Acer Chromebase is a touchscreen Chrome OS desktop

Google's Chrome OS isn't just for Chromebooks. Yesterday, Acer announced its take on the Chromebase, Google's name for desktops based on the cloud-focused operating system. It's a 21.5" all-in-one PC with a touchscreen display, which Acer is calling an industry first. (To be fair, that's not hard when there's only one other Chromebase on the market.)

Acer says that its Chromebase is powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, and the 21.5" display features a respectable 1080p resolution. With claimed 178° viewing angles, it might even be an IPS panel.

Acer didn't specify the amount of RAM or local storage in the Chromebase in its press release, but the company told The Verge that the Chromebase will be offered with "up to 4GB" of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. That's complemented by a free 100GB of Google Drive space that's good for two years. 

Also standard are an HD webcam, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and an 802.11a/b/g/n-compatible wireless adapter. It's probably safe to say this machine won't be a performance titan, but it seems fine for people who only need a thin-client-esque way to get to Google services and the web. We'll know more about this Chromebase when it launches later in the second quarter of this year.

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