HP's 15-inch Omen offers power and a beautiful 4K screenFor under $1,600 you'll get a 15-inch laptop with a Nvidia GeForce 1060 GPU and a 4K screen.
The new 15 inch HP Omen laptop is between worlds. It's not as felt as a razor blade nor is it as powerful as a FDR0G or MSI laptop. Instead, It walks alone between those two options. The laptop can be configured to pack an M video G4 1060 GPU. Which gives it enough graphical grunt to play almost anything you throw at it, including VR games. And while it's not what I'd call ultra portable it's also far from being a bahima. The 15 inch Omen comes in many configurations, starting for around 1000 bucks. The model we were using sets you back 1700 dollars and runs on an Intel Kaby Lake i7 processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and the aforementioned 1060 graphics card with 6 gigabytes of video RAM. The 1060 that HP uses is one of the more efficient Max-Q variations from Nvidia, which are designed to fit into small machines. The first such laptop with the Max Q branding was ROG ZEPHYRUS, but that's a different beast to the [UNKNOWN]. The ZEPHYRUS is thinner and has a considerably more powerful 1080 GPU. It's also about $1000 more expensive. So don't dwell to much on that Max Q branding. HP last year [UNKNOWN] the gaudy look that characterizes most gamer laptops, instead opting for a more subtle design for their OMEN [UNKNOWN] Engine. This year, that's all changed. We've got a two-toned shell that's livened up with carbon fiber and the blood red omen logo. There are also a lot of angles going on, but that's not just for show. The frame slips inward under the ports, so when you grip the laptop, it doesn't feel too thick. The omen 15 does a lot of the boring stuff right too. Its keyboard is comfortable, it's got decent speakers and its trackpad is actually where you'd expect it to be. One thing is doesn't do well is survive without a power cord. Thanks in large part to a 4k screen, which is gorgeous, the battery gets eaten up real quick. It practical terms, I watched and hour of Netflix at full brightness and sound, and the battery went from 100 to 30%. There are more powerful laptops out there, some of which are slimmer than the Omen 15. But they're all at least a couple hundred dollars more expensive. The Omen strikes a good balance. It's power and stylish but not so powerful and stylish that it has to cost a fortune. I'm Daniel Van Boom. And for more news and reviews, head back to cnet.com.