Summary: We thoroughly enjoyed working on the Omni 27. The all in one is a slick and powerful desktop that was very good at multitasking and handling all kinds of programs. It was particularly notable at running games, which can't be said for many all in ones. It also ran very quietly regardless of the system load, and it had a significant audio presence thanks to the Beats Audio implementation.
Pros: Quick and Powerful:, Quiet and Cool:, Software:, Beats Audio:, Games:
Cons: The Hinge:, Screen Darkening:, Pop-Ups:, No Touchscreen?!:
Excerpt: We used to get excited when HP would send us its latest all-in-one. Each new model seemed to add some cool innovation or new feature that no other manufacturer had. The Omni 27-1015T has us wondering if the all-in-one pioneer has tired of pushing the envelope. Sure, this new model has a slightly faster CPU, a better GPU, a bigger hard drive, and faster memory than the last HP all-in-one we tested (you can read our review of HP’s Omni 27 Quad here ), but simply reaching...
Pros: IPS panel; HP’s Magic Canvas.
Cons: Expensive; gimpy volume control in HDMI mode; no Blu-ray drive.
Summary: As far as All-in-One desktop computers go, the larger is certainly the better. And you can’t just slap on the biggest screen and claim the crown; you’d have to encompass every aspect that makes an AIO a good AIO — namely, the specs, audio and display quality. The HP Omni 27 tries all that, and what do you know? They mostly succeed. The Omni 27 is huge — you can’t expect any smaller when the screen comes in 27-inches.
Pros: Large, brilliant display, Great audio, Good performance
Excerpt: Earlier this year I had the opportunity to take a look at HP's TouchSmart 520 All-In-One , a 23-inch multi-touch system powered by a second-generation Intel Core i7 processor . The system was one of the best AIO solutions I reviewed to date, but that was before the HP Omni 27 showed up at my front door.
Excerpt: THE DISPLAYS IN HP’s TouchSmart series top out at 23 inches. To get anything bigger, you must move over to HP’s Omni all-in-one lineup. The upper limit here is a ginormous 27 inches, but you won’t get that slick touch user interface, and you’ll need to sacrifice performance to keep the price tag in the same $1,250 neighborhood occupied by the TouchSmart 520-1070 we reviewed in March. We’re not convinced those are good trade-offs.
Pros: Big display; HDMI input; HP’s Magic Canvas.
Cons: Absurd volume control in HDMI mode; integrated graphics; display lacks precision for critical applications.
Conclusion: But if you're happy with 1080p resolution (which is optimal for HD media playback), and you're willing to spend some time uninstalling some unnecessary software, the Omni 27-1015t is a solid family and media PC. We just wish the Blu-ray drive didn't add an extra $100 to the asking price.
Pros: Large, bright screen, Good productivity performance, Excellent audio, Upgradable
Cons: Lack of a touch screen makes a future Windows 8 upgrade less appealing, Blu-ray drive costs $100 extra, Competing Dell and Apple systems offer higher resolution
Conclusion: HP’s new all-in-one is bigger, but is it better? We’re afraid the answer is no. The larger display obviously costs HP more to acquire, and that cost is passed on to the user. A base price of $1,199 is far from outrageous – in fact, this is towards the less expensive end of the desktop systems we normally review – but it’s quite a lot for system that only has a Core i5-2400S processor.
Pros: Attractive design, Large display, Excellent audio quality
Cons: Resolution is too low for the display’s size, Limited video connectivity, Poor performance, Not a great value
Conclusion: If you plan on doing loads of HD video editing or other time-consuming, CPU-demanding tasks, you may want to configure the Omni 27 with a more powerful CPU, or opt for the Asus ET2700INKS, which is a smidge cheaper than a similarly upconfigured Omni 27, and comes with a compact external subwoofer, to boot.
Pros: Large-screen PC at a relatively low price, Decent productivity performance, Excellent audio, Upgradable
Cons: High-end configuration is pricier than similar Asus model, Lack of a touch screen makes a future Windows 8 upgrade less appealing
HP Omni 27-1015t All-in-One Review: Beautiful, Affordable, Boring
7 July 2012
Excerpt: As all-in-one desktops go, the HP Omni 27-1015t is a fairly standard entry. Though the screen is large and attractive, overall this machine lacks the “wow” factor necessary for it to stand out among the competition.