Computers and Technology

HP Omni 200-5250 Review – A Must Have Clutterless PC!

Don’t you just hate all the hassles of having a PC with all those dang wires infiltrating your workspace. Or not knowing where to put that bulky CPU unit that can’t fit in the corner. Or even trying to fit that monitor somewhere on your desk that already has enough stuff as it is. I know most of us do.

Well, that where HP solves this major bottleneck for those who just need an all-in-one PC with a lot of performance for a reasonable price. That is why you are reading this HP Omni 200-5250 review. The HP Omni 200-5250 will make your life a lot less stressful with it’s banging features it offers. At the end of this review, you will be convinced enough to purchase this all-in-one desktop with complete confidence. Let’s begin.

The Processor
Let’s begin where any avid tech person would start, the processor. So what kind of processor does the HP Omni 200-5250 have? This desktop PC has an Intel Pentium E5500 Processor. It runs at 2.8GHz, 2MB Cache, and 800MHz front side bus. Now, some of you who aren’t computer savvy are probably a little confuse at this point. I’ll break this down some more. When any spec sheet talks about ‘2.8 GHz’, we are talking about the processor’s speed. GHz stands for Gigahertz, which is one billion cycles per second, the clock speed of the processor. The more GHz a computer has, the faster it runs.

Cache is used to store loaded, ready-to-use programs that will be needed later in the initial startup of the computer. The microprocessor will usually have an extra amount of very fast ‘cache’ memory built in, which again, is a set of instructions the computer will used when it is started or turned on.

Cache memory makes programs on the computer run faster, so as a bonus, the processor it not needed as much as it would normally need to be, which is why some computers run more slowly.

Front side bus is a group of signals, known as a ‘bus’, which connects the processor to the memory controller, or the slot. To put it simply, the front side bus determines the speed of memory access. The higher the speed of the front side bus, the faster the processor can access information.

Another important factor of the HP Omni 200-5250 is it’s RAM or random access memory. RAM is another contributing factor behind the speed of the PC. The 200-5250 has 2 slots of 4GB(gigabytes) of PC3-6400 DDR3 SDRAM memory, which can be upgraded to 8GB total if you choose to purchase 2 more RAM cards. Okay, what did I just say, you ask? Let’s put it in simple terms, again.

SDRAM stands for synchronous dynamic random access memory. They run at much higher clock speeds than regular memory. SDRAM will synchronize itself with the cpu’s bus thus making it run a lot faster. And DDR3 is just the Double Data Rate 3. It is just another factor for making the PC faster. This is already replacing most of the original DDR and DDR2 memory RAMs.

The Hard Drive
Let’s face it people. It’s a new decade in the computer world. Most computers these days need to have lots of hard drive space to hold movie files, hundreds of pictures, video clips, and masses of other large files. That measly 32 gigabyte hard drive that was ‘enough’ back in the old days is not going to cut it anymore. That is where HP keeps up with today’s demanded hard drive standards.

The HP Omni 200-5250 has a 750GB, 7200 RPM, Serial ATA hard drive. I know, another mouthful. I’ll break that down into bit size chunks. By now, I would assume that you know that the larger the amount of hard drive space, the more you can fit files into one drive. 750 gigabytes of hard drive space is pretty massive, even for today’s standards. Most PCs come with the normal amount of 250GB of hard drive space, so you are getting a good amount here.

The 7200 revolutions per minute is just the speed of the disk inside the hard drive’s case. The faster it spins, the more data it can be transferred to the task being done. But be aware, the faster a hard drives speed, the more heat is being produce. If it is one thing that will kill a hard drive the quickest way possible, it would be heat. But the cooling system on most modern computers help to dissipate this problem.

Serial ATA stands for Serial Advanced Technology Attachment. It is the faster way of transferring data between the hard drive and the motherboard of the computer. All new computers today come with SATA wires.

Operating System
You can’t run your HP Omni 200-5250 without an operating system. The Omni 200-5250 comes with Windows 7 64-bit preinstalled. Let’s not go off topic with this one. Windows 7 is probably the most recommended and praised operating system in the Windows world. Just do a search online and you will get why so many people love this operating system.

The Monitor
The HP Omni 200-5250 comes with a respectable 21.5 inch full HD 1080p widescreen monitor with LED backlighting. 1080p(p means for progressive scan) is better over the old 1080i(i means for interlacing), the picture on the screen will be a lot more rich, sharp, and detailed. The only real difference between this monitor and the rest is that fact that it weighs twice as much. That is because all the cpu’s components are located on the monitor.

The Graphics
Another fact of computer life is that you have to have good graphics. Now I’ll be honest about the HP Omni 200-5250. It only has an integrated graphic card, called the Intel GMA X4500 HD. Normally, integrated graphics are not as good as the ones used to plug in the PCI slot in a CPU. But for just the 200-5250, it is still top quality. Besides, this is not a gaming PC, it’s an all-in-one. By the way, an integrated graphics card is a graphics card built in the motherboard of a computer, if some you out there were wondering.

Internal DVD Drive
The HP Omni 200-5250 has a slot-load SuperMulti DVD Burner DVD drive with LightScribe ability. This is a good disk drive, pretty reliable in most computers that use it. LightScribe is a program that allows you to do a custom laser burn design on any CD or DVD disk that can be etch. So, if you want to make a cool design or a custom label, you can with this feature.

High Performance Speakers
When you get the HP Omni 200-5250, the all-in-one desktop PC comes with high performing 2.0 speakers. These speakers are crisp and has some bass effect. They aren’t a top end sound system, but they do a pretty good job at audio levels in any room.

Other Features
To bring this review to a close, let’s give you the other features the HP Omni 200-5250 comes with. This desktop comes with a wireless keyboard and optical mouse. There is also an integrated webcam and a built-in microphone. It comes with 7 USB ports because you can never have enough USB ports.

Some Other Specs
The size of the unit is 21.5 inches in length, 8.7 inches in width, and 16.8 inches in height. The total weight of the desktop is 19.8 pounds. And that is basically it in this review. Well, hopefully this review has convinced you to go ahead and purchase this fine machine.