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The first price for LG’s Chromebase is out: Folks in Australia will pay $599 for the all-in-one Chrome OS desktop computer. After comparing Chromebook pricing between Australia and the U.S., it’s reasonable to think we’ll see a price under $500.

Chromebase Gigaom

LG’s all-in-one Chromebase computer will sell for $599 in Australia when it launches in April, according to PC Authority. The company hasn’t announced official pricing in other markets, but based on currently available Chrome OS devices in both Australia and the U.S., we could see the Chromebase for under $500 in the next two months.

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The Chromebase is unique because it’s the first Chrome OS device built into a large desktop monitor. The device has a 21.5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 resolution that can be used as an external monitor for another computer or tablet. LG has a matching mouse and keyboard with Chrome OS shortcut keys. Included are 2 GB of memory and an Intel Haswell processor, similar to many of the recent Chromebooks on the market.

When I spent time with the Chromebase at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show, I suggested the price would be around $500. I still think that, even though LG hasn’t yet announced the cost here in the U.S. market.

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I looked at currently available Chromebooks in Australia through Google Play as a reference this morning. The HP Chromebook 11 and Acer C720 Chromebook each cost $399 in Australia, while the HP Chromebook 14 is $499. Those same devices in the U.S. are currently priced around $279, $229 and $299 respectively. With a $599 Chromebase cost in Australia, a U.S. price of around $459 to $499 sounds right to me.

  1. From your own statements of price difference in your own article, in the US we pay between 53-69% of Australian pricing. Based on that, the price of the Chromebase here should be between $319 and $419, unless writers like you with no math skills manage to inflate LGs opinion of value to an unreasonable level. My guess is this writer works for LG and is trying to pump American acceptance of this product to a $500 level. I like Chrome OS, but at $500 the Chromebase will be set to fail. Hopefully, LG will do there own math, using a calculator, to come up with a reasonable price for the Chromebase. If so, I am excited to own one.

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    1. Nick, I hope you’re correct on the pricing between $319 and $419 because it would make the product more attractive / affordable to more people.

      You are 100% incorrect, however that I work for LG, or any other technology company I write about for that matter.

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  2. Here’s to hoping for $400-450.

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  3. It will be sub $400 in Canada

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  4. Steve Van Bruwaene Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    If a device goes for $499 in Australia, and $299 in the US, than something going for $599 in Australia would go for $359 in the US. I guess we’ll see what happens. I could see this being big in schools that don’t have the budget for an IT guy.

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  5. stevethehighlander Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Is the device Wireless? Does it have Wireless internet connectivity similar to a Chromebook?

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    1. If by wireless you mean Wi-Fi, yes, it has connectivity. There’s no 3G/4G mobile broadband option.

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