The HP Omen 15 debuts with a minimalist redesign and AMD Ryzen processors.
The HP Omen 15 offers solid performance for the price in a newly refined chassis, but it can get a bit hot under load, and you’ll spend time uninstalling bloatware.
- Refined design
- Comfortable keyboard
- Solid gaming performance for the price
- Runs hot under load
- Too much bloatware
Here’s a good omen: HP is changing up it’s looks. 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). The new design is sleeker and more modern, and is also where AMD is introducing more Ryzen processor options (Intel is still there for those who want it). The question is if these changes make it one of the best gaming laptops.
With a GTX 1660 Ti, this is a midrange machine, though the design helps it feel a bit more premium. The amount of bloatware? Well, that’s another story.
Design of the HP Omen 15
Finally, an Omen you can be seen in public with (if we ever go in public again). The old HP Omens screamed “gaming,” even though some of them did have some nice aesthetics. But the new Omen design, which we’re seeing for the first time here, is a cleaner look, falling in with the likes of Alienware to tone things down a bit.
It still has personality, though. Our unit came in a plastic chassis in a “mica” gray color, which was so dark it looked black from certain angles. 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). “Omen” is printed underneath in a subtle shade of gray.
The 15.6-inch display has narrow bezels on three sides, though the one on the bottom is still quite thick, with “Omen” spelled out in white. The keyboard and deck are also gray. The deck is made of aluminum, with “015” and “Designed and engineered by HP” printed on the bottom right. (The number seems to ape Alienware, which has been doing similar things on its lids. The latter statement is much like what Apple prints in tiny fonts on its products.) The aluminum deck and keyboard frame make it feel solid where you need it most.
On its left side, the Omen has an Ethernet jack (with a drop-jaw design to fit in a thin space), USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, HDMI 2.01a, a 3.5 mm headphone / microphone combination jack, and a full-sized SD card reader. 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.
The Omen weighed in at 5.4 pounds and 14.1 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches. That’s slightly smaller than the Dell G5 15 SE, 5.5 pounds / 14.4 x 10 x 0.9 inches. The XPG Xenia 15 weighs less than the Omen and is slightly smaller (4.2 pounds, 14 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches). The 14-inch Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is unsurprisingly in a smaller chassis (12.8 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches) and weighs the least of the field (3.5 pounds).
HP Omen 15 Specifications
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 4800H|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6GB GDDR6)|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200 MHz|
|SSD||512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Display||15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, IPS, 144 Hz display|
|Networking||Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX 200 (2×2), Bluetooth 5|
|Ports||RJ-45 Ethernet, HDMI 2.0a, 3x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 3.5 mm headphone jack, SD card slot, Mini DisplayPort|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Size||14.1 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches|
|Price (as Configured)||$1,299.99|
Gaming and Graphics on the HP Omen 15
Our review unit paired an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. That’s plenty of power for most games, though if you want to get to 60 frames per second, you’ll have to move some settings down. I played Control on the Omen at 1080p with medium settings, which pushed me to 70 fps while exploring, and let me take some advantage of the 144 Hz display. But during combat in the Oldest House’s communications department and mail room, the game dropped into the mid-50’s. On low, I tended to see frame rates between 85 and 100 fps, depending on the circumstances.
On the Shadow of the Tomb Raider (highest settings) benchmark, the Omen earned a score of 48 fps, tying the XPG Xenia 15, which uses the same GPU. The Dell G5 15 SE (AMD Radeon RX 5600M), reached 45 fps, while the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, with an RTX 2060, was a frame ahead at 49 fps.
When it came to Grand Theft Auto V (very high settings), the Omen ran the benchmark at 61 fps. That’s ahead of the G5 (56 fps) and close to the Xenia (63 fps), but the Zephyrus, with a more powerful CPU and GPU, ran the game at a whopping 115 fps.
On Borderlands 3 (ultra high settings), HP’s laptop ran the benchmark at 43 fps. Here, the G5 came out on top at 51 fps, while the Zephyrus and Xenia both hit 44 fps.
Red Dead Redemption 2 (medium settings) proved to be the great equalizer. The Omen ran it at 36 fps, tying the G5. The Zephyrus was within a frame, and the Xenia came out on top by just three frames.
We also ran our gaming stress test. We put the taxing Metro Exodus benchmark on a loop 15 minutes on ultra settings, simulating roughly half an hour of gaming. Omen had an average of 41.3 fps across the 15 runs and was stable from run to run.
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 GPU reached an average speed of 425.2 MHz and an average temperature of 67.6 degrees Celsius (153.7 degrees Fahrenheit).