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Acer announces the first all-in-one touchscreen Chromebase

Acer's newest addition to the Chrome OS family will be an all-in-one Chromebase that brings a touchscreen to the device for the first time ever. Chromebase is an all-in-one desktop that runs Chrome OS and puts all the required computer components in the monitor. When talking Chrome OS both the Chromebook and Chromebox are far more common than the Chromebase, which only LG has dabbled in previously.

Acer's Chromebase will feature a 21.5-inch 1080P touchscreen display, and be powered by a NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad-core processor. It will include both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports on the Chromebase, in addition to a HDMI out connection and the usual Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. On the front the device will have a built-in HD webcam, offering great video quality for those Google Hangout chats.

The Acer Chromebase will launch in North American and Asia Pacific markets in the second quarter of 2015. Pricing has not yet been announced by Acer.

Press release:

Acer Announces Industry's First Chromebase All-In-One Desktop with Touch Display

TAIPEI, TAIWAN (April 1, 2015) Acer announced today the latest addition to its industry-leading Chrome OS device family, the Acer Chromebase series, complementing its existing Chromebooks and Chromebox. The touch-enabled configuration of the Acer Chromebase is the industry's first all-in-one Chrome OS desktop with touch display, continuing Acer's leadership in the Chrome OS market after launching the first 15.6-inch display Chromebook and fastest-performing commercial Chromebook. According to the latest data from Gartner, Acer Group is currently the world's leading Chromebook brand with over 36% market share in 2014.

Simple, Fast, Secure, and Affordable

The new Acer Chromebase comes with a Full HD resolution, 178-degree viewing angle display which incorporates 10-point touch technology[2], enabling more than one user to work, play and interact together. The device boots up in 10 seconds, and has multiple layers of security built-in with automatic system updates. Chrome OS supports multiple users and accounts while photos, videos, music, and documents are all synchronized and backed-up with the user's Google account. Acer Chromebase also comes with a complimentary 100 gigabytes of Google Drive storage[3] so users have plenty of space.

Ideal for Work or Play

The Acer Chromebase is powered by a class-leading NVIDIA® Tegra® K1 quad-core processor, helping it deliver a responsive and rich multi-tasking experience, and stay quiet even when running heavy workloads. It has a built-in HD webcam, so that users can chat face-to-face with family and friends on Google Hangouts with amazing video image quality on the 21.5-inch 1080P Full HD display. The Acer Chromebase is VESA-compliant so that it provides flexible viewing options when mounted to a VESA-compatible stand, bracket, arm, or wall mount suitable for search or navigation use in public areas. It has two 3W audio speakers and provides HDMI out, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 ports in addition to 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity.

Availability

The Acer Chromebase will be available in North American and Asia Pacific markets in Q2, to learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.com.

Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.
11 Comments
  • I've always thought that touch screens on AIO machines was not necessary. It gets tiring swiping straight arm across a large display. I think that the kb/mouse is a better input. Companies keep making them, so there is obviously some people that use it.
  • playing freecell on a touchscreen AIO was one of my favorite things to do in Fry's/Best Buy in high school/college when I got bored, and my twin's thinking she's gonna get a touchscreen AIO when her laptop finally dies.
  • I agree, esp as I get tired and slump down in my desk chair. Late in the day I won't even be able to reach the start button, let alone the tabs.
  • Perfect for my parents. And I don't mean that sarcastically. These Chromebooks are dead simple and perfectly fine for the vast majority of users today. Posted via the Android Central App
  • We just can't escape the April fools jokes anywhere today folks! ;) Posted from my HTC One M9 via Android Central App
  • So now that we've seen the Chromebit, do Chromebases even make sense anymore? With the HDMI dongle setup, you could "upgrade" the internals by replacing just the dongle while keeping your monitor.
    You could also move it to a TV for a large-screen experience. I guess the only thing the Chromebit would lack is the touchscreen.
  • If it sells for 300-350 I would be game. Anything more would be to costly, in my opinion. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It won't be that cheap. Similar Chrome boxes sell for as much without a screen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Who buys Chromeboxes for 300-350$ ? I'm pretty sure the price range will be around the $330 mark or similiar to that of the LG Chromebase. The 300-350 'box' pricetag is quite comical. Who in their right mind would spend money like that and still have to buy the kb/m & monitor? That makes no sense when there are cheaper and better products available.
  • Full Android capability would have been better.
    Or access to all play store apps.
  • About touch screens being necessary. In my bedroom I have a VESA arm mounted to swing over the bed. It is very nice to lounge around in bed and have a touch screen to watch a movie or play games with. Where would I put a keyboard and mouse when I am lying down?
    I think this new model is great and if I can buy one in Switzerland I definitely will. Good work Acer!