The HP Omen 15 this time comes packed with the latest KB like processor and your choice of a gtx 1050 or 1050 TI. It is perfect for someone who wants a fairly light and portable laptop that can game on the go. The HP Omen 15 is made out of all plastic. The top has a low carbon fiber feel to it. It’s not as nice as the carbon fiber on the XPS 15 but it gives it a more premium feel than just hard plastic. The entire laptop is black except for the red logo on the front. It doesn’t light up but it’s reflective would add some contrast.
HP Omen 15 is not a heavy laptop but it’s no ultrabook either. It weighs 5.2 pounds so manageable on the go and slightly thinner and lighter from the Dell Inspiron 7567.
Opening up is straightforward just remove the 10 screws and use a credit card or plastic leg and work your way around the outside. Inside to the top right you have a removable 1 terabyte 7200 RPM hard drive. It has an average read speeds of 123 megabytes a second and write speeds of 116. This is very typical for this type of drive. The other drive is also replaceable. It’s a really good one too like the Samsung 960 Evo and has read speeds of 3200 megabytes a second and write speeds of 1500. Both the Wi-Fi module and RAM can be swapped out and the Omen 15 is capable of holding up to 32 gigabytes of RAM.
In terms of ports, on the Left there’s a noble Lock two USB 3.0 ports and a combo audio jack. On the right there’s a power connector, a full-sized HDMI slot, one more USB 2.0 port and an SD card slot. There’s no USB type-c port.
The base model is an i7 7700 K a full HD display, one terabyte hard drive, 8 gigabytes of RAM and a GTX 1050 GPU. It has a 15.6 inch IPS 60 UHD non-touch matte display as pretty big bezel. The text is super sharp and the contrast is nice and it gets fairly bright . The viewing angles are good with only minor color shifting and the matte finish helps with glare. SRBG fits at 98 percent and Adobe RGB at 75 percent. HP Omen 15 is not the best for photo or video creators but looks fantastic for gaming. The suggestion is to avoid the 4k model and stick with the 1080p one.
Above the display is an HD webcam and it slides the skin tones but there’s quite a bit of noise.
The keyboard is full sized so you have a numeric keypad if needed on the right. Lay off itself is pretty solid except for the up and down arrow keys. Travel distance is only 1.2 millimeters and surprisingly HP did a good job of making them feel springy. As for the backlit there is only one level and you’re stuck with the color red but it goes nicely with the whole theme of the laptop.
The touchpad below is quite big with lots of space to move your fingers with a good solid click to it. It’s not glass but plastic, so it’s not the most accurate or smooth one to use but in handle gestures pinch to zoom and scrolling just fine.
For the sound, this one falls into the latter that is fairly loud but way too loud. There’s no base and when listening and max volume the sound is distorted.
When it comes to performance the HP Omen 15 can handle productivity tasks such as Excel, multiple browser tabs and watching 4k videos. It’s also powerful enough to work in Photoshop and edit 4k video. As for gaming it can handle majority of titles at 1080p just fine but it will struggle at 2560 by 1440 or 4k. Most games run well at 4k like The Overwatch and that’s because it’s optimized. For this it can average a comfortable 60 frames per second. When drop to 1080p it doubles to 120 and games like Diablo run at 60 frames per second.
The 1050TI is obviously not as powerful as the GTX 960 but it does provide slightly better performance than the 1050.
The back of the laptop can really hot hitting tens of 50 degrees Celsius or 120 degrees Fahrenheit. But gaming is the events that only get that hot. The area where the CPU is located stays relatively cool as 38 degrees Celsius or 100 degrees Fahrenheit which is much better than some of the other gaming laptops. Also there is no thermal throttling.
The battery inside is not too big but is able to get around 6 hours of the use before needing a charge. This consistent of browsing the web and watching movies. Don’t expect to get more than 3 hours of you if you plan on gaming.
The HP Omen 15 is a solid gaming laptop that has a decent design, good display, room for upgrading and handles heat extremely well. The only areas that truly falls short is with audio and a mediocre touchpad.
Main Features for HP Omen 15
Intel Core i7
15.6 Inch Display
1TB Hard Disk
4GB NVIDIA GTX