The core of the HP Omni 10 offers a full-blown Intel Atom chip, providing quad core performance using a 2.4GHz processor in turbo mode and 1.4GHz in normal mode. The product includes 2GB DDR3 SDRAM and 32GB flash storage.
While the Omni 10 is a tablet that boasts the ability to be a web-surfing device and an entertainment unit, one can watch streaming movies wirelessly on a full screen. The unit seemed to exhibit occasional slight jerkiness while watching a streaming version of CBS’s Intelligence show, but that could have been related to bandwidth issues, rather than coming from the unit itself.
Surfing the Web was speedy enough for content consumption. There was no performance issues with accessing various websites and YouTube videos.
wPrime processor comparisons (lower scores means better performance):
PCMark 7 measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphic card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
HP included a variety of software to differentiate itself from other competing tablets. Aside from the standard Windows 8.1 apps installed on the system, the product includes a trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition, HP QuickStart, and HP Connected Photo so users can link to their Snapfish account and easily create photobooks or other items.
HP added a nice touch with an app to introduce new users to Windows 8. Given the poor reception to the new Windows 8 interface, HP took matters into its own hands to ensure its end users will have a better experience with the new operating system right out of the box.
The HP Omni 10 offers a 720p 2MP front camera and 8MP rear camera, with the 8MP one offering adequate quality for indoor and outdoor pictures. It allows for quick pictures in the event a camera or smartphone camera is not available.
Taking a picture with the tablet also proves Microsoft’s “One Experience on Every Device” message works, as the background picture selected to appear on the Omni 10’s lock screen also appeared on other Windows 8 devices tied to this reviewer’s Microsoft account without any additional work.
Sadly, the 2MP front webcam for camera pictures were grainy and only useful for conducting Skype calls.
The tablet includes video capabilities using the 8MP rear camera. Video quality worked well for a tablet, but if one wants high quality video, a video camera will be a better choice.
The HP Omni 10 includes a set of speakers located at the bottom left and right corners of the tablet, on the same edge of the expansion ports. An HP Connected Music app links to TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, and a trial for Beats Music.
The speaker quality was only average and sounded tinny while streaming audio music and watching a video. It is no better than what might come out of speakers from a smart phone, but plugging in headphones dramatically improved the sound quality.
Battery life is reported by HP to be 8.5 hours. The product includes a 31Wh battery.
For our own battery-life test, we used PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming, and video playback workloads.
Don’t stop now… Page 3 has our final thoughts on the HP Omni 10.