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LG announces the Chromebase, an All-in-One Chrome OS PC

by Mark Tyson on 18 December 2013, 12:11

Tags: LG Electronics (066570.KS), Chrome OS

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LG is to introduce the world's first All-in-One (AiO) PC based around Google's Chrome OS. LG has built this computer around a 21.5-inch widescreen Full HD IPS display and aims to appeal to the market with "a fast, simple, secure and affordable computing experience". The machine will be on display at the CES2014 in Las Vegas next month.

The new LG AiO's full name is the LG Chromebase Model 22CV241. As mentioned in the headline, this is a Chrome OS device and LG says that its minimalistic design reflects the power and simplicity of the Chrome 'no maintenance' operating system. The computer provides quick and easy access to all Google's favourite services and web apps in a sleekly designed AiO.

"Simple to operate for all types of users, the award-winning LG Chromebase computer represents the successful combination of simplicity, power and great design," said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics. "LG Chromebase is the wave of the future for desktops, expected to be widely adopted not only at home, but especially in schools, hotels, call centres and other business settings." In addition Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management at Google, welcomed LG's new hardware saying "LG’s Chromebase is an exciting new form factor that expands the options available to customers who want a fast, simple and secure computing experience for the home, school or office."

Now let's dive into the specs, casting aside LG's glossy PR and design:

Specifications and features

  • 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
  • A/V: 1.3 M 720 HD webcam, microphone

The CPU in the LG Chromebase 22CV241 is one of Intel's fourth generation designs and LG says that it handles "web apps, games and graphics with ease". In addition to the specs listed above this AiO also sports built-in stereo speakers rated at 5W, helping owners keep a clean minimal desktop space to complement the Chromebase AiO design.

We will see this new AiO at the CES but LG hasn't indicated how much this "affordable" computer will cost in its press release. We should also find out more details about availability nearer to that event.



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With this hardware its best you keep it in a library.
I think I spy a new PC for a parent!
It's maybe just me, but rather than an AIO, ChromeOS strikes me as the kind of thing that would be more useful in a next-gen smart TV - rather than just limiting you to streaming media, actually allow you to use that display for something “useful”.
crossy
It's maybe just me, but rather than an AIO, ChromeOS strikes me as the kind of thing that would be more useful in a next-gen smart TV - rather than just limiting you to streaming media, actually allow you to use that display for something “useful”.

Indeed, given that modern LG smart TVs are dual or quad core Linux boxes it seems a small step.

It also baffles me that this is Celeron based, as I would expect the TVs to be ARM (not seen one rooted to prove it though).
DanceswithUnix
crossy
It's maybe just me, but rather than an AIO, ChromeOS strikes me as the kind of thing that would be more useful in a next-gen smart TV - rather than just limiting you to streaming media, actually allow you to use that display for something “useful”.

Indeed, given that modern LG smart TVs are dual or quad core Linux boxes it seems a small step.

It also baffles me that this is Celeron based, as I would expect the TVs to be ARM (not seen one rooted to prove it though).

It's Celeron based because any Celeron is still more powerful than an ARM SoC and the Celeron has the right connectivity buses etc, the Atom based Celeron's are OK but a Haswell based 1007 is much faster. As a desktop unit power frugality is not really a factor, Celeron is low enough. I have a 1007 powered Acer Revo and its < 20W. Check out reviews of the Samsung A15 based chromebook to see why using an ARM SoC wouldn't be worth the power savings.