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HP Omni 120-1024You 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.
-Hi, I'm Rich Brown, senior editor for CNET.com. Today, we're gonna take a look at the HP Omni 120-1024. So, this is a 499, non-touch on one. It's designed to be sort of a straightforward workforce budget PC, so announces a pretty good desktop, but the one thing you might wanna ask yourself is whether or not for that same 500 bucks you maybe wanna buy a tablet instead. So, for the basics of the system, it's a dual core low power AMD CPU on 4 gigs RAM, 500 gigabyte hard drive, and an integrated graphic chip, has a 20 inch 16 x 9 display. It's nice and bright. It's a pretty good looking system overall as well and also has a DVD burner, wireless networking, and a webcam built in to the top as you except from most all-in-one these day. So, this is a non-touchscreen. We're pretty sure most people will get a little bit without that feature. Going around the rest of the system, it's also pretty straight forward. On the side here, there is a tray loading DVD burner and your connectivity options on the back also pretty simple. You got 4 USB 2 jacks, an Ethernet input as well as an audio output here. Over here the left side of the system, you have 2 more USB 2 ports, couple of analog audio jacks as well as an SD card input. Along with all that, you get a basic wired mouse and keyboard. So, due to low price on one does not have a lot of the features we're used to from some higher-end models. Like we said, there is no touch, there is no USB 3 jacks. There is no HDMI input, so you can't connect other devices to the system. There's also no on system volume or display controls. You get some standard volume buttons on the keyboard, but that's really about it. Now, we found the system is fast enough to do basic day to day productivity task. You can even play some low level games, but you may actually wanna consider whether or not a tablet makes more sense. If you have to do a lot of typing, you wanna store a lot of media or in general if you just want a big screen an Omni is definitely the way to go. That's said, if you wanna play more casual games. If you're more of a media consumer, then potentially a media creator, a tablet might actually more logical. If you just wanna still wanna budget desktop though, we can certainly advocate for an all-in-one rather than stand alone tower and display. So, I'm Rich Brown. This is the HP Omni 120-1024.