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LG Chromebase all-in-one desktop starts at $349, on sale May 26

LG's first device to run Google's Chrome OS is a 21.5-inch all-in-one desktop.

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The LG Chromebase is an affordable all-in-one alternative to a desktop PC. James Martin/CNET

The first LG device to run Google's Chromebase OS now has an American release date. The 21.5-inch all-in-one starts at $349 and will be available in select stores starting May 26.

Initially unveiled at CES 2014, the Chromebase features a basic setup -- with keyboard and mouse included -- that matches Google's simple OS. The bare-bones functionality and budget price are geared toward families.

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There are minimal ports, but starting at $349, that should be expected. LG

Inside, the Chromebase will run a Haswell processor and house 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The computer includes single HDMI, USB 3.0, and LAN ports, with three additional USB 2.0 connections in the rear. The all-in-one also packs a 1.3-megapixel Webcam that shoots 720p video, and 5-watt speakers.

The 21.5-inch IPS display boasts a 1080p resolution that should deliver wide viewing angles. It's not a touchscreen, but you can still enjoy your favorite Google Play store apps by using the included mouse and keyboard.

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Android-based all-in-ones are a slowly growing category, and they're a great alternative to traditional desktop PCs if needs (or budget) are minimal. What do you think about the LG Chromebase? Is it the future of family-friendly desktop PCs, or more like an all-in-none? Let us know in the comments and check back when we have more info.

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