HP Omen 17 Review

A solid gaming laptop for Full HD gaming and beyond.

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For the most part, gaming laptops are made to look aggressive, with angular bodies, multicolored lights on the lid and keyboard and big stylized fan vents.

You might also find extra buttons or other controls on the keyboard deck, making these systems appear more like a mobile command center than a laptop. HP, however, took more of an “iron fist in a velvet glove” approach with the 17-inch Omen

Specification

Omen sports the the latest seventh generation Intel Core i7 processors and Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics. The HP Omen 17 is touted to be VR ready, and the base model sports a 17.3-inch full-HD display,

A 7th gen quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8GHz, Turbo up to 3.8GHz) processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics (6GB GDDR5 video memory), 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 1TB 7200RPM HDD with 128GB SSD storage, and Bang & Olufsen audio with dual speakers.

 

                                HP Omen 17 Specifications
Processor 6700HQ 2.6 GHz
Platform HM170
RAM FSB 2400 MHz
RAM Capacity 16 GB
Screen Size 17.3–inches
Screen Resolution 3840 x 2160
GPU NVIDIA GTX 1070 8 GB
SSD Samsung NVMe 256 GB
HDD HGST  1 TB
Ethernet Realtek GbE
Wi-Fi Intel AC 7265
Audio Realtek (4x 2W + 1x 3W Speakers)
Battery 6-Cell 95.8 Whr
AC Adapter 230 W
Weight 3.35 Kg

Display

Another really good facet about the HP OMEN 17 is the display panel. It’s 17.3-inches and an IPS panel. Being a 4K panel, you really appreciate it since the GTX 1070 that’s powering the HP OMEN 17 can do justice to it.

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The panel makes use of an RBG sub-pixel arrangement, has an average luminance of 338 nits and a very uniform brightness level across the board.

Keyboard and Touchpad

HP’s keyboard is backlit but with a single colour. It’s not exactly a disappointment but you have to give what the consumers want.

The selection of keys switches is optimal, they’re chiclet-buttons and they feel just fine. We can’t say anything more than this, because there frankly isn’t much to talk about.

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Some of the competition have frequently used keys like the space bar or the WASD keys to be textured differently, but that’s not the case here. There are no extra macro keys either.

The touchpad though not used for gaming, is one of the redeeming factors of the HP OMEN 17 gaming notebook. It’s large, has no physical separation for the left and right clicks and the texture is slick. It’s not too glossy which causes sweaty fingers to stick not is is too rough. It hits the right note.

The Omen has three USB 3.0 ports with one on the left and two on the right. Also on the left are separate mic and headphone jacks joined on the right by an SD card reader, Ethernet jack and HDMI and Mini DisplayPort outputs.

Performance

Here’s how the HP Omen 17 performed in

  • 3DMark: Cloud Gate: 22,920; Sky Diver: 25,943; Fire Strike: 11,668
  • Cinebench CPU: 679 points; Graphics: 104 fps
  • GeekBench: GeekBench: 3732 (single-core); 13,387 (multi-core)
  • PCMark 8 (Home Test): 3293 points
  • PCMark 8 Battery Life: 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • Battery Life (techradar movie test): 3 hours and 46 minutes
  • The Division (1080p, Ultra): 71 fps; (1080p, Low): 164 fps
  • GTA V (1080p, Ultra): 52 fps; (1080p, Low): 100 fps

 

Pros

  • Fast graphics card
  • Solid and consistent screen
  • Excellent speakers
  • Good battery

Cons

  • Few extras on the inside
  • Thick, heavy exterior
  • Poor keyboard and touchpad
  • Absence of software

A solid gaming laptop for Full HD gaming and beyond.

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