- Review Date: 12/14/2011
- Bottom line:
The HP Omni 220-1080qd may look like an unassuming all-in-one PC, but underneath hood it has a powerful quad-core processor and discrete chip to boot.
Powerful Core i7 processor. Big 1TB hard drive. USB 3.0 onboard. Blu-ray player. Integrated Wi-Fi. Wired keyboard and mouse included. Beats Audio provides great depth in sound.
Bloatware. No HDMI-in or -out port. Discrete graphics can't play high-end games.
The HP Omni 220-1080qd is one of the few all-in-one desktop PCs that doesn't come equipped with a capacitive touch screen—an extra feature that hikes up the price. Rather, HP has designed a desktop with a better Core i7 CPU, discrete GPU, and USB 3.0 interfaces—which is more than most all-in-one PCs have to offer at this price point. That said, the system isn't perfect; I would have liked to have seen an HDMI-input, which would keep the Omni 220-1080qd useful long after the internal components become obsolete. But even so, it's still top among its competitors, which is why it earns our Editors' Choice for midrange all-in-one desktops.
Design & Features
The Omni 220-1080qd has a slim black plastic chassis; the uniform color is broken up by a silver band that runs along its edges. The 21.5-inch monitor displays in full 1080p HD (1,920-by-1,080 resolution), and is held up by a bent arm much like the Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Thunderbolt) ($1,199 list, 4.5 stars). Sitting above the display is an integrated Webcam and directly underneath is an integrated speaker. The Omni 220-1080qd comes equipped with Beats Audio software, which helps increase the bass output, and also adjusts the sound settings depending on what kind of media you're viewing or listening to. There are settings to adjust the audio to be better suited for music, podcasts, and movies, or you can customize these settings yourself.
The Omni 220-1080qd's integrated speakers will provide a great listening experience. While watching the "Inception" trailer on YouTube I noticed the depth of the "Bwah" sounded fuller. You can turn the Beats Audio on and off through a shortcut on the keyboard. When I switched it off, however, I noticed that the audio sounded pretty flat, like a laptop's speakers.
Along the left side of the Omni 220-1080qd are two USB 3.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks, and a media card reader (SD/MS/xD). On the other side is a tray-loading DVD+-RW and Blu-ray player—a feature most all-in-ones, like the Sony VAIO VPC-L231FX/W ($999.99 list, 4.5 stars), lack at this price point. On the back of the system, there are four USB 2.0 ports (two of which are taken up by the wired keyboard and mouse), Ethernet, and speaker jack. Integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi is also onboard. There's no HDMI video output, but I would have liked to see at least an HDMI video input, which would allow you to utilize the Omni 220-1080qd's display by hooking it up to a gaming console or another PC—ultimately increasing its usability long after the internal components have become obsolete.
The Omni 220-1080qd comes with a huge 1TB hard drive, but it also comes bogged down with bloatware. Zya music player, Blio ereader, WebOS, and eBay shortcuts litter the desktop. Hidden in the control panel are two more ereaders (Kobo and Zinio Reader 4), and a Bing and Ask toolbar are just lying in wait to attach themselves to your dedicated browser. HP does include a useful piece of software called LinkUp. This program can be downloaded to other (non-HP) computers and allows you to share files on these computers within your home's network. It's like having your own personal cloud.
The Omni 220-1080qd comes equipped with high-end components, including a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-2600S processor, 6GB of RAM, and an AMD Radeon HD 6450 discrete graphics processor. These components are far more powerful than what even the Editors' Choice Sony VAIO VPC-L231FX/W offers (Core i3-2320M). The Omni 220-1080qd's Core i7 (2,690) processor trounced the Sony VPC-L231FX/W's Core i3 (2,167) in day-to-day tests like PCMark 7, coming out 523 points ahead. The performance difference between the two was further seen while the two systems ran through our Photoshop CS5 script, which took advantage of the Omni 220-1080qd's quad-core processor, completing the test in 3 minutes 46 second, which is significantly faster than the dual-core-CPU-equipped Sony VPC-L231FX/W (5:34), but not quite as fast as the more media-oriented Apple iMac (3:29). In Cinebench R11.5 3D rendering tests, the Omni 220-1080qd (5.67) scored a full point higher than the iMac (4.13) and then some.
In gaming tests, the Omni 220-1080qd's AMD Radeon HD 6450A graphics proved to be a bit weak, running higher-end titles like Crysis in DirectX 10 at 29.3 frames per second (fps) on and Lost Planet 2 (Direct X 11) at 13.4fps (both on Medium settings and 1,280-by-720 resolution). It was slower than the Apple iMac's more powerful Radeon HD 6750M (70fps in Crysis, 32fps in Lost Planet 2). The Omni 220-1080qd won't give you great performance if you're looking to play high-end titles, but if your gaming lies more in the World of Warcraft and Sims 3 range then you should be fine.
The HP Omni 220-1080qd is a great all-in-one, especially for those who have no desire for a PC with a touch screen. HP has loaded this unit up with a Blu-ray player, Core i7 processor, and two USB 3.0 ports—offering more media features than the Editors' Choice Apple iMac. However, it lacks one major feature that other all-in-ones, like the Editors' Choice Sony VAIO VPC-L231FX/W, have in this price range—an HDMI-in port. If performance is more important to you than features, the Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Thunderbolt) will give you better gaming performance, but in multimedia-oriented and day-to-day tasks, the Omni 220-1080qd and the iMac are equals. Because of its features and strong performance for its price, the Omni 220-1080qd earns our Editors' Choice for all-in-one PCs.
This review is in partnership with Ziff Davis Media.