Hands-on: LG Chromebase review
We've seen plenty of Chromebook laptops now from different manufacturers teaming up with Google, but LG has announced the first desktop PC powered by Chrome OS, and Pocket-lint paid a visit to the company's stand at CES to check it out.
Called the LG Chromebase, it is a desktop computer with a 21.5-inch widescreen Full HD IPS display at 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution.
On the spec sheet side of things it features an Intel Celeron CPU processor, 2GB of memory, 16GB of iSSD, and a 1.3MP HD front-facing webcam with 720p HD capability.
That's not exactly a powerhouse of excitement, but then this is Chrome OS and that means you aren't really doing much apart from surfing and using web apps.
Around the back of the rather shiny white or black monitor-come-computer you'll find an HDMI-in port, three USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, and LAN, while bundled accessories range from keyboard and mouse to a cable organiser.
The keyboard and mouse are incredibly clunky and very retro looking in their design and we can just imagine some Shoreditch hipster wannabe thinking it's the best thing in the world ever.
All that said and done, like the Chromebooks that have gone before it, the Chromebase does exactly what it sets out to do, giving you a simple and effective way of using Google's services on a desktop without letting the Mac or Windows Operating systems, and the need to download software or apps, get in the way.
In our play on the show stand the experience was pain free and simple. As we've said above, the keyboard was a bit on the bulky and basic side, but it works.
LG has yet to set a price for the Chromebase, but we suspect, or at least hope, that it's cheap as chips. If you are happy to sit at a desk rather than with something on your lap - you'll get a bigger screen that way - and really like surfing the web, this should do the trick.
Just remember that the bigger screen size and desktop casing doesn't make it any more powerful than the web browser already on your regular computer.