LG To Offer Chrome OS-Based All-in-One Desktop

Google's thin-client Chrome operating system will be available on a new desktop computer from LG. The all-in-one Chromebase, announced Wednesday, provides another form factor for the Net-oriented platform and is the first Chrome-based computer from LG.

The new product, which is being compared in style to Apple's all-in-one iMacs, will be shown at the Consumer Electronics Show next month. It features a 12.5-inch full HD 1920x1080 IPS screen with a 178-degree viewing angle, a fourth-generation Intel Celeron CPU, 2 gigabytes of memory, 16 GB of storage, a 1.3-megapixel webcam with microphone and up to 720p output, and built-in 5W speakers. Ports include a USB 3.0, three USB 2.0, Ethernet and HDMI-in.

As with other Chrome-based computers, the Chromebase comes bundled with a variety of Google apps for writing e-mails and documents, reading e-books, sharing documents, editing videos or photos, and playing games, including Gmail, Drive, Search, Maps and click-access to Google Play and Google+ Hangouts. LG did not indicate if the unit will come with a given amount of Drive storage, or if there will be options to add additional storage.

Consumers, Schools, Businesses

LG said it is targeting consumers, schools and businesses with this new product, for which pricing has not yet been announced.

While the Chrome OS has been largely centered around Chromebook laptops, a desktop unit could find a place in libraries, classrooms, hotels and offices, where visitors or regular users need quick access to a machine that is ready to use.

This kind of occasional use allows people to jump in, surf the Web or conduct some quick activity, and leave, with little IT maintenance. Key arguments for Chrome-based machines include automatic app updates and centralized security in the cloud.

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