting for Michael Alan Goff ...

            to tell us all that Chrome OS is strictly a mobile OS. Like Windows, OS X and GNU/Linux, Chrome OS works fine on both desktop and laptop form factors.

            P.S. The poster is using a 1900x1200 monitor with the Chromebox, most definitely not mobile.
            Rabid Howler Monkey
        • You can run Ubuntu

          … alongside Chrome OS.
          No, not dyal boot, but both OS running concurrently on the same kernel.
          That solves the offline dilemma.
          radleym
          • Not dual-boot?

            While Ubuntu installed on a Chrome OS-based device does share the Linux kernel with Chrome OS, it IS DUAL-boot:

            http://www.extremetech.com/computing/132300-unleash-your-chromebox-how-to-dual-boot-ubuntu-linux-on-your-chrome-os-device

            P.S. Canonical's Ubuntu for Android does use the Linux kernel concurrently with Android (when the Android device is docked), but I am not aware of similar functionality for Chrome OS.
            Rabid Howler Monkey
          • Just found this ZDNet article

            http://www.zdnet.com/chromebook-pixel-run-ubuntu-alongside-chrome-os-7000012381/
            "Once Ubuntu is running, a key combination can toggle between Linux and Chrome OS without missing a beat"

            Is this true for all Ubuntu installs on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes?
            Rabid Howler Monkey
          • Chrubuntu vs Chrouton

            @Rabid Howler Monkey. See:

            http://www.howtogeek.com/162120/how-to-install-ubuntu-linux-on-your-chromebook-with-crouton/

            If you use Chrouton, as per your article, you can hotkey between Ubuntu and ChromeOS.

            I've not tried this myself, as the thing I like about the ChromeOS devices is they're pretty much zero maintenance, so adding a traditional environment I had to tend would defeat that, but those who have used Chrouton seem very happy with it.

            It works on them all, I think, both Intel and ARM, but I suspect the two ARM chromebooks may be a bit underpowered for it.
            Graham_Brand
        • Loaded with Ubuntu?

          Wow.. really?
          If it came loaded with Ubuntu it would not be a Chromebook ...dumb-ass
          Your point is pointless ...

          And I use my Chomebook off-line all the time and it works just fine for
          creating spreadsheets and writing up documents, etc
          By the sound of your comments, you have never used one and know nothing
          of what you are talking about! Your just a stupid troll ..
          CND-Dude
    • internet dependency.

      When is the last time you didn't have internet access at home?
      Jean-Pierre-
      • Re: Internet dependency....

        Even now there is still a significant percentage of the population.

        For some the geographical location in which they live internet access is patchy or non existent. That's good enough reason in itself not to purchase a Laptop/Desktop running Chrome OS.

        Additionally for many who are financially challenged cannot afford a broadband internet service but to have the option of purchasing a reasonably priced Laptop/Desktop would be advantageous but with Chrome OS preinstalled much of that is lost.

        Chrome OS is internet dependent no matter how it is packaged and it is arrogant to say "When is the last time you didn't have internet access at home"
        5735guy
        • Re: good enough reason

          Agreed. If you're always in a location where getting the internet is hard then don't go with ChromeOS. Since the use case is based around the cloud you need a degree of connectivity to get the best out of them.

          But that's a very different thing to saying that ChromeOS devices are useless offline.
          Graham_Brand
          • Re: where getting the internet is hard....

            .... then don't go with Chrome OS

            Merely by making that statement you are by your own admission saying Chrome OS is weak when offline.
            5735guy
          • 5735guy

            Weaker than Windows, OSX and Linux yes. What of it?

            I completely agree with you that buying a cloud-centric operating system to use where you have limited or no internet connectivity would be foolish.

            That doesn't mean that ChromeOS devices are unusable offline.
            Graham_Brand
          • Re: Weaker than Windows, OSX and Linux yes....

            Then Chrome OS is severely limited when offline. Others here would lead the reader to believe different.

            I was merely attempting to clarify this.
            5735guy
          • "Then Chrome OS is severely limited when offline"

            That is your opinion, and one that I'm increasingly suspecting is based on no experience of using a ChromeOS device.

            It's a cloud-centric OS. Of course it's not suitable for someone who lives where there is only a limited internet connection. You would not be able to get the best out of the device. It's designed and marketed for people who have access to the internet.

            Absolutely nobody here is disputing that. You switched to that argument because people here started saying, "actually, we can get plenty of things done on these machines when we're not connected" in response to your saying it was useless offline.

            I do not believe it is "severely limited" offline. Yes, it is weaker offline than an traditional offline OS, but lose your connection for a few hours and you can carry right on with useful stuff. I'm not sure how many people who actually own these things need to tell you this before you get it.
            Graham_Brand