LG is making a desktop Chromebook

Chrome OS is coming to the desktop. Or, at least, it’s coming to one desktop: the Chromebase, a 21.5" all-in-one machine that LG plans to introduce at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

The Chromebase will have a 21.5" IPS screen with a 1920×1080 resolution, which will give it a leg up over quite a few cheap all-in-ones out there. The actual computer part will be tucked behind the display, and it will feature a Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of solid-state storage. It’s nothing fancy, but remember that Chrome OS is pretty much restricted to web apps.

On the connectivity front, the LG Chromebase will have HDMI input, three USB ports (including one USB 3.0), and Ethernet. Oh, and there will also be a 1.3-megapixel webcam, two 5W speakers (which will sound "clear and powerful," according to LG), and a microphone. That’s everything you need to run Skype! The web-based version built into Outlook.com, I mean, since there’s no desktop Skype app for Chrome OS.

LG doesn’t say how much it plans to charge for the Chromebase. If I were to make an educated guess, though, I’d say the price tag will probably wind up south of $500. Windows-powered all-in-ones start at roughly $500 at Newegg, and while this thing has a nicer LCD panel, it also has more modest specs and lacks a Windows license.

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    • albundy
    • 6 years ago

    anyone selling spare apple logo’s?

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 6 years ago

    I feel like I should comment, but idk what to say. Anyone have any good ideas?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 6 years ago

      I think you should comment that you don’t know what to comment.

      • sweatshopking
      • 6 years ago

      i think you should comment that i’m the best civ v player on TR.

        • internetsandman
        • 6 years ago

        I’ll gladly put that to the test

          • sweatshopking
          • 6 years ago

          add me on steam. I’m sweatshopking there too.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 6 years ago

        You did steamroll the AI. I hid in the corner and tended to my flock of sheep!

          • sweatshopking
          • 6 years ago

          we need to finish. let me know what you’re doing later.

    • gmskking
    • 6 years ago

    Why?

    • Chrispy_
    • 6 years ago

    It still only does 2% of the things I like to do with my PC, and only 20% of the things your average Joe likes to do with a PC.

    The day ChromeOS is useful is the day you can give it to a very casual laptop or tablet user and have them last a full hour without having to explain that “it can’t do that”.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 6 years ago

      I think your average Joe percentage is low.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 6 years ago

    You know something? I like LG. They make quality stuff. When it comes to TVs and Monitors, they seem to be the only company concerned with making the bezel as small as possible.

      • internetsandman
      • 6 years ago

      I dunno if you’ve seen any of Samsungs newest TV’s but their bezels are pretty damn small

    • Prestige Worldwide
    • 6 years ago

    [quote<]Desktop Chromebook[/quote<] o_0 How about "Chrometop" instead?

      • WillBach
      • 6 years ago

      Desktop Chrome = Dome?

        • derFunkenstein
        • 6 years ago

        Chromedome?

        • Laykun
        • 6 years ago

        Why am I getting mental images of bald men?

    • shaurz
    • 6 years ago

    These would be infinitely better with a real Linux distribution on them.

      • WillBach
      • 6 years ago

      Infinitely? Really? What “real” Linux distro matches Chrome OS’s security features? What “real” Linux distro has an updater that works as well as Chrome OS’s? The only distro offered with any kind of support to OEMs that want to sell a device to consumers is Ubuntu, and Canonical (and I say this as a [b<]long[/b<] time Ubuntu user) doesn't have the same updating acumen that Google has and Ubuntu doesn't have the same "whole device" security credentials that Chrome OS does. Ubuntu is head and shoulders above the other distros in this area but it's not enough to produce a finished consumer device. Maybe I'm coming into this too hard but I've seen so many comments in this vein that reflect a half-baked understanding of Chrome OS or even Linux and it's really starting to grind my gears. Disclaimer: this is my opinion, not my employer's (Microsoft).

        • Deanjo
        • 6 years ago

        Pretty much any Linux distro “match” Chrome OS’s security features (and far exceed them in many facets). openSUSE’s updater is just as easy as well (“look there are updates available, click to apply them now”).

        There are quite a few distro’s out there that are more polished then ChomeOS. Heck, if you really want to most of them have a ChromeOS desktop in their repositories.

        The only “half-baked understanding” I see here is your “half-baked understanding” of the linux distros out there and what they offer.

        Now try connecting to a Cisco VPN with your ChromeOS Notebook…… GOOD LUCK!!!

          • WillBach
          • 6 years ago

          openSUSE has secure boot and supports full disk encryption but it doesn’t have self-healing binaries. You can configure SELinux but that doesn’t “far exceed” what works out of the box with Chrome OS, it just matches it.

          openSUSE also has an updater. Awesome! But it can [url=http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:System_upgrade#Summary<]brick your system[/url<] if there's a network disconnect while you're upgrading between versions. Less awesome. With regards to Cisco VPN - this is a consumer device! 😛 I won't lie, Deanjo. Having my Linux understanding called "half baked" by a longstanding member of the Tech Report community hurt my feelings 🙁 I'm not saying that there aren't distros with more polish and functionality than Chrome OS - I'm saying they're not as suitable for OEMs to put on (and support in) consumer devices. In light of that, and the fact that Linux is so easy to side-load onto Chrome devices, I don't understand the constant refrain of "it would be better to have full Linux on the device." Better for whom? The OEM? The average consumer? Or the person who wants to load their own custom distro?

            • Deanjo
            • 6 years ago

            [quote<]openSUSE has secure boot and supports full disk encryption but it doesn't have self-healing binaries. You can configure SELinux but that doesn't "far exceed" what works out of the box with Chrome OS, it just matches it. openSUSE also has an updater. Awesome! But it can brick your system if there's a network disconnect while you're upgrading between versions. Less awesome.[/quote<] Ummmm, Hello snapper!!!! [url<]http://en.opensuse.org/Portal:Snapper[/url<] Also about the "bricking" goes, that is 100% bull**** as opensuse downloads the files first before installing as default behavior so a network disconnect has no chance of bricking your system. Installation of packages are done after they have been all downloaded into the zypper package cache. Again, your information is 1/2 baked. As far as Cisco VPN's go, it is one of the most common in use VPN's in the workplace. Even android and iOS devices can connect to them. Not being able to connect to a work VPN (or one of the many other vpns out there) immediately puts it into "a toy device" category. PS: openSUSE uses apparmour not selinux.

            • WillBach
            • 6 years ago

            I got that from the same openSUSE portal :-/ If Snapper can fix any problems (from network disconnect or power outage or whatever) that occur along the way – great. btrfs has come a long way since since 2010. The question becomes “how do I get it to do this automatically and out-of-the-box… and work for an OEM targeting the consumer market.” Even if Chrome OS as a “toy” that doesn’t make it less suitable for OEMs than other Linuxes.

            PS

            AppArmor makes good sense – I refer to SELinux as a model, not strictly as the module.

            • Deanjo
            • 6 years ago

            [quote<]"how do I get it to do this automatically and out-of-the-box... and work for an OEM targeting the consumer market."[/quote<] Stop Google from putting out a crippled OS and preaching it is linux. Seriously, if I had never tried linux before hand but come across "ChromeOS, based on the linux platform, try me" well after about 10 minutes I'm looking for my Windows disk or looking for a sale on a Macbook. ChromeOS does absolutely no favors towards linux adoption. In fact, in most ways, it is more harmful then when Lindows was around.

            • The Dark One
            • 6 years ago

            Hey Deanjo, speaking of Linux, is that also you posting at Phoronix?

            • BlackStar
            • 6 years ago

            Yeah, we are all a big happy trolling family. Gives you the warm fuzzies doesn’t it?

            Not that Deanjo has ever trolled about Linux, just saying :p

            • MadManOriginal
            • 6 years ago

            Troll troll troll your posts,
            As snarky as can beeee
            Merrily merrily merrily merrily
            The internet is for porn.

            • willmore
            • 6 years ago

            Best poem *ever*.

          • shank15217
          • 6 years ago

          this is a silly argument, just run crouton and you have a full flavored Linux OS.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 6 years ago

    We need an updated Chromebox SFF system. AIOs have their place, but enthusiasts would prefer to have their own monitor.

      • Pwnstar
      • 6 years ago

      Plus it would be $100 cheaper without monitor.

      • WillBach
      • 6 years ago

      [url=http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromebox.html<]Chromebox[/url<] for $329. They've been selling those for a good while; the first Chromebox reviews are from a year and a half ago 🙂 Edit: oops, reading comprehension fail 🙁 While I think the one in the URL is a newer version I don't know how new it is. I can't find it on Amazon so maybe they're refreshing it, or it's been discontinued.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 6 years ago

        so like MMO said, it needs updated.

          • WillBach
          • 6 years ago

          I totally missed “updated” 🙁

    • indeego
    • 6 years ago

    Triple spyware! NSA, Google, and now LG!

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 6 years ago

    If you really want it to be AIO, add an ATSC tuner and/or cablecard slot and we might have something.

    • UnfriendlyFire
    • 6 years ago

    A desktop paired with a mobile OS. And crap hardware.

    What could possibly go wrong?

      • WasabiVengeance
      • 6 years ago

      There are plenty of valid criticisms of chromeos, however it is not by any definition a ‘mobile’ os. Have you actually tried it?

      • chuckula
      • 6 years ago

      [quote<]What could possibly go wrong?[/quote<] Try asking Microsoft, they seem to have experience in this area.

        • UnfriendlyFire
        • 6 years ago

        At least Windows 8 can handle gaming and allows offline storage of software and other data.

        I don’t trust my ISP for reliable connections. Every thunderstorm, the broadband connection goes down. Dialup works oddly, but that would be a frustrating experience of going from broadband to dialup.

          • Concupiscence
          • 6 years ago

          I recommend everyone try dialup once a year just to keep them humble. Without a host of extensions – NoScript, Adblock Plus, FlashBlock, image blockers, et. al. – it is totally infuriating and unbearable. With them, it becomes an exercise in patience, but manageable for the patient.

      • Arclight
      • 6 years ago

      I had the chance to experience a simillar product but with Windows 7 installed. The owner was not very informed or knowledgeable and was expecting it to perform on par if not better than a normal desktop. Suffice to say it failed to impress on any metric and the touch enabled screen brought no advantages. Imo it’s not useless but it’s a waste of money for the owner as he gets a stationary tablet that is not good at what a desktop computer is good at.

    • Star Brood
    • 6 years ago

    They will probably charge more than $500 due to the clear and powerful 5W built-in speakers because they must have some insane engineering team revolutionize speakers to make 5W sound any better than a kid banging on a tin can.

    Or it will just be overpriced.

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