Summary: HP sells a pretty good powered subwoofer—the $130 HP Pulse —but you can plug any powered sub into this jack. If you don’t need an all-in-one as powerful as what Asus is offering, we’d recommend stepping down to the Gateway. The price/performance ratio of HP’s Omni 27-1015T is just too out of whack for us to recommend as an in-between compromise.
Pros: IPS panel; HP’s Magic Canvas.
Cons: Expensive; gimpy volume control in HDMI mode; no Blu-ray drive.
Summary: Losing the TV tuner—and even the touch UI—isn’t a big deal, but we don’t like the idea of stepping down to a lesser CPU and a smaller hard drive to get that big screen. Our biggest complaint, however, centers on the ridiculously convoluted volume control—it’s bad enough to prevent us from recommending the Omni 27 Quad at any price.
Pros: Big display; HDMI input; HP’s Magic Canvas.
Cons: Absurd volume control in HDMI mode; integrated graphics; display lacks precision for critical applications.