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In a weird and not entirely pleasant twist of fate, LG has announced a Chrome OS kiosk. Well, technically it an all in one PC, but given Chrome OS minimal feature set, it is essentially a kiosk. Called the Chromebase, there no word on pricing or availability yet, but given its chunky appearance and circa 2005 rounded bezels we probably looking at somewhere in the region of $300 to $400.
LG Chromebase, which will be shown off at CES 2014, is an all in one (AIO) with a 21.5 inch 1920 IPS display, Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of solid state storage. A fairly wimpy spec, but it sits firmly within Chrome OS minimum hardware requirements. The paltry supply of RAM may be an issue if you like to keep more than a few tabs open, but LG will probably offer a 4GB model for an extra $50 if you think you need it. With a Celeron CPU, the Chromebase won exactly blitz through page loads, and you can expect a fair bit of slowdown if you try to do more than one non basic tasks at the same time.
LG envisions the Chromebase as a secure kiosk style computer for schools, hotels, call centers, and other settings that don require the feature set provided by a full Windows PC. Chrome OS is very secure, and cloud based profiles all of your bookmarks, add ons, and apps are automatically synced when you log in it ideal for situations where dozens or hundreds of people might use the same computer. The Chromebase might also make sense as a family computer, though given the wimpy processor and lack of apps and games, your kids probably wouldn be too happy to receive a Chromebase for Christmas.
There are some other important questions about the Chromebase hardware spec, too. The LG press release doesn mention if the display is a touchscreen or not a significant point, if the Chromebase is destined for kiosk use. Chrome OS has received a few touchscreen tweaks over the last year, which I assumed were for touchscreen Chromebooks or perhaps, at long last, a Chrome OS tablet but maybe they were in preparation for the Chromebase. The Chromebase will come with a mouse and keyboard, 2x USB 2.0 sockets, a single USB 3.0 socket, and an RJ45 LAN socket (probably Gigabit).
Curiously, the Chromebase has an HDMI input socket, meaning you can use it as a standalone screen say, as a second display for your Windows PC, perhaps. It hard to come up with a valid usage scenario for such a setup, though. Maybe you use Chrome OS when you just want to bring up a website quickly, but boot your real PC when you want to do some gaming or Photoshop work? Given how quickly Windows 8 and OS X come out of standby, though, such a scenario seems tenuous at best. Still, having an HDMI input is better than not having an HDMI input. (See:HP Chromebook 11: Finally, a Chrome OS laptop with the right specs at the right price.)
The fact remains that Chrome OS occupies a weird mid ground between fully fledged mobile OS like Android, and a desktop OS like Windows. Chrome OS, which was initially conceived by Google as a mobile, browser based, always connected to the cloud operating system, always seemed a bit ahead of its time. Browsers still don have native level performance (and they churn through battery life), and mobile connectivity is still nowhere near good enough or cheap enough. As a result, Chrome OS has been forced to adapt, and the end result is essentially a secure but featureless OS that usually strapped onto cheap, weak hardware because, let face it, no one would buy a Chromebook if it cost more than $400.
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Tagged InFor sure. And it not just Apple; plenty of Ultrabooks aren worth the price they command (especially Samsung offerings, but I digress). This (and others, see the Asus Chromebox overview) are very critical of Chrome OS and Chromebooks/boxes as a concept without saying much about their intended purpose.
Likewise, some of the speculations (and that what all this is, after all, giv Bcbg Dresses en that none of these devices have been released yet) are hardly more than stabs in the dark when it comes to reasoning or justification regarding software upgrades and device hardware. For instance, the statement that OS has received a few touchscreen tweaks over the last year, which I assumed were for touchscreen Chromebooks or perhaps, at long last, a Chrome OS tablet but maybe they were in preparation for the Chromebase is inane and disregards the recent evolution of Chrome OS devices. In reality, there no need to assume anything: the Pixel has been out for quite some time and has a touchscreen. Google embellishes the OS and releases flagship hardware to set a standard and encourage manufacturers to push limits. Moreover, any burgeoning haptics support helps make the OS as a whole more flexible, you know, so people will stop complaining about how limited it is.
Anyway, I find it odd that one could complain about a lack of features and then also express skepticism over the potential inclusion of something nice, like touchscreen support. It basically like saying not sure what Google is up to and I don like it. Change can be scary, I guess.
That easy to say now, but that just like saying since someone is only doing the same things your wife is doing they can get by with a 10 year old PC. A lot of people say grandma is only going to use it to browse to senior related sites and contact us through e mail then next thing you know they playing yahoo casino games and those types of things. Isn preparing for the future what we always do in tech? It would seem that if it gonna cost $400, go ahead and get a $400 PC just in case your use pattern changes. I think it much less than 75 who only use those three. Lets not forget the majority of the PC base is schools, businesses, governments, and kids playing games. I have a relatively new PC, and even when I do things strictly on the web, depending on how much stuff I have open I can tell the difference between a previous system I had or between when I have a lot of tabs open and when I don
Preparing for the future isn really relevant in a world where people replace devices every few years anyway. In the meantime, for many users a more restricted device such as a Chromebook can be effective because of the reduced need to do maintenance. Anybody, who seriously supports kids PCs or relatives PC knows that the real cost is labor: the very reason that make a Windows PC so versatile also make them prone to viruses. Moreover, kids and relatives also tend to do unexpected things with their PCs which are impossible to troubleshoot over the phone and which cannot be fixed by restarting the device.
Not at all. Chromebooks are about bringing computing into the modern networked connected era, where people have better things to do than spend their time on Windows PC configuration, maintenance, security problems, viruses and malware, disk space bloat, and system updates.
Chromebooks with their Zero Maintenance, and Zero Touch Administration features, and transparent remote backup are a huge advance in convenience and usability on Windows which are essentially the same hobby computers that started the personal computer revolution 30 years ago. Those hobby computers were made for computer hobbyists for whom the heavy maintenance and troubleshooting tasks characteristic of Windows were a labour of love rather than a chore. Things have changed a lot, and now, computers are for everybody now,not just hobbyists. Windows is also a disconnected computer in an era which is increasingly connected. Even Microsoft which has a huge investment in a disconnected Windows OS application ecosystem, realizes this, and it trying to build its own cloud services like Office 365 and Azure, but Microsoft efforts are half hearted and Microsoft doesn do as good a job of it as Google.
I really don see why people should make do with a 10 year old Windows OS based on a 30 year old hobby computer paradigm with a failed Windows smartphone user interface that nobody wants slapped on top and called a 2013 operating system.
Software will be delivered over the net and loaded as needed with the absolutely latest version being available every time it is loaded. OSS will probably become the dominate philosophy with advertising being the primary money maker, but with old classics like maya and photoshop still hanging on and making boatloads through the closed source system.
Of course standalone applications will have their place. They always will, but it is much easier to program for a browser based application than a native one, and the abstraction allows companies to target many more ISAs than with native code.
I think the timing for ChromeOS is just right, rather than being ahead of its time given the formal ratification of HTML5 planned for 2014. This is what Microsoft is so spooked about it is trying to build a proprietary lock in ecosystem, and along comes an open standard ecosystem in the form of HTML5 and Chrome and other HTML5 browsers and Chromebooks Firefox browser based OSes, which threatens to completely overshadow Microsoft proprietary ecosystem for future software development.
I am a software/web developer/dba and have been for 20 years. This last summer I decided to experiment and see if I could survive on a Chromebook. I got a used Chromebook Pixel. Within a month, I sold all but one of my other systems (including an MBP and Alienware m17x), keeping my meanest PC for gaming and when I need a real IDE to work in. It not just the non techie crowd that using these. Chrome OS and Chrome Apps are maturing quickly. Even on crap hardware the OS is very fast. I can RDP or VNC into other systems as needed. I am very happy so far
Apple zealots are pathetic; Windows zealots are pathetic. Fanboys (and girls) in general are pathetic; losers who bought into somebody advertising, and can no longer think for themselves or form their own rational opinions. An obvious trend in computing/entertainment for several YEARS now is storing info on the web. Music, documents, movies, pictures you name it, it in the cloud. An obvious result of that is a computer that eschews bulky hardware and OSs that are both more prone to malfunction than simpler machines with simpler OSs. But, just like Republicans are too effin blind to see that their party is outdated and dying, Microsoft and the other monolith born years ago to fight Microsoft monolithity and has become the very thing they came into to being to fight Apple are both too entrenched in their own outdated, overpriced ways (and too invested in squeezing profits out of their customers with all their overpriced and unnecessary hardware and programs) to see where the obvious future lies, and are fighting it tooth and nail. Let face it would Microsoft be spending time, money, and energy throwing negative advertising at Chrome if it didn threaten them? Nope, they wouldn
I love to have a Chromebase PC but my desktop screen is 27 (2580 X 1280) and I have a i5 inside. LG needs to step it up and get with the current technology standards. Who wants a Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM setup in these days of 16GB RAM and Haswell? I know it for the internet only but the screen size for a desktop is now only 21 with only (1920 X 1080) too. Why not guess throw in another $300 and upgrade to present technology standards, LG?
The bigger the screen size; the more higher resolution you need to get the same pixel sharpness. I found that out when I went from a 20 to a 27 and had to buy a higher resolution graphic card just to keep the same pixel sharpness. People are buying new computers because their current ones are dated. I do not think too many buyers would buy the same setup that they had 4 years ago now for $400 $500! They want technology!
Love it! I can think of a couple of dozen people to recommend a Chrome All in One to immediately. The same people who whine that ChromeOS computers only have a 16GB hard drive will stand in line overnight to buy a 16GB computer at the Apple Store. Oh wait, iPad has lessons and cool packaging. Chrome computers are perfect for many, many people. They even run the web version of Office 365 very smoothly better than most computers. They come with apps, 100GB of online storage (not the 5GB you stood in line for) and a keyboard for those who will never be good at typing on a 5 touch screen. It even comes with (gasp!) a start menu.
To judge every device on whether it can stream bluray quality movies and store terabytes worth of Adobe CS and Powerpoint on a retina display is like assuming every person needs a Lexus or Lamborghini and judging the car they buy accordingly.
Google device strategy is brilliant, and it will evolve. Better than that other operating system company who doesn seem to have any strategy (or a CEO).
I purchased a Chromebook with the sole intention of using it as my laptop that I will always have with me on the go EVERYDAY. Later after I turned it on and search in the store, and to this day, they haven added the app/program TeamViewer. Oh they have a program that allows me to access my Netbook at home, but some one has to log me in to accept me remotely. Like I said, this was the ONLY reason why I purchased a Chromebook. Now, when I Bcbg Dresses want to access my Netbook away Bcbg Dresses from home, I use an iphone 3gs, that right, 3GS !! Honestly I think they have the wrong people work in Product Development. I know a number of ways to make a Cloud based laptop more purchasable for a user, make it and we will buy.