It’s been quite a while since we heard anything about a “Chromebase,” the informal term for an all-in-one desktop computer based on ChromeOS (as opposed to a Chromebook). Acer announced two new designs based on Intel 8th-gen processors.
The Chromebase 2412 and its more button-down “Chromebase for Meetings 24Vs” variant hide all of their computer guts behind a 24-inch, 1080p touchscreen. Said guts include a maximum Core i7-8550U processor (a screamer for ChromeOS), 4-8GB of RAM, and 32-128GB of storage. The computers come with a USB-C port, plus four USB 3.1 ports, HDMI-out, an SD card slot, and an Ethernet port. Both machines have a standard VESA mount—a nice touch, and one that’s not always included for all-in-one designs.
Acer suggests the 2412 for standard all-in-one consumer duties, retail kiosks, or schools and libraries. The Chromebase for Meetings 24V2 also includes a 5MP front-facing webcam, and support for up to 100-person teleconferences using Google’s various G Suite chatting tools. A hundred.
As they run ChromeOS, both machines will get regular standardized updates from Google, and are compatible with both Chrome Web Store and Google Play (Android) apps. Unfortunately Acer declined to share release dates or prices for either model.