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

Chrome's encroachment on the desktop continues when HP releases its Chromebox in June.
Written by Sean Portnoy, Contributor

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.

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