We were encouraged to do an all in one desktop review of the LG ChromeBase 22CV241-W because of the hype that surrounded its debut; this, as you may know, is the first AIO desktop that uses Google’s Chrome OS. The device retails for $349 and comes with a bundled keyboard and mouse. This is strictly an entry-level all in one, but one that will more than hold its own when asked to do your day-to-day computing activities.
It is powered by a Haswell Celeron 2955U processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, has 2GB RAM, and 16GB storage on a solid state drive. Not a jaw-dropping configuration, but it does offer 100GB storage on Google Drive via the Cloud; it’s yours for two years from the day of purchase. Of course, an extension of the Cloud services will be accompanied by a cost. Connectivity also ensures that your device is constantly updated with the latest updates to the OS and also security features. You can easily store sensitive information on the ChromeBase; you have the comfort of Google’s security system. The OS is not as bloated as Windows, which means that there are fewer security loopholes to exploit. In our all in one computer review, we were pleasantly surprised that the machine’s booting time was less and it executed commands swiftly. There was no noticeable lag in switching between programs, and so long as you treat this machine keeping in mind its configuration, it will not disappoint you.
Google has thrown in a handful of apps along with the device. The desktop has a 1080 pixel resolution, 21.5 IPS display with wide-viewing technology. It’s not a touchscreen, and that’s understandable. But in the course of our all-in-one computer review we did feel that the screen clarity was on par if not superior to a high-end LCD display.
Two 5-watt speakers provide an immersive sound system that does a fair job of reproducing video sound and making games more enjoyable. When you switch to reader mode, the system ensures that there is no flicker and blue light is minimized so that you can read without straining your eyes.
At 9.5 lbs, this is probably the lightest AIO out there. It features three USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port. 802.11 a/b/g wireless connectivity is a pleasant surprise as is the HDMI out, this allows you to use the device as a standalone screen for games or viewing DVDs. No, this AIO does not come with a DVD drive. Were you really expecting one? It does have a 1.3 MP video camera with mic integrated. Video chatting should not be a problem.
In conclusion, our all in one computer review notes that even though this is a stripped down and a very basic spec sheet on offer, it could be the beginning of a trend that may see new battles heat up in the budget AIO desktop PC segment. Google, no doubt, is hinging its outcome on the Cloud service that is an attractive add-on.