Hewlett-Packard has finally made a direct entry into the world of gaming notebooks with its HP Omen series. So far, the company has always played at a safe distance by retailing high performance laptops under the skin of regular laptops, which can bought by business professionals as well as gaming enthusiasts (If looks do not bother you, that is). HP’s commercial about the Omen series ends with the tagline “Yeah, you should be SCARED!“, and it almost sounds as if it can compete with the likes of Dell Alienware and Lenovo Y50.
The specifications of the HP Omen notebook do seem impressive. On the inside is the fourth generation Intel Core i7 clocked at 2.5 GHz (which should be turbo boostable or/and overclockable) coupled to an NVIDIA GTX 860M GPU with 4GB dedicated memory. While the Intel Core i7 is a great addition, the coupled GPU isn’t exactly top of the line, it is a mid-range GPU at best.
It is not bad, but it can still run all the games at medium to high setting at Full HD resolution. It is just that the GPU has almost become a generation old with the launch of Nvidia GeForce 960M which performs splendidly even while running games at 4K resolutions.
The display is a 15-inch screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and what’s more, its a touchscreen! Something that’s actually difficult to find in a gaming laptop. Considering a price of USD 2,099 for the top end model, we felt that a 4K monitor would have been a nice addition since the competition is already way past the Full HD screen. It would also seem fair to point out that for the same cost, the Lenovo Y50 brings in similar interns specifications along with a 4K screen.
In the high-end HP Omen notebook, we have 16 GB of DDR3 RAM clocked at 1600 MHz for excellent multi-tasking performance. It also comes with 512 GB SSD (Solid State Drive) for excellent read and write speeds and to ensure optimum gaming performance.
If there is one thing where the HP Omen notebook beats the Lenovo Y50 hands down. The HP Omen is beautifully designed in black with tapered edges, rear mounted ventilation grills, and rear fitted ports. It is 20mm thick, which is actually very thin by gaming laptop standards.
It also comes with multi-colored lighting on the sides and a row of user customizable macro keys at the sides. The HP Omen also comes with Beats Audio branding and it is one of the final devices that come out with the Beats logo since Apple has acquired Beats already.
If 4K is all you dream of, then you are probably better off with the Lenovo Y50, but if you are not particularly interested in 4K monitors, then the HP Omen notebook is worth a shot.
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