LG on Wednesday announced plans to show off what it claims is the first ever "Chromebase," otherwise known as an all-in-one (AIO) PC powered by Google's Chrome operating system, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month. The LG Chromebase (model 22CV241) will sport a 21.5-inch widescreen with a Full HD 1080 (1920x1080) IPS display and a "raft of advanced features" all wrapped in a space saving design.
Let's start with the few hardware specs LG is willing to share. Inside the AIO will sit an Intel Celeron CPU of some sort. LG didn't say which specific chip, but we suspect it will be one of the newer Celeron parts based on Intel's Haswell architecture. The Chromebase will also have 2GB of RAM, 16GB SSD, HDMI input, three USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, an Ethernet port, built-in 5W speakers, and a 1.3MP webcam.
"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."
Same as with Chromebooks, Google's Chrome OS works best when there's an active Internet connection. It is, after all, a cloud-based OS, though you can still work with certain web-based applications offline, which comes in handy if your Internet is down for whatever reason.
Consumers have proven they're ready for Chromebooks -- they occupy several spots on Amazon's top 10 best selling laptops and are generally reviewed favorably by users -- but will desktop systems running Chrome OS be equally accepted? It looks like we're about to find out.