Acer resurrects the Chromebase with two new Chrome OS AiO desktops
Chromebooks and Chrome tablets are growing in popularity, but one device segment Chrome OS never latched onto was the desktop, specifically the all-in-one (AiO) desktop. A few companies have tried their hand at a Chrome OS-based AiO, dubbed a Chromebase. However, Chrome OS never saw much success in that form factor, and it’s been years since we’ve seen a proper Chromebase. Leave it to Acer to resurrect the dead with two new Chromebases, the Chromebase 24I2 and Chromebase 24V2.
The Chromebase 24I2 is designed as a general-use Chromebase for offices or in-store digital signage/kiosks, while the Chromebase 24V2 is intended for the business arena, specifically for meetings and teleconferences. Both devices feature a 24-inch FHD (1920x1080) touch display with an anti-glare coating and some tilt (-5 to 25 degrees off-axis). The Chromebases include VESA mounts for those that want to stick the Chrome computers on the wall.
The Chromebase 24V2 is fairly robust as Chrome OS devices go. Inside is an Intel 8th generation Core i7-8550U, 4 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 32 GB SSD. The CPU should be more than powerful enough to churn out video conferencing without breaking a sweat, and the 5 MP wide-angle webcam should offer a crystal clear image. The display gets up to 250 nits, which may be problematic in brighter offices.
The Chromebase 24I2 is more of a general use Chrome OS computer and is better specced. The 24I2 runs on an 8th generation Intel Core processor (undisclosed), up to 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 128 GB SSD.
Both Chromebases are outfitted with plenty of ports, including a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, four USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, an HDMI port, an SD card reader, and a full-sized Ethernet jack. Pricing and availability have yet to be determined but will likely vary by region.