HP Omen (15-inch, 2017) evaluate

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When Nvidia unveiled its Max-Q laptop computer structure earlier this yr, it instructed us we would see gaming machines with the ability of a desktop within the form of a MacBook Professional — primarily in due to extra environment friendly GeForce 10-series GPUs. HP’s new Omen 15 is the most recent product underneath the Max-Q umbrella, but it surely’s too thick to reside as much as that promise. Do not rely it out although. So long as you are not anticipating some hypothetical laptop computer from the long run, you may discover a machine that strikes steadiness between model, energy and worth. 

The primary Max-Q machine to hit the market was the Asus Zephyrus, however you would not suppose that and the Omen are minimize from the identical material. Each run 15.6-inch shows, however the Zephyrus packs a Nvidia GeForce 1080 GPU right into a 17.9mm thick, five-pound body. The Omen’s GeForce 1060 card and its 33mm-thick physique cannot compete. However the Omen will not burden you with the identical monetary weight because the Zephyrus: The unit we reviewed will set you again $1,700 (AU$2,900, £1,300), whereas the Zephyrus weighs in at $2,700 (AU$5,00zero, £2,800). 

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So no, do not get too excited by the Max-Q branding the HP Omen carries. However that does not imply there’s nothing to be enthusiastic about. It is a a lot better-looking laptop computer than final yr’s blandish mannequin, and the aforementioned GeForce 1060 is a brand new choice for this yr’s Omen. The most effective GPU you might get in final yr’s 15-inch Omen was a 1050Ti, which was nonetheless tremendous for mainstream gaming, however the 1060 is rather more VR-friendly.  

The 15-inch vary begins at $999, for which you may get a machine powered by AMD Radeon RX550 graphics. You will web a GeForce 1050 for an additional $30, although it will solely have 2GB of VRAM. The Max-Q model of the Omen 15 begins at $1,589, comes with a 1060 with 6GB of VRAM and a UHD panel. That is the mannequin we reviewed, although the additional storage on ours boosts the worth as much as $1,700. Each configuration runs on a 2.8GHz Intel Core-i7-7700 CPU.

For Australian avid gamers, the vary begins out at AU$2,00zero for a mannequin with a GeForce 1050 with 4GB VRAM. Within the UK you may get a equally specced machine for £850, although it has an i5 processor, not an i7.

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Betwixt and between

Simply because it is not as svelte as a Razer Blade does not imply the Omen is not nice-looking laptop computer. HP’s older Omen fashions shied away from the ostentatious laptop computer designs you’d see from firms like MSI and Asus, going as a substitute for one thing extra delicate. That is nice for individuals who suppose gaming laptops too gaudy, however the finish end result wasn’t significantly trendy or attention-grabbing to have a look at.

This yr’s design strikes steadiness: It is eye catching, and clearly a gaming laptop computer, however would not get too out of hand. The 2-tone prime shell is a component plastic, half carbon fibre and emblazoned with the blood-red Omen brand. One massive design plus is on the underside body, which slopes inward underneath the port part — which means it is slimmer on the perimeters, the place you may grip it when shifting round.

HP Omen 2017

Worth as reviewed $1,699
Show measurement/decision 15-inch 1,920 x 1,080 show
PC CPU 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ
PC Reminiscence 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz
Graphics 6GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design
Storage 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD
Networking 802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth four.zero
Working system Home windows 10 Professional (64-bit)

It isn’t only a gaming laptop computer from the skin. Above the keyboard, you may discover two pentagonal hinges paying homage to one thing you’d see on an Alienware laptop computer. The keyboard, like earlier fashions, is lit up with pink backlights. With no numberpad or freaky trackpad placement, there’s loads of keyboard house, and for me the important thing depth felt good.  

The snug keyboard is certainly one of many utilities the laptop computer will get proper. The Bang & Olufsen audio system are loud and not-too-tinny, in contrast to the Asus ROG G752VS. Plus, its touchpad is not awkwardly positioned, missized or too finicky, which you’ll’t say in regards to the Razer Blade Professional or the the Origin Eon15-S.

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