Conclusion: One of the high notes of the last HP all-in-one I reviewed was the company's Beats Audio. I expected nothing less from this system and thankfully it didn't disappoint. The speaker bar below the display was able to fill a large room with great sounding music without having to push the speakers to max volume. Bass is certainly present although you have to be reasonable with expectations from such small speakers.
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: 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
Excerpt: Initially the HP Omni 27 desktop took my breath away. Seriously, when I first saw it sitting in our Test Centre, I was absolutely taken by its gorgeous, edge-to-edge glass 27-inch screen. The rest of the design leaves a little to be desired, but this screen is definitely a step in the right direction.