LG sets release date for new all-in-one desktop running on Chrome OS, launching in late May for $349 Sean Thomas May 6, 2014 Gadgets LG has introduced a new family friendly, all-in-one computer powered by Chrome OS that will be available in the U.S. this month. The award-winning LG Chromebase combines the convenience of cloud computing, tens of thousands of apps from the Chrome Web Store and lightning speed to make the Chromebase and its brilliant widescreen 21.5-inch Full HD display the perfect family or home office computer. With all of the tools needed to replace the conventional shared or family desktop computer built into one device, the LG Chromebase (model 22CV241) will be available at Amazon, Newegg, Fry’s Electronics, Micro Center and Tiger Direct beginning May 26. The LG Chromebase will be available for online pre-sale or at select retailers including Newegg.com beginning May 12. With a suggested price of $349.99, it will come with 100GB Google Drive free for two years. “Personal computers have obviously become central to each member of the family, regardless of age, which is why it’s important to have one that’s easy to use,” said Thomas Lee, senior vice president, LG Electronics USA. “Google’s suite of programs, ability to update software and cloud-based storage allow the LG Chromebase to offer a simple, modern computing experience.” Highlighted here today at a joint Google-Intel Chrome OS event, the LG Chromebase is a sleek flat-screen desktop monitor with a built-in computer and uses Chrome OS and Intel’s performance-upgraded Celeron processor to help make home computing simpler and more secure than using a conventional desktop computer. The streamlined platform offers access to the best of Google such as Gmail, Drive, Search, Maps, YouTube, Google Play, Google+, and Hangouts but also works with tens of thousands of apps in the Chrome Web Store. Google Docs, Sheets and Slides are built-in and users can open, edit and share Microsoft Word and Excel files using the free, built-in editor. For added security, all content (including family photos and videos) is stored in the cloud, making them accessible from other devices, such as tablets or other computers, as long as they are connected to the Internet. Cloud applications like Google Docs allow anyone in the family to login to their account and pick up right where they left off in any particular document. Using a cloud-based system also means security and regular software updates are automatic and built-in, which makes them always up to date. Additionally, users no longer have to purchase security software or new versions of word processing and other common software – they are provided for free through automatic updates so all programs are always up-to-date. This also helps keep the Chromebase running quickly and smoothly since fewer programs are using the computer’s memory storage. For a truly custom feel, each member of the family can create or use their own Google account when they are using the computer to have their own, personalized experience. Customization options include the account’s desktop theme, language and keyboard settings, or placement of your favorite Chrome Web Store apps in the app launcher. Combining functionality and excellent image performance in a sleek package, the LG Chromebase has everything a home computer needs to suit a modern lifestyle. Ideal for watching videos, playing games or everyday computing, its 21.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display delivers accurate color reproduction, stunning contrast and an impressive ultra-wide viewing angle. It also features a pair of built-in 5-watt speakers for powerful, clear sound to match any content. For true versatility, it comes equipped with a keyboard and mouse and can also act as a monitor for a laptop connected through the HDMI port, and for other devices such as the Chromecast. The processing power of the fourth-generation Intel® processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture, enables the LG Chromebase to handle web apps, games and graphics with ease. And its 1.3 megapixel webcam and a microphone are perfect for video chats.