While the Chromeboxes have provided a desktop option for Chrome OS, it seems more likely Chromebase could gain market share in the crowded desktop market where Chromeboxes failed. It will never compete at the top-end, but LG has set their sites on markets with low tech needs such as schools. It will definitely be tough going for the Chrome newbie, but at least it doesn’t need a separate display, making it a more attractive offering than the Chromebox. And if it does well, we might see some of those players in the Chromebook market make moves into developing Chromebases.
With this morning’s announcement by LG that they intend to unveil a ‘Chromebase‘ at January’s Consumer Electronics Show, Chromebases are the newest addition to the growing market of Chrome OS devices. The first ”all-in-one computer powered by the Google Chrome operating system” (Model 22CV241) sports a 21.5-inch HD widescreen display with a built-in HD webcam and a suite of the the expected ports including HDMI, and a USB 3 port. Under the hood it has an (as yet unspecified) Intel Celeron processor, 16GB local storage and 2GB memory. As yet LG has not announced price point or release dates for the Chromebase.