Chrome OS tablets may be the new hotness, but the vast majority of devices that have shipped with Google’s Chrome operating system over the years have been laptops… also known as Chromebooks.

But a few years ago we also saw the introduction of a few other categories including Chromeboxes (mini desktop computers), Chromebits (PC-on-a-stick devices), and Chromebases (all-in-one, iMac-like desktops). And… we haven’t seen many of those devices since then.

The Chromebit category has pretty much died out. Chromeboxes are still around, but not all that common. And I was a little surprised to learn today that at least one company hasn’t given up on Chromebases — Acer just unveiled two new ones.

One is a general purpose computer called the Acer Chromebase 24I2. Acer says it could be used either as a desktop computer or an in-store digital kiosk with optional support for a touchscreen.

It supports an unspecified 8th-gen Intel Core processor and support for up to 8GB of DDR4 memory and up to 128GB of solid state storage.

The other is designed for conference calls and meetings. It’s called the Acer Chromebase for Meetings 24V2 and it features integration with Google Hangouts Meet and support for up to 100 callers.

This model features an adjustable touchscreen displayw ith 250 nits of brightness, an Intel core i7-8550U processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD plus a 5MP wide-angel camera for group meetings.

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4 replies on “Chromebases are still a thing: Acer launches two new Chrome OS all-in-one-desktops”

  1. If it can be used as a monitor for another input, that would be nice. I have a chromebox, windows box and RPi all sharing the same monitor and keyboard/mouse. They are all not on at the same time, I just need a monitor to plug them into.
    In a business, I guess they can be viewed as another appliance.

  2. In the state of Georgia, there’s a DMV I went to that used Chromeboxes to register yourself. Just a webpage where you entered all the details. I was very impressed – considering that even top security professionals use Chromebooks, this was a way to cut down on all possible security concerns in a public place.

  3. I like Chromebases. We still have an LG one as our main “family” computer in the dining room. Works great for kids to do homework, working on Google docs, shopping and random browsing, etc. And we all have our Google accounts loaded onto it. Other than damage to its headphone jack (from a crappy pair of headphones), it still works really well.

    It also doubles as a monitor for our older Zotac Pico Windows computer. I wonder if the HDMI mentioned in the article is input or output? I’ve seen both on Chromebase devices.

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