The Good HP's Omni 120-1024 is an aptly configured budget desktop with enough performance and functionality to satisfy home users or students.
The Bad Depending on your needs, a tablet computer might be a more elegant alternative.
The Bottom Line You might reasonably ask whether a budget desktop makes sense anymore given the versatility of the iPad and other tablets, but if you find you do in fact need a low-cost computer, the HP Omni 120-1024 is a fine choice.
HP Omni 120
It's been over a year since a vendor submitted a budget all-in-one, so I had to dig deep into the review archive to find comparisons for the Best Buy-exclusive HP Omni 120-1024. What I found is that this $499 PC offers almost as many raw features as a $699 unit this time last year, although its performance is not quite as fast as I had hoped. I can recommend the Omni 120 if you want a simple desktop as a basic home computing/storage hub, or if you intend to do a lot of stationary typing. For more entertainment-oriented family computing, your $500 might be better directed toward an iPad.
The Omni 120 is the most affordable model of the handful of new all-in-ones from HP released earlier this fall. Aimed at budget shoppers looking for a basic, non-touch all-in-one desktop, the Omni line, and the 120 model in particular, features an inoffensive design (some might say bland), and a value-oriented assortment of components. You won't play demanding games with this PC, and I wouldn't recommend you use it for regular content creation, but it's perfectly serviceable as a light-duty, day-to-day home computer.
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