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HP Reveals New Gaming Rig and its First 27-Inch AIO PC

On Wednesday HP unveiled its very first 27-inch All-in-One (AIO) PC, the HP Omni 27. Slated for a January 8 release with a starting price of $1,199.99, it won't come packed with touch-based input support. Instead, it will feature a non-touch version of its Magic Canvas software, up to 2 TB of HDD space, Beats Audio, HDMI input and options like a TV tuner or a Blu-ray disc drive.

According to HP, the AIO will sport a 27-inch 1080p LED-backlit display constructed with edge-to-edge glass. The base $1200 model will reportedly provide a 2.5 GHz Sandy Bridge Core i5-2400S processor, integrated graphics, 6 GB of RAM and two USB 3.0 ports.

"The HP Omni 27 All-in-One PC is crafted for consumers who demand meticulous design, enhanced performance and an expanded viewing experience," the company said on Wednesday. "Its elegant flat-panel display features edge-to-edge glass and tilts up to 25 degrees, allowing users to adjust the 27-inch-diagonal high-definition screen to their comfort level."

In addition to the HP Omni 27, the company also announced the HP Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix PC, what the company calls "the most powerful HP Pavilion PC to date" which will offer "a cutting-edge design and expandability for users focused on content creation and immersive gaming." To put it simply, the rig is geared for gamers and HP is even throwing in a copy of the dynamic MMORPG Rift for free as proof.

Surprisingly, the HP Pavillion HPE h9 Phoenix will start at $1,149.99 when it goes retail on January 8. Currently the product page isn't up and running, but HP promises an armor-plated design, "attention-grabbing" lighting, four DIMMs accommodating up to 16 GB of DDR3 memory, three internal hard drive bays, high-end discrete graphics cards using up to 250W, an optional liquid cooling system, and a valet tray equipped with USB ports.

Additional reports indicate that the base model will feature an 8-core AMD FX-8100 processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 160 GB SSD, and a Radeon 7670 GPU with 1 GB of VRAM. For fans of Intel, there's also a version that uses an X79 motherboard packed with CPUs like the Core i7-3960X.

On Wednesday HP also announced the $319 23-inch Compaq L2311c notebook docking monitor, and the 18.5-inch HP LV1911 ($125) and 20-inch LV2011 ($135) LED-backlit LCD monitors. The L2311c is expected to ship in February along with the HP LV2011, followed by the cheaper HP LV1911 in March.