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First Look: HP Omni 200 5380qd

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First Look: HP Omni 200 5380qd

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The HP Omni 200 5380qd lacks some of the flashier features of other all-in-one PCs, but it makes up the difference with surprisingly fast performance, making it easy to recommend to anyone in need of a reasonably priced home desktop.

Hi, I'm Rich Brown, senior editor for CNET.com. Here, we gonna take a look at the HP Omni 200 5380qd. So, this is a 21.5-inch all-in-one comes from the fast Intel Core i5 CPU as well as a midrange AMD Radeon 5570 graphic card. Though, it is not a touchscreen all-in-one like a lot of others these days, but it is one of the fastest all-in-one's we've tested. So just looking at the design, it's a pretty friendly-looking PC. You can see the sides are nice and rounded here. And the black plastic means a little fit in a pretty much any environment. There was actually not that much going on with this PC in terms of its external hardware. There's a web camera up here. You had a few ports here on the side including USB, analog audio as well as an SD card slot. There are also a few more ports in the back. You've got a couple of USB ports in using that output as well as a single audio out. Now note, there is no secondary video output much less than input, which means this system doesn't really work well of other home entertainment devices, so you can't directly connect to a cable box or a game console, and you can't even really connect the second monitor to it very easily. Now, even though it is relatively simple system, it really does handle general applications and even games fairly well. We were able to play Crisis 2 as well as Metro 2033 in this system with the image quality set to just above the bottom, but that was at 4 resolution in both cases, so it's 1920 x 1080. Now that kind of game capability is not very common at all-in-one, so it's nice the system has some versatility to it. We also like its general performance. It out perform pretty much every other all-in-one out there in this price range including Apple's iMac. The one test the iMac was faster on was multimedia multitasking. So, let's say if you wanted to rip a CD or watching a movie, the iMac is still a little bit faster, but the HP is still the same ballpark and we definitely recommend it given its price especially. This configuration comes in $949 right now. Our one other minor criticism in this system is we might like to see a larger display. For the most part, the 21.5-inch display is fine, but other all-in-ones in this price range tend to go up to 23. That's it if you're in the market for a fast, general purpose all-in-one. It also has a little bit of game capability to it. We certainly recommend this system. So, I'm Rich Brown, this is the HP Omni 200 5380qd.

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