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Chrome OS was always intended to be a lightweight operating system, a way to build low-cost laptops that may skimp on specs but not performance. However, users who wanted the ease of use and speed of Chrome OS in a more family-friendly form were mostly out of luck. That is, until the introduction of the LG Chromebase, an all-in-one PC with performance that can even rival many Windows machines.

While the Chromebase will look great in an office it won't be out of place in a living room either, with "modern-looking aesthetics" that Digital Trends says give it "a friendly, inviting glow." TechRadar feels it's a "very attractive option as a personal or family computer system." PC World Australia found the display "easy on the eyes," while PC Mag says it's "pretty amazing" thanks to its "excellent color quality and viewing angles." The Chromebase comes in silver and black case options; while the silver has a very Mac-like appearance, TechRadar says the black "may be the way to go if you watch videos and movies full-screen and prefer dark borders around the image."

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PC Mag Jun 12, 2014

The LG Chromebase puts the simplicity of the Chromebox into an all-in-one form factor, creating an inexpensive and complete alternative to your standard PC.

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8.0
PC World Australia Nov 4, 2014

LG's Chromebase represents a new way of computing that’s more online-based than a traditional Windows or Linux machine, and it’s best suited to those of you who want a simple system.

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TechRadar Dec 18, 2014

The LG Chromebase isn't quite a high-polish experience, but if you're willing to (or already have) hand over your computing life to Google, then this all-in-one PC is an exceptional value.

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CRN Jan 12, 2015

For companies seeking a low-cost solution for running browser-based apps, the CRN Test Center recommends the LG Chromebase 22CV241.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 6, 2014

he 1080p IPS LCD was more than adequate for a session of browsing, typing within Google Docs and, er, taking another look at the new House of Cards trailer on YouTube. The screen is good, but we're keeping our judgment tempered until we hear a specific price

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Ars Technica Dec 18, 2013

The apparent absence of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is curious, but perhaps not crippling in a desktop computer. LG says the computer is "ideal for both personal and business use," but it seems especially well-suited to be an Internet kiosk or public workstation.

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PC Mag Jan 8, 2014

Lastly, the design makes the Chromebase a more appealling unit for use business and public settings; the larger display is more customer-friendly, while the design is more suited to stationary use.

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CNET Dec 18, 2013

Inside, the Chromebase will run a Haswell processor and house 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The computer includes single HDMI, USB 3.0, and LAN ports, with three additional USB 2.0 connections in the rear. The all-in-one also packs a 1.3-megapixel Webcam.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 14, 2014

... 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.

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SlashGear Jan 8, 2014

Regardless of which color your prefer, the system and the overall setup remains the same across both models. These are powered by an Intel Celeron processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of SSD storage.

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IGN Dec 18, 2013

Along with a trio of USB 2.0 ports and a single USB 3.0 port, the Chromebase also features HDMI-in connectivity, allowing you to use the monitor with other sources like a Blu-ray player or a video game console. The all-in-one also comes packaged with a keyboard and mouse.

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The Verge Dec 18, 2013

Theoretically, you could use Chrome OS as a quick-booting operating system for simple tasks when you don't want to fire up the full setup. It's an idea we've seen a number of times before, including with Android-based smart monitors at CES last year.

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TechRadar Jan 7, 2014

Price is going to determine everything with the LG Chromebase. The hardwire is solid, especially that display. It's no Chromebook Pixel screen, but it'll be great for some YouTube and Netflix.

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Android Authority Jan 13, 2014

As far as connectivity goes, the Chromebase is well served with an HDMI port, a single USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports. There is also the usual headphone jack and a 1.3MP webcam with keyboard and mouse included in the package as well. It comes in glossy white and matte black.

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Android Community Jan 9, 2014

The build of the device feels pretty solid and is quite nice to look at to boot. A proper test is still needed to see if the Celeron CPU is up to task for whatever purpose the Chromebase might be employed.

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JPWhite JPWhite

I use this unit as a monitor when working on friends computers, allows me to research issues using the chrome browser then switch back to the computer I am working on.. I also use it first thing in the morning to check email. The instant on is really instant on, well done Google!!

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publicanpete publicanpete

I've had various desktop pc's for my home office, from windows (incl 8.1) and Mint (linux). I decided to buy the Chromebase so the whole family can use when I was not using for business...It's extremely quick, responsive, looks great and does everything I need to run a medium sized business....

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