LG Chromebase all-in-one joins list of Chrome OS-powered devices
LG's Chromebase is the world's first all-in-one PC powered by Google's Chrome OS
We've already seen a multitude of Chromebooks and a Chromebox, and now LG's Chromebase joins the list of Chrome-based computers. Set to be officially unveiled at CES next month, the Chromebase is the world's first all-in-one PC powered by Google's Linux-based Chrome operating system.
The unit features a 21.5-inch 16:9 IPS display with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution and is powered by an Intel Celeron CPU and 2 GB of RAM. Since the Chrome OS is cloud-centric, hard drive space isn't a high priority, so a 16 GB solid state drive is the extent of the Chromebase's built in storage. However, external storage can be connected via the three USB 2.0 and single USB 3.0 ports.
Other built in features include a 1.3 MP webcam, microphone, and a pair of 5 W speakers. There's also an HDMI in port, which suggests the device could be hooked up to another computer to act as a monitor. The Chromebase also comes with a keyboard, mouse and cable organizer.
As well as home users after a machine for basic tasks like email and browsing the web, LG is targeting the Chromebase at students, hotels, call centers and other low-power business users.
“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,” says Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management at Google.
LG will be unveiling the Chromebase at CES on January 7. Gizmag will be on the ground at the show and will swing by the LG stand to check it out.
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This would be great for the user that doesn't mind all their data being perused by the NSA and all the juicy IP forwarded on to American competitors.
Or even the user that is willing to risk all their data being confiscated by an illegal FBI raid on the behest of some big campaign contributors in the US as their cloud provider is preemptively closed down.
Otherwise keep your stuff encrypted on your own hard drive.
I think this would be great for 'internet cafe's' and other similar places since one could access the information from a cloud and don't store it on a hard drive.
It is also good for those who use their computer to retrieve their information online and don't store on their computer where it could be exposed if the computer is stolen or misplaced.
I read that if one uses Bing to search for information on ones computer, it exposes it online. Perhaps one could keep it encrypted not on the hard drive but on a flash drive that one keeps with you.
I think it is nice looking too.
It does look nice. A lot like the iMac. I get the cloud thing but really a 16 Gb solid state? I would think a minimum of a 128 Gb would make it sell better...on the other hand no mention of price so the article kind of fails.
I really like the idea of cloud based storage for many things but I just don't trust the weasels we manage to select to represent us with information that should be private.
It irks me that many don't seem to comprehend what a Big Government can do with all your information. Answer: anything it wants to!
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