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LG Chromebase Hits Australia This April for $599

The new LG Chromebase

The new LG Chromebase

Pricing for the upcoming all-in-one Chrome OS PC from LG has been revealed – and it makes for disappointing reading. 

Australia will be one of the first countries to bag the LG Chromebase, where it launches this April with the recommended retail price of AU $599. 

The XE currency converter translates this as being roughly US $540; €400; and £330 – though these are not official prices, nor account for any locale-specific taxes, costs or, in the case of the UK, infamous price hikes.

LG is yet to officially confirm pricing for the US and Europe.

The USP

‘Are a fancy monitor and some bundled accessories worth a $400 premium?’

The LG Chromebase features a decent 21.5-inch IPS screen at 1920×1080 resolution, an Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD, all housed within an attractive plastic shell a mere 3-inches thick.

A built-in webcam, USB, audio in, and ethernet come as standard, while a HDMI in socket allows the Chromebase to double up as an external monitor.

The cheapest ASUS Chromebox costs US$179 with a near-identical set of system innards: the same CPU, the same SSD size, the same amount of memory; while Touchscreen Windows 8 all-in-one PCs can be picked up for as little as $400.

But are a fancy monitor and some bundled accessories worth a $400 premium?

Too Much?

Back in January I posted an editorial reasoning that price, and price alone, would decide the success of the Chromebase.

Priced above $500 and the Chromebase will struggle to sell,” I said at the time.

The recent reveal of new Chromeboxes from ASUS and HP has only served to underline cost as a potential deciding factor – in thick bold black marker.

The LG Chromebase can be a success. It has decent hardware in an attractive, tidy form-factor. Retailer discounts could yet see it positioned at the pivotal sub-$500 price point.

Time – and the LG press office – will tell.

  • http://www.live-craft.com/ Jonathan Alfonso

    It’s a shame, really. I was looking forward to buying one. I at least hope they make a cheaper model with possibly an antiglare IPS 720p display.

    • Na7noo7

      Come on. You can get enough money in about 2 months!

    • calden74

      720P, really, you would compromise so much because you can’t save just a little more for a decent spec’d machine.

  • spacey

    Forget ‘all-in-ones’ and boxes. Why won’t someone just make a freaking decent spec mid-range, quality Chromebook! Give us want we want you dumb ass manufacturers.

    • Zactu

      Agree. ChromeOS is not going to be pushed forward if OEM’s continue with these crappy specs. Google needs to pressure OEM’s because ChromeOS and users deserve better.

      • calden74

        Chrome devices are all already being pushed forward as you put it. They are the fastest growing computers in the market so OEM’s must be doing something correct.

    • http://omgubuntu.co.uk/ Joey-Elijah Sneddon

      I’d say that the recent Chromebooks from HP and Toshiba *are* mid-range Chromebooks – but at low-end prices.

      The first and second wave of Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer were (or the time) mid-range devices. And they sold poorly. It was only when the prices were lowered to sub $300 levels that they finally caught on.

      I think Intel has a massive perception problem when it comes to the Haswell Celeron used in a lot of these; they are decent, capable processors than handle Chrome OS with ease. But people see ‘Celeron’ and see ‘Vista-era performance’.

      • MrMiketheripper

        Well I mean I still see Celeron and assume that but only with Windows laptops. I know ChromeOS is a lightweight yet powerful system because of it’s Linux base but sadly, the average consumer doesn’t see that.
        Yet they’ll see “uses the same processor in your smartphone!” and think it’s more powerful than the Celeron. Kinda sad but oh well, nothing we can really do about that

    • Boothy

      I bought the Sammy Arm as my first Chromebook. Lasted for about 6 weeks till I decided that I liked ChromeOS, but it was too “low cost”. It hung at times and could get quite laggy with the about of windows I often have open.
      Managed to get a Sammy Series 5 550 3G for the same price, and a Chromebox for less.
      The series 5 is just amazing, so totally agree there needs to be a mid range device.
      If I had to buy a new Chromebook today, there isn’t that more powerful mid range device to buy. 4gb is needed for me (or at least wanted).

  • pawelkomarnicki

    No Chromebase for me then, I am not going to pay 400€ for that… I will look into Asus and HP direction then

  • Zactu

    Disappointing. For a desktop, the CPU is poor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage is abysmal, It doesn’t matter if running ChromeOS. These things need to last a few years otherwise they will end up as rubbish way before they should – a waste of resources. A pathetic effort indeed.

    • calden74

      An additional 2GB of DDR3 RAM costs $16.00 so it’s not going to put a large dent in someone’s budget if they decide they need 4GB. Who cares about storage, it’s a cloud based computer, you can always connect an external harddisk to it if you absolutely need more storage.

  • Michael Mistretta

    I would rather get a small chromebox and just connect it one of my existing monitors, would be cheaper.

  • Curtis Mitchell

    Funny thing is that say we got a 13.3” or 14.1” IPS screen at 1920×1080 for $600 in a chromebook…I’d probably be sold. The screen size is a bit of a deal breaker too. A solid 24” 1080p LED can be found at under $200 (I nabbed mine for $180 from Walmart). Factor in the base model chromebox and you’ve got your screen and system for under $400 USD. This thing is cool but LG will have to price it competitively if they’re looking to move it in the consumer market.

  • Kenny Strawn

    Agreed that cost is outrageous. They should price it competitively to the Windows 8 touch screen PCs, at the very least.

  • TechWings

    I created my own do it yourself version. I bought an 27″ Asus IPS Monitor, the Samsung Series 5 Chromebox, an Apple Magic Trackpad, and the Samsung Chrome OS Keyboard. All said, I spent about $750. However, the monitor doubles as the display for my Xbox One and PS4. The point is for a couple hundred more than the $540 price tag you can get a really premium setup, or for less than $400 you can do a 21.5″ Asus IPS monitor for $159, Asus Chromebox for $179, and a Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard combo for $20. Grand total $360.

    And if you just have to have a webcam Logitech has one for $20. Still under $400.

  • Boothy

    If I could get this for £330 in the UK, I’d snap it up. But I reckon it will rrp at £450 – £500 after price hike/VAT.
    Chromebox £180, webcam £15, monitor £150 (those prices are being generous, you could get cheaper).
    Chromebase is never going to sell against that.

  • Na7noo7

    Good that its translated just $540 In US. I Will have enough to buy the Chromebase.

  • Ryan Karolak

    I’d expect the price to be less. Not that there aren’t people who may pay $500 to $600 for a Chromebase desktop, but for entry-level specs I’d expect a Chrome device to be at least on par with Windows machines, if not cheaper. Like the article said, you can find some similar Windows machines for $400 USD, maybe less if on sale.

    • Na7noo7

      The price is more because it comes with a keyboard and mouse. The price is OK. But $1000 Like the chromebox for meetings would piss me off.

  • Scott

    Don’t worry – if that’s Australian pricing, everyone else will get it much cheaper. Vendors in Australia always charge us much more than say US and European vendors. They think we haven’t discovered the internet yet :)

    • Na7noo7

      I 100% Agree with you.