HP All in One 27-CB0052 Review

8.1 Total Score
EXCELLENT

The HP All in One 27-CB0052 is one of the best all-in-one PCs you can buy, sporting a fantastic design, outstanding features, and great performance at a very reasonable price. It runs an AMD Ryzen 7 CPU and mobile GPU, so it’s not as powerful as a full tower PC, but for the price, we’d take it over an Apple iMac any day.

PROS
  • Big, beautiful 27-inch screen
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Affordable price
  • Sweet-sounding speakers
CONS
  • Lacks USB-C port
  • Low-res webcam

When we reviewed the HP DD0210 All-in-One earlier this year, we liked it for a clean design and a reachable price for the rest of us, for whom the pricier 27-inch Apple iMac is simply unreachable. However, the 24-inch display was a little tight for most of us, and for 2022 HP seeks to deliver a usable 27-inch model with the same design as its predecessor. Our review unit – the HP 27-CB0052 – is a midrange all-in-one that offers a bigger display than its 24-inch sibling, alongside other performance perks.

In addition to the sleek 27-inch IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, you get a capable AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processor, 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 1TB hard drive storage, and AMD Radeon graphics. At this price point, competition is stiff, with the closest being the Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 5i that packs a Core i7-10700T CPU, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD storage; and the 27-inch Apple iMac sits at the top with a crisp 5120 x 2880 Retina 5K display and powerful performance. It remains our Editors’ choice for All-in-One desktop PCs.

All that said, from the spectacular design to the crispness of its display; the latest features, versatility, and functionality; its relative affordability; and more importantly its performance, the newest HP 27-CB0052 is phenomenal in nearly every aspect that matters.

Somehow, we’ll even say the HP All in One is better than the spendy iMac, especially for creatives who aren’t roped into Apple’s niche ecosystem. If you’re looking for an all-in-one and aren’t just looking for a budget, general-use PC, this is one that you should have at the top of your list.

HP All in One 27-CB0052 Review screen

HP 27-CB0052 Specs

  • Display: 27-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) IPS
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
  • Memory: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Operating System: Windows 11 Pro
  • Webcam: 720p with privacy Shutter
  • Extras: Wireless keyboard, Mouse
  • Dimensions: 24.12 x 8.19 x 18.73 inches
  • Weight: 14.53 pounds

HP 27-CB0052 Review: Design

The HP 27-CB0052 uses the same starry white color scheme as its predecessor, as well as the grille pattern for the speaker bar below the display, but the stands are a little different. Thankfully, the 27-CB0052 offers even slimmer bezels around the screen than its sibling. Other AIOs in this price range sport thick bezels that deliver the opposite of a sleek, forward-looking appearance.

Thanks to the thin bezels on the top and sides, the HP 27-CB0052 offers a wider screen real estate for multitasking. It measures 24.12 inches wide by 18.73 inches high and weighs only 14.53 pounds. For a 27-inch system, this HP All in One doesn’t take up much space on your desk but expect it to be fairly larger than most 24-inch AIOs out there.

HP sets itself apart from the rectangular bases we often see in All-in-One PCs and monitors by opting for a wire-frame stand that touches down in three points – two arches on the front and a larger flat at the back – for even better support. The base is sturdy enough, only that it doesn’t provide a place to stow away the included keyboard away when not in use.

Bundled into the package is a pair of wireless peripherals – a mouse and keyboard, which are useful additions, meaning you’ll get working out of the box. We see most basic all-in-one PCs come with wired keyboards and mice, but HP seems to have taken a cue from competitors on what to include in its midrange AIO line.

HP All in One 27-CB0052 Review ports

HP 27-CB0052 Review: Performance

At the core of the HP 27-CB0052 is a 27-inch IPS display with a full HD (1,920-by-1,080-pixel) resolution. The display is fairly bright (rated at 300 nits at max brightness), but its off-axis viewing angles are tight. Still, it suffices for day-to-day use, including typing work reports, watching Netflix, YouTube, and every other streaming platform of your choice. As with all other IPS panels, HD videos look crisp and reproduce fairly accurate colors, backed with decent contrast.

From a distance, you don’t notice any quirks on the display, but when seated really close, you begin to notice a few individual pixels. Again, it does have the screen-door effect which is ever-present when content is stretched across 24- or 27-inch panels, you never see that in smaller panels though. For anything above 27-inches, we often recommend 2k or 4K resolutions if you want the best picture, but 1080p suffices here, especially since you aren’t buying the HP 27-CB0052 for professional creative work.

Performance is the one area where the HP 27-CB0052 also sits right at the top of its game. Don’t get me wrong, with an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U and 12GB of RAM, you’re not going to find it slow, but it can’t compete with the latest Intel Core i7s and Core i9s, not to mention AMD’s very own 6000-series processors. Still, the AMD Ryzen 7 5700U was one of the fastest U-class CPUs of 2021, competing with the likes of Intel Core i7-1260P, mostly found in laptops.

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For productivity tasks, this HP All in One is as capable as your regular work laptop with the latest processor from either Intel or AMD. Whether it is having 10+ open tabs, taking part in conference calls, watching videos, using word processors, or even light gaming, this AIO won’t break a sweat. The AMD Ryzen 7 5700U CPU powering this PC is the reason it performs so well, plus it gets a 256GB SSD for fast processing. If I hadn’t known this is a mobile chip, I could have easily mistaken it for a proper desktop CPU.

Elsewhere, with the integrated AMD Radeon graphics, this might not be your ideal gaming PC, but for basic creative tasks you have a serious alternative to the iMac, but if you can afford the premium for the 27-inch Apple iMac, it’s the all-in-one you should be looking at.

The system’s stereo speakers produce powerful sound that’s much better than a laptop’s audio output. They easily fill a small room and you will find it necessary to keep the volume under 50 percent when seated in front of the system. It also comes with a pop-up PC camera with dual microphones that you can use for video conferences and remote work, alongside the mentioned dual front-facing speakers.

HP All in One 27-CB0052 Review webcam

HP All in One 27-CB0052 Review: Verdict

All-in-ones have always been perceived as being less powerful than traditional desktop PCs because they have to squeeze all of their components into the display. While HP 27-CB0052 All in One isn’t as powerful as a desktop or even other all-in-ones like the iMac 27-inch, it’s not a system you should dismiss.

With the 27-CB0052, HP created a computer that’s capable of handling all of your everyday work tasks. Kt won’t buckle when you have a ton of open windows or when editing multiple photos. Gaming leaves a lot to be desired, but in all fairness, that’s not what this machine is for. I like how easy it is to set up and how fast you’ll be able to jump into your work. The included keyboard, mouse, and webcam are appreciated, even if they’re serviceable at best.

Should you buy the HP All in One 27-CB0052?

YES. Due to its affordable asking price, ease of use, beautiful design, and decent performance, the HP All in One 27-CB0052 is an all-in-one worth considering if you need a reliable compact PC for work and entertainment.

Last update on 2022-12-06 at 15:31 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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HP 27” All-in-One Desktop PC, AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, 12 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD & 1 TB Hard Drive, Full HD IPS Display, Windows 11 Pro, 720p Privacy Webcam, Dual Mics, Keyboard and Mouse (27-CB0052, 2022)

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