HP has released of Omen gaming series for years and the system itself is specifically designed as the well rounded option for users who expect to see of powerful device in not really expensive price. In the 2018, the manufacture makes some improvement toward this system included the design and hardware inside. The design itself is completely redone and now featuring more space for its GPU to breath and finally having a proper thermal management. The hardware inside is also upgraded and now powered by Intel 8th generation CPU. The gaming market becomes more and more competitive and means just making on the hardware won’t make it sell well.
One thing that I should appreciate greatly here is how HP threats the price for its line-up. The base model for the Omen costs for under 1400 dollars and with that amount of money you should have a system with 17 inch display alongside with 144 Hz refresh rate, Intel Core I7 processor, and GTX 1060 graphic card. Finding a competitor should be hard considering Acer even puts of more expensive price at Predator Helios 500 17 inch here. Let’s take a look at it further and see how it works on us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Case and Looks
HP might improve its overall design, but it does not mean they completely reduce its thickness and weight because the new chassis itself is still considered as relatively bulky. You can notice easily how bulky the chassis just from looking how big the vent is for making the hardware inside well ventilated. In term of design, they still decide to go with black and red pattern and I am actually getting bored with that kind of design. The entire chassis included the keyboard deck and lid is covered with black finishing with exception toward the keyboard itself where it’s covered in red surface which offers of more detail to the rest of design.
Soon as you open its lid cover, you should easily notice the new hinge system. Instead of featuring two small drops down hinge system, it’s now just coming with single big drop down system and some users might love or hate it. I personally love this change considering now I can open the lid pretty easily even with single hand. The stability is okay and I never notice the screen is wobbling during of my fast typing. Keep in mind, the lid is built from plastic, so you might see its twisted easily when you put some pressure on it.back to menu ↑
Hardware Configuration and Maintenance
HP does not provide too many configurations toward its hardware. They basically divide the system into two different models in term of hardware. The base and higher end models feature the same chassis and connectivity, so never worry about of this case. One thing makes difference is located on the hardware inside. The base model equipped with 1060 graphic card while the highest model will power you’re gaming with 1070 GPU. The option in processor is only limited to Core I7 8750H without any option to Core I5 processor. Just make sure to consider of your budget before you making an option here.
As for the hardware maintenance, you are given freedom to add or replace the component inside pretty easily. The back cover only comes with single opening maintenance and means users just need to open its back cover and getting inside. There, you would find of two RAM slots, 2.5 inch HDD slot, and M.2 slot for expanding the storage with SSD. The WIFI card is also replaceable if you think as the WIFI connectivity is very slow. Like usual, both of GPU and CPU are non-replaceable and soldered into the motherboard.
|HP Omen 17 Gaming Laptop||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Hexa Core I7-8750H 8th Gen 2.2 GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5|
|Display Size||17.3 Inch FHD IPS 144 Hz|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||16GB DDR4 Memory|
|Storage||1TB 5400 RPM HDD + 128GB PCIe SSD|
Hardware and Gaming
Intel Mobile CPU is finally seeing of improvement after so many years. Intel now decides to add more cores into its CPU and it’s all thanks to AMD. The I7 8750H from 8th generation is powered by 6 Cores CPU clocked at base clock 2.2 GHz. The 6 cores CPU work wonderfully here especially in multi-tasked works. I have tried to render my FHD videos and it’s done 30 % much faster than the previous generation I7 processor. The improvement in gaming is actually pretty minor and you won’t see a big improvement, but users who need a machine more than just for gaming should find this new case as good thing to consider.
The GTX 1060 becomes as the mid-tier GPU nowadays and mostly equipped in system which costs more than 1000 dollars. Here, HP includes of this GPU inside the Omen 17 and the performance itself is pretty solid especially for gaming in FHD resolution. Most of games will run really fine although the graphic setting might be limited to medium and high setting. Fortnite is playable at high setting up to 60 FPS, but the Shadow of the Tomb Raider is better to play at medium setting because the FPS is more stable at this setting. The rest of newer and older games will show similar result to this case.back to menu ↑
HP does not disappoint us this time with the new released Omen 17. The 2018 seems to be a good year for them because their gaming products are widely received by the consumers mainly because of its good pricing. Making this series as well rounded is a good option because most of users will go with it considering not all of people want to spend so much money for getting a gaming notebook. If you want something big and carrying of powerful component inside, then this could be a good option for you. Feel free to take any consideration about it and also check our latest article about the similar deal.