The HP Omen range of gaming laptops offers an unmistakable design style that leaps out at you. There are the specs to match, too, delivering a high-end experience with plenty of punch. The HP Omen 15 is the new model having 15-inch version in the range, complete with a variety of specification options – including Nvidia’s latest RTX graphics processors.
Specifications of HP Omen Gaming Laptop
DESIGN AND FEATURES
While the HP Omen 15 isn’t the thinnest of gaming laptops on the market – with a thickness of 25mm – it’s a concession that’s entirely worth the sacrifice. What it lacks in overall svelteness, it more than makes up for it in terms of performance and those small little touches that make all the difference (such as the customizable keyboard backlighting). It is a little on the chunky side, weighing in at 2.5g though, so expect a sore shoulder if you’re lugging it about often.
Build quality is decent, with a mixture of metal and plastic used to create a brushed carbon fiber look. The matte effect on the back of the display makes the embossed red Omen logo really pop, while the ridged surface underneath the laptop removes any likelihood of it slipping off your desk. The wedge design leads to very large pair of fans at the back, but we find the blocky use of sharp edges gives the HP Omen 15 a futuristic feel without becoming too kitsch.
The HP Omen 15 (2018) boasts a standard layout keyboard that does the job for more casual gaming and normal typing tasks, but if you really want to make the most of this as a gaming machine, we found using an Xbox One controller or plugging in a proper mechanical keyboard was best. The dynamic backlighting is a nice touch, although we found the trackpad to be less than responsive at times (especially when playing more frantic experiences such as Overwatch).
SPECS AND HARDWARE
When it comes to raw specs, the HP Omen 15 isn’t messing around. For starters, you’re getting an Intel i7-8750H processor, with six cores running the latest Coffee Lake CPU architecture. In no uncertain terms, it’s one of the beefiest mobile chipsets you can get right now and will ensure your machine can maintain even some of the most demanding titles, while still supporting everything from graphic design to simple word processing tasks and surfing.
The CPU goes hand-in-hand with an impressive graphics card in the form of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, and the two make for a formidable pairing when it comes to gaming performance. It comes with 6GB of GDDR5 memory and an adjusted clock speed, resulting in frame rates between 38fps and 65fps when running the recently released Shadow of the Tomb Raider. It can certainly handle some of the biggest games of 2018, but you’ll need to tweak the settings if you want to make the most of its support for G-Sync and that 144Hz refresh rate.
Rounding off the specs there’s a good 8GB of RAM backed up by a tasty 1TB Plus 256 GB SSD. And, not forgetting the 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display, which boasts that aforementioned (and mightily impressive) 144Hz refresh rate. The support for G-Sync is another seriously important addition as it syncs the refresh rate to the GPU’s output, so /technically/ you can comfortably run games as high as 144fps with this tasty little combo. However, we only ever got to around 105fps before we had to start making some concessions in the settings.
Gaming laptops chug a lot of power, but the Omen 15’s battery life is still shorter than we expected. After continuously surfing the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the Omen 15 lasted only 3 hours and 47 minutes, whereas the mainstream gaming laptop average is 4:31. The Zephyrus S (3:33) didn’t do any better, but the Alienware m15 (6:25) and Stealth Thin (5:40) lasted quite long for gaming laptops.
Software and Warranty
HP includes some of its own typical bloatware as well as the more useful Omen Command Center, which monitors the CPU, GPU, RAM and network speeds. Its Network Booster can prioritize bandwidth usage, and the Lighting tab, of course, controls the keyboard lighting. Unfortunately, it only features static lighting effects, so it’s nothing very fancy. There are also three performance settings: Comfort (lowers CPU and GPU), Default (standard) and Performance (raises the CPU and GPU).
HP also includes HP JumpStart (Windows 10 tutorial), HP Recovery Manager (maintenance and recovery data) and HP Support Assistant (updates HP device drivers). Not to mention Windows 10 bloatware like Netflix, Royal Revolt 2: Tower Defense and the epic Microsoft Solitaire Collection.
It comes with a one-year limited warranty.
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