The HP Omni 27 PC is an all-in-one desktop featuring a 27' screen, a powerful quad-core processor, 8 GB of RAM and built-in Beats audio. So how perfect would this PC be for your office or home? Matt Mira and Kevin Pereira take a look.
What You Need To Know
The HP Omni 27 has a huge 27" screen, which is the biggest we've seen in any all-in-one PC.
The panel is pretty slim but the whole thing has a bit of heft to it because of the steel stand.
The computer weighs 35 lbs.
The screen is adjustable but not as much as we'd like.
You can swap out the stand for any standard VESA mount.
This computer definitely has an emphasis on media with a decent amount of ports.
The side has a card reader, two USB 3.0 ports and Beats certified audio.
The back has four USB 2.0 ports and digital audio out.
There's also an option for an HDMI input, which allows you to use this display as a monitor for your PS3 or Xbox but that's a $50 upgrade.
We even like the included mouse and keyboard, which has a Beats logo on it in a very appropriate spot.
The 27" screen has a 1920x1090 resolution, which isn't nearly as high res as the iMac display 9which is 2560x1440).
For media, this is a better display because most videos these days are 1080p, and that's the native resolution of this display.
This means full HD video is scaled perfectly on this computer.
That said, colors were not as good as the iMac display and the color saturation was a little disappointing.
Overall, this is a great display for consuming video.
The recommended configuration has an Intel core i5 quad-core processor, 8 GB of RAM and Intel integrated graphics.
You can upgrade the model with a Core i7, discrete graphics and a solid state drive, but a lot of people won't need this.
We played COD: Modern Warfare 3 on this and the results were pretty much what you expect from an integrated graphics card.
Serious gamers will definitely want to pay the extra bucks for the better graphics card.
If you want to turn this PC into an even bigger media powerhouse, you can pay another $100 to add a Blu-ray player.
Thanks to Beats audio, all the media sounds great.
This computer comes with HP's Magic Canvas software, which is basically the TouchSmart interface but for a mouse and keyboard.
It replaces the standard Windows 7 interface with the intention to be more user-friendly.
We didn't find it to be that much more intuitive than the default interface.
We applaud HP for attempting to make an alternative to the boring Windows 7 look but Magic Canvas is nothing great.