The company's first attempt at Chrome OS is also the first ever all-in-one device with Google's operating system

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We've seen Chromebooks, and even Chromeboxes, but LG has partnered with Google this time around to launch the world's first Chromebase, a Chrome OS all-in-one desktop. Other than the larger screen, this really isn't a big departure from what we've seen with Chrome OS devices of the past. We're looking at simple hardware — both in design and internals — running an unedited version of Google's software that's generally being targeted at a lower end of the market.

Although we don't know the exact pricing or availability for LG's first shot at Chrome OS hardware, given what's here we can't expect it to cost all that much. You're getting a 21.5-inch display at 1920 x 1080 resolution, powered by what you find in modern Chromebooks — an Intel Celeron dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an assortment of standard ports. You'll get a standard keyboard and mouse thrown in — color matched to the either white or black system you buy — but aside from that this is a no frills affair.

One interesting aspect of the Chromebase is its ability to act as an external monitor for another device with an HDMI input on the back, which could really open up possibilities for this device. Considering the solid quality of the display (from our time with it), this could be a nice choice to run Chrome OS some of the time and then simply turn into a dumb display for another computer with the flip of a switch.

We can easily see the Chromebase carving out a niche market in education, libraries and homes with simpler computing needs. Particularly if the price is right.

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LG Chromebase all-in-one desktop hands-on

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I don't see the point in having the feature where you can use as a monitor for a desktop and then also use it as the chrome OS. If there were features you couldn't do on a pc and that only chrome could perform then that would be good as it stands in my opinion it only serves as the chrome os pc which is still interesting.

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As a monitor for a desktop, I agree that it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. However, the ability to use the device as a TV could prove to be enough of an "added value" to bring in customers. Put it in the den/office, hook up a $30 DVD player, and the grandkids can watch movies in there while grandma watches Price is Right in the living room.

If the price is right, I'm actually considering one as a monitor. This thing boots up a heck of a lot quicker than my full-blown desktop, giving me near-instant access to the internet and Google Docs (which is now used extensively in my education and productivity in my extracurriculars), among other things and whatever else Google decides to throw at ChromeOS down the road.

There are tons of things you can do with it. IE use it as a display for a Playstation or Xbox, watch TV on it, use it as a monitor for your phone or tablet, etc etc.

Actually a wonderful feature that I think all AIO computers should incorporate.

I have purchased this as a monitor I can use when working on other people's PC's. If I need to lookup something to troubleshoot I can switch to Chrome, do my research, then switch back to the PC I'm working on.

You may not see the point, but believe me this is an amazing device for the money. Amazon recently discounted it to $299 for 2 days so I snatched it up.

I don't mind the hardware cuz chrome OS will run fine but you would think they would pack a little more power into this considering this is a desktop after all maybe 4gb of ram but that's it

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Chrome OS isn't really hardware intensive. You're not going to be running photoshop or playing games like Skyrim on it. Most of the heavy lifting is done on googles servers since most of the apps are housed there.
The specs aren't beastly but they don't need to be.

Wonder what the magic price point should be. Most chromebooks are $200-$300.

So should this be $400-$500?

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That's too high. There are plenty of all-in-ones for around $600 that have much better specs.

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Besides making great public computers in libraries and so on, for those that want more; we can always dual boot to linux. I just hope its easy to upgrade the ram because i aint too happy with the number now

We've been seeing large tablets with i7s and 4gb of RAM. Even though Chrome OS doesn't require that much power yet it would have been nice to see at least an i5 and 4gb of RAM. At around $450-550 it could have been the beginning of something special. I think better specs could spark more development of the OS, and hacks could be done to allow it to play Android and/or PC games.

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We've been seeing large tablets with i7s and 4gb of RAM. Even though Chrome OS doesn't require that much power yet it would have been nice to see at least an i5 and 4gb of RAM. At around $450-550 it could have been the beginning of something special. I think better specs could spark more development of the OS, and hacks could be done to allow it to play Android and/or PC games.

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I expect I'll be buying this along with a new Mac Mini that I'll configure to dual-boot MacOS and Windows, and it will serve well as my home base. It'll complement my Android phone and tablet, my Chromebook, and my MacBook Air, along with my fiancee's iPhone. I'll gladly retire my monstrous 17" beast of a Windows laptop in the process.

One question, though: no Bluetooth??? I've long since ceased to be a fan of wired keyboard and mouse...

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I think this would be great for my parents. My mom only uses the web and is prone to internet explorer adware and extension overload. It seems like this would be much easier and safer.

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Agreed. Apologies for stereotyping, but this would be a perfect computer for the older set. Quick, simple, decent size display, and no more playing tech support after grandpa clicks on yet another pop-up ad that installs chinese adware. (that last scenario actually happened to my wife's windows8 computer. Real fun trying to uninstall adware when the uninstall prompts are in Mandarin)

Stereotypes exist for a reason and you're 100% correct. My in-laws need a new computer and there's no way it'll be anything other than Chrome OS. Either Chromebase or Chromebox depending on price for the Chromebase.

A question from someone who isn't that familiar with Chrome OS.

So if someone like me buys this, and wants to connect their Best Buy / Walmart class printer/scanner, will there be drivers available?

Connecting a printer via USB will not work on Chrome os. However, if your printer is capable of using Google cloud print, you can use that. I've seen cloud print capable printers for as low as $40, if you need to upgrade.

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Bluetooth would make this much more attractive. Barring that, being able to act as a USB 3 Hub would also be great. If it had one or both of those options I would be more likely to consider this and an actual gaming machine. Right now I just have a couple laptops that can play 3-5 year old games well.

Actually, it just occurred to me that a generic Bluetooth dongle would work fine. It's not ideal, but it'll get the job done.

Are you sure about that? Besides the chromebox, Chrome os has only been on notebook computers. And walmart 's website does not show any chrome all in one computers.
So if your local walmart has one, I want to know where they got it.

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It's about time a major player offered an iChrome desktop computer.

If the price is right, and it's not vaporware, I might get one for my grandparents.

If they can get xbmc client running on chrome os I would love to use one of the chrome boxes, or other on my tv.