The Omni 100z is a budget-friendly all-in-one desktop PC which could help you save lot of bucks versus getting a more costly PC with features and speed you don’t really care about. Tagged with $549, it’s not at all costlier than the underpowered nettops and it is lot better than most of them. It fits the place of a stable Internet device and an occasional productivity system. However few things like Blu-ray drive, touchscreen, HDMI & eSATA ports, TV tuner and wireless peripherals seen in usual all-in-one PCs are missing here.
Instead of employing single-core chip which is intended for netbooks, this system is outfitted with dual-core AMD Athlon II X2 250 processor that runs at 1.6GHz. Though the chip is not a serious speedster, it lets the Omni to provide upright application performance. Plus, ATI Radeon HD 4270 graphics chip, 3GB of DDR3 memory and a spacious 500GB hard drive.
The Omni owes minimal design. The outfit is almost black and the HP branding is kept simple. Below the display you can see a tiny HP logo. The body is slim measuring just 2inch of thickness.
The 1.25inch shiny black bezel outlines the display and a similar arm lifts it off your table while offering a suitable spot to hide the keyboard when not used. It doesn’t have any option for height adjustment however you can tilt the body and get the exact viewing angle. The screen possesses matte finish that helps in preventing shimmer and reflections. The camera is mounted at the top edge of the screen. The rear end sports a matte-black finish and inclined edges. A huge HP logo sits at the center. The overall look is appealing and is similar to HP Pavilion MS225.
- CPU : 1.6GHz dual-core AMD Athlon II X2 250 processor
- OS : Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
- RAM : 3GB
- Graphics Card : ATI Radeon HD 4270
- Display : 20inch LED backlit display
- Camera : 0.3MP
- Dimension : 20 x 8.7 x 16 inches
- Weight : 20.1 lb
- Price : $549
The 20inch LED backlit display supports 1600X900 pixel resolution and broad set of hues. The image appears bright in spite of the fact that surface lacks glossy touch. The videos and photos look crispy and vibrant. The screen is able to show 720p videos. Also the HD videos load swiftly and play without any lags. This versatile display is apt for productivity work as well as entertainment activities.
The stereo speakers are situated beneath the display, after a speaker grill which run along the width of the PC. The audio that burst out is quite robust. Even with the maximum volume the output stays clean and clear. For the movie playback the speakers are more than enough and in the tiny room where you can’t drift too far from the system, you could use Omni to listen to songs pleasingly.
Ports and Connectivity
It accommodates good number of ports. At the lower right hand side you can see 4 USB 2.0 ports organized in a square, line-out port, Ethernet port and power connector. The right edge houses 2 more USB 2.0 ports, headphone jack, mic jack and multiple-format memory-card reader. The left spine houses tray for DVD burner and group of brightness controls.
Luckily, there’s 802.11n Wi-Fi connection onboard helping to bring the system online without the necessity to run Ethernet cord.
The included peripherals are of wired type. Even though the wireless peripherals are much preferred these days in order to keep the desk clutter free, the wired suite roped in with Omni owes solid build quality. The keyboard sports spacious keys that supply decent vertical travel and also dedicated volume/mute buttons over a numerical keypad. Both the peripherals go well with the Omni, which we always admire.
Omni is not a serious speedster for media-munching tasks; however the trade-off is comprehensible considering the price tag. The overall performance of the Omni is acceptable. You see occasional delay only when you engage with some serious multitasking. On the other side, the system feels responsive and lively for standard productivity-app usage.
When you play games at native resolution, the system struggles with slower frame rates. But when you change the settings and bring down the resolution you’ll find playable frame rate. Hence the Omni is suitable for playing older games at moderate resolution but don’t consider Omni as a gaming rig.
It surely doesn’t break any of the benchmark records and the feature set it sports is not so expansive, however the system glues to the basics and doles out a well designed, proficient all-in-one PC for low price. HP has done great job in crafting a sensibly performing PC taking price and form factor into consideration. 100z is not flashy but it makes a good selection as a second PC or you can even opt Omni if your computing needs won’t exceed beyond e-mail, Internet and small office applications.