HP Omni 10 5600US Tablet: Big & bright

Written by Sudhir Chowdhary | Updated: Sep 4 2014, 13:48pm hrs
HP Omni 10HP Omni 10 is a good-looking tablet with fast performance, enhanced browsing and rich multimedia.
New mobile phone launcheswhether online or in the real world are an extravagant affair these days, generating a lot of media buzz and curiosity among the consumers. The same amount of excitement, however, is absent whenever a tablet debuts in the marketplace. There are exceptions of course; a new tablet computer from Apple or Samsung generates excitement even before the actual launch date. The key point is this: the smartphone is the preferred medium for work and leisure-related activity. No wonder, smartphones have steadily cannibalised the tablet market.

What if you want to watch a movie or listen to a new song from YouTube on a screen bigger than your mobile phones, or attend to some late night office-related work from the comfort of your homethen a big screen tablet comes in handy. Sensing a market opportunity, the American technology major Hewlett-Packard is hard-selling its HP Omni 10which is a Windows tablet announced in the market with their partner Microsoft.

Wait a minute here, did I hear Windows on a tablet Does it work Well, I am a daily user of my Kindle Fire HD tablet, occasionally use my better halfs Apple iPad and have reviewed a number of Android tablets. Therefore, it was difficult for me accept that Windowssoftware made for proper laptops and desktopsactually works on a small, light, portable hand-held touchscreen. With this thought at the back of my mind, I engrossed myself in knowing the new HP device from close quarters. Believe me, theres not much to complain about the new HP innovation. Read on to find out.

Priced at R29,990, the versatile HP Omni 10 tablet is as productive at work as it is playful at home. It is powered by the speedy Intel Atom processor Z3000 series and 2 GB of memory for excellent multitasking capabilities, and its 10.1-inch full high definition touchscreen delivers crystal-clear widescreen viewing angles. And with upto 8.5 hours of battery life, the Omni 10 is the perfect solution for working and playing on your terms.

Out of the box, the HP Omni tablet comes across as a sturdy device. Switched on, the tablet is instantly

responsive and incredibly fast. It is very easy to set up too. Its full HD screen is made with Gorilla Glass 3, which ensures improved durability and scratch protection, and is up to three times more damage resistant than Gorilla Glass 2.

The first thing that strikes us straight in the face is the HP Omni tablets huge screen. It features a 10.1-inch screen with a 1920 x 1200 resolution and 5-finger multi-touch support. The screen offers great viewing angles and high quality colour production. The tablet also provides 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for even more storage. Also included on the hardware list is integrated audio, a 2 megapixel camera on the front and a 8 megapixel camera on the back, wireless N and Bluetooth connectivity, a microUSB 2.0 port, microHDMI output, and a headphone/microphone combo jack.

With the ease of a Windows environment, side-by-side app viewing, and all the productivity of Office Home & Student 2013, the HP Omni 10 has the desired skill-set to keep up with your work schedule. Theres an interesting feature called HP Connected Photo powered by Snapfish wherein, you can sync photos across your PC, phone, and tablet. You can crop, rotate, add captions, and more. Then share in seconds with friends and family through your social networks. Pretty amazing, isnt it

In my hands-on, the HP Omni 10 worked superbly and delivered effortless multitasking. The slate is good for browsing the Web and watching videos. I surfed various websites and the tablets browsing capabilities did not disappoint. It is packed with features that inhabit high-end tablets but without the hefty price tag.

In simple terms, the perfect tablet for all your needs!