Despite its massive size, the reviewer at Tom's Guide calls the Horizon 2 "one of the thinnest and sleekest all-in-ones I've laid my eyes on," thanks to its "attractively curved" edges and a smooth aluminum finish. But though Computer Shopper thought the design was "innovative," TechRadar hit a snag with the placement of the power and volume buttons, which are "a little too small and feel kind of cheap." They also didn't appreciate the gap between the screen and the frame, calling it a "fly in the ointment." But they still call the Horizon 2 an "attractive and svelte machine" that will still "dominate any desk it sits on."
However, the Horizon 2 isn't meant to permanently reside on any one table or desk. Digital Trends says the curved back makes "gripping the system easier," while Tom's Guide finds it "fairly easy to lug from room to room." PC Mag warns that "you'll want to use both hands, due to that bulk and weight." Adding to that portabie nature is a built-in battery with an unfortunate lower-than-average runtime. PC Mag found it to be "barely enough for an average full-length movie" while Tom's Guide at least had plenty of time "to play some virtual air hockey or fill in a digital coloring book."
But is the Horizon 2 really "worth a trip from the office to the living room" as TechRadar says? Tom's Guide said it allowed them "to easily jump from playing some Asphalt 8 to streaming 1080p video on YouTube to browsing a dozen tabs on Chrome." But its performance "generally fell behind traditional, desktop-focused all-in-ones," meaning it'll probably be good for a living room setup, but less so as a work machine. Digital Trends called its benchmarks "a poor showing" and Computer Shopper noted it "frequently feels sluggish." But don't completely write it off if you're interested in its Aura tabletop mode, as Tom's Guide found navigating it "a breeze" and thought that "most of the included titles provide an accessible and fun experience for up to four players at a time." On the other hand, TechRadar says they "end up leaving much to be desired," with essential editing tools missing from the photo and video apps and the games suffering from "awful" touch response.
A few sacrifices had to be made to get the Horizon 2 light and thin enough to be something you could carry from room to room. Unfortunately, it might have made too many sacrifices. The Horizon 2 falls behind in terms of performance and battery life, and the Aura software isn't useful enough to make up the difference.