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The LG Chromebase is a desktop computer with a 21.5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display and ultra-wide viewing angle.
Quality and Effectiveness: Students were able to take the LG Chromebase out of the box and set it up in less than 10 minutes. They were then prompted to enter their Google sign-in addresses and in moments they were up and running. Any user familiar with other Google products (e.g., Chromebooks, Google Apps, and Google Play) can quickly navigate the system. The LG Chromebase features a large 21.5-inch IPS screen, making it easy to navigate the Web browser and applications.
Ease of Use: The Chromebase is simple to start up and navigate. The keyboard is large and familiar enough to use like a standard desktop.
Creative Use of Technology: Because this desktop features a larger screen than most Chromebooks, students can more easily use and view Google tools like Google Drive and Gmail, and navigating Web sites was more reader-friendly on the big screen.
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: This multi-faceted computer is the perfect complement for schools using Google Apps for Education, Google Chromebooks, and Google Drive. It is especially good for education because, like all Google tools, it offers all of the convenience of cloud computing: ease of sharing, device-to-device accessibility, and lightning speed.
• The 21.5-inch IPS screen offers more display room for students to explore their creativity.
• The LG Google Chromebase allows easy transition from Google Chromebooks, Google Drive, and Google Apps.
• With a suggested price of $350, the Chromebase is an affordable option for school districts needing to upgrade their labs.
OVERALL RATING: This is a great product. Districts that have already invested in Chromebooks, which offer portability, will especially appreciate the Chromebase. The large IPS screen, familiar-size keyboard, and access to all of the Google applications makes the Chromebase a good option for schools that are upgrading standalone computer labs. The suggested price makes it extremely affordable as well. It can easily be integrated into libraries, labs, offices, and classrooms for daily use.