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LG Chromebase 2GB DDR3L 16GB SSD (Sandisk) HDD 21.5" All-in-One Google Chrome OS 22CV241-W

  • Intel® Celeron® processor
  • 2GB DDR3L 16GB SSD (Sandisk) HDD
  • 21.5" 1920 x 1080
  • Google Chrome OS
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LG Chromebase 22" Class (22.0" Diagonal)
Chromebase 22CV241-W

  • Built-In Web Camera
  • Google Drive
  • Boots Up in Seconds
  • Intel® Celeron® Processor

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The Best of Google
Your favorite Google products are built-in. Apps like Gmail, YouTube, Hangouts, and Docs. You can even find more useful apps in the Chrome Web Store.
Built-In Web Camera
When chatting on Google Hangouts with families and friends, the LG Chromebase lets you see up to 10 users, on a large side screen. Plus the built-in HD web-cam and Full HD screen will make you feel like you are in the same room.
Google Drive
Never worry about forgetting a document at home again! Your files are saved to Google Drive making it easy to share data on compatible gadgets connected to the Internet. With Google Drive built-in, your files and photos are automatically backed up. Now, you have a simple way to access your files anytime, anywhere, without having to manually save files.
Boots Up in Seconds
Most desktop PCs that store all files in hard drives gets progressively slower, while the LG Chromebase maintains its lightning fast booting speed in just seconds.
Intel® Celeron® Processor
The LG Chromebase is an All-in-One device with the improved Intel® Celeron® processor that unites all of your desktop computing and media capabilities into one clutter-free design. Enjoy impressive PC performance that lets you communicate with friends and family, enjoy entertainment, and get your work done. Get the Intel level performance you’ve come to expect and quality you can count on with an Intel® Celeron® processor.

Intel, the Intel logo, the Intel Inside logo, Celeron and Celeron Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
Automatically Stay Up to Date
You don't have to click "remind me later" to update your windows, or to install security protection programs that take 30 minutes for a regular check-up. LG Chromebase updates itself, so you always have the latest OS version. No need for manual downloads and upgrades.
Virus Protection
Virus protection, multiple layers of security and verified boot will help keep you safe from viruses, malware and the other computer security risks.
Full HD 1080p
This stunning picture is the reason you wanted HDTV in the first place. With almost double the pixel resolution, Full HD 1080p gives it superior picture quality over basic HDTV.
IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology enhances the performance of liquid crystal displays. Response times are shortened, color reproduction is improved, and users can now view the screen at virtually any angle.
Reader Mode
Reducing blue light to help lessen eye fatigue, Reader Mode provides optimal condition for reading. With just a touch of a button, you can more comfortably read your monitor screen.
Minimal Flicker
New dimming technology is applied to minimize the flicker level that may cause eye fatigue. With almost-zero flicker* technology, looking at your computer screen for longer periods of time can be more comfortable.

*LG's new Flicker Safe system is certified by TUV for its almost-zero flicker

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3 out of 5 eggsGreat for Light Use and Entertainment!

Pros: For a long time I didn’t even consider ChromeOS, or any Chromebook. I didn’t think it could be very useful. As it turns out ChromeOS is quite a bit more than I thought it was. But I’ll go into more on that later. For now, let’s start with shipping. Everything you need to begin using your LG Chromebook is included in the box. It’s packaged very well and includes: a mouse, a keyboard, a stand in 3 parts, base, stand and cover. It also includes the power cable and instruction manual. Make sure you fill out the registration card and send it in right away.
I am pleasantly surprised with the quality of the included mouse and keyboard. I didn’t expect much but they look clean, the keypress action is clean yet firm and feels like it will last a long time. Unlike a Windows computer’s keyboard this keyboard has no “F” keys. (Ex: F1, F2…) Instead there are media controls for the volume, a “lock” button to lock the computer which requires input of your google account password to unlock, what I assume are brightness icons, but as they didn’t adjust the screens brightness for me I’m not sure, an “alt+tab” button, meaning it brings up all your open windows or “apps” and allows you cycle through them, a full-screen button and refresh button and a left and right arrow. “Esc” is still there.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there are some administration application available in the Chrome Web Store already. They aren’t very polished yet and the functionality is limited, but it makes me optimistic that within a few years you could replace your entire IT infrastructure with ChromeOS systems, which would save millions of dollars every year for large corporations. Virtualization, remote access, accounting software, all there. I look forward to seeing these application mature over time!
This would be a really great system for web chatting, skype and the like. Great “family” computer really. That’s the speed, ease of use, great webcam and vibrant screen, along with all the features offered by ChromeOS itself.

Cons: - Your only browser option is Google Chrome, no Firefox available :(
- Lacking many software applications, however this is due to the early nature of the OS. It is very young, and given how strong the base platform is I fully expect the more niche products to start making their way to ChromeOS; like Photoshop and MediaMonkey. I assume they will need to make browsers other than Chrome available in order to avoid the same legal issues that plagued Microsoft.
- There’s pretty much no internal storage. Enough to install all the apps you’d want, but not nearly enough to store music or pictures or video. Google wants you to do all this in the “cloud”, meaning the data is stored on their servers and you access it over the internet. The problem with this is 2-fold. 1. What if the internet goes down? You can no longer access any of your data, my internet is down whenever there’s a storm, and isn’t very fast to begin with, so that’s a massive problem. 2. Security. There was recently just ANOTHER round of “leaked” pictures thanks to someone hacking into iCloud accounts. Which is Apple’s offering for “cloud” storage. It’s not very secure, and really once you store your data, your personal information, on someone else’s computer (which is what a server is, a powerful computer) they can do whatever they want with it. They can make all the great claims they want, but ultimately possession is 9/10ths of the law and if it’s on their server they possess it.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I’d say these computers (ChromeOS) would be fine for 90% of people in the world. Think about it, most people primarily use their phone/tablet and very rarely use an actual computer. ChromeOS is kind of like a half way point between a full power operating system like Linux or Windows and a mobile OS like Android or iOS. However a few things need to change, politically, unfortunately, before ChromeOS can ever really become what Google wants it to.
1. Data Caps need to go away, they’re a corruption of power and completely arbitrary. More data doesn’t cost your internet provider more money, so why should they get away with charging you more? They shouldn’t.
2. Internet speeds need to go WAY up! In the United States our internet is essentially unchanged since the early 2000’s, these ISP’s built out these networks and then just stopped. They didn’t keep upgrading and refuse to build more networking nodes. What fiber optic cable they have laid covers a meager percentage of the entire USA. This is largely why Google has started rolling out it’s own internet service, also because once you have a network built, selling internet access is literally 99.8% profit. Yep, their comparative costs are THAT low.

I’ve got slightly off topic here but basically what I’m saying is, the internet in the USA is about 1/100th as fast as it needs to be to fully utilize the ChromeOS platform.

Furthermore, with key applications unavailable on this system like Firefox, Photoshop, PowerDirector, and many other professional applications this platform just isn’t ready for people to work on, to produce on. It IS ready for them to surf the internet on, do social media, use any web based application like Google Docs, which is what I’m typing this review in right now. Not to mention the fact that there are no video games for this OS, they’ll need to get some market penetration and start really focusing on getting games like Titan Fall and Destiny on ChromeOS.

All in all this is a very promising platform that I’m really excited about now! I went into this very pessimistically and have come away hopeful and optimistic about the future of ChromeOS. It clearly has a lot of maturing to do in a lot of ways, but given how new it is and complex this industry is I am VERY impressed with the system as a whole. As for the LG Chromebook, LG makes top quality products, and this is no exception.

If you’re looking for a good system for your grandparents or a computer to put in the garage or kitchen, I HIGHLY recommend you check out ChromeOS. Though if you have a specific needs, a few things you NEED to be able to do with the computer, either search online to see if the apps you need are available in the Chrome Web Store or go into a store and search on one of their display models.

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5 out of 5 eggsUseful Device

Pros: This LG looks very nice, clean, and simple. By far it's the best looking monitor I have ever owned. Very bright, sharp, and crisp display and it has built in internet with additional HDMI input. Access to the google store for apps and games. Nice slim design with built in speakers that sound good enough for a monitor. Has an audio out for more flexibility in your operating environment. The touch controls are responsive and work great and they are easy to get to. Built in wireless connected on the first try without any connection issues whatsoever. This system is super quick as it booted up automatically after I plugged it in, and before I could get back up to turn it on. Extremely simple setup if you already have a Google account just sign in and your done. Comes with a mouse and keyboard. Durable as it survived UPS dropping it on the way to be delivered. Packaged nicely to absorb the shock of UPS dropping it without physically damaging the unit inside the box.

Cons: Speakers aren't supper loud or clear but work fine for internal and you can use other speakers with the output. I'd like to have more texture on the touch controls for easier use without needing to look away from the display to make adjustments. Google based so limited operating environment although there are plenty of apps to download that will make good substitutes for just about anything you might need or want it to do. No optical drive.

Other Thoughts: I'm really loving it because it's super handy and takes up so little space. Allows me to put Youtube and Netflix in any room of the house along with Google Chrome. I've used it in the kitchen as a cookbook and in the garage as a shop manual. It's now in my kids room for their learning website and monitor for the DVD player. I'm thinking that I need another one of these to travel with my PS4 for a nice functional portable monitor that really makes the PS4 shine. I've had excellent luck with the internal WIFI picking up signal everywhere I've used it. If you're in need of a monitor for any room of your house I would recommend getting one of these as it adds functionality as well as style to the room.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood product, but some mixed feelings

Pros: • Nice, clean look. White and silver look nice.

• Lightweight and compact (for a large screen).

• LCD is nice quality. Large, clear and great color.

• Chrome OS boots almost instantly. The OS is very nice and simple. Very easy to set up (since you don’t have a lot of options).

• Great for browsing the web, photos, and even editing documents, such as spreadsheets and word docs.

• Four USB ports (but no built in card reader and two ports taken by keyboard and mouse).

• Once it obtained a decent network connection (see Cons), it was quick in maneuvering through pictures and apps. Even Google Maps functioned fairly well. Better than I expected, at least.

• Lots of apps you can install, which is fun to explore. There are some drawbacks to that though (see Cons).

• It’s refreshing and new, compared to a Mac and PC. I would recommend it for any computer enthusiast, just for the sake of exploration.

• Keyboard and mouse, although lightweight and cheap, feel good and keys respond well.

• Probably not much to worry about with viruses at this point, right?

Cons: • Wireless usage in the room next to where the router sits was ABYSMAL. In fact, it was so slow that I thought it was just the Celeron processor causing it. I performed a speed test and obtained 10 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up, so I could only assume that it was the processor. I ran a few more tests and found sporadic signal strength – even though I have many other devices sitting further away that have no problem at all. The Chromebase sat ~15 feet away from the router, albeit a partial wall was between. Plugged into Ethernet connection, it was the same speed as my PC and Mac. Testing wireless within 4 feet of the router yielded 14Mbps down and 11 Mbps up. Wired yielded 117Mbps down and 11Mbps up.

• You really need a Google account to take full advantage. Actually, you might want to skip this machine completely if you don’t want to explore that. The guest account just won’t cut it unless you just want to browse the internet. Having said that, however, this machine is great if you do have a Google account and use Google Drive, etc. I do use a Google account, so I really had fun using this machine.

• I’m not really sure how it would respond (driver-wise) to a lot of different peripherals. It’s hard to tell how many would have a driver. I plugged in a card reader and could see and play songs from a 32MB SDXC card.

• Speakers are VERY weak. You will certainly need to invest in some external speakers. Even in a very quiet room, I could barely hear a webinar on it.

• Most apps need to be accessed while online. Can be a bit of a pain…

• You are limited to Google apps, and most of them need to be accessed online. Still, there are a lot to choose from. Mostly just lightweight stuff to piddle around with. Nothing really you would use for actual “work” (again, in my opinion).

• Keyboard and mouse do feel a little light and cheap, but buttons and keys all feel really good!

Other Thoughts: I have mixed feelings about the Chromebase. If you just need something to look at photos and browse the web, and if you are a Google account user (or plan to be), and if you plan to plan to use this device close to the wireless source or use it wired, it would work well for you. In fact, I’d recommend it. If you are expecting something that you can install heavy-duty applications on or want to use it far from a network source, save your cash. A “touch” ultrabook or even a large tablet would be better. It really depends on what you plan to use it for and what you expect. I would say it was just about what I expected – except for the miserable wireless reception. As for the Chrome experience, I did enjoy it. I don’t like that most apps have to be accessed “online”, however. I guess if you keep this device planted, that should never matter. I almost took one more Egg off for the wireless problems. But maybe mine is a fluke and I’ll leave it at 4 Eggs.

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4 out of 5 eggsExcellent Job LG!

Pros: When this device came to me, my expectations of it were low in most regards. I thought the low price with such a large and beautiful screen would render other areas of the device useless. Certainly, the LG ChromeBase has a gorgeous screen (with excellent viewing angles, I might add), but the entire devices quality pleasantly surprised me. The quality of the packaging was excellent. My unit was perfectly packaged and came with all the accessories and directions necessary to get started; including how to assemble the base.

I assumed that the unit would look/feel cheap but upon opening it, I was throughly impressed by the overall fit and finish of most of the items within. The glossy white finish makes this unit look like a serious class-act. Aesthetically, it would fit in just as easily in a bedroom, as it would in a design studio. The design seems very reminscent to a product apple would sell (particularly, a later model Imac).

The units speed is impressive. Although the hardware specs on this unit seem paltry by comparison to laptops/desktops in general, the speed at which the device operates is quick and seemless. There was literally no task I could throw at it that would see a slow down during use. This include multiple web pages and simultaneous downloads. The specs on this unit basically give you no idea at just how well it will perform, so don't use them as a reason to pass on your purchase of this item.

This was my first time using ChromeOS. Sure, I've used the Chrome browser before and enjoyed it, but the integration of browser to OS is excellent on this device. Everything is done automatically as soon as you sign in with a google account. It uses google drive mostly to store your apps and some apps just have web page links. This bothers some people but I find it refreshing that my apps and their saved data will be there, should I decide to purchase a new ChromeOS device. The ease-of-use here is tricky. If you keep an open mind and act like you've never used windows or OS X for most of your life, it works well. Yes it has a similar "start button" so-to-speak, but navigating past that is slightly different. Imagine you hit the start button and all your programs are in icon form within that window with multiple pages for all your apps. This is for ease-of-use but can be confusing especially when looking for menus instead of icons to get things done. However, if you keep an open mind, it is truly a great user interface to use for navigation of the device. You still have a bar at the bottom (where the "start" button resides) which also has your audio icon, wireless connection, and volume control. Just like windows. Adjusting settings is like opening an app. Just select an icon and go. Simple.

The software selection could be better, but, for the most part, you can download free apps to do just about anything you could want with it. I enabled Google cloud print and once it was configured properly, I was able to easily print

Cons: The keyboard and mouse feel cheap. I'd recommend new ones for long term use.

There is a back cover to hide the screws used to assemble the monitor. This was nearly impossible to snap together. Much force was required to keep it together but it did eventually work. It uses the flex in the plastic to hold it in place. A simple mechanism like a TV remote with tabs on one side and a clip on the other, would have resolved this avoidable issue.

It requires a Google account. Some people don't want to sign up for something just to use their computer.

The speakers are rough. Even at max volume they are low-sounding. They remind me of cell phone speakers, but in a pc. I recommend upgrading to external speakers with their own volume control via the headphone jack.

Gloss finish will most likely attract fingerprints. You'll be cleaning this often, especially due to it being white.

The capacitive buttons on the front of the device scare me. I have an lg TV with the same type of buttons and after 6 months they work only intermittently. On my TV is no big deal as I have a remote but suppose this happens to your ChromeBase? You would be unable to even turn it on.

Drivers. You can't just plug what you want into the usb ports and assume it will work. If there aren't drivers for what your plugging in, your simply out of luck. A printer is a good example. Fortunately, using Google cloud print works well, provided you have another device that has working drivers for your printer and that device is on. If this is your main device with no other device that can print in the house and you must have that feature, look elsewhere.

Once an administrator account is made (which is by default the first one you set up when the machine starts) there is no way to change who is administrator other than factory resetting the device and losing all your data. This bothers me and should be something that can be done easily. I wanted this to be for my daughter so I made it under her Gmail account. Then I realize to use parental controls, I'd have to be under my account and add her as an authorized user. When I went to check how to transfer her being an administrator to me being one, (keeping in mind I have passwords for both) the forums said a factory reset is the only way. This is frustrating and something everyone should know ahead of time.

Other Thoughts: This unit is a steal at it's price. It really provides an excellent way to get on the web and utilize most of what it has to offer. Videos played well, games worked without a hitch and there are enough productivity apps to do most, if not all, of what you want. The quality of the unit as a whole, is phenomenal. I really don't know how they are making money on this considering all of the little additions. This would be perfect for a family who wants a cheap device in their kitchen or for a kid in their bedroom to do homework and research on and also double as their bedroom TV (hdmi in!). The monitors picture alone is worth the price of admission and all the extra details that went into this certainly sells it that much more! All the cons are worth so little and are more me being picky than deal-breakers. If few or none of the cons section bother you, don't hesitate to pick one of these up!

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  • Michelle W.
  • 8/6/2014 5:37:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Buy

Pros: Easy to use. Starts up right away. Can create separate accounts. Great price for everything you get.

Cons: Must have updated printer otherwise unable to install because there is no disk drive. Cannot play minecraft or other games like that.

Other Thoughts: Bought this as a secondary computer for the family. We all enjoy the big screen, ease of use, and speed. Well worth it.

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5 out of 5 eggsBest internet surfing PC ever!

Pros: Amazingly fast start up.
Easiest setup of a computer I have ever had.
Beyond user friendly for getting started, jus login as a guest and you are good to go.
An Apple quality looking product, without the price.
Excellent support for USB Hard drive and or Flash stick.
Top level ISP screen, offering impressive viewing angles and accurate colors. You will find it hard to go back to LCD and the poor angle and colors.
720 video quality looked perfect with no ghosting.
Google cloud service, which is an industry leader.
Bookmarks worked perfectly and had no issues showing up very fast.
HDMI connection for an other monitor.
Excellent keyboard.
Plenty of USB ports, as you will need one for good speakers to hook up.
Google apps are pre-loaded and show up at the bottom of the screen for easy use. It is a VERY Google focused computer.
Free virus protection.

Cons: Not a system for gaming or productivity. You have to use the system for what it was meant for, which is to surf the web and watch videos.
Some 1080 videos had pixel issues, but then it would work fine with others. A lot depended on the site viewing from and the speed of the connection.
The speaker is just bad, we are talking Night Court Season 5 bad.
Google Play Store and Android Apps are not supported!

Other Thoughts: I have never been a Google fan, but this machine has tipped me slightly that direction. Chrome is and always has been easy to use with few bugs. I am a lifelong Windows user and I can say is great to have a machine not work slower and have more issues the longer you have it. The machine has replaced my iPad for surfing, which had already replaced my Windows PC.
You get a LG made product, with a great panel and then throw in a SanDisk SSD. The product is the best value out there and now I see why high schools are getting them. If you need to do productivity work, then get a Windows system. If you like to surf and are tired of the very slow RAM of an iPad, then this is your meal ticket.

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3 out of 5 eggsA nice internet appliance...maybe for the kitchen

Pros: fast,Nice Design,
Touch controls on the bezel
Camera is sharp
Plex streams on the device
external hdd support
google cloud is the best

Cons: video is weak in hangouts, pixelated

720P or higher video has jittering and is not smooth at playback
google play store is not compatible

Other Thoughts: It's plastic instead of an all in one aluminum body like the imacs.
Lets not kid ourselves this looks like a mac, but operates within the realm of google apps. (More similar
to windows than mac) It cost a thousand dollars less :).
From the moment you sign on you see the cloud working its magic. All my bookmarks appear as well as
my cloud printer.

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4 out of 5 eggsimpressive picture quality

Pros: At first glance, the monitor is very impressive looking. The white gives it that chic classiness. The picture quality has the wow factor, very vibrant and crisp. The monitor has a Reader button, which has predefined brightness modes for reading. It also has a Chrome button for quick access to the Chrome browser. It allows for wired or wireless network connection, as well as bluetooth. Any updates to the operating system are loaded automatically. The Chromebase can also be used as a monitor as it has an HDMI input.

Putting together the stand wasn't difficult, just awkward. The monitor was a bit wobbly when first placed on the stand. I thought at one point the stand would break. Bootup time was incredibly fast. The setup was very simple and quick. I was asked to connect to a wired or wireless network. Once I was connected, I was asked to log in. I had an option of logging on as guest. If logged in as guest, however, some settings and programs are disabled. Shutting down was just as fast as booting up, and can be done either from the menu or by pressing the power button on the monitor. When logged into my google account, gmail, google search, google docs, and youtube icons are placed at the bottom of the screen for easy access. If I'm logged on, my email account is also automatically logged on; however, I can log out if I want to and will be required to log back in next time I access my email or anything else that requires logging in. Other apps such as google play music, books, and movies are also preloaded.

Cons: The biggest limitation is the lack of drive space and Chrome's web store. Everything that's downloaded is actually stored on google drive. Even apps that are "installed" are mainly Chrome browser add-ins and are accessed via their URLs. Some apps, however, do allow offline use. The Chrome web store is limited to whatever Chrome has to offer, and there's not a huge selection. Most apps that I've tried downloading are actually links to other websites and not really apps at all. Their app store is nowhere near the level of the Android or apple stores. The Chromebase also boasted about their virus prevention, but nowhere does it say how exactly it keeps viruses from getting loaded. The speaker, which is located in the back of the monitor, lacks in volume and quality. Music sounds hollow and there is no range to the sound whatsoever. Turning the volume up as high as possible, the sound did not travel very far. This is probably the worst quality speaker I've ever heard from a monitor.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I was mainly impressed by the picture quality. Though I use Chrome browser, I'm not a Chromecast user, which is probably why I was a bit disappointed in the overall functionality but I had to keep in mind that this was meant for web-based operations only. If you just want to surf, you're connected to Chromecast, and you don't intend on writing papers or creating presentations or spreadsheets with it, then it's a pretty decent web-based all-in-one.

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5 out of 5 eggsBig thing; Small package.

Pros: Since this item is a complete PC, there's a lot to cover. I'll break down this review piece by piece.

Packaging/Contents: I'm pleasantly surprised by how much LG managed to squeeze into such a small package. The entire system consists of a monitor (housing the PC itself), mouse, and keyboard, with speakers on the back of the monitor. It also includes a set of screws for the monitor stand, and a plastic cover for the mount.

Monitor: For this price, I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. The monitor is using an IPS panel, which is known for having some of the best picture quality on the market today. I definitely wasn't expecting to see such a great quality screen included. I already own several IPS Panels, some of which were $350+, and the monitor included with the Chromebase is on-par with those. Very impressed.

Storage: 16 GB SSD. It seems small, but considering what the Chromebase is capable of, it's plenty. I'm glad to see they used an SSD, and SanDisk is a reliable brand with popular SSD's. In this situation, a larger/slower HDD would have been a bad decision.

ChromeOS: A simplistic but usable OS built around the Chrome web browser. The desktop layout is similar to Windows, so most people should already be familiar with it. Aside from web-browser based features, it includes an App list as well as some basic settings features including WiFi, account controls, brightness/volume, a camera, calculator, and other necessities. I will cover the drawbacks of ChromeOS in the "Cons" section.

Usability: It works right out of the box. Setup includes plugging the monitor (PC) into a power outlet, as well as hooking up the USB Keyboard and Mouse. It boots nearly instantly, less than 5 seconds. The OS itself, the UI and its layout, are perfectly responsive.

Value: Here's where it all comes together. It's currently $299 on Newegg (on-sale), which is just amazing. I'd price the monitor itself at nearly $200, which means getting a complete PC for its current price is simply astounding.

Cons: Keyboard/Mouse: The keyboard is slim, full-size, and uses Chiclet keys. It uses low-profile keys so there may not be as much tactile feedback as you're used to. The mouse has a red light on it that glows when it's being moved. It features the standard Left/Right clicks, as well as a scroll-wheel which also works as a middle mouse click. The mouse and keyboard feel a bit flimsy, the mouse in particular. They both work perfectly fine but you can tell where corners are being cut to meet some price limitations. Another small, but noticable problem, is the lack of middle-click scrolling in Chrome. This feature exists in Chrome for standard desktop PC's, why was it left out of the Chromebase? I assume it's an issue with ChromeOS, and a shame to see a quality of life feature being left out.

Apps: This is a bit misleading, since they're not "apps". They're mostly Chrome extensions. Since nearly everything you do in ChromeOS is built into the web browser, the "apps" are just shortcuts to various websites including Google Docs, Google Play, Google Drive, etc. Even the "Games" app just sends you to a flash-based gaming website.

The monitor attaches to the stand with screws, so it can't be tilted or otherwise adjusted in any way. You won't be able to knock it over by bumping into it, which is a potential problem other monitor stands have, so I suppose it was an intentional design choice based on the target audience of the Chromebase.

I also found the speakers to be a bit disappointing, they're incredibly quiet even at max volume. In fact, I would say the speakers are inaudible in noise environments. The monitor has a standard 2.5mm audio jack on the side, so any set of speakers/headphones should work fine. I recommend not using the onboard speakers. If you're planning to listen to a lot of audio with this PC, you should plan to also buy something else to play sound!

And finally, I find ChromeOS to be extremely limited, but it depends entirely on what you want out of your PC. You can't install programs on it, which explains the small 16 GB included storage.

Other Thoughts: For clarity, I need to point out this computer DOES NOT support the Google Play Store or any other kind of Android Apps.

With the ultimate question being, "Is this computer worth buying?" It boils down to what you need from your system. This PC bears a lot of similarities to basic mobile devices like tablets/smartphones, but with a larger screen and with a full keyboard/mouse included. I would argue this PC is slightly less capable than most mobile devices, being that ChromeOS itself is quite limiting.

If you need a basic, web-based family computer or a simple computer for someone who only demands web-browser support, then this is an excellent option at a very competitive price point.

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4 out of 5 eggsI ran out of room on my first review

Pros: Same

Cons: Same

Other Thoughts: I'm posting the rest of my review because there is a hardware glitch I wanted to address: Regarding the volume, you can set it using both the screen menu arrows and the keyboard’s dedicated volume keys. I noticed that if I had the volume set to 100% using the screen menu there was an intermittent, high-pitched, quiet but noticeable squeal that sounded like a hardware feedback loop. Interestingly, the noise would occur when I moved the mouse. I found that if I lowered the onscreen volume to about 65% the noise went away (or was so low I couldn’t hear it), even when I maxed out the volume using the keyboard. I experimented with another USB mouse and got the same results. Then I tried two different wireless mice, one Bluetooth and the other RF. Neither produced the squeal and they worked just fine with all volumes set to max. The moral of the story: if you get one of these plan on investing in a wireless mouse. Oh, and don’t expect much from the speakers, they sound like what you would typically get on a laptop, with no bass to speak of. Sound is greatly improved when using headphones or external powered speakers, of course.

I was curious to see if the USB 3.0 port on the side of the monitor (there also are three USB 2.0 ports in the back) could power something bigger than a thumb drive so I hooked up a USB 3.0, 500GB Seagate external drive. It took only a moment to launch, and all of the files stored on it were accessible. In addition to the ones I mentioned earlier I was also able to view .bmp and .jpg image files. By the way, I found a “File” app preinstalled that takes me right to the file tree; very easy to navigate if you need to go there.

I’ve been using the Chromebase exclusively since I got it while my Windows desktop sits idle, and I have to say that all-in-all this is a very nice unit. I’m giving it 4 stars even though it isn’t perfect, simply because you’re getting so much value for the money. I would have given it a perfect score if it hadn’t been for the feedback problem between the monitor and the mouse and the difficulty with printing and handling of some documents. Frankly, I think this computer excels at its intended use and price point.

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