HP Omni 27 PC Review

Posted: May 3, 2012
HP Omni 27 PC Review

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.


  • Starts at $1,199.


  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • You get a lot of display for what you pay for.
  • Full HD video looks phenomenal on the screen.
  • The option for an HDMI input makes this the perfect PC to buy for any dorm room or small apartment.
  • What holds this back from a better rating is that all the things you want are not in the stock model.

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Comments are Closed

  • dds6666

    sadly mac's (I don't use em) have this market, 3/5

    Posted: May 5, 2012 9:44 PM
  • NathanB92

    MAT.......You make this show

    Posted: May 5, 2012 1:19 PM
  • applebook

    An all-in-one with a mediocre screen (how can "washed out colors" be good for viewing multimedia?) when the competition is offering IPS panels in theirs?

    Posted: May 3, 2012 6:07 PM