HP Omen 15 Review: Best Gaming Laptop Refresh? (2020)

published on August 3, 2020

What's up everybody this is danny and today i want to share with you my experience of the omen 15 gaming laptop when i first saw the pictures earlier this year i was really digging the redesign couldn't wait to check it out so i've

Been using this for about a week so let me tell you everything that you need to know if you're thinking about picking one of these up if you're into unboxings it's a simple and clean box

You get some paperwork and some warranty info you get the 200 watt power brick i like the rounded design and of course you get the laptop itself here are the specs of the review unit i have here

I have the 10th generation intel i7 model 16 gigabytes of ram and nvidia 2060 gpu and the display is a 1080p 300 hertz panel don't worry there are amd options i know

Amd's kicking a lot of butt right now but for graphics it looks like the 1660 ti is the highest option available where with the intel models you can go up to a 2070 super so keep that in mind if you want the

Best graphics performance you're gonna have to go intel so let's start with the hardware i really like the minimal look on this redesign and it doesn't scream gamer laptop which

I appreciate it's a matte finish with the new omen logo this doesn't light up or anything but i dig the way that it looks it's a combo build so the top lid portion is plastic

And the bottom plate cover is plastic but the rest is made of metal so it helps keep it rigid so while there is flex on the screen the keyboard and palm rest feel more robust when it's closed you'll see that there's

A gap and you can feel the screen flex here and also you can feel it push down on the back but for those of you that are concerned about this being an issue i haven't had

Any problems with it since the screen is not glass i don't see it getting damaged at all and for people that are using this as their only gaming computer and playing on a monitor

In clamshell fashion this gap does allow for better airflow which makes cooling better which we will talk about a little bit later plenty of ports here on the left you have a power port ethernet

Usb full size hdmi 20 a headphone jack and a full-size sd card slot which is awesome for creators so great if you want to edit video on this thunderbolt 3 port on the other side but you can't charge with this port i

Tried mini display port and two more usb ports to round things out the keyboard i have is a four zone rgb but it is a 20 option to get this and i highly recommend it

The precision track pad is nice and responsive and while it's not the biggest track pad i feel like it's big enough the keyboard has plenty of travel and i think a lot of people will be okay with

It it's a little mushy for my liking but it definitely does the job there is a webcam on the front which is nice but i wish there was support for windows hello that's my favorite way to

Sign into a laptop so hopefully they can add this in the future the display is a really nice one this is a 300hz matte ips panel i can't speak on the other display variant but this one is

Fantastic with nice color accuracy and good viewing angles 300hz is probably overkill especially with the graphics options that are available but it makes the gaming experience really smooth so i highly recommend you

Upgrading the panel if you have the extra budget so let's get to what you want to know if you're into benchmarks here is the geekbench 5 cpu score and here is the geekbench compute score

So the 26d does very well here here is the cinebench score as well you can see this is a capable laptop i have a 512 gigabyte ssd and here are the read and write speeds

That might not be enough storage for some of you so you can just configure one with a bigger drive or you can upgrade it yourself down the line there's also an option for a 2 nvme raid

0 setup so you do have choices next let's talk about gaming performance it's very solid i like to test shadow of the tomb raider because i feel like this is a great starting point

Playing this game on the omen 15 is a solid experience i ran the benchmark on the highest settings and is still getting 80 frames per second average which is really great with doom

Eternal i'm getting over 120 frames per second dipping at its lowest around 100 this is a really solid experience on ultra the 2060 can't go beyond this setting

But this is very enjoyable on the omen 15 last but not least if you are a call of duty warzone fan then you will get decent gaming experience on this as well

Here are some of the metrics that i was getting i really need to put some more time into this game but i know once i get into it i'm not getting out so i'm trying to be careful when it comes

To power you do have options through the omen command center when i'm gaming i use the performance setting this setting will push the laptops to its limits so the fans will get louder

And the laptop will run hotter but let me say i'm really impressed with the cooling system the fans are large and move a lot of air and the system is robust so it does cool the system properly

If you want your experience to be a little quieter you can use the balance mode i think a lot of people like this mode there is one thing about the fan it is constantly running there's no way

To turn it off completely you can feel airflow coming out if you put your hands near the laptop and it is on right now it's slightly audible can you hear it i mean it it is minor but it didn't

Bother me but that is something that you need to know about so the last thing i want to talk about is battery life this has a 709 watt hour battery i wish the battery was a little bit

Bigger in this model i was getting about three hours before it was dying i would like to see it pushed to four that would be a little bit better but a lot of people are just gonna have this plugged in anyway when they game to

Get the maximum performance so i'm not sure how much that matters to you but i've definitely seen better battery life on gaming laptops so overall i think this is a really solid refresh and i think omen is going

In the right direction with their laptops the redesign is clean and minimal which i appreciate there are plenty of power choices and even though that the fans are a little

Louder it does cool the laptop properly which is a big deal for maximum performance the banging olesen speaker system is decent but the two speakers are actually at the bottom

I always think that the grille is a part of the speaker system but it's not it's for airflow so i would love to see them put a little bit more emphasis on the external audio but i think if you're looking for a

Solid gaming laptop at a competitive price i think the omen 15 is a great choice i think you're gonna be impressed let me know what you think about the omen 15 gaming

Laptop in the comment section below or if you have any questions about it ask me there and i'll do my best to answer them i'll leave a link down below so you can play with the configuration or if you want more

Information about the omen 15 you can find it there thank you for watching subscribe for more videos like this thumbs up if you enjoyed it and i will see you in the next one

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