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HP Omen 15 (2017) review: A good laptop that done some bad decisions

I’m ripped over a HP Omen 15.

Like a incomparable HP Omen 17 we reviewed (and exuberantly recommended) in late 2017, a Omen 15 isn’t a flashiest cover around, nor a fastest. It doesn’t mount out from a wider throng of gaming laptops with fantastic features. But nevertheless, it’s a solid, appealing all-around gaming cover that’s light adequate to indeed lift with you. That’s a singular multiple in gaming notebook

Yet a few obscure pattern decisions in a specific pattern we’re reviewing taint a dash somewhat. One aspect competence be a finish show-stopper depending on how we use your gaming laptop. The HP Omen 15 serves as a clever sign that yes, a pattern we select when shopping a PC can matter deeply.

Let’s puncture in!

HP Omen 15 specs, features, and price

The Omen 15t gaming UHD (as this specific various is rigourously known) is accessible with several customization options on HP’s website. The bottom pattern includes an Intel Core i7-7700HQ, a GeForce GTX 1050, 16GB of RAM, a 120Hz 1080p IPS display, and a 1TB tough expostulate interconnected with a 128GB NVMe expostulate for $1,100. That’s a really plain charity for a price! But if we need something more, any aspect of a appurtenance can be altered solely for a processor and memory. That includes sum like a handling complement and networking hardware.

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The HP Omen 15 we’re reviewing represents one of a higher-end configurations available.

  • CPU: Core i7-7700HQ
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4/2400
  • Storage: 2TB Seagate 5400rpm tough drive, 256GB Toshiba NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Wireless: Intel dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Display: 15.6-inch 3840×2160 (4K) IPS with G-Sync
  • Ports: 3x USB 3, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, SD label reader, ethernet, microphone jack, headphone jack, close slot
  • Weight: 5.76 pounds, or 7.74 pounds with energy brick
  • Dimensions: 15.3 x 10.85 x 0.98 inches
  • Webcam: 1080p IR webcam with dual-array digital microphone (supports Windows Hello biometric authentication)
  • Price: $1,100 baseline, $1,740 as configured

The specs mostly align with what you’ll find in many gaming notebooks, delivering copiousness of bravery in gaming and capability alike. The upgraded webcam includes an infrared sensor to support Windows Hello biometric authentication. Like we said: It’s a smart, plain all-around gaming laptop. A few obscure hardware choices in this indication jump out, however—like a preference to embody a pokey 5,400rpm tough expostulate alongside a speedy, nonetheless tiny 256GB NVMe foot drive. Talk about a night-and-day opening difference!

Another puzzler: HP’s pattern page lists a graphics label as a “6GB GeForce GTX 1060,” heading we to trust it’s a full-fat mobile GPU. But a discerning dive into a Windows device manager shows a hardware is a GTX 1060 Max-Q part, instead. Nvidia’s Max-Q tech tunes hardware and program to emanate some-more energy-efficient versions of their namesake GPUs, notwithstanding with some detriment in performance. Happily, as we’ve detected in a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (and will see after in this review), a Max-Q chronicle of a GTX 1060 trails a beefier cousin by usually a few frames and stands as a darned excellent 1080p gaming option. Still, this intensity difficulty is value indicating out. We asked HP for clarification, nonetheless a association was incompetent to yield any. 

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