The Bottom Line
Jul 5 2012 - The HP Omni 27 is certainly an attractive all-in-one with a large 27-inch display that will likely attract many buyers. The issue is that the system while it has a big screen falls short of what the competition offers at the same screen size by offering a lower resolution and detailed display panel. Add to this a price tag that puts it at the premium end of the all-in-one market, many buyers would get more features and performance by looking at a smaller display option.
- Larger 27-inch Screen
- Attractive Design
- 27-inch Display Has Subpar Resolution
- Integrated Graphics
- Pricing While Improved Still a Bit High
- Intel Core i5-3450S Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 27" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display With Intel HD Graphics 4000 Integrated Graphics
- Intel HDA 5.1 Audio With Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Two USB 3.0, Five USB 2.0, HDMI (input), 6-in-1 Card Reader
- 25.6" x 19.8" x 8.4"
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, Norton Internet Security
Review - HP Omni 27-1015t
Jul 5 2012 - HP's Omni 27 has been on the market for a while and originally came with the Sandy Bridge or second generation Intel Core i processors. With the recent release of the Ivy Bridge processor, the system now comes with the Core i5-3450S quad core processor. The new processor design offers a more efficient layout that gives it a performance boost compared to the previous i5-2400S. The processor is matched up with 8GB of DDR3 memory that should allow a smooth overall experience with Windows. This offers plenty of performance for just about any type of application that users may have including demanding tasks such as desktop video editing.
Storage for the HP Omni 27 is pretty typical of an all-in-one system. It relies on a traditional hard drive with a one terabyte capacity. This is common among most of the competition and provides a good amount of space for applications data and media files. If you do need extra storage space, there are two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage. It is disappointing that these ports wide on the left side of the display rather than the back as it does introduce visible cable clutter for devices typically always attached to the system. A slot loading dual layer DVD burner is standard with the system for playback and recording of CD and DVD media. An optional Blu-ray combo drive is available that allows for the system to playback the high definition media format.
The big feature of the HP Omni 27 is of course the 27-inch screen. When it was released, it was the first all-in-one desktop equipped with Windows to feature this screen size. This is very appealing to those that want a big screen. The downside is that the display is really based around the same panel used in their HP 2711x series display rather than the ZR27 panels. This means the resolution is only 1920x1080 which is full 1080p HD capable but falls short of what the Apple iMac, HP's Z1 workstation or the new Dell XPS One 27 all achieve with their displays. It also uses a TN panel which means the color and viewing angles are not as wide as the competition. Since this is the Omni series, it also does not feature any touch interface like the companies TouchSmart series but it does come with the same Magic Canvas software bundle. The graphics behind the screen rely on the Intel HD Graphics 2500 that are built into the Core i5 processor. This provides basic 3D acceleration for some games at low detail and resolution levels but can't really be consider for gaming. It does provide support for Quick Sync media encoding acceleration with compatible applications.
Aesthetically, the HP Omni looks like a larger version of the HP TouchSmart 520 with a few cosmetic changes. The bezel is the most noticeable change as it is flush with the screen rather than raised because it doesn't use a touchscreen interface. Overall it works well and has a nice feel to but still doesn't have quite the same quality as the much more expensive 27-inch iMac. Like the TouchSmart, their is only a single HDMI video input which is useful for hooking up an external device such as a game console, Blu-ray player or HDTV tuner for cable or satellite. The downside is that it can't be used with an external external monitor if you want even more screen space which admittedly isn't likely given the overall size of the system.
Pricing for the HP Omni 27 has been interesting. When it was first released, it commanded a price tag of roughly $1400. Since then, the 27-inch models from ASUS, Dell and Lenovo have all been released. Because of this, HP has had to drop prices on the Omni 27 such that it now can be found for under $1200. At his price point, it is a decent overall choice but with the size of the system, it is going to be a tough choice for some who might be better off spend a bit less for something that fits better within their home yet offers the same resolution.