Besides, being convenient than huge desktop PCs, nowadays gaming laptops are known for their serious power pack. Not only this but due to their stunning display and powerful audio, gaming laptops provide the whole package of portable experience. HP has released its renewed Omen series this year and we are going to review its 17-inch variant with following specs.
HP Omen X 17 Review
|SCREEN SIZE||42.5 X 32.72 X 3.64 CM|
|SCREEN RESOLUTION||17.3” FHD 120Hz IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit (1920*1080)|
|GRAPHICS CARD||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5 RAM)|
|RAM||32 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (2*16GB)|
|HARD DISK||1 TB 7200 rpm SATA III|
|PROCESSOR||Intel Core i7-7820HK (2.9GHz,8MB Cache,4 Cores)|
|PRICE||2,200 USD, 3,800 AUD|
- Outstanding Keyboard design
- Remarkable gaming performance
- Good battery life
- Optional 4K
- Large battery but less battery time comparatively
- The internal component may run hot in gaming mode
- Cheap plastic outlook with thin speakers
- Limited overclocking options
With respect to design, it weighs around 4.85kg that make it anything but portable. HP used aluminum in most of Omen 17’s design which surely compensates the weight of the laptop. The only color available is a shadow black. The laptop lid is made up of aluminum and plastic with Omen logo in the middle, whereas the bottom of the laptop is fully made of plastic with two big vents for the additional airflow. Its screen bends when its pressed in the middle which is one of its flaws but this bending doesn’t affect the LCD Screen.
Omen 17 offers well-distributed I/O. On the left, there is a USB 3.1 connector and the 3.5mm audio jack for the microphone and a Kensington lock. The right side has SD Card Reader, USB 3.0 Gen 1 connector and a DC charging port. RJ-45 port used for LAN, 2 USB 3.1 connectors supporting Thunderbolt 3, a mini Display port and HDMI 2.0, two USB 3.0 connector ports is designed on the back side of the laptop. The huge vents for dispersing the heat are on both the sides as well as on the back of the laptop.
Display and Webcam
You can upgrade or downgrade your graphics card with customized options starting from NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX1050. It depends on how hardcore gamer you are. We have reviewed its gaming performance and played Destiny 2 and Fortnite without any lags on ultimate settings. This model offers an NVIDIA GeForce GTX1080 8GB graphics card with full HD (1920 x 1080) screen resolution with a refresh rate of 120 GHz which makes Omen 17 an efficient option for gaming. You will have the option of upgrading your screen to 4K if you want to custom build your HP Omen. Speaking of the display panel, it provides AUO B173HAN01.4 IPS panel and 127 PPI pixel density. As for webcam, HP introduces its wide vision HD camera which captures 1080p videos with 30fps with a dual array digital microphone that ensures the convenience of communication.
This laptop comes in 3 different display types.
- 17.3″ diagonal FHD UWVA anti-glare WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
- 17.3″ diagonal FHD 120 Hz IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
- 17.3″ diagonal 4K IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit (3840 x 2160)
The maximum brightness of the device is about 333 cd/m2 as average. Color appears colder with the temperature of 8000K. The viewing angle is excellent with 178°wide which deliver best display quality and outstanding video experience. It’s 4k screen also suits both Netflix binge-watch mood and UHD gaming.
Keyboard, Touchpad, and Audio
On its interior, there are six macro keys positioned on left, full sets of Fn shortcuts on top, red backlight QWERTY keyboard with white highlighted WAS keys and arrow keys as usual on its right place. The whole keyboard gives a tactile feedback and is suitable for both typing and gaming purposes. The touchpad provides a smooth surface and comfortable mouse keys, no bad gliding of surface or stiffy mouse feedback. The new design is overall responsive and felt nice, but it would have been easier to operate if the size of trackpad were slightly bigger than the one designed.
Moving over to the audio experience, this device features dual speakers that provide audio perfection. Custom tuning is also available by Bung and Olufsen so that user can adjust the sound level as they want to feel. Its tiny speakers are not that impressive.
Performance and Gaming
The hardware of HP Omen X 17 is the main reason for the best performance of the machine. The Intel Core i7-7820HK is a 45W, quad-core chip, designed specifically for power and feature a 2.9 GHz base clock speed and a boost clock of 3.9 GHz speed. A user can open the door to better performance as it can be overlooked by the Oman Control Center software suite. This tool offers CPU multiplier and voltage slider that can be modified. The multiplier can be overlocked between a range of 37x – 40x and volt to 0.510V.
HP enforces hybrid solution by using both hard disk drive and SSD. The base model comes with Intel core i7-7700 HQ processor which can be upgraded to Intel core i7-7820HK with an optional fast SSD that helps its users in a much more fast execution. By using Mini Display Port and 1 G-Sync, three external monitors can be operated. A 4K variant will help a lot if you want to play games like Dota 2 which do not need much power from the PC hence you can enjoy more fps. Combining all the above features provides a laptop delivering showstopping performance.
HP Omen X does not feature Max-Q Design like Dell’s budgeted G7 Gaming laptop but it beats some of the thin and light-weight laptops due to the fact that Max-Q design offers slim build but on the cost of more heat and less power. It can push frame rate past 100 fps in most of the games on the i7-7820HK variant.
|Overwatch||187 fps on ultra settings at 1080p|
|F1 2017||108 fps on ultra settings at 1080p|
|The Witcher 3||85 fps on ultra settings at 1080p|
|Resident Evil 7||158 fps on ultra settings at 1080p|
Battery Life & Heat
Omen X 17 with 99Wh battery has performed really well in battery testing. It has passed more than 5 hours on our Wifi test and can run around 6 hours when set to the idle condition. It gave us around 2 hours on Dota 2 on maximum settings and medium brightness.
The Omen X contains a dual fan that efficiently handles the heat overflow. It pulls air in through the bottom and pushes out from the sides, making it more powerful without any sort of lags.
The base model of HP Omen X 17 comes with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ, a 16GB DDR4 RAM, NVIDIA GEFORCE 1050Ti 4GB DDR5 and 17.3” FHD screen. You can custom build your laptop from HP official site. It depends on which country do you live in. Australians will have few options available compared to US customers. You can upgrade the processor to core i7-7820HK with a 32GB DDR4 -2800 SDRAM, Two 1TB M.2 SSD, and a 4K IPS eDP anti-glare screen. Of course, upgrading all of it would cost you a fortune of around $3000 USD or $4300 AUD. Microsoft Office and McAfee Security Trial are included in the package. You can always go for your favorite Anti-virus software. It comes with Theft protection which can trace your laptop if its stolen. Preinstalled Omen Command Center offers software for customizable macro keys. It also helps in prioritizing gaming traffic and minimizing network latency.
There is a lot to like about Omen, but there are also few specs that left us disappointed. The keyboard’s resistance and design are very well tuned and implemented excellently. Typist may need some time to set their hands on it, but many other find keyboards according to their liking. The RGB lighting effect adds an advance touch to the keypad. The 99 Wh battery makes it respectable in front of competitors. When, mostly laptops last 2 hours, the Omen X 17 provides an opportunity for users to work whenever they want with its 5+ hours average running time.
Unfortunately, the massive weight of Omen X makes it more a desktop replacement than a laptop. It is a machine that mostly rests on the desk and can’t be usable when traveling or on the road. But still, the overall finish and fit are outstanding. The body never creaks, no matter how much pressure applied to it and most of all the 120 Hz refresh rate raise the gaming experience to whole new level.