Apple made waves when it first introduced its 27-inch variant of the iMac just a couple of years ago. HP clearly sees room for a PC version of the form factor – so today, they released the stunning HP Omni 27, an aluminum-clad, IPS-possessed wonder.
Fans of HP’s lineup will notice the similarities between the new Omni 27 and its TouchSmart 520, and with good reason – the Omni 27 is basically a 27-inch version of the latter computer, with a similar HD res IPS panel and with a regular glass screen. There’s no touch or multitouch capabilities here, since HP wanted to keep the Omni 27 on this side of affordable, and it looks like they succeeded. That doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing a 27-inch version of the TouchSmart at some point in time, but the pricing will have to come down first, and HP will need to engineer a thinner version of their optical touch technology.
The resemblances don’t stop there, however, as the Omni 27 is one of the first PCs to ship with HP’s TouchSmart software suite, re-engineered for use with a keyboard and mouse. Most of the applications are there, and for users looking to spruce up the basic Windows experience, this might do the trick.
Packed with up to 2TB of storage, Beats Audio, HDMI-in and -out, as well as an optional Blu-Ray slot-loading disc drive, the Omni 27 starts at an extraordinarily reasonable $1149. Stay tuned for our follow-up hands-on article, to be posted later today.
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