The HP Omen 15 (2017) model is a solid performer in day to day task with an eye-catching design. The gaming laptop is build with a responsive keyboard, it is easy to upgrade the hard drive, solid-state drive and RAM. The Omen 15 is powered by Intel’s i7-7700HQ CPU and your choice of NVIDIA’s GTX 1050, 1050Ti or 1060 graphics cards. The lowest-end model features AMD’s Radeon RX550 GPU.
The HP Omen 15 am reviewing has the following configurations.
- CPU: Core i7-7700HQ
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TI
- RAM: 8GB DDR4
- Storage: 1TB hard drive, 128GB SSD
- Wireless: Intel dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
- Display: 15.6-inch 1080p 60Hz panel
- Ports: 3x USB 3, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, SD card reader, ethernet, microphone jack, headphone jack, lock slot.
- Warranty/Support: 1 year warranty
HP Omen 15 (2017) has a layer of aluminum around the keyboard and trackpad giving it a premium feel. The aluminum tends to get hot near the function keys when i have longer sessions of gaming or video editing but not hot enough to cook an egg. The keyboard feels great when typing, with a decent amount of travel and it is very responsive when it comes to gaming.
Hp decide to go overkill with the lid, the lid is black and has four red lines forming an “X.” That X divides the lid into quadrants: two covered in carbon fiber and two in plastic made to look like brushed aluminum with an Omen logo. The carbon fiber looks and feels premium while the plastic, not so much. The lid tends to flex making it difficult to stuff the laptop with extras if your to carry it in a bag.
The undercasing features another Omen logo, textured plastic and some triangular patterned vents. It model i have comes with a free ram slot and upgradeable components ( hard disk and ssd). The laptop had an excellent cooling system, in-take and out-take vents are strategically placed to offer maximum cooling.
The laptop comes with a 15.6-inch, 1080p 60Hz display which is quite bright but not vibrant enough compared to other laptops in its category. Other HP omen 15 configurations comes with a 4K panel or a 120Hz display but the 60 Hz display is quite good.
When it comes to gaming the display does not disappoint but at times it feels the model with the 120Hz display would be much better.
The 720p webcam on the Omen is something to avoid when it comes to live conferencing, it is very grainy, fuzzy and the quality is just bad. The web cam is only useful when live steaming since it will take up less screen space.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The Omen’s keys are backlit with red lighting, with the exception of the WASD keys, which are white. The only limitation is, there is no customization option for the sRGB backlighting, so you will be stuck with a fiery red keyboard.
The 4 x 2.2-inch touchpad is a little small but i have not experienced any issues with it since most of the times am using an external mouse. Whenever i am using the touch pad the experience has been smooth and the gestures are also on point, but at times i have experience a few hiccups when scrolling.
The speakers on the Omen 15 are nice and loud but when you turn the volume to max the sound becomes distorted, so you have to find the sweet spot in order to get a good experience. I found that when am using the laptop on my lap (pun intended) the sound gets muffled since the speakers are at the bottom.
I totally recommend using headphones, the fans tend to be loud at times.
When it comes to gaming the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and the 4GB of VRAM deliver great results with the 1080p panel. When I played fortnite ( 57 and 60 fps), I was able to spot enemy miles away, at 1080p resolution and Epic settings with motion blur turned of. At times i would experience lag when jumping from the bus and free falling.
With the HP Omen 15 i have played Dark souls 3 (1080p, high settings) at 59 fps, both single player and online experience was great. I noticed frame drops, and fans getting loud with No mans sky at high settings especially when using the space ships.
Killing Nazis in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus at 1080p, high setting was very satisfying but i did notice the fans where loud at all times. Also the 1050 Ti does not support VR games, it is only the GTX 1060 and above.
Overall the gaming experience with Omen 15 is great but, it will play most modern titles with ease at high to medium settings
The model that am reviewing comes with a 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU; 8GB of RAM; a 1TB HDD; and a 128GB SSD. That’s plenty of power for everyday computing. When it comes to performance the omen has been great in delivering that.
Google chrome still eats most of the ram followed by opera but overall the browsing experience has been smooth except when i have more than 15 tabs opened in both browsers and am steaming a 1080p video on youtube.
One constant annoying thing that i found is even when am not running any applications the fans at times would be loud, that might be a deal breaker if you are taking the omen at a quiet office environment.
I do alot of video editing and one thing that the HP Omen 15 has done is reducing the render times by half. The projects that i do usually consist of two steps; rending and compressing. A two hour 720p video recoded using the Nikon D5300 usually takes about 30 mins to compress using Any video converter or handbreak. When am rendering an hour long video using Adobe premier pro, it takes less than 25 mins to finish. when all that is happening i still have chrome running in the background.
The GTX 1050 Ti does a solid job when it comes to rendering 3D objects and environment using blender, cinema 4D and even after effects.
The Omen 15 will have to be plugged in most of the times when it comes to gaming and heavy demanding tasks. When it comes to light usage like browsing, i normally forget about the charger since it normally lasts for about 3 to 4 hours and a few minutes but the fans will stil be loud at times.
The omen 15 comes with a huge charger that is very heavy, if you add that to the weight of the laptop you will end up with a 3kg gaming laptop.
HP Omen 2017 Review by Dave2D
HP Omen specifications
|OS||Windows 10 Pro 64-bit|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz / 3.8GHz (Base/Turbo)|
|Chipset||Mobile Intel HM175|
|Storage||128GB SSD | 1TB HDD|
|RAM||8 GB DDR4 upgradable|
|Display||15.6-inch 1080p 60Hz panel|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB)|
|Ports||One Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)|
Three USB 3.1 ports
One HDMI 2.0a
One Mini DisplayPort
|Audio||Bottom-firing stereo speakers|
Bang & Olufsen
|Wireless||Intel dual-band Wireless-AC (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1)|
|Keyboard||Full-size with red RGB backlighting (white LEDs under WASD)|
200W power adapter
|Dimensions||(H x W x D) 0.97 in x 15.3 in x 10.8 in|
24.8 mm x 388 mm x 275 mm
I have been using the Omen 15 for close to 3 weeks, this review is based on my own opinion and experience.
- Perfect for 1080p gaming
- Great keyboard and mouse
- Gorgeous display
- Attractive design (for gamers)
- Outstanding performance
- Loud fans
- Not powerful enough to actually play games in 4K
The HP Omen 15 is a good gaming laptop that offers good performance. Aside form the noisy fans and the eye watering price, i totally recommend this laptop if you are into gaming and e-sports.
Note: The omen series comes in different configurations interms of display (1080p 60Hz, 1080p 120Hz and 4K) and in graphics (GTX 1050,1050 Ti,1060 and AMD’s Radeon RX550) make sure to get the right one. I highly recommend the one with the GTX 1060 with G-Sync 1080p panel.
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