New Chrome-powered desktop will debut at CES 2014

LG has taken the wraps off their latest project, and announced the Chromebase. It's a 21-inch desktop with a twist. This all-in-one runs ChromeOS instead of a more traditional desktop operating system.

Inside the HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display, you'll find basically the same internals as the existing Samsung Chromebox. The 16GB SSD, 2 GB of RAM and Intel CPU provide more than enough power to run Chrome, and should offer the user a decent experience.

LG is bullish on the public acceptance, and head of the business division at LG Hyoung-sei Park says:

Simple to operate for all types of users, the award-winning LG Chromebase computer represents the successful combination of simplicity, power and great design. 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 centers and other business settings.

No pricing or release dates were announced, but LG says the Chromebase will be at CES next month. We'll be sure to have a good look at it then. Skip past the break for the full press release.


With Full HD IPS Display, Chrome OS Computer Offers an Intuitive, Hassle-free User Experience

SEOUL, Dec. 18, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) will unveil the first-ever Chromebase, an all-in-one computer powered by the Google Chrome operating system at next month’s  2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The LG Chromebase (Model 22CV241) offers the highly efficient Chrome operating system for a fast, simple, secure and affordable computing experience. Along with the unique OS, a 21.5-inch widescreen Full HD IPS display and a raft of advanced features, this innovative new desktop computer comes packaged in a chic, space-saving design.

Simple and Easy to Use OS
The LG Chromebase all-in-one computer is underpinned by a simple yet powerful architecture and comes with several outstanding Google applications. It also serves as a gateway to tens of thousands of web apps in the Chrome Web Store, many of which work just as well offline as they do online. The LG Chromebase allows users to write emails and documents, read the latest news and ebooks, edit videos and photos and play entertaining games. The streamlined platform makes almost any task effortless and is the perfect device for taking advantage of Google products such as Gmail, Drive, Search, Maps, YouTube, Play or Google+ Hangouts. The LG Chromebase also offers robust built-in security, employing multiple layers of protection to keep users’ information safe. Moreover, with automatic built-in updates, Chrome OS reduces the hassle of manually having to conduct maintenance on thecomputer.

“Simple to operate for all types of users, the award-winning LG Chromebase computer represents the successful combination of simplicity, power and greatdesign,” 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 centers and other business settings.”

Brilliant Full HD IPS and More
With excellent hardware in a minimalistic package, the LG Chromebase reflects the power and simplicity of the Chrome operating system. Ideal for both personal and business use, the versatile computer features a 21.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display that delivers accurate color reproduction, stunning contrast and an impressive 178-degree viewing angle. The processing power of the fourth-generation Intel® CPU enables the LG Chromebase to handle web apps, games and graphics with ease. The versatile computer also incorporates a 1.3 megapixel webcam and a microphone for easy video calling. What’s more, this AIO computer delivers clear and powerful sound and music through a pair of built-in 5W speakers.

“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,” said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management, Google. “LG Electronics makes great devices that customers love, and we’re glad to welcome them to the Chrome family.”

Visitors to LG’s booth at CES 2014 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204) will have the opportunity to see this unique product for themselves from Tuesday, January 7 through Friday, January 10.

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
- Webcam: 1.3 M 720 HD


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LG unveils 21-inch all-in-one Chromebase desktop


In the same way that an LG refrigerator looks like a Samsung? It's a basic all in one set up that they didn't want to look like a box. Of course it's similar!

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It looks exactly like a Mac. They could have done it differently, not that I'm complaining because I love the way the Mac looks. What you say makes no sense, considering Microsoft's all in one computers look nothing like a Mac, and I think they look just fine, so that means there is no "basic" all in one design that everyone follows. I foresee there being an issue here from Apple's perspective. Just my opinion.

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It does look a *lot* like an iMac. Which is fine by me, since it's an efficient, attractive design, and I couldn't care less about companies taking design cues from each other.

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Maybe not totally from the front, but that side view and stand... how does in not look like an iMac? My eyes work just fine...

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I can understand Chrome OS as a sort of "on the go" light-going OS for mainly media consumption, internet browsing, and light work. But desktops are generally used for heavier tasks that laptops usually aren't good for. I doubt this product will do well and, as someone considering a Chromebook right now, I couldn't think of a single use for a Chrome OS based desktop.

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Really - you can't see how a school or library can make great use of a terminal like this? Or even at home as an inexpensive pc for younger kids who you don't want accessing the Internet behind closed doors?

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I just don't see that. Schools still have too much reliance on Microsoft products or even Apple products. I know mine is currently making the switch from Microsoft to Apple. Eventually I could see Chrome OS catching on in educational environments, but I think it's going to have to mature past being a glorified web-browser first (this is coming from someone who likes Chrome OS...but it's true).

My school is switching to chrome os and it's great. Writing/grading is a lot easier with everything in drive

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Really? My high school has gone full iPad-and-Google-Drive as of this year. My school will be phasing out the Windows PCs in our library next year. These Chrome OS desktops would be very useful in my school's technological ecosystem. A nearby school district has started issuing Chromebooks. Chrome OS will catch on as an educational tool. Give it time.

How much are the laptops you normally buy? $100?

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Actually, no, I can't. I know for a fact that if my school library didn't have computers that had Microsoft Office on them, it would be a completely useless environment. Also, there are programs for specific classes that run on those computers. How many of those programs could run on Chrome OS? The main reason for kids to use the computers in a lab is to type papers, make PowerPoint presentations, use learning-intensive programs (driving simulators, Rosetta Stone, etc) or do other rather important work. That's not what Chrome OS is for...yet. Now, for a portable computer where the only purpose is to type up a document? Yes. But even then, the amount of people who know how to easily turn a Google Docs document into a Word document is probably small. Of course people like us can do it, but remember that not everyone who comes in contact with Google software frequents Android Central.

But at home? Yes. I can. Chromebooks are by far the best laptops to buy kids because they're cheap, reliable, and do everything most kids (or even adults) want. I'm currently trying to sell a netbook-like computer I recently bought to buy a Chromebook just because of the better battery life. The one I have is definitely more powerful in terms of specs and it does run Ubuntu, but I could do everything I want to do on a Chromebook and have twice as much battery life. I have a Mac Mini for my serious work, so it just makes sense.


A buddy of mine is over IT in a school system where I live. The teachers all have MacBooks but they are gearing up Chrome OS for the kids shooting for a laptop for each kid. Pretty cool if you ask me.

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I can see why people who use mostly IE can dismiss ChromeOS as a "browser" OS. In fact, Chrome browser (and to a lesser extend Firefox) are becoming more of "application containers". Who develops apps for Windows only these days? I know, there are many good traditional Windows apps, like Photoshop, but they have been around for long time. And how long before they come up with a "web" version as well? Even Microsoft is hedging their bets with 365. The OS is becoming almost irrelevant. In fact the best OS stays out of the way, and provides a reliable, efficient environment. And in this ragard Linux (including ChromeOS), has Windows beat to a pulp.

cyber-cafe, airport internet kiosks, hotels lobby or business room, (I don't think school because of specific apps that students needs but) library for book reservation, consultation, web-research terminal.

If the price is right (cheap), do you think that any of those business care if the user knows how to use google drive or not? The computer is there, needs zero maintenance, and its a commodity for the users to access e-mail and make a search.

I see a lot of potential.

This is exactly what I was thinking, especially airports and cafes. Has house potential really! I'm excited for it.

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That's cool and all. My only question is, how is the Chromebase "award-winning" when it hasn't been released and nobody has seen it yet?

It could be referring to internal (inside the company) awards. Or, it could just be fluff, lol.

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Yeah, it does look great. And, it's awesome to see it with a full HD display.

I'm hoping, Chrome OS really takes off in 2014. I'd like to see a Chrome OS All in One, with an HD display that takes advantage of a (hopefully, soon) touch-friendly Chrome OS.

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Good idea,, now put chrome into some real hardware,, get me some extreme graphics,, I5 or I7 cpu,, 4-12 gig ram,, stop trying to sell me a laptop with lower system resources than my phone

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Oh god, you should see my girlfriend's computer. She routinely has so many tabs open that her computer nearly grinds to a halt, and it's a high-end gaming desktop.

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Totally agree, i dont understand peoples fixation on having monster specs when not needed, it would be kinda dumb.....

I`m gonna buy $5-700 of PC parts to run Chrome OS..... Said nobody ever

Isn't that the chromebook pixel . has an i5 even if it is dual core at 1.8 ghz Although for a chrome os device the pixel is way to much, you can get a retina macbook pro for that price, which in my opinion is a much better overall device.

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It's a tablet on a stand lol its render is great but all in one computers are not for the average desktop user. Small business use perhaps.

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How many of us are just using the browser?? %90 of the time my laptop is on its playing music also, always running more than just a few tabs in chrome or firefox, just saying, if they want to attract more daily use customers, they need to have more mid to high end equipment

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Chrome OS doesn't require high end specs. It runs perfectly smooth on lower ends specs. That's the beauty of it.

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Chrome OS plays music via Pandora, Remo, etc. It can run multiple tabs easily.
I don't think you really "GET" Chrome OS.

Why??!!!! I don't think this even should exist. For it to survive in a real desktop firefight, performance and hardrive specs must be beefed up to over 9000.

I find your lack of faith in android disturbing.

But that's what I don't understand lol many people are suggesting they target small businesses and schools with the cheaper chrome OS... but small business DO NEED stronger specs, schools NEED a OS that can open and edit Office files with the same tools that they were created with. They need to be able to download extensions for when assigning students exam programs like Respondus. Small businesses need tools that are often old and only work in XP environments -_- (you'd be surprised by that one lol) so many offices run software from the early 2000's

If someone asked me I would suggest google aim at grandmas to young children. And they need to get the ads rolling and show people why get chrome OS for your old father in law instead of investing in a windows laptop that he will only use the internet and mail for.

This comment reveals that you don't understand the point of a Chromebook at all, much less the Chromebase.

This kind of machine is ideal for someone like my mom - for whom I bought a Chromebook. Very light internet user, doesn't need a ton of specs BUT for whom even the Chromebook is too small and not friendly to the visually impaired. A Chromebook with a much bigger screen would meet her computing and accessibility needs. Fast boot, no messing around with updates, etc. Just login and go.

It also sounds ideal for schools and libraries, as previously mentioned.

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I see this going to school oriented things. I love my chromebook, easy to watch primewire, YouTube and browse, but as a desktop is a different matter. Not exactly portable 350 seems like a nice price for this

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School library is apt I must say as it doesn't suit any intended desktop purpose. Won't detract from style it looks OK but the specs for a desktop really LG and least we forget a decent desktop is Very easy to upgrade eg inserting an upgraded Graphics card or more ram or a sound card etc where does this fit? Answer lies in the opening sentence.

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Chrome OS doesn't require AMAZING specs even if their was a quad core processor and 8 GB or RAM chrome is wouldn't take advantage of any of it at this point and even without an small SSD inside chrome OS boot times are still really fast and you don't need to upgrade a graphics card for web apps

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Does it come with a touch screen? I'd suspect the price of this product should be well below $450 as you can buy a Windows 8 All-In-One touchscreen for that price.

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Chrome OS has insane potential and the fact that a good amount of manufacturers are giving it a shot is a good sign and there are pros to chrome is like fast boot times and small hardware requirements and no bloated software. but really I think google will increase the functionality of chrome os and it can really hold its own

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That maybe true but it serves no purpose as a desktop pc and to quote yarell "period" lol

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Ya and I hope they don't pull a "chromebook pixel" on us and price it over a grand

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This is a win. LG's relationship with Google is paying off; however, unlike Samsung, LG seems to be embracing the relationship. Good for them.

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HOMERUN!!!!!! This is perfect for 90% of the people over 50. I've just spent the last month trying to figure out what to do about my father in law's ancient computer. This completely solves the problem.

Yes! If the price is right, I will get this for my mom - it will be easier on her eyes than the Chromebook.

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Totally agree.
Every week my mom says she is going to throw that damn Windows (Xp) desktop out of the window(...).
If the price is right, then this would be an ideal replacement.

Why would you want to upgrade it, its chrome OS? Its not like you'll be playing Crysis

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This is great for those older folks that have problem learning windows and for households that want something less expensive. It would also be great for schools and teachers. This has a good chance of filling a niche.

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Exactly what I was thinking. Windows 8 / 8.1 is a usability nightmare for the non-tech-savvy, and Apple is priced too high for many. This is perfect for a lot of people who just want email and web browsing.

I might consider getting this. All I do is browse the web on my desktop anyway. If the price is right, I might pick one up :)

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It's funny how people put down Chrome OS and say that it is only good for online stuff. Yet people spend if not all then most of their time online.

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This will be good for public and school applications, but not much else...

The attractive part of chrome OS is that it is light enough to be put on a small low powered machine cheaply. That way it can be portable and affordable. Desktops are for getting "real" work done. Not work on shotty web based applications. Why would you want to leasurly browse the web from a desk when you could on a chromebook anywhere? I just don't see this being popular in the consumer market. Maybe it is not meant to be though...

I like it. People argue about the merit of CromeOS, but it's still in its infancy. Even as is, it fits into what a lot of people do/need. Just screen size alone is a reason to like this LG. My mom owns a 27-inch IMac that's waaay too much computer for her needs. But she loves that big screen. This would be a perfect fit for her. My daily driver is a 17-inch laptop, but it rarely leaves my house except for when I travel. My laptop is my desktop and I like a bigger screen, so I could see buying this LG for myself, too.

this looks fantastic! would make a great home computer for those who just need a basic computer for internet and homework.

Small hardrive still but if it's cheap sub 200 then it's ideal for the kids

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