LG Chromebase

83
Global
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

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."

Watching videos should be a pleasant experience on the Chromebase, as PC World Australia found "it even goes well when processing 1080p content," and CRN says that in general, it "provides adequate versatility and browsing performance." However, the lackluster speakers may keep it from becoming a stand-alone entertainment center, as Digital Trends notes it lacks bass and "volume is the real issue."

Ultimately, the LG Chromebase is great for users with fairly basic needs: web browsing, text editing and plenty of file space thanks to free cloud-based storage. For under $400 the Chromebase has plenty to offer, as long as you aren't looking for a specific piece of software or a lot of processing power.

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User Reviews

80
JPWhite
I use this unit as a monitor when working on friends computers, allows me to...read more
100
publicanpete
I've had various desktop pc's for my home office, from windows (incl 8.1) and...read more
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Model

Key Specs

Type
All-in-one
Bundled OS
Linux
System RAM
2 GB

General

Type
All-in-one
Bundled OS
Linux (Chrome OS)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Celeron)

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet] (1 ports)
Analog modem
None

System

Chipset
Intel

Other features

IR port
no
Integrated webcam
yes
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
2 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0, 2.0 (1 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
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