Here we are with the full review of the HP Omen 15 laptop. HP Omen 15, a gaming beast packed in a really handsome design is arguably the best budget gaming laptop in the market. Probably the best choice for gaming enthusiasts in affordable price with desired specs. HP Omen 15 is also a good choice for the graphic designers as well. It has some hardcore specs packed in really awesome design. These specs can be chosen upon desired work conditions. We will go through all of the specs in our HP Omen 15 review.
HP Omen 15 Review
Here are some of the key features of the latest HP Omen 15.
- 8th gen core i-7 processors
- Up-to 32 GB DDR4 SD RAM
- 15.6″ 4k Display
- 2 TB 5400 RPM SATA HDD
- 512 GB SSD
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070(8 GB GDDR5)
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Looking over the design, like other gaming laptops gives a black and red combo design. With overall black chassis and red bevels all around gives it a premium gaming look.
Moreover, the ultra slim bezel packing the 4k display also gives it an advantage in design perspective. This makes the overall look of the laptop up to the mark of other premium level laptops.
There are fan exhausts on the rear side of the laptop allowing maximum area for letting exhaust air out. Speakers are present on the bottom side of the laptop.
On the sides there are 3 USB ports for connecting different accessories. There are separate ports for connecting headphones and mic in case your are using a separate mic. An Ethernet port is available for connecting the LAN cable to the laptop.
HP Omen 15 offers an FHD display without any increase in the price. In par with the today’s standard laptops, HP Omen 15 has one of the best displays in affordable price.
A 144 Hz refresh rate of the display ensures a smooth performance during games. The color accuracy of the display is also worth consideration as it provides the designers and artists ease in playing with colors.
Three display options are available to choose from in the HP Omen 15. All of the screens mentioned are diagonal 15.6″.
- FHD IPS anti-glare micro-edge WLED-backlit
- 144 Hz FHD IPS anti-glare micro-edge WLED-backlit
- 4k IPS anti-glare micro-edge WLED-backlit
The HP Omen 15 display syncs with the Nvidia G-Sync technology which makes gaming experience much better. It syncs the refresh rate with the frame rate of the game to prevent distorted video. This provides a plus point to the HP Omen 15 review score.
Performance is the key section to consider in the HP Omen 15 review. The prime feature of the HP Omen 15 is its performance scores. Powered by the latest Intel Core i-7 or i-5 8th Gen processors, make it blazing fast. Having i-7 in HP Omen 15 speaks up itself about the performance rank of the laptop.
To cope with the graphics processing needs, one of the following NVIDIA graphics cards can be added to the HP Omen 15.
- Lower price range with GTX 1050 2 GB or 4 GB GDDR5 (dedicated)
- Mid range price with GTX 1050Ti 4 GB GDDR5 (dedicated)
- High end price with GTX 1060 3 GB or 6 GB GDDR5 (dedicated)
- E-sports pro with GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 ( With Max-Q design)
To get the best of gaming, a GTX 1070 can be equipped in the HP Omen 15. The GTX 1070 guarantees the seamless gaming experience on high settings. HP Omen 15 can run any latest game in HD on high graphic settings.
Under high usage, the fans make their presence felt going at maximum rpm. This is annoying to some users but it reduces the heating problem of the laptop under heavy loads.
There are options of adding either 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB or 32 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM. With support of up to 32 GB RAM, one can easily imagine the power of the HP Omen 15.
Storage features are customizable relying on your own needs. Internal SATA HDD options available up to 2 TB. While the SSD options are also available in 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB as well. Different combo options are available to choose from while buying the laptop.
HP Omen 15 comes with a 4 cell Li-ion polymer batteryWith simple use like browsing web and watching videos, HP Omen can run for up to 4 hours. Under gaming conditions, HP Omen offers a run-time of almost 2 hours.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keys of the HP Omen 15 are light and smooth with chroma lighting feature. The WASD gaming keys on the keyboard highlight the gaming touch. Users can turn on or off the chroma lighting depending on the use. Color schemes for the keyboard lighting can be modified as desired.
Two buying options are available for keyboards with different lighting. User can choose whichever they want for their laptop.
The touchpad on the HP Omen is pretty large with a right and left click buttons. The touchpad isn’t very responsive to the actions and misses the clicks sometimes.
In terms of performance and display, HP Omen 15 is the best option in reasonable and affordable price. Getting this performance packed beast in affordable price is really a worthy deal. HP Omen 15 scores a lot better than the other laptops in the same price range. Premium features justify the price range of this laptop.
Only drawbacks of the HP Omen 15 are the touchpad, speakers and fans. In case of touchpad, a gamer probably uses a better mouse for gaming. Speakers on the bottom provide an awkward experience as it sometimes lowers the sounds. Can be avoided using a secondary sound system or headphones. Fans make a lot of noise while running heavy tasks but keep the device cool. So there might be some sacrifice users have to make.
So keeping in view all the specs and features, HP Omen 15 is worth buying for gaming and graphic designing tasks. Key factor is the availability of these features in affordable price range. Go through this HP Omen 15 review thoroughly before making any decision. So, if your are intending to buy HP Omen 15, we would suggest to go for it.
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