During Metro, the CPU reached an average clock speed of 3.4 GHz and a temperature of 79.2 degrees Celsius (174.6 degrees Fahrenheit). The aluminum deck and keyboard frame make it feel solid where you need it most. The HP Omen 15 we reviewed came with a AMD Ryzen 4800H with 8 cores and 16 threads. The HP Omen 17 (2020) is a high-end gaming laptop that offers a quality, reliable and punchy way in to top levels of gaming within a portable machine. Weighing 5.5 pounds, the 14.4 x 10 x 0.9-inch Dell G5 15 SE is the chunkiest of the bunch. The cheapest of the configurations is the base model that comes in at $1,369 at the time of this review and with the i7-8700 processor, an 8GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, as well as a keyboard and mouse (which we didn’t get to test during the review). There are eight Phillips head screws on the bottom of the chassis (a size 00 will do the trick here), The four closer to the wrist rest are extremely tiny, so keep a close eye on them.
The Dell G5 15, which also has a 4800H CPU, got 7,715. Laptop Mag is part of Future US Inc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. That’s portability. Chloe x Halle’s “Do It” barely filled my small living room and the airy synths were almost non-existent. Our unit came in a plastic chassis in a “mica” gray color, which was so dark it looked black from certain angles. I worked my way through the Oldest House wielding a supernatural gun and chucking furniture with telekinesis in Control. The center of the keyboard, between the G and H keys, measured 38.8 degrees Celsius (101.8 degrees Fahrenheit), The touchpad was a cooler 30.1 degrees Celsius (86.2 degrees Fahrenheit). Here is the HP Omen Desktop PC configuration sent to TechRadar for review: CPU: 3.7GHz Intel Core i7-8700K (hexa-core, 12MB Cache, up to 4.7GHz) The audio is satisfactory at best. Our review unit had the Intel Core i7-8700k hexa-core processor, which is built to handle heavy loads, stream 4K UHD vids, and lots of multitasking.

It’s a bit more expensive, but that also nets you more storage and ray tracing on the unit we tested. The lid is held in place by a pair of hinges that allow the display to nearly lay flat. On the right side, there are two more USB Type-A ports, as well as USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C and mini DisplayPort. During the Geekbench 5.0 synthetic overall performance test, the Omen 15 attained 7,978, crushing the 3,636 mainstream gaming average. The amount of bloatware? Call me a child, but I like having my own personal light show. We found it to be a strong performer for productivity workloads as well as gaming. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? I would prefer RGB to the single-zone, white backlighting. The question is if these changes make it one of the best gaming laptops. You will receive a verification email shortly. But while HP is on the road to perfection, there are still some things that need work, like the mushy keyboard and lackluster speakers. There were little stray pixels across my black shirt, and the lights blew out the entire top of the photo in a way I haven’t seen on other webcams. The XPG Xenia 15 weighs less than the Omen and is slightly smaller (4.2 pounds, 14 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches). In Australia, the HP Omen 880-189a boasts the same processor and RAM plus an Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card for AU$ 4,499. The first one, System Vitals, allows you to monitor the CPU, GPU, and memory utilization, as well as the temperature. That’s on top of any of the bloat that Microsoft packs into the Windows 10 installation, including Spotify, Hidden City: Hidden Object Adventure and PicsArt Photo Studio.
Well, that’s another story. We took measurements while running our Metro Exodus stress test. The HP Omen 15’s reintroduction, with a minimalist (for a gaming laptop anyway) design and options for AMD Ryzen processors is a largely positive relaunch. Compared to its peers, the Omen is reasonably bright at 311 nits. But during combat in the Oldest House’s communications department and mail room, the game dropped into the mid-50’s. That’s more luminous than the Dell G5 (302 nits) and the XPG Xenia (298 nits), but the Asus ROG Zephyrus has it beat (323 nits). Please refresh the page and try again. The laptop maker has redesigned the Omen lineup of gaming notebooks, starting with the HP Omen 15 ($849.99 to start, $1,299.99 as tested).

It also surpassed the G5 15, which also got 301 nits, as well as the Nitro 5 (255 nits) and Strix G15 (251 nits). Additionally, HP needs to back off the bloatware train for a more premium experience. It has been designed so that you can easily access what you need, whether it's the ports or the inside components you need, and you can easily upgrade or add to those components, and they’ve clearly succeeded in that regard. What draws the eye, though, is the new Omen logo, a blue diamond which shines like a jewel (I suppose it’s possible we’ll see the diamond in other colors in the future). The keyboard and deck are also gray. The Omen Command Center software has four sections. The G5 15 reached 69 fps, the Strix G15 hit 57 fps, while the Nitro 5 scored 53 fps. The deck is made of aluminum, with “015” and “Designed and engineered by HP” printed on the bottom right. And when you’re not out there trying to liberate some fantastical world, the system switches over to its integrated AMD Radeon Graphics. It has several different configurations available, but since HP only has two i7 8th generation and one i7 9th generation processors on hand, you’re guaranteed a powerful machine no matter what you choose. The white backlighting is very bright, making it easy to read in my darkened living room. If you’re looking for a laptop with comparable performance, longer battery life and a more vivid display, we recommend the Dell GE 15 SE, which is $100 cheaper. There’s just a large switch in the back to lock and unlock the side panel, and an even larger button above that that you can easily push to pop it open.

The 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, 144 Hz display on the HP Omen 15 is both fairly bright and colorful enough for my satisfaction. And yes, this isn’t one of Nvidia’s strongest mobile GPUs, and no, you absolutely shouldn’t count it out. Other HP apps include JumpStart, which helps you register your laptop and set up Windows update schedules. The frame rate rose to 72 fps when I dropped the settings to Medium. It’s much more colorful than the 64.4% mainstream gaming laptop average, the Strix G15 (46%) and the Nitro 5 (45%). That’s slightly smaller than the Dell G5 15 SE, 5.5 pounds / 14.4 x 10 x 0.9 inches. There are equalizer presets to choose from in the Omen Audio Control app, but I found the “HP Optimized” default was generally the best option (especially in the case of that song, which switches between sung and rapped vocals). Not all gaming PCs are created equal. But the Zephyrus G14 lasted for over 11 and a half hours. The Omen 15 lasted 6 hours 13 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery test, which consists of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits. The touchpad and center of the keyboard measured 73 and 91 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively. But my biggest issue is the placement of the power button, between the F12 and delete keys, which just doesn’t make a ton of sense. Don’t get us wrong; it’s not what you would call cheap (our review model will set you back around $2,300) and its design could use a little overhaul, but for all the power and upgradability you’re getting (this gaming PC gives a whole lot of bang for your buck. You’ll find it in the aluminum palm rest that makes up part of the keyboard deck. The Omen notched a multi-core score of 7,978, even beating out the ROG Zephyrus G14 (7,895, Ryzen 9 4900HS), though that could have to do with anything from differences in cooling to RAM or storage.