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LG Electronics, a leading maker of consumer electronics, on Wednesday introduced LG Chromebase, the world’s first all-in-one personal computer based on Google Android operating system. Like all Chrome-based systems, the PC will be powered by low-cost/low-performance hardware and will completely rely on Google’s cloud services. The manufacturer will demonstrate Chromebase at 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

LG Chromebase is an AIO PC with 21” full HD (1920*1080) IPS display. The system is based on an Intel Celeron processor and is equipped with 2GB of DDR3 memory, 16GB solid-state storage, 1.3MP webcam and so on. The all-in-one PC features HDMI-in, USB 2.0*3, USB 3.0*1, Ethernet and so on. The Chromebase runs Google Chrome operating system and fully relies on Google’s applications and cloud services. This AIO computer also sports a pair of built-in 5W speakers.

“Simple to operate for all types of users, the award-winning LG Chromebase computer represents the successful combination of simplicity, power and greatdesign. LG Chromebase is the wave of the future for desktops, expected to be widely adopted not only at home, but especially in schools, hotels, call centers and other business settings,” said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT business division at LG Electronics.

Previously Google Chrome operating system was only used for inexpensive notebooks as well as low-end desktops. For the first time, LG decided to install the OS onto an all-in-one PC. The success of the product will be determined mostly by its price. Chromeboxes – ChromeOS-based desktops PCs – have not gained popularity.

Visitors to LG’s booth at CES 2014 (Las Vegas Convention Center) will have the opportunity to see this unique product for themselves from Tuesday, January 7 through Friday, January 10.

“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. LG Electronics makes great devices that customers love, and we’re glad to welcome them to the Chrome family,” said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management at Google.

Tags: LG, LG Electronics, Chrome OS, Google, Chrome, Intel, Celeron

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Make an AMD APU based SKU with user accessible built in hard drive bay(for adding, later, a hard drive), and pre-install with a full Linux(Mint) distro, and shut up and take my money!
3 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 12/19/13 01:08:01 PM]
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I couldn't agree more, I don't like chrome os because of it's limited functionality (sorry I want to use my pc while I have no internet).
If they can make an APU and linux powered system that looks like that I'm sold
0 0 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 12/20/13 10:52:13 AM]
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"Where's the Start menu? I'll never upgrade from (insert DOS/Windows 95/Windows 98/Windows XP) until Google puts back the Start menu!"

The long-term memory impaired, Luddite vicious circular argument caused by the inability to adjust to something slightly different never ends. But there's no problem or complaint adjusting to something completely different. Yeah, that makes sense....
1 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 12/19/13 11:17:20 PM]
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It is not the inability to adjust, it is the costs of adjusting to the unecessary! The added costs in enterprise retraining, and lost enterprise productivity, including the self-employed professionals, as well as the MOM and POP businesses. Do you wish to reimburse, said entities all of the costs that they will incur by using the "Fix", that was done on a UI/OS that was not broken to begin with? And Really! "slightly" different, the only slight in the equation, is the slight of hand, that was attempted to staple an App Store front end on to a, perfectly fit for its intended purpose, windows 7 type UI. And the BirdTux based distros offer any UI a user could want, and if not, the NON knuckle dragging, mouth breathing, monobrow, professional IT staff at most enterprises just need a little coding, to please the most anally retentive UI users needs, as the full source code base of the Linux UIs, as well as the kernel is available to all, not so the Redmondian, take it or leave it, MONO distro!
0 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 12/20/13 12:38:43 PM]
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Wow, you really drink the Koolaid, don't you.

1) Most users don't launch apps from the Start Menu, and barely touch it otherwise anyway.

2) Yeah, the new Start Menu is like, sooooo hard, it just makes a person's brain explode and stuff.

3) You're complaining about "the costs of adjusting to the unecessary [sic]" while extolling the virtues of switching to a completely different OS.

4) "...the NON knuckle dragging, mouth breathing, monobrow, professional IT staff...." Well, there's that familiar winning stereotypical Linux fan strategy. I'm sure you're really popular with IT departments.

5) "the full source code base of...the kernel is available to all...": right, because the thing that IT departments most want is to customize an OS, then maintain, update, and regression test their customizations against every OS update. That's much more important than anything those "mouth breathers" have going on. Not to mention porting ancient-but-rock-solid, complex LOB code to another platform. What was that about unnecessary changes again?
0 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 12/30/13 12:27:44 AM]
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The most important thing is missing... price?

Pair an IPS panel with low end hardware, good job LG!
0 0 [Posted by: Sopota  | Date: 12/20/13 03:52:26 AM]
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A good photo viewer requires a good screen (IPS). A low-end processor/memory is good enough, especially on an efficient OS.
0 0 [Posted by: gjcjan  | Date: 12/20/13 10:43:42 AM]
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I want more details.
Does it use a BGA Processor, is the ram upgradeable, can you use a bootable External Hard drive?
I like the design and it's the same size as the desk top monitors I already use, so would fit nicely on my desk, unlike some of the larger units available.
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 12/20/13 06:18:50 PM]
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I can understand why being productive via the cloud might appeal to some but even with the limited specs this machine could be productive in itself if Linux was used
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 12/21/13 12:51:28 AM]
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