Acer has been offering Chromebooks for several years. In fact, the company was one of the first to launch a laptop running Google’s Chrome operating system. More recently Acer branched out into Chromeboxes, which are desktop computers with Chrome OS software.

Now Acer is launching its first Chromebase: an all-in-one  Chrome OS desktop PC.

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The Acer Chromebase features a 21.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel touchscreen IPS display with 178 degree viewing angles and support for 10-point multitouch input.

It’s powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, features stereo 3W speakers, HDMI, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 ports, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s an HD webcam on the front of the computer.

The Acer Chromebase features 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It’ll be available in the North American and Asia Pacific markets in the second quarter of 2015. Acer hasn’t revealed the price yet, but it’s expected to vary by region.

Acer isn’t the first company to introduce a Chromebase. LG started selling a Chrome OS all-in-one desktop almost a year ago. But while Acer’s Chromebase is the second device in this category, it’s the first to feature a touchscreen display.

via Computer World

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11 replies on “Acer Chromebase is an all-in-one, touchscreen Chrome OS desktop PC”

  1. It seems to me that in most cases a mouse is going to be far far superior to a touch screen, for efficiency, functionality, ergonomics and accuracy, when used with a desktop form factor. There’s even a mouse in the (official promotional?) photo, so what benefit does a touchscreen add here?

  2. Why a ChromeOS all-in-one? As my eyes age I have come to value a decent size monitor; my experience is common to many. If all I’m making use of is the web (increasingly the case for me), replacing a vintage iMac with a costly new model doesn’t add as much as it might once have. An all-in-one Windows replacement would be more cost-competitive with these ChromeBases, but that risks a return to slow-boots, bloatware, blue screens, and software updates…

    I have a different issue with this model. My wife has used an all-in-one with a nice big screen for years–and I find the touchscreen mainly an annoyance. First of all, gesturing at something on the screen risks an accidental click, so the benefit of being able to look at something together–a big screen advantage–is compromised. A touchscreen right at hand is a convenience, but even if touchscreens aren’t all as touchy as that PC, I see downsides. Larger screens are put at arm’s length; reaching out to touch it at eye level gets uncomfortable quickly.

    All-in-one fans might find a touchpad a better fit on the desktop, as some iMac users do; perhaps we’ll see a Chromebase with a touchpad next?

  3. No idea how the term “all in one” was ever justified for this form factor. Silly since you need at least a keyboard and mouse for practical use. And for consumers a VESA-mount box makes more sense to permit upgrades without tossing everything, but I guess that makes the fruitless “touch screen” rather difficult to implement. However touch screens need to go anyway, they only make sense for tablets and phones. Only Point Of Sale McMenu apps and chiropractors benefit from desktop touchscreens.

    1. All in One refers to how it will be disposed of when it’s no longer useful to the owner.

  4. The fact that it is another feeble K1 Tegra device and not packing 14nm Braswell Celeron N3150 makes a complete dud.

    1. well, developing a product takes a couple months, and Baswell may not even be out of the door…

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