The HP Omen 15 is the best bang-for-your-buck laptops out there.
The Omen 15 has a 15.6-inch display; it’s a 1080p 144 Hertz IPS display.
Inside the HP is an i7 8750 H with an RTX 2060 GPU, and this is not a max-q GPU, this is a full high-performance desktop GPU.
The laptop also has 16 gigs of DDR4 2666 megahertz memory, and a 128 gig SSD, plus a one terabyte HDD.
The Omen is almost exactly one inch thick; HP claims this laptop weighs 5.6 pounds and we measured it at roughly 5.6 pounds, but with the AC power brick, you’re looking at 6.9 pounds.
OMEN by HP 2018 15-inch Gaming Laptop
The keyboard itself is quite lovely, it does feel a little bit plasticky, but it has deep travel and a springy feel to it.
The backlight on the keyboard is relatively bright; if you’re in a dark room, you can easily see the backlight on this keyboard.
The HP has four RGB zones, the WASD keys, left-right, and middle zones; you can customize all with a bunch of different colors, certainly a decent keyboard, especially for this price point.
Overall the Omen 15 has some of the best port selection for any 15-inch laptop in 2019.
It’s got a full-sized SD card reader, three USB type-a, a mini DisplayPort for easy VR hookup, an HDMI out, an ethernet jack.
The trackpad has semi-smooth plastic; it lacks the premium feel that you get with more expensive laptops.
Overall the touchpad works well; we didn’t have any issues with jumpiness or on responsiveness.
The speakers on the Omen are surprisingly good; they are above-average speakers, we’re impressed, we weren’t expecting the speakers to be this good.
The HP Omen 15 also has a minimal bezel design, which means the bezels on the side are extremely small, with a webcam at the top.
144Hz IPS Display
The 144 Hertz display is an IPS level display, meaning it has a lot better colors and contrast than your standard TN panels.
We don’t think this display is as good as some of the newer 144 Hertz display panels that we’ve seen so far.
The bloatware on this machine is extensive, you’ve got a whole suite of applications that you don’t need installed by HP.
HP does include one app that you need to tune the laptop, and that tuning application is simple and reasonably well done.
We did a battery life drain test, but it was hard to do because there’s so much bloatware on this machine.
The Omen goes to about 2 hours and 20 minutes of total battery time.
If you want to optimize the laptop, reinstall Windows 10, and remove all the bloatware.
No Dropped Frames During Gaming
We found it does exceptionally well getting very high frame rates at Ultra Settings on all of the games except for Shadow the Tomb Raider, Far Cry 5, The Witcher 3, but those are still well above 60fps.
With the HP Omen, you’re getting outstanding performance at the expense of really high thermal temperatures.
When the laptop is idle, you have no noise or shallow fans.
When you’re in the default fan profile, we had 50 decibels, and when you’re in the max fan noise profile we got up to 56 decibels, that is pretty loud.
Overall for a gaming laptop, 56 is the average for a powerful laptop.
The GPU temperature was very reasonable at 70 degrees and 69 degrees.
CPU Runs Hot
The average CPU temp hit up to 97 degrees on the max fan profile, and this is the opposite of what you think would happen when you put on a max fan.
When you put it on the max fan, there are no more power limitations on the CPU, and it’s able to ramp and fully clock that CPU.
The thermals of the Omen allows you to stream while fully utilizing the CPU.
Overall, the HP Omen 15 is a very powerful laptop, with a CPU that can handle streaming workloads.