The world’s first Chrome OS-powered all-in-one desktop with an optional touch display was initially announced on April 1 (no joke), but sans pricing details or precise release dates. Just a vague Q2 window for North American and Asia Pacific markets, and fairly educated guesses on our part regarding (relative) affordability.
Ultimately, the “multi-touch” Acer Chromebase configuration will apparently miss its self-imposed deadline, at least by a few days, rolling into US stores “in July” at $429.99. The entry-level version, meanwhile, “is available this month at leading online retailers” for 100 bucks less.
Exactly what do you get for $330? A web-centric, “space-saving” PC with a sharp 1,920 x 1,080 pix res IPS panel measuring 21.5 inches in diagonal, punchy quad-core Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 16 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM, a skilled pair of 3W speakers, HDMI, USB 3.0, 2.0, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
The extra Benjamin only seems to add touch interaction in the equation, so it’s probably not worth it, with an adjustable 15 to 75 degrees stand provided across the board, as well as VESA support. Oh, and in case the 16 gigs of internal storage room sound skimpy, the complimentary 100 GB Google Drive cloud space for two years should help seal the deal. If you’re into Chrome OS, of course, and can live with its limitations.