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HP announces Omni 27 all-in-one PC, brings h9 Phoenix desktop stateside

HP announces Omni 27 all-in-one PC, brings h9 Phoenix desktop stateside


HP announced a new 27-inch all-in-one PC, the Omni 27. It'll start at a cost of $1,199.99 on January 8th. The company also announced that the Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix gaming PC will come to the United States the very same day, with a starting price of $1,149.99.

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HP might be all about laptops right now, but the company has a few desktops up its sleeves, like this Omni 27 all-in-one PC. As you might expect from the name, it's got a 27-inch 1080p LED-backlit display, with edge-to-edge glass on the screen, and a design lifted directly from HP's TouchSmart all-in-one PCs. There's no touchscreen here, but the base system does start at $1,199.99. That includes a 2.5GHz Sandy Bridge Core i5-2400S processor, integrated graphics, 6GB of RAM, Beats Audio, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI input. There are also TV tuner and Blu-ray drive options. We got a chance to play with the all-in-one at a press event recently, and we found the display a bit low-res for its size, even if you consider the computer's low price. HP's also making the Omni the first non-touch PC with its Magic Canvas software, which has the same big icons and customizable panes as its TouchSmart skin found on touchscreen all-in-ones. (We still aren't sure why they haven't implemented some of the webOS UI design with this sort of thing.) Still, if you like the sound of that software and the screen resolution doesn't deter you, it will be available on January 8th in the US.

Alongside the new all-in-one, HP is announcing that the Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix desktop, a "prosumer" gaming rig, will finally make its way to the United States on January 8th. It starts at $1,149.99 and includes an eight-core AMD FX-8100 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 160GB SSD, and a Radeon 7670 GPU with 1GB of VRAM. Options include secondary hard drives and liquid cooling. If you aren't a fan of AMD, there's also a X79 motherboard available, and HP offers Intel processors as pricey as the Core i7-3960X to accompany that chipset. The case differentiates itself from HP's h8 desktop by including lots of intimidating red lights and a little window so you can take a peek at what's inside.

On top of those two consumer PCs, HP is also rolling out three new business-focused monitors. The most interesting of the three is the Compaq L2311c, which has a 23-inch display and a built-in port replicator. It connects to any notebook PC over USB 2.0 or 3.0, and offers you a selection of ports and a webcam. You can also connect to the monitor over the more traditional VGA cable if you so choose, and there's a power cord (for HP laptops) to charge your computer. It will be available in February for $319, alongside the affordable LED-backlit LV1911 and LV2011 monitors, which should be on sale in March for $125, and February for $135, respectively. Check out the full specs of the new all-in-one, desktop, and monitors in our product database.

HP Omni 27 hands-on and press photos


HP Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix hands-on and press photos


HP Compaq L2311c docking monitor hands-on and press photos