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omen 15 review

HP OMEN 15 Review: A Top-Performing Gaming Laptop

Stephen Mash
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Our HP OMEN laptop family offers an ultra-high-performance processing capability aimed squarely at the top end of the gaming market. In addition, the HP OMEN 15 has one of the smaller screen sizes of our HP OMEN range, which is ideal if you're looking for easier portability with fast-paced and intensive gaming.
This HP OMEN 15 review looks at the key features of our OMEN 15-en1000na QHD gaming laptop so you can learn about its specifications and how it's perfect for advanced gaming on the move.

The HP OMEN range of gaming laptops

Our HP OMEN brand includes laptops, desktops, external monitors and accessories, headsets, keyboards, mice and protective cases. You'll find everything you need to set up a home gaming environment that you can carry around.
Our HP OMEN family includes our top-of-the-range gaming laptops that are a development of the renowned Voodoo brand. These laptops feature the latest high-performance processors with state-of-the-art graphics processing units to deliver incredibly immersive gameplay.
These laptops benefit from our legendary reliability, so you can be sure the processing heart of your system will keep going. Hence, you stay competitive in the heat of any gaming battle for as long as it lasts.
These laptops feature stunning high definition (HD) screens with high-quality audio technology, which exceeds the demanding requirements of the latest immersive online video games. They also incorporate the useability features you need for long gaming sessions and stunning lighting to turn your playing environment into a spectacular visual experience that other players will envy.

Appearance

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Our HP OMEN 15 uses advanced materials to produce a thin and lightweight gaming laptop with a small physical footprint. Overall, the laptop measures 35.79 x 23.97 x 2.29 cm with the lid closed, which is ideal for slipping into your bag or backpack. These design features make this laptop easy to carry around for ultraportable gaming.
The laptop has a full-size keyboard, but without a numerical keypad due to the limitations of the compact case size. However, we offer a range of external gaming keyboards that are ideal when you use the laptop at home in a fixed gaming environment.
The laptop also includes our Imagepad technology with its multi-touch gesture feature that supports four finger gestures so you can scroll, zoom and navigate by touch in place of an external mouse.
The keyboard includes four-zone backlighting lighting to help you find controls quicker, which is essential for fast-moving gameplay. This feature allows you to independently backlight the four zones in different colours with the WASD keys outlined.
The keyboard has an impressive 26-key rollover anti-ghosting capability, so no key clicks will go unrecognised in normal high-intensity operations.
The case design includes a premium aluminium-finished palm rest to complete its stylish look.

Processing power

Our HP OMEN 15 laptop has an AMD Ryzen™ 5000 H-series mobile processor at its heart. The AMD Ryzen 7 5800H will simultaneously run 16 threads across 8 cores at boosted clock speeds up to 4.4 GHz. In addition, an internal 16MB of onboard L3 cache memory ensures the processor can run at its full potential when performing complex computational tasks.

Graphical processing

The graphics processing power for this HP OMEN laptop comes from the integral NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 device. This state-of-the-art GPU uses NVIDIA's second-generation Ampere architecture with enhanced multiprocessing cores and high-speed memory. In addition, this model has 8GB of built-in dedicated sixth-generation graphics double data rate (GDDR6) memory to manage the visual processing functions.

Graphical display

Our HP OMEN 15 has an impressive 15.6-inch quad high definition (QHD) screen, with a 2560 x 1440 resolution over a 16:9 aspect ratio. Operating at 165 Hz means this display has a speedy 3 ms response time that is great for fast-moving graphics.
OMEN 15-en1000na QHD Gaming Laptop
This bright and crisp display uses in-plane switching (IPS) technology for fantastic colour reproduction across wide viewing angles of gameplay. Additionally, this technology produces an impressive 300 nits of light output for superior luminous intensity, and a full 100% coverage of the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) P3 standard of colour gamut for super high-quality display.
Our incredible display technology ensures you enjoy flicker-free graphics with low blue light levels to reduce the risk of eye strain over the extended periods of use that come with playing the best immersive games.
Our HP OMEN 15 features a micro-edge display which ensures as much of the screen as possible is visible. In addition, an antiglare screen coating reduces light reflection for more comfortable viewing and minimises screen distractions from lights outside your gaming environment.

Audio features

HP OMEN 15 features the next generation of Audio Boost and SmartAmp technology, generating a state-of-the-art sound you can feel and hear. This technology produces louder and richer sounds than a traditional laptop, including an outstanding distortion-free booming bass performance.
The rich sound experience comes from custom-tuned dual speakers in collaboration with the audio experts at Bang & Olufsen. If you're gaming on the move and want to avoid carrying around external speakers or a headset, these built-in speakers' sound quality will be excellent. They help bring your games to life with realistic sounds you feel.
The audio experience also comes with the renowned DTS: X® Ultra Technology that simulates an authentic and spatially accurate 3D sound through any compatible headset. In addition, the combination of audio technology and gaming earphones provides an immersive soundscape for the best possible gaming experience.
Sound capture comes with integrated dual array digital microphones built into the Wide Vision 720p HD camera, so you can join in with team chats and video calls when you don't have your gaming headset to hand.

Memory features

Our HP OMEN 15 laptop has 16GB of DDR4-3200 MHz RAM that can support transfer rates up to 3200 MT/s. In addition, dual-channel memory technology, provided as 2 x 8GB blocks, allows two channels to work simultaneously to double the communication speed between the memory controller and the RAM to boost system performance.
A solid-state drive (SSD) with an incredible 1TB superfast storage capacity is enough for any serious gamer. The high speed is thanks to the peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe®) high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard combined with the non-volatile memory express (NVMe™) M.2 standard communications interface and driver. This technological combination provides quick and reliable local storage.

Power

This laptop includes a 6-cell, 70.9-watt-hour Li-ion polymer battery that can support gaming on the move for up to 6 hours and 45 minutes between recharges. In addition, the battery system supports fast charging, restoring around half the battery capacity in approximately 45 minutes. Connection to the mains is via the 200 W Smart AC power adapter.

Connectivity

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Playing on the move requires excellent connectivity for online games, and our HP OMEN 15 doesn't disappoint with a wireless connection using the latest WiFi 6 standard combined with Bluetooth 5.0 technology.
Wired connectivity comes from four SuperSpeed USB Type-A and Type-C connectors that support a 5Gbps signalling data rate and an RJ-45 Ethernet network connection.
The laptop also allows linking to HD external monitors with the HD Multimedia Interface (HDMI) version 2.1 connector.

Gaming features

Your OMEN 15 laptop comes with access to the OMEN Gaming Hub. This one-stop shop will offer you everything you need for gaming, and you can even earn rewards while you play. Features include software enhancements, hardware controls and live services.
  • The gaming hub provides access to the Oasis facility, allowing you to chat and share screens with up to 15 other players using a low latency 30 frames per second connection.
  • It allows you to create, share and save personalised colour lighting effect schemes and synchronise them across all your compatible gaming equipment.
  • It allows you to optimise laptop performance by adjusting processor power consumption and cooling modes.
  • It displays real-time laptop health metrics so you can monitor and manage concerns, such as high CPU, GPU or memory temperatures, before they cause performance issues.
  • It offers a network booster function that prioritises game-related communications over other competing network functions using the fastest available connection to reduce the chance of lagging out during gameplay.

Customisation options

We have a range of fully compatible gaming equipment you can bundle in when you purchase your HP OMEN 15 laptop or add later as an upgrade. These devices include flat and curved display monitors, mice, headsets, keyboards, speakers and microphones.

Summary

This HP OMEN review shows why this laptop is perfect for advanced gaming on the move. Our HP OMEN 15 gaming laptop is a lean, clean playing machine that is powerful enough to compete with much larger desktop gaming systems yet compact enough to be carried around so you can play anywhere.
The high-performance AMD processor and outstanding NVIDIA graphics card deliver a stunning visual display complemented by our superior audio system to provide an immersive gameplay experience with the latest high-octane games.
See our website for more details of all the latest HP OMEN Laptops available online from our HP store.

About the Author

Stephen Mash is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Stephen is a UK-based freelance technology writer with a cybersecurity and risk management background.

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