HP Omni 10 Review

New product launches are generally a big deal. There’s a flurry of press announcements, reviews and other assorted hype, and the release itself is often thoroughly promoted. Such is not the case for the HP Omni 10, however, as the release of one of the newest HP tablets was met with virtual silence.

It’s a puzzling decision for a tablet that, despite some potential flaws, is a thoroughly solid device.

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Hands-On Impressions

Compared to tablets in its class, the Omni 10 is fairly well constructed. The 10.22-by-7.16-by-0.39 inch tablet is wrapped in a grippy rubber material, providing a degree of durability in addition to a comfortable grip.

Its dimensions are slightly shorter, wider and thinner than the competing ASUS Transformer Book T100, but unfortunately its 1.46-pound frame weighs a full quarter of a pound more. As is typical of HP devices, the construction quality is excellent.

Tablet Tour

Taking a tour around the Omni in landscape view, there’s a power button and pinhole microphone up top. The right side sports a volume rocker slightly displaced away from the rounded edge toward the back panel. The left side features a standard 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.

Most of the action is reserved for the bottom panel, where you can find stereo speakers, a power port, micro-USB and mini-HDMI jacks, and a microSD card slot underneath a covered hatch.

Resolving the Details

Compared to tablets like the Transformer Book T100, the HP Omni 10’s 1,920-by-1,200 pixel panel is razor-sharp. It offers excellent viewing angles, good contrast and vivid color. Colors are slightly warm, but it’s difficult to pick up with the naked eye.

It’s a reasonably bright display, but users will have some problems while outdoors or under bright overhead lighting. The Omni 10 features the same resolution as Lenovo’s Miix2 10.1-inch screen, and the displays are quite comparable overall.

Under the Hood

A 1.46-gigahertz Intel Bay Trail Z3770 processor and two gigabytes of RAM provide the horsepower for the HP Omni 10, and it’s more than enough for the average user. Windows 8.1 runs smoothly for the most part, and applications launch in reasonable time.

The Z3770 here is clocked slightly higher than some competitors, but the Omni’s high resolution means that performance is close to a wash in a real-world tablet comparison. Battery life is acceptable with light or moderate use, though it’s far from class-leading.

Tablet Roundup

Rounding up the Omni 10, Lenovo Miix2 10.1 and ASUS Transformer Book T100 for a tablet comparison, there are a few striking differences. The T100 clearly has the poorest display, with an inferior resolution and inadequate brightness.

The Omni and Miix2 both feature excellent displays, though the Miix’s panel offers better brightness and slightly more accurate color reproduction. Real-world performance is similar across devices, though the Omni gets the nod thanks to somewhat better hardware.

What Customers Say

Despite the stealthy launch, the HP Omni 10 has been met with a largely positive customer response. Many users note the display’s excellent resolution and overall image quality, and the solid performance is also frequently praised.

Additionally, the price is widely considered a great value compared to tablets that offer less impressive hardware at a similar or higher price. One of the most common complaints is HP’s complete lack of support for the tablet.

The manufacturer’s website offers little information on the tablet, and some customers have reported firmware problems that are not quickly addressed.

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