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Since getting a slow start a few years back, devices running Google’s Chrome OS haven’t really been a “thing” at CES. This year looks different as LG pre-announced a Chromebase, more Chromebooks are expected and the platform is gaining momentum

LG Chromebase

While at the Consumer Electronics Show all this coming week, I’ll be on the lookout for new Chrome OS devices. LG kicked off the Chrome party early with new of its all-in-one Chromebase: A 21-inch full HD monitor with built-in computer running Chrome.

On this week’s Chrome Show podcast, we discuss this new form-factor for Google’s desktop platform along with thoughts on some other expected and rumored Chromebooks; namely from Toshiba and Samsung. Don’t count out Asus yet either: The company has said it will enter the market in 2014 and CES could be the perfect launching ground. We also recommend a great Chrome extension to keep you more productive this year so download the show here or tune in below.

  1. I’d like one with an ultrabook/air form-factor and more than 4GB of RAM for under $350.

    It’s a shame that – this late in the game – one of the sleekest-looking Chromebooks is still the grossly underpowered Samsung that’s been out for ages.

    The HP Chromebook 11 (overheating charger aside) is a pretty cool-looking unit, but that too is absurdly underpowered.

    I realize that Chrome OS is more lightweight and therefore requires less robust parts to get the job done, but manufacturers are really not upping the spec ante… at all… when it comes to Chromebooks. Take the Chromebook 11 as an example; it’s relatively new model and it comes with… TWO GB of RAM!?!?!?!? I get the feeling that Chromebooks are currently more like old parts-bin specials than modern, light computing tools.

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  2. What I would want from a ChromeOS device?

    11″ screen. Twist tablet/laptop format. MacBookAir-ish design (aside from the twist hinge).

    Built in ability to run Android apps (so, an ARM CPU to support more of the Android ecosystem, with their native acceleration libraries that don’t work on Intel based Android emulators), and

    All of the other hardware details an 11″ android tablet would need, AND

    Crouton, with a nice gui option for controlling crouton (so you don’t have to keep dipping down to the javascript console to pick which mode you want to run, do updates, etc.).

    Basically, Chrome ends up being a Splashtop OS that can do a _LOT_ of common tasks … and then I have access to Android apps and built-in-Linux for my other stuff.

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