Friday, 14 August 2015 17:03

HP’s ginormous 27” All-in-one - review

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I love 27" HD touch screens - especially on HP's new Pavilion All-in-One desktop.

HP asked me to review the new AiO 27 - the two models cost $2499 (27-n010a-8GB) and $2699 (27-n011a-16GB) and include:

  • Intel i7-4785T Haswell 4th generation processor
  • Windows 8.1 (upgradeable to Windows 10)
  • 8 or 16GB of RAM
  • 2TB hard disk
  • A cleverly concealed ultra slim DVD burner
  • Intel HD graphics and AMD Radeon R7 A360 with 4GB
  • Bang and Oulfsen dual speakers with DTS sound
  • 27" HD, 1080p, IPS touch, edge to edge screen (23" model also available)
  • Memory card reader
  • Wireless keyboard and optical mouse
  • Wi-Fi N, Bluetooth 4.0, 4 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, headphone/mic, webcam

All housed in an 11.24kg, Blizzard White (back) and elegant black front bezel. The comparison link is here.

This cannot be a full review because technically, I received a prototype/engineering sample. The article is about general impressions and what it is best for.

Out of the box

It comes in a LCD TV style of box – its dimensions are 20.47 x 66.73 x 49.49 cm (plus the box) but it would fit in most small cars or taxis. It is fully assembled so it is good for the technically challenged. Simply plug in the power adaptor and use the wireless keyboard and mouse and you are good to go.

Getting back to the size its fits nicely on a small 600mm wide desk so it icallyived a dual DVB-T USB tuner and apartment dwellers. It could easily be used as a TV with teh is ideal for apartment dwellers. It could easily be used as a TV with the addition of a dual DVB-T USB tuner like the Hauppauge WinTV-Nova-TD-Stick with a remote control and its Win TV software that includes an electronic TV guide and digital TV recording. It is about $160 from most computer stores.

And it looks impressive – it would look good in a lounge room or office. It has strong Mac cues.

Screen

27” is big – big enough to fit nearly three A4 sheets side by side with plenty of room at top and bottom. It has all the real estate you could want but it also has a HDMI output if you want to run another screen too. With an i7 processor, a gigabit Ethernet connection I can also see business adopting this – especially graphic designers and those that want an elegant Mac like PC.

Out of the box, I connected to Wi-Fi and my media server and bought up a 1080p HD movie. After a little fiddling with the Intel HD graphics colour controls I got a picture equal to any 1080p LCD TV – clear, bright, even backlight and perfect for movie watching.

The Wi-Fi N did a creditable job in streaming – the router was one floor away.

Speakers – B&O Play

I ramped up the volume to full, it was loud, and clear enough for TV/Movie watching in a mid-sized, say 5 x 4m lounge room. I would recommend a sound bar if you intend to use it as a TV.

Work stuff

It comes with Windows 8.1 (upgrade free to Windows 10) and a range of useful and useless software including:

  • McAfee Central
  • McAfee LiveSafe™
  • CyberLink Media Suite
  • CyberLink PhotoDirector
  • CyberLink Power Media Player
  • CyberLink PowerBackup
  • CyberLink YouCam
  • mysms
  • Bing
  • Bing Translator
  • 7-Zip
  • Evernote
  • Skype
  • Foxit PhantomPDF
  • TripAdvisor
  • Dropbox
  • HP SimplePass
  • HP Support Assistant
  • HP Connected Photo
  • HP ePrint

My advice is to remove what you do not use.

Office 365 is at extra cost.

Conclusion

I am an apartment dweller and I realise that sometimes bedrooms also have work/study desks. It would be the ideal solution for the space challenged but equally I would buy it instead of a traditional desktop (mini-tower) too. Let’s face it AiOs rule for convenience.

Price wise – it is not cheap at $2499 or $2699 but your friendly retailer may do a deal especially if you twist his arm for a dual TV tuner…

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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