While the Chromebook market gets more crowded with each passing week, there's plenty of elbow room in the Chromebase market. The push to bring Google's Chrome OS to the desktop in the form of an all-in-one (AIO) PC has pretty much been left to Acer, though it's had a few dabblers like LG along the way.
Acer appears undeterred, having just launched two more Chromebase AIOs as the DC221HQ family, including the first featuring a touchscreen display. The company touted this model a couple of months ago, but its release date was vaguely described as the "second quarter" and its pricing was not disclosed. Also not mentioned at the time was that a non-touch version would be available.
That non-touchscreen edition starts at $329.99 and will be released this month. Both versions come with an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of solid-state storage, built-in 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a 21.5-inch 1,920x1,080 (full HD) display. Adding the 10-point multi-touch screen will cost $100 more, with that configuration shipping next month. The main unit is available in either all-white or black with white accents, though the included keyboard and mouse are white. The built-in stand can tilt in a range from 15 to 75 degrees.
But specs are secondary to the Chrome experience, and Acer hopes that its quick-booting Chromebase systems can be used for various cubicle-based jobs and kiosks in addition to sitting on the desks (or walls, since they are VESA-mount compatible) of people's homes. Acer throws in 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage with the purchase of a DC Chromebase, and the included TPM 1.2 chip helps keep data secure through encryption.
It remains to be seen if any of this will help give the Chromebase platform a fraction of the popularity of the Chromebook. Would you buy a Chromebase AIO PC instead of a computer running a different OS? Why or why not? Let us know in the discussion section below.