The Tech Bet

LG Chromebase 'opposite' of Mac Pro?

New desktops from Apple & LG

Two new desktop computers are on the way to a market full of laptops, and each is likely to have its own set of fans.

Apple's new Mac Pro lands in stores Thursday, and while most shoppers may not be clamoring for the desktop computer in the same way they have for the iPad Air, the influence of business users could help put the pricey machines into the hands of everyday computer users, according to CNET Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Turrentine.

"It's really more business users or professional freelancers and you know, of course, always that person who wants the very most powerful computer that they can get. There are always a few people out there like that," said Turrentine of those she expects to buy the new Mac Pro.

The new Mac Pro announced by Apple.
Source: Apple Inc.

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Business users who are loyal Apple fans have a lot of influence on everyday computer users, "but keep in mind that it starts at $3,000 and very quickly escalates from there," Turrentine added.

Separately, LG said it plans to reveal its Chromebase desktop computer at the Consumer Electronics Show next month.

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"It's funny because the Chromebase is like the opposite of the Mac Pro. It's a desktop computer but it's meant for very lightweight use," Turrentine said.

"The Chrome OS is entirely over the Internet. Not to house software on the machine to allow people to do all of their work on the cloud or remotely and that's perfect for schools, for libraries, places where there are a lot of different users coming through," according to Turrentine.

LG hasn't yet listed a price for the Chromebase.

—By CNBC's Althea Chang