HP Omen 15 Review
Each new wave of gaming computers is better than the one before. So giant monsters are hard to find nowadays, especially if you want to buy the best ones. They would still be decisive in the parts they use, but they would be smaller and cooler to hold and look at. The HP Omen 15 is a good example.
Hewlett-Packard has made some significant changes to the internals of this version, including upgrading the core and using new heat treatments. The Omen 15 has a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q graphics, 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1 TB PCIe SSD, and an FHD 300Hz IPS LCD panel. For a modern gaming laptop, that’s a lot of different features.
HP Omen 15 Tech Specs
|Price||$1499 / £1,200 / AU$2,000.|
|Dimension||35.79 x 23.97 x 2.25 cm|
|Processor||10th Gen. Intel Core i7|
|Storage||1 TB PCIe NVMe TLC M.2 SSD|
|Webcam||HP Wide Vision HD Camera|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Battery||6-cell 70.9 Whr|
- Looks sleek and classy.
- Capable work
- It comes with a fantastic 300 Hz panel
- Adaptable port choice
- Bad battery life
- The speaker volume could be better.
- The webcam picture is dull.
Omen 15 comes in Mica Silver and Shadow Black colors. Ours is the second one. The matte black finish is effortless and stylish. Bruce Wayne would like how it can be done without being seen. Even the writings on the omen could be a lot easier to read.
If you turn off the keyboard’s RGB features and remove the co-branding stickers, all that’s left is the name, which shines like a gem. Even though dust and fingerprints stick to the surface of a laptop quickly, it is easy to clean. When you are cleaning, if you press down on the lid, you will feel something like a bend. This is because there is a space between the hood and the keyboard. This space was likely left to let air get to the intake vent.
No matter the reason, you don’t need to worry about that. The whole top and the display below it are made of plastic, which should be more durable than glass. So, the Omen 15 is well-equipped and built to last.
At about 2.45 kilograms, it’s not too heavy to carry around either. Even though the angles are a little sharp, it looks fantastic! You will be able to open the lid with one hand. The dual-hinge design is laid-back; all you have to do to move the lid back 180 degrees is shake it. So, let’s look at what’s on the other side.
The PCMark 10 ‘Home’ benchmark was completed in 5 hours and 50 minutes, and our movie test returned an average of 5 hours and 22 minutes of video playback so that you can watch a few movies on the go. On average, gamers spend 4 hours in a game, which drops to 3 hours and 25 minutes when playing intensive games.
The HP Omen 15 (2021) has received much criticism for its short battery life, but our testing has shown that these claims are unfounded. However, other users have claimed a less acceptable range of between 2-3 hours; we could not replicate this in our first battery life tests, and it may be exclusive to models equipped with a GeForce RTX 3070 GPU.
I like that HP used a high-quality, smooth screen. It is excellent for playing games, watching movies, and doing other digital chores. It has a screen size of 15.6 inches, FHD resolution, a refresh rate of 300 Hz (with G-Sync), 100% sRGB coverage, and a brightness of 300 nits. On the bottom, there is a full-size board with ten number keys.
It depends on whether you like it or the TKL arrangement better. Different strokes for different folks, eh? The size and placement of the arrow keys would have been better on the second one. Still, it’s easy to type on the keys themselves.
HP says they have anti-ghosting and 26-key rollover. There are also 4-zone RGB LEDs, and the Omen Gaming Hub lets you change the colors and shapes of the lights. Underneath is a glass trackpad that is a good size and works well.
HP Omen 15 comes with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor. Not only this,it comes with 16GB of RAM, and an Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card, making the range approx $1499, £1,200, or about AU$2,000. Depending on where you live, you can choose from different options, some of which are Intel-based. On the UK site, the most potent configuration you could get was a Ryzen 7 5800H processor, an RTX 3070 GPU, and 1TB of M.2 SSD storage for £1699.
The high refresh rate of 165 Hz makes the laptop better for competitive shooters and battle royale games like Apex Legends and Fortnite. The 3 ms response speed isn’t the fastest on the market, but it’s enough to eliminate any ghosting or motion blur. Regarding Apex Legends, the HP Omen 15 will give you around 80 fps with all settings at their highest and 130 fps on medium.
The RTX 3060 GPU won’t be as fast as the GeForce RTX 3080, but for an entry-level gaming laptop, this is more than enough to play games at a speed and pace you’ll enjoy. Not to mention that the Nvidia graphics card lets you use the framerate-boosting DLSS feature on games that can use it.
The HP Omen 15 (2021) setup we tried did well on our benchmarks. It got a score of 1,435 on Geekbench 5 for a single core and a score of 7,980 for several cores. CineBenchR20 also got a score of 4,089. These numbers could be better, but they’re great for something in this price range.