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HP Omni 220 review: HP Omni 220

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The Good The HP Omni 220-1080qd offers some of the best performance available in a sub-$1,000 all-in-one desktop.

The Bad I always cringe when an all-in-one, particularly with a 23-inch display, lacks an HDMI input.

The Bottom Line HP's nontouch Omni 220-1080qd all-in-one boasts a strong, performance-oriented configuration that will satisfy anyone looking for a mainstream desktop.

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7.5 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Performance 9
  • Support 7

Hewlett-Packard's $999 Omni 220-1080qd is a welcome mainstream all-in-one that lacks a touch screen. Rather than adding touch hardware and software to this unit, HP instead has included a fast Intel Core i7 CPU, plenty of RAM, a discrete graphics card, and a Blu-ray drive to offer a complete all-purpose computer for under $1,000. I can recommend this system to anyone looking for a speedy mainstream desktop for a fair price.

The Omni 220 is the bigger, faster, more expensive sibling of HP's Omni 120 all-in-one, also without a touch screen, which we reviewed earlier this fall. Both units feature clean, if nondescript styling, although the Omni 220 is unusual in that HP gave it an iMac-like pedestal design, rather than use a pair of feet or some other support underneath the display. The pedestal makes it easier to store the keyboard directly underneath the Omni 220, but otherwise the benefits of one design over the other are mostly cosmetic.

HP Omni 220-1080qd Dell Inspiron One 2320 Samsung Series 7
Price $999 $1,249 $1,099
Display size/resolution 23-inch, 1,920x1,080 pixels 23-inch, 1,920x1,080 pixels 23-inch, 1,920x1,080 pixels
CPU 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-2600S 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2400 2.93GHz Intel Core i7-870
Memory 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Graphics 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6450A 1GB Nvidia GeForce 525M 64MB Intel HD Graphics 1000
Hard drives 1TB, 7,200rpm 2TB, 7,200rpm 1TB, 7,200rpm
Optical drive Blu-ray drive/DVD burner Blu-ray drive/DVD burner dual-layer DVD burner
Networking Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Coming in under $1,000 with a strong configuration, the Omni 220 for the most part stands out as a fair deal over its touch-equipped competitors. Dell, for example, offers its touch-enabled Inspiron One 2320 for about $250 more, but with a much slower CPU. The Dell does have a larger hard drive than the HP, and the cost of mechanical storage capacity has spiked recently due to the manufacturing issues resulting from this summer's flooding disaster in Thailand. Supply chain anomalies not withstanding, if you subtract $100 for the Dell's touch-screen option, and roughly another $75 for the larger hard drive, that still leaves the Dell about $75 over the price of the Omni 220, but with a slower CPU.

A critical difference between the two that's not listed in the chart above is the lack of an HDMI input on the HP. Where the Dell Inspiron One, the Samsung Series 7, and in fact almost all all-in-ones offer HDMI in, HP doesn't even offer it as an option with the Omni 220, like it does with its TouchSmart line. Given the extent to which HDMI input can expand the overall usefulness of an all-in-one to work with other video components (cable boxes, game consoles), its absence on the Omni 220 is disappointing.

Cinebench 11.5
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Rendering multiple CPUs
Rendering single CPU

If it's not as versatile as it could be, at least the Omni 220's performance stands strong next to that of other all-in-ones in its price range. The other systems in our charts, with the exception of the Toshiba, are actually more expensive than the Omni 220, but aside from the Lenovo and occasionally the 21.5-inch iMac, the HP system outperforms them all.

The HP's lower-end graphics card also makes it a marginally credible gaming desktop. The Lenovo and its midrange GeForce GT 555 card enjoy an edge on this metric as well. With the Lenovo's card, you can play every current PC game with at least moderate detail settings and at full resolution. You will need to compromise image quality for frame rate more often with the Omni 220's Radeon HD 6450A card, but at least you should be able to find some setting that works. Not so with the embedded graphics chips in the other Windows all-in-ones.

The absence of an HDMI input is the most notable point in the HP's array of inputs and outputs, but the pair of USB 3.0 jacks on the left edge is a close second. That's a nice feature, and I'm glad HP has made the effort to make that standard. Otherwise, connectivity options are fairly pedestrian. You get a handful of extra USB 2.0 jacks, an Ethernet adapter, and analog and digital audio outputs.

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