Although HP is well-known for producing high-end office electronics, that doesn’t mean the company is all business. Back in 2016, HP unleashed its line of OMEN products with a focus on gaming, including the popular HP OMEN 15 Gaming Laptop.
For 2020, this portable PC packs some serious processing power from both AMD and NVIDIA. This synergy of hardware comes together on a stunning 144 Hz IPS screen and offers gamers amazing visuals at a good price. Despite its allegiance to gaming, the HP OMEN 15 also includes a low-key design with specs suitable for both work and play.
HP OMEN 15 Laptop Specs
- AMD Ryzen 7 4800H (2.9 GHz base clock, up to 4.3 GHz max boost clock, 4 MB L2 cache, 8 cores)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6 dedicated)
- 15.6″ diagonal FHD, 144 Hz, IPS, anti-glare, micro-edge, WLED-backlit, 300 nits, 72% NTSC (1920 x 1080)
- 16 GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM (2 x 8 GB)
- 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
- Full-size, 1-zone dragon red backlit, mica silver keyboard with 26-Key Rollover Anti-Ghosting Key technology
- Dual Speaker Audio by Bang & Olufsen
- HP Wide Vision HD camera with integrated dual array digital microphone
- Battery life of up to 12.5 hours in Hybrid Mode
- Dimensions: 14.09 x 9.44 x 0.89 in | Weight: 5.42 lb
Simplicity on the Surface
Gaming laptops often get a bad rep for their outlandish styling, but the HP OMEN 15 takes a step back from this stigma with a clean, low-key look. Featuring a matte black finish on a metal exterior, the lid is emblazoned with the new Omen icon that’s in-line with the minimalistic design of the 2020 model.
The simplicity continues once you open the laptop with an island-style keyboard setup that features 26-Key Rollover Anti-Ghosting Key technology. The 1-zone dragon red keyboard backlighting is reminiscent of the “classic gaming PC” look, but isn’t as in your face as multicolor RGB lighting. In place of a dedicated number pad, the keyboard it utilizes this space to isolate its full-size arrow keys for ease of use and minimal missed keys during intense gaming bouts.
On its sides, the HP OMEN 15 offers a nice selection of ports for an assortment of devices. On the right, you have a Mini DisplayPort, 2 SuperSpeed USB Type-A and a SuperSpeed USB-C port for your newer gadgets. To the left, you find another SuperSpeed USB-A, Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, SD Media Card Reader and microphone/headphone combo jack added media flexibility.
Intricacy Under the Hood
Standing tall among mid-class gaming machines, the OMEN 15 is powered by AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H. This CPU features 8 cores with a 2.9 GHz base clock speed and a max boost of up to 4.3 GHz. In the graphics department, the laptop houses an integrated AMD Radeon GPU as well as a dedicated 6GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti. Thanks to its ability to switch between these two graphics cards, the OMEN 15 can minimize fan noise and heat depending on your activity.
The 16GB of RAM included is more than enough to handle graphic-intensive games or heavy multi-tasking. Combined with the powerful Ryzen and GeForce chips, the OMEN 15’s specs make it a viable option for professional videographers or graphic designers.
Furthering the essence of speed, the OMEN 15 also features a 512GB solid state drive (SSD). With an SSD, you can spend less time booting up and more time playing the games you love. This type of storage also translates to faster file transfers and better power-efficiency. The harmony of all the aforementioned components and HP’s fine-tuning has this device rated up to an impressive 12.5 hours of uptime in its hybrid battery setting.
Appealing to All Senses
With so much power under the hood, you’ll want the right display to really show off what the OMEN 15 can do. Luckily, the device comes with a 144 Hz IPS Full HD micro-edge screen. The higher refresh rate offers smooth visuals and fast reaction time; huge advantages for gaming, especially in multiplayer games. The WLED-backlighting, anti-glare and 300 nits of brightness also allow you to enjoy the display indoors and outdoors.
Many gaming laptops fall short when it comes to their ability to manage heat. To avoid this common pitfall, the OMEN 15 features Tempest Cooling Technology to help your hands stay cool and comfortable during even the most intense gaming sessions. Designed with 5-way airflow, 3-sided venting and a 12V fan power module, this is literally the coolest OMEN laptop yet.
The OMEN 15 has a nice array of speakers lining the upper portion above the keyboard, provided by high-end audio manufacturer Bang & Olufsen. If you’re looking to pass some downtime with Netflix or Spotify, your ears will be in for a treat.
You’re In Command
The HP OMEN 15 Gaming Laptop is power-packed and ready to play right out of the gate. But for those who enjoy tweaking settings, HP’s Omen Command Center software allows you to customize your computer and take it to the limit. The program features a number of tools to optimize your experience like:
- Overclocking: Monitor and adjust system performance
- Lighting: Customize your keyboard and exterior lighting
- Network Booster: View current network bandwidth available and the current optimization mode
- Performance Mode: Select a custom mode to optimize performance
- Update Management: View new features and recommended updates
Beyond your physical computer, the OMEN Command Center also includes several nice quality of life features that gamers will appreciate. You’ll find the following sections to monitor and improve gameplay:
- Rewards: Sign up for challenges and win prizes
- Coaching: View performance feedback to enhance your gameplay
- My Games: Manage and access your game library from one location
- Game Stream: Use your OMEN PC to host gameplay
There is no need to download the program as it comes pre-loaded on OMEN devices.
Find the Right HP OMEN 15 Laptop For You
The OMEN 15 Gaming Laptop showcased here is available for $1,299.99 at HP. However, this laptop comes in all sorts of configurations starting as low as $920. If you’re looking for a bit more screen real estate, you can also consider sizing up to the OMEN 17. For all the models and variations of OMEN, be sure to check out its dedicated section on the HP website.
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