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New Acer Chromebase is A Killer 24-inch Chrome OS PC

Acer Chromebase 24

Stylish: The new Acer Chromebase 24

CES 2016, and Acer has taken the wrapping off of a stylish new Chromebase PC.

It’s the biggest and most powerful Chromebase released to date.

The all-in-one Acer Chromebase 24 leapfrogs the company’s first-gen model in almost every single area.

Acer has seen fit to bump up the screen size and quality to an IPS panel with full-HD resolution; has ditched the white, plasticky-looking casing, super charged the processor choices; and sprinkled a few novel hardware innovations on top.

The result is a killer Chromebase – the sort we’ve been waiting for since LG debuted the first such device back in 2013.

Acer Chromebase 24 Specs

The Acer Chromebase 24 sports a vivid 23.8-inch IPS display pushing a roomy resolution of 1920×1080 (known as FHD in abbreviation speak). A speaker grill sits beneath the screen (which will also be available with an optional 10-point multi-touch display).

The model will be available in a range of configurations, with a range of Intel Core processors promised. Yup, the low-power slow-poke Intel Celerons used previously give way to proper desktop processors.

sleek chassis houses both the screen and system innards, while the switch to a traditional monitor stand enables the screen to be repositioned between 5 and 30 degrees.

Ports wise there is a selection of USB 2.0 and 3.0 slots, headphone/mic in jacks and an SD card slot for expanding storage.

Sadly Acer only appears to offer a HDMI out slot. This is handy if you need to work with two screens, but limiting for anything else. (The LG Chromebase launched in late 2013 offered buyers a HDMI in port, thereby allowing the Chromebase to double-up as a regular PC monitor, TV or Chromecast receiver).

Key specs at a glance:

  • FHD IPS Display — Largest of any Chromebase
  • Choice of Intel Core processors
  • Up to 8GB of RAM
  • 10-point touch display (optional)
  • 178-degree viewing angles
  • VESA mount compatibility
  • 4 microphones for improved sound
  • Adjustable HDR webcam

To Buy, Or Not To Buy?

It’s thrilling to see that the Chromebase category isn’t dead. With a paltry pair of devices released thus far – a seemingly endless churn of iterative new Chromebook models make the category seem stale by comparison – a new model was not a given.

A stylish new look, roomy screen size and vivid IPS touchscreen display combine to make my inner desire demand I try to find a purpose for one, if no one else’s!

As an interactive info kiosk in a hotel lobby or a family PC that handles online shopping, social networking, and basic media playback, the Chromebase can more than hold its own against similar low-power PCs out there, be they running Android or Microsoft Windows systems.

Acer is shy on pricing for this new model. But with previous Chromebases asking for around $329 you should expect a price tag in a similar range.