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    News - LG announces the Chromebase, an All-in-One Chrome OS PC

    This new computer will be shown off in public at the CES2014 in January.
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    Re: News - LG announces the Chromebase, an All-in-One Chrome OS PC

    With this hardware its best you keep it in a library.
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    Re: News - LG announces the Chromebase, an All-in-One Chrome OS PC

    I think I spy a new PC for a parent!

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    Re: News - LG announces the Chromebase, an All-in-One Chrome OS PC

    It's maybe just me, but rather than an AIO, ChromeOS strikes me as the kind of thing that would be more useful in a next-gen smart TV - rather than just limiting you to streaming media, actually allow you to use that display for something "useful".

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    Re: News - LG announces the Chromebase, an All-in-One Chrome OS PC

    Quote Originally Posted by crossy View Post
    It's maybe just me, but rather than an AIO, ChromeOS strikes me as the kind of thing that would be more useful in a next-gen smart TV - rather than just limiting you to streaming media, actually allow you to use that display for something "useful".
    Indeed, given that modern LG smart TVs are dual or quad core Linux boxes it seems a small step.

    It also baffles me that this is Celeron based, as I would expect the TVs to be ARM (not seen one rooted to prove it though).

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    Re: News - LG announces the Chromebase, an All-in-One Chrome OS PC

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by crossy View Post
    It's maybe just me, but rather than an AIO, ChromeOS strikes me as the kind of thing that would be more useful in a next-gen smart TV - rather than just limiting you to streaming media, actually allow you to use that display for something "useful".
    Indeed, given that modern LG smart TVs are dual or quad core Linux boxes it seems a small step.

    It also baffles me that this is Celeron based, as I would expect the TVs to be ARM (not seen one rooted to prove it though).
    It's Celeron based because any Celeron is still more powerful than an ARM SoC and the Celeron has the right connectivity buses etc, the Atom based Celeron's are OK but a Haswell based 1007 is much faster. As a desktop unit power frugality is not really a factor, Celeron is low enough. I have a 1007 powered Acer Revo and its < 20W. Check out reviews of the Samsung A15 based chromebook to see why using an ARM SoC wouldn't be worth the power savings.

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    Re: News - LG announces the Chromebase, an All-in-One Chrome OS PC

    That's really interesting. HDMI in.
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    Re: News - LG announces the Chromebase, an All-in-One Chrome OS PC

    Quote Originally Posted by kingpotnoodle View Post
    It's Celeron based because any Celeron is still more powerful than an ARM SoC and the Celeron has the right connectivity buses etc, the Atom based Celeron's are OK but a Haswell based 1007 is much faster. As a desktop unit power frugality is not really a factor, Celeron is low enough. I have a 1007 powered Acer Revo and its < 20W. Check out reviews of the Samsung A15 based chromebook to see why using an ARM SoC wouldn't be worth the power savings.
    I'm not thinking power savings, so much as cost. In embedded terms, Celerons cost an arm, related chipsets cost a leg.

    Looks like traditionally LG TVs used a single core MIPS processor. New ones use dual core A9 at 1GHz.

    As for connectivity, Intel chipsets have all you need to connect to a panel, but probably not to *be* the panel which seems again a lower cost solution for an all in one.

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    Re: News - LG announces the Chromebase, an All-in-One Chrome OS PC

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    I'm not thinking power savings, so much as cost. In embedded terms, Celerons cost an arm, related chipsets cost a leg.

    Looks like traditionally LG TVs used a single core MIPS processor. New ones use dual core A9 at 1GHz.

    As for connectivity, Intel chipsets have all you need to connect to a panel, but probably not to *be* the panel which seems again a lower cost solution for an all in one.
    They can't cost that much, the Acer Revo I have cost £149.99 minus a £20 rebate, that included a 500GB hard drive, WiFi, etc - I've not seen any ARM machines with enough CPU grunt at that price, the OS on Smart TVs is a lot lighter and none of them are really that quick. ChromeOS requires a decent CPU, cutting it down to ARM to save money wouldn't really make it enough cheaper to justify the lower performance, people expect a desktop sized device to be quite quick.

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