The Best Cool New Gadgets at CES 2014 – LG Chromebase AiO
One wouldn’t think a desktop PC would be particularly huge news at CES 2014, much less one of the most head-turning cool new gadgets … even if it is a sleek-looking all-in-one that’s more than a little reminiscent of an Apple (AAPL) iMac.
By going with Google Chrome and its lightweight hardware requirements, LG can offer premium styling, an attractive full-HD display and still keep the price low. Just how low has yet to be revealed but, with Google Chromebooks going for half the price of traditional PC laptops, it’s a good bet that the Chromebase AiO will undercut desktop PCs in a big way.
Given the success of those Chromebooks in 2013 (they captured 21% of all U.S. laptop sales and showed up in 1 of 5 U.S. school districts), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple have to be watching cool new gadgets like the Chromebase with more than a little trepidation. This CES 2014 development is exactly the kind of all-in-one PC that’s attractive for home, educational and light-business use — the key markets for the Apple iMac and yet another threat to Windows and Office sales for Microsoft.