The CES-2014 (International Consumer Electronics Show), which began in Las Vegas, as always, presents a large number of various interesting innovative solutions from leading manufacturers of consumer electronics. Among them are promising computer models. Today it is LG Chromebase, which has already received its own name from Russian consumers as a chrome block due to the Google Chrome OS operating system preinstalled on it.
LG Electronics’ 22CV241 model has become one of the most advanced products on the desktop PC market, initially optimized for operating systems that are gaining popularity.
In addition to the feature that LG Chromebase runs under a new OS for consumers, it is distinguished from the usual PCs by its compactness and a rather unusual design decision – the machine is made in the form of a monoblock with an IPS widescreen display of 21.5 inches in size. A computer rightfully deserves all-in-one features. The installed operating system was originally developed to improve and make faster, simpler and safer Web surfing capabilities. In the basic delivery, in addition to the system itself, the most demanded applications from Google are preinstalled on it. In addition, the device is a basic platform that allows you to install at the user’s choice any of the tens of thousands of applications available in the Chrome Web Store. A large number of them copes with tasks that ensure high-quality work not only in online mode, but also without an Internet connection.
Having the standard functionality of Chromebooks, the computer makes it very easy to work with e-mail and documents, read news feeds and e-books, solve tasks of graphic editors, edit video files and photos, and at a decent level ensure the satisfaction of needs inherent in entertainment game centers.
The way the LG Chromebase base platform is optimized makes the hardware device almost perfect for solving almost all the known tasks that a user expects from modern computer technology. The machine is equipped with a multi-level security system for saving user information, and the Chrome OS automatic offline update function eliminates the need for consumers to monitor software developer changes and independently carry out maintenance, which is usual for standard desktop PCs running other operating systems. As stated at the exhibition, the representative of the department of business development of LG Electronics, the presented device can safely claim a leading role in future desktop technologies. Electronics of this kind will soon find their place not only in solving various problems of home PCs, but will also be widely used by educational institutions, in hotels and call centers. Their functionality will also be appreciated in an environment of a serious business.
IPS-matrix Full HD display provides excellent color quality at a resolution of 1920 X 1080, an impressive high level of contrast and an amazing viewing angle width of 178 degrees. Equipping the chromoblock with a 1.3 megapixel camera and microphone makes online video communication easy and natural. Clean and powerful sound is achieved by built-in speakers with a sound power of 5 watts.
The speed and multifunctionality is provided by the fourth generation of Intel Celeron (Haswell) processors installed in the heart of the machine and 2 GB of RAM. The internal memory of the computer is characterized by 16 GB ISSD. The manufacturer is silent about whether the device has the ability to upgrade. However, the assumption that it has additional memory card slots, or the operating system provider Google Corporation, will offer a place in the Google Drive storage at the beginning of retail sales, as all new chrombooks are now practicing, is quite appropriate.
Additionally, for users, the device has four USB ports – three versions 2.0 and one 3.0. There are also HDMI and LAN inputs. This provides the ability to connect external devices, including external drives. The device is equipped with a wireless keyboard and mouse. To ensure communication built-in network adapters Ethernet and Wi-Fi. The wireless Internet antenna guarantees a very reliable signal reception quality.
An interesting feature of this all-in-one is the ability to use it as a regular display for your desktop PCs running traditional Windows and Mac OS operating systems, if you don’t want to get used to the new features of Chrome OS or in the absence of constant Internet access. However, such a luxury is perhaps a little pricey to use innovative technologies and monoblock capabilities just as a monitor for other desktops.