Desktop Systems Guide
To evaluate the HP Recline 27, we will be putting it through our usual benchmarks. However, this time we have omitted PCMark 7, as it is getting outdated; and also added a new gaming benchmark in the form of Tomb Raider. As for comparisons, we will be looking at how it fairs against the recently reviewed Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon as well as other AIOs such as the ASUS Transformer AIO and ASUS ET2411INTI. For the newer benchmarks such as 3DMark 2013 and PCMark 8, we were not able to recall the other AIOs for retesting so we will be including results from comparable systems that were recently reviewed.
Performance from the Recline 27 on PCMark 8 was very encouraging and perhaps not entirely unexpected given that it has a rather beefy Core i7-4770T processor. It might be a “power-optimized” model, but it packs four cores and has HyperThreading as well as a large 8MB L3 cache. Its scores on the “Home” and “Work” scenarios were amongst the highest, giving even mighty gaming notebooks like the Aftershock XG13 and Razer Blade a run for their money. However, its performance was more subdued on graphics-intensive scenarios like “Creative” and the Adobe portion of “Apps”, which was in no small part due to its entry-level GeForce GT 730A discrete graphics. The MacBook Air, Aftershock XG13 and Razer Blade notebooks ruled the “Storage” scenario thanks to their flash storage.
Graphics & Gaming Benchmarks
The NVIDIA GeForce GT 730A is an entry-level discrete graphics solution, so we were not expecting much from the graphics and gaming benchmarks.
On 3DMark 2013, the Recline 27’s scores put in the middle of the pack, behind the Toshiba Satellite P50 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M) and the two gaming notebooks (both have the NVIDIA GeForce GT 765M). However, its scores were markedly faster than the IdeaCentre Horizon (last generation GeForce GT 620M) and the MacBook Air (Intel HD Graphics 5000).
On 3D Mark 11, the Recline 27 fared well, because most of the AIOs that we have reviewed recently were running NVIDIA’s last generation GeForce GT 630M. The ASUS Transformer AIO has a comparable GeForce GT 730M GPU.
On Far Cry 2, the Recline 27 performed appreciably better than the older AIOs thanks to its more powerful GPU. Only the ASUS Transformer AIO, which has a similar GPU, was able to match it.
We did not have the chance to run Tomb Raider on the older AIOs, but just to give you an idea, we have included results from the recent gaming notebooks that we have tested. Overall performance was pretty disappointing because at 1080p resolution and even on just “Normal” settings, the Recline 27 could only manage 20.9fps.
We further investigated the Recline 27's performance on Tomb Raider by running it at “Low” settings and that gave us 30.9fps, barely above the minimum playable threshold of 30fps. To get above 30fps with “Normal” settings, you would have dial back the resolution to 1280 x 800 pixels.