HP Omen 17 Review 2020 - Best Premium Gaming Laptop

HP Omen 17 Review 2020 – Best Premium Gaming Laptop!?

The gaming laptops are getting much popular these days and HP wants to get popular with its gaming laptops and so HP is now ready to provide powerful gaming machines at a reasonable price.

So, Hp is back in the market with its another gaming laptop the HP Omen 17, which is priced at $1,629 and has some specs like RTX 2070 GPU a 144hz refresh rate 17.3 inch 1080p display.

The Hp omen 17 is improved in many ways as compared to its predecessor. The Hp Omen 17 has got slimmer and a more appealing chassis with a performance boost too.

The display on the laptop also now gets pretty bright but still the laptop lacks in the battery life and its plastic chassis. Though the laptop’s chassis is completely made up of plastic the laptop is one of the best gaming laptops you can buy at this price.

Let’s see more of this new laptop from HP in more details in this Hp Omen 17 Review 2020. So let us first get this review started with the price and configurations of the laptop but let us first get through the specification.

HP Omen 17 Specifications

  • CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-10750 (six-core, 5GHz boost)
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 2070
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 144 Hz IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit
  • Storage: 512GB SSD & 1TB HDD
  • Optical drive: No
  • Ports: 1 x Thunderbolt USB-C (DisplayPort™ 1.4, HP Sleep and Charge); 3 x USB-A Type-A; 1 x HDMI 2.0a; 1 x headphone/microphone combo; 1 x SDcard reader; 1 x Ethernet
  • Camera: HP Wide Vision HD Camera with integrated dual array digital microphone
  • Weight: from 7.12lbs (3.23 kg)
  • Size: 15.94 x 11.22 x 1.18 inches (40.4 x 28.5 x 3 cm; W x D x H)

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Price & configurations

The Hp Omen 15 laptop price starts at $1,299 for a variant that has a 60 HZ 1080p 17.3 inch Display with a 16GB of RAM, a 512GB NVMe SSD and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU and a Core i7 9750H CPU.

The second variant of the laptop comes at $1,629 with a 144HZ display, A Core i7 – 9750H CPU, 16 GB of Ram, a 256GB NVMe SSD and a 1 TB HDD with a RPM of 7200.

For the maxed out variant of the Hp Omen 15 you will need to pay $2,629 which packs specification like 32GB RAM, a 1TB SSD, Core i9-9880 H and a Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics.

Design of Hp Omen 17

The first thing you will probably notice in this laptop is the Size. You will definitely feel that you have bought a 17 inch machine just by seeing it. 

HP Omen 17 Review 2020 - Best Premium Gaming Laptop!?
Design

The laptops overall look doesnt feel much of gamers centric though the triangular pattern on the lid of the laptop does make it an aggressive looking laptop overall.

The lid of the laptop also feels pretty good to touch as it has a really sleek and great brushed metal effect which definitely makes the laptop stylish and also more interesting than a plain metal finishing.

Also, the brushed pattern of the laptop splits into four quadrants. Which gives a contrasting effect on the lid though, this seems to be simple design but in reality the design on the lid is more effective and sleek.

The laptop does weigh a little high as you can expect from a 17 inches laptop. Though the laptop doesn’t feel extremely heavy it is around 3.23 KG’s and takes a fair amount of desk space.

You will surely end up considering this laptop as a desktop rather than a laptop as it is going to be at one place most of the time rather moving with you.

Though, it is still a laptop and you can surely feel some sort of portability with this laptop. Because of the huge size of this laptop the Hp Omen 17 does come with some positives too.

And some of the positives of this huge size is the laptop gets a Full Numpad, six macro keys and the keyboard is also very spacious and feels comfortable to use. This means there will be less typos while typing on the keyboard.

The one problem with the design that i will like to address is the middle hinge on this laptop which makes the screen wobbles while working or gaming on this laptop.

The ports on this laptop will surely meet your expectations with plenty of options to connect external displays, drives and peripherals. 

The laptop also comes with an ethernet port, which is still a must have option for gaming.

As far as RGB, the HP Omen 17 again adopts an unobtrusive strategy as there is just under-key RGB lighting. 

In a commercial center overwhelmed with RGB-empowered workstations, this could be viewed as very reviving. Or then again, it could be viewed as not exactly adequate. 

It’ll come down to inclination, as certain clients will utilize this with an incredible gaming PC, console, headset, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg, so may need the occasion to fuse their machine into their arrangements through lighting, while others won’t be complained. 

Generally speaking, it supplements the cool tasteful and plan of the machine however, and everything joins to make a triumphant look in our view.

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Display

The 144hz 1080p 17.3 inch display on the Hp Omen 17 is an appropriate panel for the gamers as playing some of the fast playing games just gets more immersive. 

Also the display can get pretty bright and vivid and I personally didn’t have any problem regarding the brightness of the screen on this laptop.

HP Omen 17 Review 2020 - Best Premium Gaming Laptop
Display

The display was very sharp in showing the details of the game on the screen as in some of the war games I can clearly see the blood from enemies head when hit by a sword.

Though, the matte screen seems to not make the colors stand out that much. The display on this HP Omen 17 gaming laptop covers a sRGB color gamut of about 104% making it slightly less colorful than its competitors.

Though, you will definitely not find the color difference except when compared. Also, underwhelming color has been taken care of with the high brightness of the laptop and so the color difference feels negligible.

Keyboard and touchpad on the laptop

The typing experience on the laptop feels snappy thanks to its responsive keys. Though I expected a little deeper travel with the keys considering the size and the hige chassis of the laptop.

The key sizing on this HP Omen 17 also feels great and has a full number pad on it. Especially, gamers gonna love this keyboard for its 26 key rollover. Which will be ensuring every key press is registered, even when multiple keys are pressed at the same time.

HP Omen 17 Review 2020 - Best Premium Gaming Laptop
keyboard, Trackpad & command center software

The backlighting on the keyboard is a four zone backlit. In which three of the zones are divided equally across the full keyboard.

While the fourth backlighting zone is specially for the WASD keys on the keyboard. Also the colors on the backlighting of the keyboard can be changed easily through the Command Centre software in the laptop with just a few clicks.

Though, i have no complaint for the backlighting in this keyboard i was also expecting a per key lighting in this laptop for that more immersive look.

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Webcam

The 720p webcam on the HP Omen 17 just feels cheap as it adds a watercolor effect all over the image whenever an image is snapped with it.

The webcam is below average for a meeting and is placed typically above the monitor.

Ports

You will surely won’t complain anything when it comes to ports on Hp Omen 17 gaming laptop.

HP Omen 17 Review 2020 - Best Premium Gaming Laptop
Ports

As on the right side of the laptop there is a Ethernet port, Hdmi Input, A Mini DisplayPort, two USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt 3 input and a headphone and microphone jack.

On the left side of the Laptop there is a third USB 3.0 port and a Full Sized SD Card Slot. 

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Performance of Hp Omen 17 gaming Laptop

To explain the performance on HP Omen 17 in simple terms, i can say this is a very capable laptop. This laptop can handle all your work without any worries including the most demanding games at a very high level.

The gaming performance on this laptop also feels great and pleasant. May it be any game thrown at it as keeping the capability of RTX 2070 in mind.

HP Omen 17 Review 2020 - Best Premium Gaming Laptop
Performance

The laptop can easily deliver 60 frames per second in any game you wish to play. The display on this laptop also makes the FPS games like Apex Legends very smooth and immersive.

Also, it is worth mentioning that the vibrant display on this laptop does a brilliant job of displaying the game’s world, character and other details.

Sometimes, you may need to tweak some graphic setting for some of the most demanding games. Also the 16 GB RTX 2070 variant of HP Omen 17 laptop basically means you are all set for a high end gaming.

The SSD on this laptop is ample and also the 1TB of extra hard drive comes as a solid backup in case your SSD fills up.

Coming to customizing the laptop’s performance output. You also get a bit of options to customize the performance of your laptop from the Command Centre Software.

The Command Centre software can also handle a bit of work including switching between the modes of the laptop and changing the RGB lighting effects of the keyboard.

Battery life

Simply speaking, the battery isn’t a strong point of the laptop. Which is typically expected in a gaming laptop. You will most probably need to connect the HP Omen 17 to power supply while gaming on this machine.

While testing we found the laptop gives even more battery life when using it for watching a movie or completing some basic work. But, still you will always need the power supply within your reach.

This makes this laptop a not so good travel partner or else you have to find the power socket everywhere you travel.

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Audio 

The dual speakers on the laptop aren’t loudest but the vocals and sounds on this speaker are clear even when the volume is full.

The bass and heft were also pretty good.

Conclusion

Pros of HP omen 17

  • Ample storage space
  • Very good 144-Hz panel
  • Full-size Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070
  • Elegant design
  • Competitively priced
  • G-Sync

Cons of HP Omen 17

  • CPU could make better use of its turbo
  • Relatively short battery life
  • Heavy, and even heavier with power brick
  • No per-key lighting

The HP Omen 17 with its 17 inch 1080p, 144hz bright display impresses anyone. With its powerful RTX 2070 graphics and a comfortable RGB Keyboard the laptop seems even more appealing to buy.

But, what differentiated the HP Omen 17 from its competitors and why should you go for Hp Omen 17 Gaming laptop than any other gaming laptop?

The one of the most important things that differentiate the HP Omen 17 from its competition is the price tag of $1,629. The Omen 17 laptop is one of the best bang for the buck in gaming laptops.

As always no laptop is perfect and also the omen 17 lacks on some of the points. Like, the laptop is mostly made up of plastic and a very less battery life.

If you think you need a laptop that lasts more than the omen 17 then i suggest you to go with the Storm Avon, as it gets you a similar performance with a longer battery life in lightweight chassis.

All in all, the Omen 17 is an excellent gaming laptop that offers tons of power and a bright, 17.3-inch display at a relatively affordable price.

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