THE NEW CALIFORNIA CHROME

ChromebaseChromebook,  designed by Google, is as close as you can get to a trouble-free computer. Nearly all of its software exists in a Google cloud on the web and every time you connect it looks for and fixes any problems that might have come up when last used.

The first one came out in 2011. The latest is “Chromebase,” (“We don’t understand why they don’t call it “California Chrome-book.”) It’s a $350 all-in-one from LG. An all-in-one computer looks like it’s just a monitor. The innards of the computer are fitted inside. it’s sleek and easy to handle. The Chromebase has an HDMI port, so it could also serve as a TV.

It makes a great second computer for surfing the web, watching videos, and doing email. The new version adds the ability to edit videos. Anyone who has a Chromebook, Chromebase, or Chromebox will get the update automatically.

On the downside, it does not run Microsoft programs like Word and Excel. But Google has its own versions, called “Google Docs.” There’s little that can go wrong.

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