December 18, 2013, 10:15 AM — Chrome machines are tiny, underpowered 11-inch netbooks, right? Not any more. A new LG machine to be released in 2014 could redefine what you think of as a Chrome computer.
Typically, Chrome runs on Chromebooks, small inexpensive laptops that are perfect for anyone on the go. But Chrome hasn't been generally targeted at desktop computers. Until now, that is. LG Electronics just let out the word that it's going to introduce an all-in-one desktop computer called Chromebase at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month.
At first glance, the Chromebase looks like a monitor, not a computer, and a big one at that. It's a 21.5-inch widescreen full HD IPS 1080p display (1920 x 1080 resolution). And it's got an HDMI-in port on back, so you expect it to be a monitor, not a full PC.
But in fact, it's a fully functional PC, with an Intel Haswell Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB SSD, 1.3-megapixel 720 HD webcam, and the usual assortment of speakers, keyboard, and mouse. There's also a complement of ports, including USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and Ethernet.
Those specs won't knock your socks off, but that's not the point. The point is that it's a fully functional big-screen PC rather than a small 11-inch device. And that means that Chrome is coming to the desktop. Expect this to be the first of many. And don't be surprised if there are other Chrome desktops announced at CES as well.
Pricing isn't yet available, but given the device's specs and typical Chrome price points, I'd expect it to be reasonably priced. LG is also clearly aiming it not just for home, but for public and business uses, notably "in schools, hotels, call centers and other business settings," according to an LG press release.