Review HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA) Tablet

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 01/22/2014

Faster. Intel in the fast lane? We tested a third tablet with the quad-core Atom and are excited: fluid Windows performance and 5 hours battery life. Are there any disadvantages?

HP Omni 10 5600eg: more performance thanks to Atom Z3770 and a Full HD panel?
HP Omni 10 5600eg: more performance thanks to Atom Z3770 and a Full HD panel?

For the original German review, see here.

Where is the race headed? The dying Windows fan base has Microsoft and Intel worried: in five years, will we still have a large number of Intel-based Windows tablets? ARM/Tegra-based Android tablets or even the iPad have been turning up the heat for years. Unlike Intel's Atom platform for tablets (Clover Trail), the competition was able to record huge increases in sales.

How secure is a tablet with Windows for the future? At the end of 2012, Intel introduced the Clover Trail platform, which should be fit for Windows 8. During 2013, a multitude of tablets and convertibles came out, but they all had two problems: the performance was too low when compared to most Intel laptops and the pricing of 500 - 800 Euros (~$684 - $1094) was too high for such low performance.

Can the successor, Intel Bay Trail, resolve these two issues? The pricing has changed: the devices now cost 400 Euros (~$547), as can be seen from the Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR and the HP Omni 10 5600eg test model.

To rank the HP Omni 10 (399 Euros; ~$546), we use the Lenovo Miix 2 8 (8-inch, Z3740) and Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR convertible (10.1-inch, Z3740) for comparison. The Miix 2 is available for 300 Euros (~$410) and the Transformer Book for around 400 Euros (~$547). Does the buyer get a device that is secure for the future when s/he buys the Omni 10?

Case

Solid case with a good grip
Solid case with a good grip

solid case, which does not deform when pressed, gives us the impression that this tablet PC is high quality. HP does everything right and the 10-inch device (661 grams; ~1.5 pounds) offers a good grip, thanks to the rubber cover on the back and the sides. A rubber border runs along the front of the display as well, but it alone cannot protect the screen from scratches. All-in-all, the use of rubber ensures that the user can hold the device securely.

High pressure on the back may lead to deformations on the panel. The same applies to the front: we need to push quite hard to cause deformations on the Full HD panel.

Connectivity

The chassis looks and feels compact, mainly due to the limited ports and buttons. HP does not offer buttons, like rotation lock. Power and a headphone jack are the only two features to be found on the right, left and top sides. The volume rocker has been placed at the top, on the back of the device.

Ports are on the bottom as well (see picture): the Micro SD card reader is seated under a flap. The positioning of the ports and buttons ensures that in our hands, the device feels compact and well designed. However, if it is placed on the table and connected to a charger or other peripheral devices, the user will face difficulties. The HP "charging station with back connector" costs 40 Euros (~$55), but USB and HDMI are not available. It seems as if HP does not want us to use the tablet for productive purposes.

Bottom: AC, Micro-USB, Micro-HDMI, Micro-SD card reader (under flap)
Bottom: AC, Micro-USB, Micro-HDMI, Micro-SD card reader (under flap)

Communication

The WLAN module is the Broadcom 802.11bgn SDIO adapter and has Bluetooth 4.0 on-board. The WLAN adapter does not perform well in our WLAN range test: in fact, at 15 meters (~49 feet) from the house, the Windows WLAN bars have only two bars (of five) left. At 10 meters (~33 feet) from the router, inside the house, we have four bars. This is quite poor range: the Transformer Book T100TA showed these results when we set the Fritz!Box router to 50% performance. However, we tested the Omni 10 at 100%.

Accessories

In our test, the Micro-A-USB to USB Type A cable of the Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100 was very handy. We could connect USB input devices, external hard disks, USB sticks and even a hub thanks to it. The buyer has to buy such an adapter, as HP does not include anything other than a power adapter and an SD memory card (8 GB) with Windows Recovery Image in the delivery. The latter is a new feature for tablets, but HP had to include it as of the 28 GB total storage, only 10 GB are available to the user. As such, there was no room for the Recovery partition. The storage can be increased using the Micro SD slot (up to 64 GB cards - MicroSDXC). Alternatively, the buyers of the Omni 10 receive up to 25 GB free Cloud storage at Box.com. This is quite good, as usually it is a mere 5 GB.

What makes the Omni 10 so well rounded? The manufacturer has included MS Office Home & Student (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote full versions), HP Connected Photo, Connected Music, Box (up to 25 GB free Cloud storage), Skype and HP ePrint. These tools do not take much space: but the Windows folder does, as it requires 10 GB

Warranty

HP offers a 12-month warranty (Pick-Up & Return). After registration, support will pick up the device. The warranty can be extended up to 24 months for 54 Euros (~$74) (HP 2-year Standard Exchange Service).

18 W power adapter
18 W power adapter
Manual, Information
Manual, Information
Care-Pack
Care-Pack

Webcam

The Omni 10 is equipped with two high-resolution cameras. The front is graced by a webcam, which offers a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels (2 MP). This is quite a lot more than what most laptops offer (usually HD - 1280x720 pixels = 0.9 MP). Two cameras are installed in the Lenovo Miix 2 8 tablet as well (Front 2 MP, Back 5.0 MP), but the quality is far lower. The Transformer cannot offer the same (only front camera - 0.9 MP).

The main camera on the rear offers 8 MP. The pictures have a resolution of 3264x1836 pixels and in daylight, with auto-focus set to high, the colors seem natural. However, the rear camera cannot match the different depth sharpness offered by an SLR. So if you want very sharp photos, look elsewhere as the main camera is more suited for snapshots, which can be shown off on the tablet.

Front camera: 2 MP
Front camera: 2 MP
Front: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, sharpness not right
Front: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, sharpness not right
Rear camera: 8 MP
Rear camera: 8 MP
Rear camera: 3,264 x 1,836 pixels
Rear camera: 3,264 x 1,836 pixels
Rear camera: good sharpness, but barely any depth
Rear camera: good sharpness, but barely any depth
Reference Canon EOS 1100D in the same conditions
Reference Canon EOS 1100D in the same conditions

Input Devices

Touchscreen

The touch-sensitive panel reacts quickly and recognizes up to 10 fingers simultaneously. However, the fingers do not always hit the desired spot, and we recommend adjusting the scaling of the symbols in Windows settings. The virtual keyboard is the Windows 8 standard and can be split into two. Thanks to the high resolution, even after the virtual keyboard pops up, the user will have a decent amount of work area left on the screen. This is not the case in the 8-inch Lenovo Miix 2. The windows key under the TFT often does not react and is supposed to show the Windows home screen (Metro tabs).

The following video shows the use of Windows 8.1 with scaling (web browsing and video). In the second part, the CPU stress test Prime95 and a high-resolution video run simultaneously, but this barely affects the system performance.

Display

The 10-inch display has a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels which translates to a pixel density of 220 ppi. The Transformer (155 ppi) and Miix 2 8 (188 ppi) cannot match this level. HP has chosen large symbols in the Windows settings, which comes as no surprise: our fingers could not pick out the right option from a small menu or file tree.

The black value of 0.43 cd/m² results in a contrast of 667:1. This is quite good, as even high-end tablets, like the Vaio Tap 11, can only offer 831:1. The Transformer Book takes the lead with 1,033:1 and the Miix 2 8 lies at the same level with 668:1.

293
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
281
cd/m²
287
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
275
cd/m²
307
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2 // Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 307 cd/m²
Average: 291.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 286 cd/m²
Black: 0.43 cd/m²
Contrast: 667:1

The brightness is higher than that of the Transformer, but it cannot match that of the Miix 2 (average 389 cd/m²). Thankfully, the illumination is well distributed and we did not notice any "bleeding" or clouding effects. A sensor next to the webcam allows the brightness to adjust itself automatically to the ambient lighting. This feature spares the eyes in the dark and saves on power.

The color space spectrum for sRGB and AdobeRGB are barely covered, like the competition. A mere 61% coverage of the sRGB color space is offered by the Omni 10. However, as this criterion is important mainly to professional picture editors, we feel it is secondary, as few such editors will want to work on an Atom-based tablet.

We could get more accurate measurements using the photo spectrometer. We did not notice a blue tinge, like in so many other models. On the contrary, the colors and gray tones are quite warm. The gray level measurement reveals that dark tones are represented exactly like in the reference. In fact, the average eye would not be able to distinguish between the TFT picture and a color map (starting at DeltaE >3). The ColorChecker also recordslow DeltaE of 5. Lenovo can one up the competition: the Miix 2 8 lies at 2.4 on the gray scale in DeltaE and at 3.5 in the ColorChecker (mixed colors).

HP Omni 10 vs. sRGB
HP Omni 10 vs. sRGB
HP Omni 10 vs. AdobeRGB
HP Omni 10 vs. AdobeRGB
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker

Outdoors, the good contrast and high brightness ensure good legibility. The Omni 10 works well when it is cloudy outside, but the glossy panel is prone to reflections when it is sunny out. The further to the side we look from, the harder it becomes to recognize the display content (picture 2).

cloudy
cloudy
reflection makes display difficult to read
reflection makes display difficult to read
good contrast and good brightness
good contrast and good brightness

The Omni 10 has great viewing angles: we can enjoy a crisp and stable picture from all angles. The two competitors can hold their own thanks to their IPS panels.

Viewing angles - HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA)
Viewing angles - HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA)

Performance

HP seems convinced that they made the right pick: "The fast Intel Atom processor series Z3000 offers the best performance available for tablets today". The Intel Atom Z3770 (Bay Trail) is a quad-core SoC with Turbo: 1.46 to 2.4 GHz. The base clock speed is slightly higher than that of an Atom Z3740 (1.33 GHz; Miix 2 8Transformer Book T100TA). We will see in the following sections if this difference in speed results in a significant performance gap.

The memory and storage are limited: 2 GB RAM (onboard) are not the maximum amount that can be supported on this platform (4 GB at LPDDR3-1066) and 32 GB eMMC flash storage is quite annoying. Due to the RAM installed, HP provides a 32-bit system. The Samsung flash storage has a mere 10 GB free and HP does not offer a larger alternative.

Systeminfo CPU-Z CPU
Systeminfo CPU-Z Cache
Systeminfo CPU-Z Mainboard
Systeminfo CPU-Z Memory
Systeminfo GPU-Z
HWinfo Summary
CrystalDiskMark 82 MB/s Sequential Read
System information - HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA)

Processor

The Z3000 series from Intel is produced in the conservative 22 nm lithograph format as are the Haswell chips found in subnotebooks and notebooks. Intel mentions a TDP value of <4 W and the Scenario Design Power lies at a mere 2 W. Like the Haswell processors, the Bay Trail Atoms have Turbo: the Z3770 can operate at 1,460 - 2,400 MHz (Z3740: 1,330 – 1,860 MHz). Cinebench R10 and Geekbench show an increased performance of 17% over the Z3740 processor (three comparison devices). The older Z2760 is far behind at -55% and is placed right next to the AMD competitor A4-1200 with -58%.

How does Turbo perform at normal CPU load? In the single thread test, one core can run with up to 2.4 GHz. In the multithread test, the processor runs at 2.26 GHz at the start and then resets back to 1.465 GHz after a few minutes, and does not seem to go below this value (even on battery). We ran Cinebench R10 on battery and recorded the same scores.

Prime95 1x Thread 2.4 GHz @Start
Prime95 1x Thread 2.4 GHz @Start
Prime95 4x Thread 2.26 GHz @Start
Prime95 4x Thread 2.26 GHz @Start
Prime95 4x Thread 1.465 GHz @End
Prime95 4x Thread 1.465 GHz @End
HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA)
Intel Atom Z3770, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
AMD A4-1200, AMD Radeon HD 8180, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
Intel Atom Z2760, PowerVR SGX545, 64 GB SSD
Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo Miix 2 8
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Cinebench R10
-52%
-54%
-20%
-18%
-18%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit39391401
-64%
1711
-57%
3334
-15%
3384
-14%
3390
-14%
Rendering Single 32Bit1230753
-39%
609
-50%
940
-24%
971
-21%
963
-22%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit
Total Score31061406
-55%
1360
-56%
2586
-17%
2607
-16%
2594
-16%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score30721000
-67%
2617
-15%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-58% / -56%
-55% / -54%
-17% / -18%
-17% / -17%
-17% / -17%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1230
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
3939
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2081
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System Performance

"Unbelievably fast and intuitive - the HP Omni 10 offers next-gen performance thanks to the latest Intel Atom processor: the Z3000". This description on the product site will no doubt entice many a buyer. Laptop performance in a tablet form factor for less than 400 Euros (~$547)? Of course, the test model cannot live up to its claims entirely, but we cannot dispute one fact: the Omni 10 runs smoothly all the time or at least passably. The Omni can start up within 10 seconds and programs require a mere 2 - 3 seconds to start. In Windows 8, we could swap between open applications with the swish of a finger. Although, the feature was available in the predecessor as well, the performance was prone to breaking down and lagging due to the running of multiple programs simultaneously. A CPU test running in the background almost caused the system to crash.

Now Bay Trail ushers in a new era: we ran Prime95 Multi while playing an H264 video and surfing the web. This fluid experience was not possible with Cloverfield. Take a look at our video above (under input devices) - Prime95 is running in the background in the second part.

PCMark 7 assures us that the Omni 10 offers good performance. The System Storage Score is at the same level as that of the Miix 2 and Encore, and the Transformer Book lags behind a little. Furthermore, the higher performance results in a higher productivity: plus 10 - 18%. Overall, the Omni 10 can hold its own against all the competitors and even jump ahead (although 3% is a small gap). We also ran PCMark 8 on our test model, but not for the competitors.

1080p h264 Video-Playback Media Player: 30-50% CPU load
1080p h264 Video-Playback Media Player: 30-50% CPU load
PCMark 8 Home Scores
PCMark 8 Home Scores
PCMark 8 Creative Scores
PCMark 8 Creative Scores
PCMark 8 Work Scores
PCMark 8 Work Scores
HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA)
Intel Atom Z3770, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
AMD A4-1200, AMD Radeon HD 8180, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
Intel Atom Z2760, PowerVR SGX545, 64 GB SSD
Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo Miix 2 8
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
PCMark 7
-66%
-37%
-13%
-3%
-3%
Score25681011
-61%
1413
-45%
2339
-9%
2505
-2%
2497
-3%
Productivity1199303
-75%
600
-50%
983
-18%
1072
-11%
1080
-10%
System Storage36651373
-63%
3094
-16%
3255
-11%
3825
4%
3806
4%
PC Mark
PCMark 72568 points
PCMark 8 Home1613 points
PCMark 8 Work2404 points
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Storage Device

SpeedTest & CrystaldiskMark on an SDXC memory card in the card reader
SpeedTest & CrystaldiskMark on an SDXC memory card in the card reader

HP employs cheap eMMC storage: a 32 GB Samsung module (MBG4GC). We previously tested this module in the Surface 2 and the Toshiba Encore. In comparison to the competition, the storage is not so bad, but as the eMMC storage is a low-cost solution, the write and read rates are much lower than that of a SSD (like an mSATA drive). We did like the good Read 4K and Write 4K speeds. The Miix 2 8 can top it - it offers 9% faster storage.

The SDXC card reader is a way to easily upgrade the capacity of the test model. In our test, we could read a 64 GB SDXC, but at far lower speeds than those offered by the eMMC storage. 23 MB/s (Samsung SD) in sequential read are trumped by the 82 MB/s of the Samsung eMMC. The 5.1 MB/s (SD) in 4K Read test are close to the 11 MB/s of the eMMC. Writing to the SD card takes much longer than on the eMMC: 0.9 versus 9 MB/s.

HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA)
Intel Atom Z3770, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
Intel Atom Z2760, PowerVR SGX545, 64 GB SSD
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
AMD A4-1200, AMD Radeon HD 8180, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo Miix 2 8
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-22%
-16%
-9%
9%
Read Seq82.6677.5
-6%
89.91
9%
109
32%
86.57
5%
Write Seq48.0438.14
-21%
99.68
107%
43.2
-10%
50.31
5%
Read 51283.9174.1
-12%
30.38
-64%
104.7
25%
82.19
-2%
Write 51230.932.9
6%
42.43
37%
18.93
-39%
39.57
28%
Read 4k11.078.57
-23%
0.34
-97%
10.33
-7%
10.14
-8%
Write 4k9.1192.226
-76%
0.921
-90%
4.034
-56%
11.19
23%
32 GB eMMC Flash
Sequential Read: 82.66 MB/s
Sequential Write: 48.04 MB/s
512K Read: 83.91 MB/s
512K Write: 30.9 MB/s
4K Read: 11.07 MB/s
4K Write: 9.119 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 29.26 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 10.57 MB/s

Graphics Card

3DMark 06 with 10-30% load of the four cores
3DMark 06 with 10-30% load of the four cores

The HD Graphics (Bay Trail) is integrated into the SoC (System-on-Chip). The chip is responsible for DirectX-11-Support, video playback and the control of high-resolution display (up to 2560x1600 pixels). The performance is low: at the level of an HD 8180 (A4-1200). The HD Graphics of the Z3740 delivers roughly the same scores in all the GPU benchmarks.

HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA)
Intel Atom Z3770, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
Intel Atom Z2760, PowerVR SGX545, 64 GB SSD
Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
AMD A4-1200, AMD Radeon HD 8180, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo Miix 2 8
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU171178
4%
184
8%
3DMark 06
-78%
-2%
-9%
-2%
1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x1899421
-78%
1869
-2%
1726
-9%
1868
-2%
2108
3DMark (2013)
-77%
-10%
3%
5%
7%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score146323420
-77%
12171
-17%
12125
-17%
15966
9%
16401
12%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics12011182
-2%
1477
23%
1204
0%
1224
2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-78% / -78%
-6% / -7%
-3% / -1%
2% / 3%
8% / 7%
3D Mark
3DMark 035188 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
1899 points
3DMark 11202 points
3DMark Ice Storm14632 points
3DMark Cloud Gate1252 points
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Tomb Raider (2013) 13.47fps

Emissions

System Noise

The Omni 10 is silent as there is no fan and the model has no moving parts.

Temperature

Stress test Prime95 & FurMark
Stress test Prime95 & FurMark
Throttle starts at 87 °C, CPU goes down to 1,088 MHz
Throttle starts at 87 °C, CPU goes down to 1,088 MHz
After a hour: 666 - 933 MHz (fluctuating)
After a hour: 666 - 933 MHz (fluctuating)

The small case cools the components passively, which is why the temperatures can rise quite a bit if the model is at high load for long periods of time. The hotspot lies in the middle: 55 °C (131 °F). We measure a temperature difference of 24 °C (75.2 °F) between the idle and stress states of the test model (based on the average values). The idle temperature of 28 degrees (82.4 °F) on the top and bottom of the model is noticeable as competitors like Lenovo Miix 2 8 and Transformer Book have far lower values.

stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run simultaneously) allows us to check the temperatures and clock speeds at high load. When the test begins, the clock speed is 2.26 GHz. The CPU temperature rises to 87 °C (188.6 °F) within a few minutes. At this point, throttling kicks in, and the clock speed drops to 1,088 MHz. As the high load continues, the clock speed drops even further, down to 666 - 933 MHz where it fluctuates. This occurs after about an hour. This throttling did not occur in the previous tests, which is why the Omni 10 scores so well in the CPU benchmarks. The run time of the benchmarks was around 10 minutes, but the GPU was not stressed during these tests.

Right after the stress test, we ran 3DMark 2006 again and the Omni 10 achieved the same scores as in its cold state. This means that the high temperatures quickly dissipate, allowing the CPU to reach its high clock speeds.

 25.2 °C26.3 °C25.2 °C 
 25.9 °C28.5 °C26.3 °C 
 29.3 °C31.1 °C30.7 °C 
Maximum: 31.1 °C
Average: 27.6 °C
26.1 °C27.1 °C26.2 °C
27 °C31.1 °C27.1 °C
27.6 °C30.2 °C27.8 °C
Maximum: 31.1 °C
Average: 27.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  26.6 °C | Room Temperature 21.7 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The small speakers at the bottom of the tablet (not back) are placed inside two long openings. The volume can fill a 20 m² (215 sq ft) room without issues, which is good for presentations. Sadly, the sound output is not great. The small membranes of the speakers overtone and screech at maximum volume. They stress the middles and lack highs and bass.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

While idle, the Omni 10 requires 2.1 W (minimum). The Miix 2 and Transformer Book T100TA perform better: 1.2 and 1.7 W respectively. The competitors have an advantage due to their lower resolutions and/or smaller screen size (8-inch for the Miix 2). At load, they require less power, mainly due to the lower Turbo clock speed of their Z3740 (1.8 instead of 2.4 GHz). All together, the models are quite conservative, especially the 8-inch Miix 2 and Toshiba Encore. The Satellite W30Dt-A-100 is not a suitable model for comparison as it is a 13.3-inch convertible with a rotating HDD in its heavy chassis. Still, it serves as a good example of how far behind APUs are (in performance-per-Watt) to the second Atom generation for tablets.

The identical values at max load are understandable due to the throttling of our test model. The test model briefly sucks in 15.1 Watts, but it quickly goes down to 12.8 W again.

HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA)
Intel Atom Z3770, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
AMD A4-1200, AMD Radeon HD 8180, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
Intel Atom Z2760, PowerVR SGX545, 64 GB SSD
Lenovo Miix 2 8
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Power Consumption
-102%
17%
20%
35%
33%
Idle Minimum *2.16.3
-200%
1.7
19%
1.8
14%
1.2
43%
1.3
38%
Idle Average *4.69.7
-111%
3.9
15%
4.7
-2%
2.8
39%
2.8
39%
Idle Maximum *5.511.9
-116%
3.9
29%
4.7
15%
3.1
44%
3.1
44%
Load Average *12.817.4
-36%
10.7
16%
7.4
42%
8.9
30%
8.8
31%
Load Maximum *12.819
-48%
11.8
8%
8.7
32%
10.3
20%
11.4
11%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.3 Watt
Idle 2.1 / 4.6 / 5.5 Watt
Load 12.8 / 12.8 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960

Battery Life

The battery life of the Omni 10 (31 Wh; 4:55 hours WLAN test) will not earn it any trophies. The competitors can last 54% (Miix 2 8: 17.5 Wh) and 119% (Transformer Book T100TA: 30 Wh) longer. This applies to the WLAN test, in which the Omni 10 was set to 150 cd/m² brightness and a script would load websites at a certain frequency (sometimes playing videos). While idle, the competitors are no longer as far apart: the Transformer Book lasts 33% longer and the Miix 2 8 lasts 18% longer.

The 18 W power adapter requires five whole hours to charge the tablet from empty. This is approximately the battery life one can expect while surfing via WLAN. 

HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA)
Intel Atom Z3770, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB
Intel Atom Z2760, PowerVR SGX545, 64 GB SSD
Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100
AMD A4-1200, AMD Radeon HD 8180, WD Blue UltraSlim WD5000MPCK-22AWHT0
Lenovo Miix 2 8
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR
Intel Atom Z3740, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
16%
18%
21%
46%
61%
Reader / Idle753884
17%
650
-14%
891
18%
999
33%
Classic / Load194231
19%
236
22%
179
-8%
256
32%
WLAN295329
12%
430
46%
454
54%
430
46%
647
119%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 33min
WiFi Surfing
4h 55min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
6h 30min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 14min

Verdict

The test model can hold its own. The times are gone when starting a program would take ages and the user would have to wait patiently while a blank window in front of him slowly added content. Bay Trail makes the tablets fit for multi-tasking. Up till today, we recommended staying away from the Intel Atom tablets as they could not offer a smooth Windows experience, but this 10-inch model from HP has changed our mind: for 400 Euros (~$547), it is cheaper than the Clovertrail tablets and performs far better. The test model is equipped with a Full HD panel with strong colors and the run times of up to 5 hours are acceptable. The 8 MP main camera captures decent pictures and finally MS Office is a nice addition (like in other tablets, it is the Home & Student license).  

The biggest flaw of our test model is its low capacity (32 GB, which can be extended using the SD slot by up to 64 GB). The positioning of the ports at the bottom of the tablet makes it hard to use the model as a stationary PC. HP offers a charging station, but this blocks the USB and HDMI port. If you want to use the Omni 10 with an external display, keyboard and peripherals, then we advise putting together a tablet stand.

The Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR is suited for all users who are looking to be productive with a tablet and a docked keyboard. Asus offers two configurations: 64 GB or 564 GB (64 GB eMMC plus HDD in docking keyboard). The IPS panel only supports HD resolution. The second advantage of the Transformers: the battery life is double as long.

The Lenovo Miix 2 8 is suitable for those users who are constantly on the move. This 8-inch device lasts a good 7:34 hours and thus beats the Omni 10 in this department. Furthermore, it weighs a mere 340 grams (~0.75 pounds). However, the camera is not so good and it lacks a display out.

HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA): A Windows tablet offering a comfortable work experience but it suffers due to the limited storage space (can be upgraded with a SD card).
HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA): A Windows tablet offering a comfortable work experience but it suffers due to the limited storage space (can be upgraded with a SD card).
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In Review: HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA), provided by HP Store
In Review: HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA), provided by HP Store

Specifications

HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA)

:: Processor
Intel Atom Z3770 1.46 GHz
:: Memory
2048 MB, 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
:: Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Core: 311 - 896 MHz
:: Display
10 inch 16:10, 1920x1200 pixel, 10-Finger Multitouch, IPS, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB Samsung MBG4GC
:: Soundcard
HD Audio
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: Headphones, Card Reader: MicroSD, Sensors: Acceleration sensor; Gyroscope; Ambient light sensor; Hall; eCompass, WiDi
:: Networking
Broadcom 802.11bgn SDIO Adapter (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.9 x 259.6 x 181.8
:: Weight
0.661 kg Power Supply: 0.103 kg
:: Battery
31 Wh Lithium-Ion, 2 cell
:: Price
399 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 32 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: Rear: 8 MP with autofocus, Front: 2 MP, Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard Light: no, Power adapter, Documentation, SD card with Recovery image, MS Office Home & Student full version, 12 Months Warranty

 

HP expands the Windows world further with a 10-inch tablet: the Omni 10 5600eg.
HP expands the Windows world further with a 10-inch tablet: the Omni 10 5600eg.
The Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,200 pixels) and Atom Z3770 make this 400 Euro model very attractive.
The Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,200 pixels) and Atom Z3770 make this 400 Euro model very attractive.
The Intel quad-core belongs to the new Bay Trail generation.
The Intel quad-core belongs to the new Bay Trail generation.
The flat chassis weighs 661 grams...
The flat chassis weighs 661 grams...
...and it lies comfortably in the hand thanks to the rubber coating on the back.
...and it lies comfortably in the hand thanks to the rubber coating on the back.
The front is bordered by a rubber base.
The front is bordered by a rubber base.
The base is tough and high-quality.
The base is tough and high-quality.
The Omni 10 5600eg offers two cameras.
The Omni 10 5600eg offers two cameras.
Front: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (2 MP). The module lacks sharpness.
Front: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (2 MP). The module lacks sharpness.
Rear: 3,264 x 1,836 pixels (6 MP), acceptable sharpness and barely any blurring.
Rear: 3,264 x 1,836 pixels (6 MP), acceptable sharpness and barely any blurring.
The Omni 10 is sadly only equipped with a mere 32 GB eMMC storage.
The Omni 10 is sadly only equipped with a mere 32 GB eMMC storage.
HP does not offer other configurations with more storage.
HP does not offer other configurations with more storage.
An 8 GB card sits in the MicroSD flap and houses a Windows Recovery Image.
An 8 GB card sits in the MicroSD flap and houses a Windows Recovery Image.
HP advises keeping the memory cards carefully in a bag.
HP advises keeping the memory cards carefully in a bag.
The accessories are meager.
The accessories are meager.
The small power adapter has a round plug. The test model can not be charged via USB.
The small power adapter has a round plug. The test model can not be charged via USB.
This Micro USB Y cable can be quite useful, but the user will have to buy it.
This Micro USB Y cable can be quite useful, but the user will have to buy it.
18 W power adapter requires up to 5 hours to fully charge the battery.
18 W power adapter requires up to 5 hours to fully charge the battery.
The power key is on the top right of the chassis.
The power key is on the top right of the chassis.
The speakers are installed in the bottom.
The speakers are installed in the bottom.
The headphone (to the right) seems to be the only interface at first glance.
The headphone (to the right) seems to be the only interface at first glance.
The back houses the volume rocker.
The back houses the volume rocker.
A microSD reader is seated beneath a flap.
A microSD reader is seated beneath a flap.
A Micro HDMI, USB 2.0 and the power outlet.
A Micro HDMI, USB 2.0 and the power outlet.
The IPS panel has good viewing angles ...
The IPS panel has good viewing angles ...
... but is not as bright as the competition.
... but is not as bright as the competition.
The HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA) costs around 399 Euros.
The HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA) costs around 399 Euros.
HP Omni 10 5600eg: the program performance is surprisingly fast.
HP Omni 10 5600eg: the program performance is surprisingly fast.
HP Omni 10 5600eg: the Intel Atom Z3770 is much more advanced than its predecessor.
HP Omni 10 5600eg: the Intel Atom Z3770 is much more advanced than its predecessor.
HP Omni 10 5600eg: ports have shrunk to the Micro factor. They scream for an adapter set.
HP Omni 10 5600eg: ports have shrunk to the Micro factor. They scream for an adapter set.

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Pro

+Good battery life
+Light weight
+Handy, solid chassis
+Recovery on the Micro SD card
+Microsoft Office Home & Students full version
+Fast system performance
+Decent price
+Display has stable colors
+Acceptable camera quality
 

Cons

-Limited memory available (32 GB version)
-Short WLAN range

Shortcut

What we like

The Omni 10 costs little but works fast with Windows 8.1. The user will be happy to know that the tablet can run even demanding applications simultaneously without lagging. 

What we miss

An optional tablet stand with HDMI and USB ports, but HP only provides a charging cover for the Omni 10. The user will definitely need more storage and can resort to Cloud storage. The SD card reader offers low transfer rates, which makes it less than ideal for storing active applications.

What surprises us

The Atom Z3770 is a bit faster than its Z3740 sibling.

The competition

8-inch Bay Trail:

Lenovo Miix 2

Dell Venue 8 Pro

Toshiba Encore WT8-A-102

10-inch Bay Trail:

Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR

10-inch Clovertrail:

Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 10 64GB

8-inch Clovertrail:

Acer Iconia W3 810

AMD APU:

Toshiba Satellite W30Dt-A-100 (13 inch with HDD)

MSI W20-A421 (10 inch)

Rating

HP Omni 10 5600eg (F4W59EA)
04/01/2014 v4
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
89%
Keyboard
69 / 80 → 86%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
39 / 70 → 56%
Weight
81 / 88 → 85%
Battery
89%
Display
83%
Games Performance
36 / 80 → 45%
Application Performance
54 / 70 → 77%
Temperature
75%
Noise
100%
Audio
55%
Camera
71%
Average
71%
81%
Tablet *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2014-01-22 (Update: 2014-01-27)