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HP Omni 100-5050

  • Category: Desktop Computers
Last Updated
December 30, 2010

Editor's Rating
3.5 Out of 5

Pros
  • Sleek, compact design
  • Budget price
  • Large hard drive
  • Solid performance

Cons
  • No HDMI or Blu-ray
  • No TV tuner
  • Screen isn't 1080p HD

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The HP Omni 100-5050 is an all-in-one desktop PC that has a 20-inch HD display, a dual-core 1.8GHz AMD Athlon CPU and 3GB of memory all for a budget price. Besides all that, you also some multimedia features, including a 6-in-1 memory card reader, built-in Wi-Fi and HP's MediaSmart software suite.

The design of the HP Omni 100-5050 is a quite simple and sleek with a black body connected to an angled "L" stand. The system in total is only 2-inches thick and 23.2 x 11 x 20.1-inches (wdh) in measurement. It definitely fits into any home decor and isn't too large for most settings either.

Inside the 1.25-inch glossy black bezel is a 20-inch LED-backlit display with a resolution of 1600 x 900-pixels, which is 720p HD, but not the full 1080p. The display isn't too glossy either, which helps to cut down on glare and reflections. The 20-inch display does a good job of producing vibrant images all-around. Even though it isn't 1080p, it still does a fantastic job at showing high-definition content. This display is not touch-enabled, which tends to be a common feature on most all-in-one PCs, especially from HP. However, the leaving out of this feature allows them to sell it at a cheaper price. We didn't like that there is no height adjustment with the stand the display is attached to, but you do get room to tilt it.

Under the display are two stereo speakers that run along the width of the unit. Their output is rather good and is especially clear even at high volumes. They're more than sufficient for a smaller room, but don't expect them to provide fantastic quality with larger settings.

Bundled with the HP Omni 100-5050 are a pair of non-wireless keyboard and mouse. They're pretty basic, but of good quality. The keyboard has built-in multimedia controls including a volume control, which is especially welcome on a multimedia-geared all-in-one PC.

On the left side of the body, there is a 6-in-1 memory card reader, headphone/microphone ports, a Firewire port and two USB 2.0 ports. The rear has four more USB 2.0 ports, audio line-out and Ethernet. Noticeably absent is HDMI connectivity and perhaps something like an eSATA/USB combo port, but again, not having these helps keep down the price.

The internal specifications of the HP Omni 100-5050 include an AMD Athlon 260u dual-core CPU (1.8GHz), 3GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable to 8GB), an ATI Radeon HD 4270 integrated graphics card, a 500GB 7200RPM hard drive, built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and a dual-layer DVD+/-RW LightScribe drive. The operating system is Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit). The lack of a Blu-ray disc drive also owns to the lower price tag.

Performance with the HP Omni 100-5050 is pretty good thanks to the dual-core 1.8GHz CPU and 3GB of RAM. The 500GB hard drive provides plentiful storage space for multimedia files and is also quite fast thanks to the 7200RPM speed instead of the 5400RPM speed found on many other budget PCs. Media encoding tasks were done with decent speed, but not the best and that's expected because the Omni 100-5050 isn't a powerhouse PC. For the usual computing tasks, this PC did a good job at keeping up and keeping things moving. Because of the integrated graphics processor, don't expect to play any 3D, graphics-intensive games because this PC can't handle it.


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