HP Chromebase All-In-One Desktop review: Is it a desktop or tablet?

The HP Chromebase All-In-One Desktop is a unique desktop PC-slash-tablet that lends itself to family use.

HP Chromebase All-In-One Desktop seen from above
(Image: © Beth Crane)

Our Verdict

Anyone looking for an app-based family-friendly home computer or creatives working solely in the cloud will enjoy the HP Chromebase All-In-One’s Desktop hi-res rotatable screen, its family-friendly safety options and the ability to instantly access any profile already existing within Google. Those looking for more power will probably be better off looking elsewhere.

For

  • User friendly
  • Great Google integration
  • Big, clear screen

Against

  • Peripherals aren’t great
  • Glossy screen
  • Not always app-compatible

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The HP Chromebase All-In-One Desktop is a peculiar beast, and not quite like anything I’ve used before. It straddles multiple worlds; on one hand, it’s a Chromebook, on another, it’s a PC, on the third it’s a tablet, and on the fourth, it’s an overgrown Google Home. It’s targeted at the family market in many ways, and in many of those, it succeeds.

One of the primary ways it differs from classic Chromebooks is its lack of portability. While it is more portable than a classic PC (for testing it’s been sat on my kitchen table, and its small footprint has been appreciated), at more than 6kg and 50cm in size you’re not going to be taking it out of the house any time soon. If you’re after a more classical Chromebook, check out our guide to the best Chromebooks.

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The Verdict
3.5

out of 10

HP Chromebase

Anyone looking for an app-based family-friendly home computer or creatives working solely in the cloud will enjoy the HP Chromebase All-In-One’s Desktop hi-res rotatable screen, its family-friendly safety options and the ability to instantly access any profile already existing within Google. Those looking for more power will probably be better off looking elsewhere.