HP Omen 15 Review – The Best Ryzen Has To Offer
Show you why its worth considering in this review. Theres some nice specs for a gaming laptop inside including 8 core AMD, Ryzen, 7, 4800H processor, Nvidia, GTX, 1660, Ti graphics and 16gb of memory in dual channel with 144Hz screen.. You can check out other configs and updated prices in the video description. Overall build quality is decent with some caveats., The lid is plastic, the interior is aluminium and the whole thing has a silver finish.. The front edge felt a little sharp if you brush up against it, but I never noticed it during everyday use.. There was quite a bit of flex to the lid when trying to move it. I first noticed it when I went to brush something off the screen.. A lot of people seem to have concerns about this, but it doesnt look like its that big of a deal you can check out this video by Code, Husky for more information. Theres, also some keyboard flex when intentionally pushing down hard, but it felt sturdy enough during Normal use. No issues opening it up with one finger and the screen goes the full 180 degrees back.. I noticed some of the keyboard lighting leaks onto the plastic below the screen, its not really an issue, but something I havent really seen. Before. My config weighed in at 4.6lb or 2.1kg, and with the 200w power brick and cables for charging, were looking at 6lb or 2.7kg all up., Its not too large for a 15 inch gaming laptop about average thickness and overall, quite portable.
. The smaller footprint results in 6.5mm thin screen bezels on the sides, but with a thicker bottom chin. Mine has a 15.6 1080p 144Hz screen. Unfortunately, theres no FreeSync G, Sync or option to disable optimus.. I measured the screen's average grey to grey response time at just under 8ms theres, a link in the description. If you need an explanation on these numbers., Its somewhat similar when compared to other 144Hz panels, but at the same time, nowhere near as bad as other Ryzen options like the ASUS TUF A15 or Dell G5 SE. Ive, measured colour gamut with the Spyder 5 and got 96 of sRGB, 66 of NTSC, 72 of AdobeRGB and 71 of DCI P3. At 100 brightness were looking at 327 nits and a 710 to 1 contrast ratio. So, overall some fair results for a gaming panel bit lower on the contrast. Though. Backlight bleed wasnt too bad. In my unit, the glow patches werent bright enough to notice during normal use, but this will vary between laptops and panels. Theres, a 720p camera above the display in the middle no Windows, Hello, support, though.. This is what the camera and microphone look and sound like on the HP Omen: 15. Heres. What it sounds like to type on the keyboard – and this is what it sounds like if we set the fan to max speed. So you can still hear me: ok over the fans., My keyboard only has white backlighting, which can either be turned on or off without any further adjustment, but there is also a 4 zone RGB option if you prefer.
All keys and secondary key functions, are illuminated and Although theres no numpad, we still get some extra keys to the right, so the arrows have plenty of space.. I dont personally use the numpad, so it didnt really bother me., No N key rollover, though HP specifically notes 26 key rollover, which I guess is probably enough. Heres, how typing sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. The power button is part of the keyboard, so you might want to change the default behaviour in Windows, incase of an accidental press, which is to put it to sleep.. There also appears to be small air ventilation, holes up the back above the keyboard.. The precision touchpad clicks down anywhere and works fine without any issues, although its smooth at the same time also feels a little textured and not quite as smooth as others.. Although fingerprints arent as obvious as on a black finish, they do show but theyre easy to clean off the smooth surface, with a microfiber cloth. On the left from the back theres, the power input, gigabit ethernet, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A port HDMI, 2.0a output, 3.5mm audio Combo jack and full size SD card slot. On the right from the front theres a USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C port with DisplayPort 1.4 support no Thunderbolt here and the laptop cannot be charged over Type C. Mini DisplayPort air exhaust vent on this side and two more USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A ports.
All three display outputs connect directly to the Nvidia graphics, bypassing the Radeon, graphics, so good to go for VR.. The back is just air exhaust vents and, although theres nothing on the front, not even an indentation, to get your finger into, I had no issues opening the lid.. The lid logo is a sort of reflective, blueish purple diamond in the center, with Omen text underneath., Underneath the back half of the machine appears to be air intake vents. But if we look at the bottom panel, some of the space is covered regardless still far better intake compared to the TUF A15.. Getting inside involved taking out 8 phillips head screws and inside weve got the battery down the front two M.2 storage slots with heatsink on either side of it and two memory slots and WiFi 6 card above the battery.. The two speakers are towards the front on the left and right sides.. I thought they sounded pretty average theres a little bass and they were clear enough at maximum volume and the latencymon results were looking alright.. The Omen is powered by a 6 cell 71Wh battery and Ive tested it with the keyboard lighting off background apps, disabled and screen at 50 brightness.. The results were excellent when compared to other gaming laptops with larger batteries lasting for more than 8 hours in the YouTube playback test and more than 2 hours while gaming.. Interestingly, the top four gaming laptops are all Ryzen based.
Lets check out. Thermals next. Ive got a whole video covering this topic in depth, linked in the description Ill. Just summarise: the important parts here. The Omen Command Center software lets you select between different performance modes, which, from lowest to highest, are comfort default and performance, and you have the option of enabling max fan speed with any of these modes, but theres no further granular fan Controls., You can also use the third party Ryzen controller software to further boost processor performance above stock levels. Thermals were tested with a 21 degree Celsius. Ambient room, temperature. Idle results down. The bottom were, good. Stress, tests were done with Aida64, CPU stress test and Heaven GPU test at the same time, and gaming was tested with Watch Dogs 2. In the highest performance mode were not even hitting 90 degrees Celsius under these heavy loads, an excellent result – and We could get even cooler by boosting fan, speed or using a cooling pad.. The clock speeds were still hitting 4 to above 4.1GHz, depending on the test and without any modifications over all 8 cores. So again, excellent results., The 1660 Ti was able to run at its 80 watt limit, regardless of the mode. So the different modes only really modify CPU power limit and fan speeds.. Due to the high GPU power, we can still play GPU heavy games without performance loss. In the lower modes, though, we cant really get much of a quieter system as youll hear soon.
. I also didnt find Ryzen controller to boost performance in workloads where both the CPU and GPU are active.. It did, however, give us a boost in CPU only workloads, for instance in Cinebench. We could boost multicore performance by almost 6 with this tool. When we compare the results with other laptops, its doing extremely well, basically tied with the Eluktronics RP 15 and much better when compared to most others tested only getting beaten by thicker and far more expensive options.. The keyboard area was never hot, regardless of the workload being run, though it was possible to get some improvements depending on the specific mode and fan speed option in use. In particular, the WASD keys are always cool, as air must get pulled through the keyboard and the Wrist rest was fine too, so it always felt comfortable even after gaming for hours lets have a listen to those fans.. When idling, the fan would occasionally ramp up a bit, which is why Ive recorded two levels. For some reason: comfort mode, basically maxes out the fans with the stress tests going not sure if thats a bug or if HPs idea of comfort is how cool the machine Feels without regards for your ears but thats why comfort mode ran cooler than the higher default mode. Max speed was on the louder side, but nothing that cant be resolved by using headphones same case with most gaming laptops. Now lets check out how the Omen 15 performs In games and compare it with some other laptops.
In Battlefield, 5 Ive got the Omen. 15 highlighted in red.. The average frame rate is similar to a lot of other 1660 Ti laptops, Ive tested, though a little behind some others, but only by a couple frames.. The 1 low seems to be a bit lower on the Ryzen based laptops in this game. The i7 options in the vapor 15 aka mag, 15 and helios 300, for instance, see a fair improvement in this regard.. These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built in benchmark.. The average FPS is similar when compared to the other 1660 Ti based laptops that Ive tested. However, in this more processor heavy test, the 1 low performance was better than the all alternatives, with the exception of the undervolted Helios 300.. The Helios was also a fair bit ahead in average FPS now at least compared to the last game. Shadow of the Tomb. Raider was also tested with the games benchmark tool with the highest setting preset and as a GPU heavy test, its not surprising that weve got a few other 1660 Ti laptops performing. Similarly, 74 FPS was the highest result recorded from a 1660 Ti, and the Omen 15 was able to hit this too. Ive also tested the Omen 15 in 20 games at all setting levels. You can check the card in the top right corner or link in the video description. If you want to see results in more games.
Now for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike and Timespy from 3DMark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results. Ive, used Adobe Premiere to export one of my laptop review videos at 4K, and the Omen 15 was doing well for a Ryzen based laptop with 1660 Ti better than the A15. In any case, and almost the same as the RP 15 with 2060, but those Intel options have the edge here due to quicksync. Ive also tested Premiere, but with the Puget systems benchmark, which also accounts for things like live playback rather than just export. Times. Higher score is better here and with more than just raw exporting concerned. The Omen 15 is now doing better than some of the Intel options with higher tier GPUs. In Adobe Photoshop. The Omen was on the lower side compared to most others tested Im, not too sure. Why, though, as this is typically a CPU heavy test and as weve seen, the processing power is certainly there. In DaVinci resolve its actually doing quite well. The best result from any 1660 Ti laptop that Ive tested so far. Ive also tested SPECviewperf, which tests out various professional 3D workloads. Ive used the OpenVR benchmark to test the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite, and the Omen was performing closely to the other 1660 Ti laptops tested. The CPU matters a bit less here from my testing, as this is heavier on the GPU, but in any case it still offered playable performance in half life alyx.
Basically, only the alpha 15 and below didnt. Ive used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage and the 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD was doing well. The SD card slot wasnt too bad. At least the reads are better than the writes, which is preferable, as most people will probably dump footage rather than write to the card.. The card clicks in and sits most of the way into the laptop. For updated prices check the links in the description, as prices will change over time. At the time of recording in the US. The configuration with 8gb memory and 512gb storage is 1250 USD, but it was recently on sale for 200 less than this, so definitely worth keeping an eye for. For 100 more. You can get double the storage and double the memory which I think is worth going for. 16Gb of RAM is a great sweet spot in my opinion, but again this was just recently 200 off as well. With all of that in mind. Lets conclude by summarising the good and bad aspects of the HP Omen 15 gaming laptop to help you decide if its worthwhile.. All things considered, I think the Omen 15 is coming out ahead of the Eluktronics RP 15. I previously tested, as my current favourite Ryzen based gaming laptop., The performance difference isnt too large in many workloads and screens are similar with a slight edge in response time to the RP 15. It just depends what youre using it for.
. The Omen has the edge in build quality despite the more flexible lid.. The gaming performance isnt that different despite the RP 15 having a 2060 and battery life is much better with the Omen, so it really comes down to price difference and what your priorities are.. The thermal performance of the Omen in particular, really puts others like the TUF A15 and Dell G5 SE to shame this is how a Ryzen gaming laptop should be.. I think theres a lot of value on offer compared to alternatives, which is why its my current favourite Ryzen gaming laptop, but I do still have more of those coming to test before I do a big comparison.. So, basically, to summarise: if youre looking for a gaming laptop with AMDs Ryzen processors, then the HP Omen 15 should be right up the top of the list, especially if you can pick it up on sale.. Let me know what you thought about: HPs Omen, 15 gaming laptop down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel, get subscribed for future laptop reviews and tech.