Google's Chrome OS platform powers a bevy of lightweight laptops, and now the operating system is headed to the desktop. LG Electronics has revealed that its Chromebase, a $349 Chrome OS all-in-one, will hit retailers on May 26.
Showcased at the May 6 Google-Intel event, the LG Chromebase packs a 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display within its sleek and simple all-white build. The desktop sports a 1.3-MP webcam and 5-watt speakers, and doubles as an external monitor via its HDMI port. Each Chromebase includes two free years of 100GB cloud storage on Google Drive.
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Previously confined to Chromebooks, Google's Chrome OS is a web-based operating system that features popular Google apps like Gmail, YouTube, Google Play, Hangouts and Drive. Because the bulk of Chrome OS' functionality comes from the cloud, Chromebooks are typically lighter and more affordable than the average Windows laptop.
While most Chromebooks do indeed have friendly price tags, the cloud-based Chrome OS makes them far less useful when you're traveling or are without an internet connection. Users shouldn't have such a problem with the stationary LG Chromebase, so long as they have reliable Wi-Fi in the house.