HP Omen (15-inch, 2017)

The Good The VR-ready HP Omen is one of the cheaper laptops packing a Nvidia GeForce 1060 GPU, it's got a terrific display, a comfortable keyboard and a super-speedy Intel i7 processor. Plus, it's stylish for a gaming laptop.

The Bad Its 4K screen means woeful battery life, falls behind other 1060-equipped laptops on benchmark tests.

The Bottom Line It's not as elegant as a Razer Blade or as powerful as an Alienware, but the 15-inch HP Omen is one of the better machines in its price range.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 5.0
7.8 Overall

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Review

HP's Omen is a devil of a deal if you’re looking for 4K gaming

When Nvidia unveiled its Max-Q laptop architecture earlier this year, it told us we'd see gaming machines with the power of a desktop in the shape of a MacBook Pro -- mainly in thanks to more efficient GeForce 10-series GPUs. HP's new Omen 15 is the latest product under the Max-Q umbrella, but it's too thick to live up to that promise. Don't count it out though. As long as you're not expecting some hypothetical laptop from the future, you'll find a machine that strikes a good balance between style, power and price. 

The first Max-Q machine to hit the market was the Asus Zephyrus, but you wouldn't think that and the Omen are cut from the same cloth. Both run 15.6-inch displays, but the Zephyrus packs a Nvidia GeForce 1080 GPU into a 17.9mm thick, five-pound frame. The Omen's GeForce 1060 card and its 33mm-thick body can't compete. But the Omen won't burden you with the same financial weight as the Zephyrus: The unit we reviewed will set you back $1,700 (AU$2,900, £1,400), while the Zephyrus weighs in at $2,700 (AU$5,000, £2,800). 

So no, don't get too excited by the Max-Q branding the HP Omen carries. But that doesn't mean there's nothing to be excited about. It's a much better-looking laptop than last year's blandish model, and the aforementioned GeForce 1060 is a new option for this year's Omen. The best GPU you could get in last year's 15-inch Omen was a 1050Ti, which was still fine for mainstream gaming, but the 1060 is much more VR-friendly.  

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