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Omen Gaming Laptop: 17.3" 4K, i7-6700HQ, GTX 1070, 16GB DDR4, 512GB SSD for $1,460

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Hp.com has the VR Ready OMEN gaming laptop for $1,460 w/ FS

To get this price:
  1. Sign up for the HP Employee Purchase Program http://hp.force.com/external/Frie...Q49_052010;
  2. Go to http://store.hp.com/us/en/Configu...quantity=1;
  3. under Processor and Graphics , add Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ (2.6 GHz, up to 3.5 GHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores) + NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5 dedicated);
  4. under Hard Drive , add 512GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD. (If you'd rather have the default configuration with 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD, then the price will be $50 cheaper.)
  • Windows 10 Home 64
  • Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ (2.6 GHz, up to 3.5 GHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores) + NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5 dedicated)
  • 16GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (2 x 8GB)
  • 17.3" diagonal UHD IPS UWVA anti-glare WLED-backlit (3840 x 2160)
  • 512GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
  • 6-cell 95.8 WHr Lithium-ion Battery
  • Full-size island-style backlit keyboard
  • HP Wide Vision HD Webcam with Dual Digital Microphone
  • Intel® 802.11ac (2x2) Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 4.2 Combo

The price has gone up $50 since I first posted this 5 days ago but it still can't be beat by any other gaming laptop with the same specs. And it is $40 cheaper than the Black Friday deal for this configuration.
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got this last time it was on sale. The 4k screen looks really nice, but the unit I had seems to have light bleed issues around the corner of the screen. It bothers me a little when displaying dark images, but in most case the 4k really gives it a nice crisp picture. Not sure if only the unit I got is bad, but the screen does feel rather flimsy, it gets very bendy when you open and close it. Otherwise this is the best deal for an i7 with gtx1070 at the moment.
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got this last time it was on sale. The 4k screen looks really nice, but the unit I had seems to have light bleed issues around the corner of the screen. It bothers me a little when displaying dark images, but in most case the 4k really gives it a nice crisp picture. Not sure if only the unit I got is bad, but the screen does feel rather flimsy, it gets very bendy when you open and close it. Otherwise this is the best deal for an i7 with gtx1070 at the moment.

Decent price for a 1070 with i7 i agree.However, as a user coming from 4K, dropping to 2K (1440P) was a much better alternative. 4K is not optimized for many applications except gaming and intense video/picture editing. Windows 10 is still having trouble with optimization. The text has to be supersized to 150% to look viewable and Windows 10 looks even tinier on a 17" screen. (I had a 27" LG 4K and if it looked tiny on that, then i can't imagine it lookin any better on a 17" 4K screen)

TL;DR: 1440P/2K res would be a much better option for a 1070 for good stable high 60+ FPS at high/ultra details for most modern games.

Its just the right "amount", as goldilocks would say.
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Thx for the feedback. I guess I could live with those drawbacks for the price. How are the thermals and noise levels while gaming? Does it get very hot and is the fan noise tolerable?

I agree that a 1440p screen would be better both in terms of Windows scaling and as an optimal match for GTX 1070, which is meant for 1440p gaming. Even GTX 1080 struggles in some games at 4K. Unfortunately, there's no option for a 2560x1440 screen.
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The fan noise can get loud when the gpu goes full power, but that is to be expected for a 1070. I don't think I mind the noise at all as long as it's doing its job. I didn't measure the temperature, but just by touching the bottom of the laptop after gaming for a few hours, it didn't seem alarmingly hot.

I agree 4k does make everything a little too small for a 17" and most apps don't support that resolution. For me, the only advantage is that everything looks very sharp and detailed, good for watching videos, both regular hd and 4k sources.
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EPP registration doesn't seem to be working. I am getting an error when using that link.

Edit: Works here! http://hp.force.com/external/Frie...Q49_052010
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Thx for the feedback. I guess I could live with those drawbacks for the price. How are the thermals and noise levels while gaming? Does it get very hot and is the fan noise tolerable?

I agree that a 1440p screen would be better both in terms of Windows scaling and as an optimal match for GTX 1070, which is meant for 1440p gaming. Even GTX 1080 struggles in some games at 4K. Unfortunately, there's no option for a 2560x1440 screen.

http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/...hp-omen-17

^Looks pretty good except temps, sadly. I still might jump. A 1070 at this price is good.

Edit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtJoiDVF9e4

This review got pretty good temps.

I'm seeing a lot of inconsistency in the reviews for heat/keyboard/trackpad/display brightness. Hm. Also, too bad about tax.
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Does HP let you open up their laptops? 512 is good for a m.2 but I need at least a TB 2.5 added to this for me to jump.
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Does HP let you open up their laptops? 512 is good for a m.2 but I need at least a TB 2.5 added to this for me to jump.
One HP rep a while back told me adding storage would be fine while another one I contacted via chat said it would void the warranty.

If you don't have many programs to install on the SSD, then the default hard drive configuration with a 128GB SSD and a 2TB HDD may work out better for you. Even a 512GB SSD can fill up pretty fast if you install a lot of modern games on it. GTA V alone is almost 70GB. And if you are like me and record videos of some of your best gameplay, then it could be twice as much.

Other options include using an external HDD or online storage.
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I love the ideas of 2k screens. If only. I do not feel a 4k screen belongs on a laptop, and a 1080p is just not great for today.

Also, you can save an additional $150 if you downgrade the video card to only 6gb of memory. Wow, I remember when 128mb was HUGE!!! Smilie

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One HP rep a while back told me adding storage would be fine while another one I contacted via chat said it would void the warranty.

If you don't have many programs to install on the SSD, then the default hard drive configuration with a 128GB SSD and a 2TB HDD may work out better for you. Even a 512GB SSD can fill up pretty fast if you install a lot of modern games on it. GTA V alone is almost 70GB. And if you are like me and record videos of some of your best gameplay, then it could be twice as much.

Other options include using an external HDD or online storage.
A better option I would think would be to replace the 128gb with a 512 or 1tb ssd. You can get a good 512 for about 190 now. Then you have storage for files and speed for your current game list.
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One HP rep a while back told me adding storage would be fine while another one I contacted via chat said it would void the warranty.

If you don't have many programs to install on the SSD, then the default hard drive configuration with a 128GB SSD and a 2TB HDD may work out better for you. Even a 512GB SSD can fill up pretty fast if you install a lot of modern games on it. GTA V alone is almost 70GB. And if you are like me and record videos of some of your best gameplay, then it could be twice as much.

Other options include using an external HDD or online storage.
Hmm, I'll maybe contact them. I have a 480SSD, 750HDD setup now and like how I have things setup.

I tried an Asus before that had a 256+1TB and I hated moving files around so much. Plus, the screen bleed was terrible and the battery drain when playing games.
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I love the ideas of 2k screens. If only. I do not feel a 4k screen belongs on a laptop, and a 1080p is just not great for today.

Also, you can save an additional $150 if you downgrade the video card to only 6gb of memory. Wow, I remember when 128mb was HUGE!!! Smilie


A better option I would think would be to replace the 128gb with a 512 or 1tb ssd. You can get a good 512 for about 190 now. Then you have storage for files and speed for your current game list.
Yes, you could downgrade to GTX 1060 but then you won't be able to play much of anything at 4K. The only option for the display is 4K. If you change the laptop's display resolution to 1920x1080, things will look blurry and washy. Though if you only plan on gaming on an external 1080p display, you'll be just fine with GTX 1060.
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This would be an extremely powerful video editing and photoshop computer.
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Is there a Macbook Pro model that is comparable to this in specs and price? TIA.
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got this last time it was on sale. The 4k screen looks really nice, but the unit I had seems to have light bleed issues around the corner of the screen. It bothers me a little when displaying dark images, but in most case the 4k really gives it a nice crisp picture. Not sure if only the unit I got is bad, but the screen does feel rather flimsy, it gets very bendy when you open and close it. Otherwise this is the best deal for an i7 with gtx1070 at the moment.
In your experience... Is AA actually required on a 4K display?
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