The HP Omni 27 is looking to compete with Apple. (Photo credit: Raymond Wong/DVICE)
The universe is still intact — the PC one — at least. After announcing it's not spinning off its PC business, HP is back in the saddle and ready battle again with its HP Omni 27 — an all-in-one PC with a gigantic 27-inch HD display, Beats audio and a price that Apple can't compete with.
The first thing you notice is the HD display. It's gorgeous and like the 27-inch iMac, feels too large when you're sitting a mere foot away from the edge-to-edge glass. The Omni 27 doesn't have the iMac's 2,550x1,440 resolution, but from a good two feet, larger pixels actually feels better.
The 27-inch screen sits on a rather large piece of ugly plastic to keep it from toppling over. The stand also lets you tilt the Omni 27 up to 25-degrees.
On to the specs, the Omni 27 has a Core i5 2400S processor, with 6GB of RAM, a built-in DVD drive, up to 2TB of storage, two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports and a six-in-one memory card reader.
But wait, what's the graphics power? This is where I and I assume you, will put your frowny face on. The Omni 27 only comes with Intel HD graphics, which means you can kiss goodbye to playing Skyrim on this machine.
Like HP's TouchSmart all-in-one PCs, the Omni 27 has HP's "Magic Canvas" multimedia suite that sits on top of Windows. I'm not particularly a fan of it and from what I saw, the UI still feels slightly laggy, but it can be switched off.
Customizers who are looking for more functions can order build-to-order models with a Blu-ray drive, HDMI port and TV tuner.
HP's Omni 27 drops on Jan. 8 and starts at $1,200. Compared to the 27-inch iMac that starts at $1,700, the Omni 27 is a steal, but in terms of brute power, HP's PC is kind of on the low end of the spectrum.