HP Omni 220-1080qd


A new all in one desktop solution

What HP offers with the Omni 220-1080qd is an all-in-one PC with an affordable price tag and good specifications. It is true that the screen is not capacitive, so the smaller price is well justified, but it ships in with both keyboard and mouse and a range of good features that you’d like to have on your PC.

21.5 inch monitor

Let’s begin the review by describing the Omni 220-1080qd’s connectivity support and ports so you can make an opinion about it. You will see below that the good and attractive design is nicely gifted, making the PC and option to consider. The 21.5 inch monitor HP Omni 220-1080qd can display in Full 1080p HD and is surrounded by a black chassis as well as a silver band that goes all around the edges. The stand is particular but not unfamiliar though, the type of a bent arm that we saw on the Apple iMac of the same display size. The top bezel hosts the web camera and the speaker while the left and the right ones offer the port variety. On the left, you can find the two USB 3.0 ports, the SD/MS/xD card reader and the headphone and microphone jacks. HP-Omni-220-1080qd

On the right side we were very happy to find a tray which kindly accepts DVD+-RW as well as Blu-ray, and HP HP Omni 220-1080qd excels at this point because you can hardly find an all-in-one with this feature. The back of our review model is also equipped with some useful ports, like four USB 2.0 ports, the Ethernet connection and a speaker jack. The lack of a HDMI input/output is the computer’s weak point and we wish there was one included (at least for playing some games during our testing). At least there’s built-in 802.11n WiFi, so you won’t have to sacrifice another USB port for that- we say this because two of the total of four are already destined to the mouse and keyboard.

Good sound quality

Hearing that it comes equipped with Beats Audio software, we were very anxious to test the sound quality, which turned out to be a very welcomed improvement. Only by turning the software off you can feel the sound scratching on your ears, not to say about movie experience. What this software does is to make some enhancements in bass quality, as well as adjust the sound settings according to the type of content you are listening to.

The Audio Beats is useful software and anyone would be happy to use it, but the Omni 220-1080qd also come with some junkish software we would gladly do away with. For example, there is Zya music player, WebOS, Blio eReader (as well as Zinio Reader 4 and Kobo which you can find in Control Panel) and Bing and Ask toolbars just lie in wait to enter in your life. We didn’t even bother to test any of these because they all came uninvited and we spent some time for uninstalling them. The reason for their existence couldn’t be other than the very spacious 1TB of hard drive.

2.8GHz Intel Core i7- 2600S CPU

The HP Omni 220-1080qd comes with a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7- 2600S processor and 6GB of RAM, plus an AMD Radeon HD 6450 discrete graphics processor, which as you can see are very powerful. The computer runs fast and the graphic processor can deal with average computer games, while it proved to be a bit laggish with higher-end game titles.

Review conclusion

For an all-in-one, the HP Omni 220-1080qd is better than expected, featuring a Core i7 processor, a Blu-ray player and two USB 3.0 ports. In game-like performance, it didn’t outrun the Apple iMac 21.5, but for the rest of the tasks the two did just the same. Considering the price though, between the two we’d go for this desktop solution.

Technical specifications

Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Home edition
Device typeMultimedia, All-in-one Desktop
Processor TypeIntel Core i7-2600S
CPU Speed2.8 GHz
CPU FamilyIntel Core i7
Storage Capacity1 TB
RAM memoryRAM 6 GB
Optical DriveBlu-Ray Disc
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 6450A
Display Size21.5 inches
Monitor TypeLCD Widescreen