Its bit late for HP to upgrade their gaming series with Coffee Lake based CPU, but it’s rather late than never. For this case, they equip the CPU with either of I5 8300H or I7 8750H depending on what kind of model you pick here. The lower end model will be powered by I5 processor and accompanied by 1050 TI graphic card. The price started for under 900 dollars and now becomes a tough competitor for both ASUS and Lenovo at this range. While the hardware is improved the outer look remains similar at this case and they still follow the same pattern they did last year.
If you are well known with Omen brand from HP, then you must be very familiar with their quality. Yeah, the build is being a good selling point right here and considerably as better than the other systems. But of course, not everything is perfect as the display quality itself is standard in my opinion and typical like a budget laptop. Today, we are going to take a look into it further and see how it goes for satisfying our needs. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Case and Looks
The design in my first experience looks really familiar, but there is one big changed they make here. They completely reduce the bezel surrounded the display and now looks so thin and small like any other premium devices. The footprint and weight are also slightly reduced here although I find it as really similar here. Then, the manufacture relocates the ports placement and placing some of them in rear. In matter of this improvement, they have to add new hinge system that now being two separated hinge system to solve this issue. You are not going to find any impressive things here, but HP tries and improving some its weakness seen last year.
Moving into the inside, you soon find a full size keyboard and interestingly the company completely remove their red lettering and swap it with more conventional one. I like this idea considering the red keys look so dark especially during low lighting condition and even the backlighting does not help it much. In term of build quality, the case is built from some kind of plastic and then covered with aluminum finishing. The chassis feels sturdy and for me the overall build quality is great here like I said before in the beginning.back to menu ↑
Connectivity and Display
Like it or not, we need to accept that HP now moves almost all of its port to the rear side. For me, I do not really like this kind of placement because it’s hard to reach during some cases. The HDMI, USB type-C, mini display port, and Ethernet placed at rear while they keep a single USB 3.0 port, audio jack, and power adapter at right and left sides. The thunderbolt 3 port is missing, but the additional of USB type-C is good enough. Sadly, you are not be able to plug your external adapter like you do in Dell G7 gaming. With its price tag, I won’t give much complaint here.
As for the display, we have a 15 inch screen with 1080p resolution. Similar like other budget system, the quality is not being a number one. I am measuring the screen with Colorimeter and find it out it only covers of 60 % SRGB color and promising of 254 nits brightness. The brightness is slightly lower than I expect, but since users will use it mostly indoor, I think it should be okay here. The color accuracy is very standard and as for gaming I have no problem at all although streaming movies or enjoying multimedia consumption should not offer something so amazing.
|HP Omen 15 Inch Gaming||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel 8th Gen Core I5-8300H 2.3 GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 1050 TI|
|Display Size||15.6 Inch IPS FHD|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||12GB DDR4 Memory|
|Storage||128GB PCIe SSD + 1TB 7200 RPM HDD|
Performance and Gaming
For this review, I got the unit equipped with Core i5 8300H and 1050 TI graphic card. Both of them are common hardware used at this price and actually showing a pretty good performance result. The 8300H is a quad core processor from Coffee Lake based generation and comparable with I7 7700HQ released last year. In term of performance, this is a really good processor and should care any job you want without giving any problem. Unfortunately, the I7 variant is more powerful since it has more cores and becoming of 6. If you look a machine for making YouTube video or doing professional photo editing, then the Core I7 is recommendation here.
For gaming, I am fully satisfied with its performance as every game I tested here running smoothly in medium to high setting. I have started with GTA 5 and high setting will show around 30 to 40 FPS all the time. Getting 60 FPS is possible, but reducing the setting is needed here. Keep in mind GTA 5 is considered as an intensive game for both of CPU and GPU although we can call it as an old game since it’s released in 2013. Any other games like Fortnite should show similar result, so the performance is never being an issue here.
HP shows some kind of great dedicated support in new Omen 15 because they just do not only upgrade the hardware component, but also fixing some bad things in keyboard and design. The market is now flooded with lot of gaming laptops, but I am pretty sure this system could stand among the crowd considering it comes with a cheap price and featuring a totally good specification. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. I just hope the information is good enough for giving you a relevant option. Feel free to check our latest article and see you again next time.