Shopping for a gaming laptop on a budget proves tough. If you cannot spend much, you usually get stuck with an under-powered machine that cannot run the games you want to play or which experiences constant lag. HP is working to change that. Its gaming machines also work well for other activities, plus they can handle multi-tasking. The HP Omen gaming laptop computer provides one example of this with its low cost and high quality parts.
The HP Omen Gaming Laptop lets you take your games with you. This laptop offers six cores of power for your gaming and a backlit keyboard. You can take your games with you on the go, night or day. You’ll never worry about room to save your accomplishments with its terabyte hard drive.
Its microphone and headphone combo lets you easily communicate with other players. This moderately priced gaming laptop doubles as a school and work machine. It can handle 18 open browser tabs at once and also manage a security check in Windows Defender without lagging.
In the vein of “the little things mean a lot,” it offers three USB 3.1 generation ports, a mini display port, one HDMI 1 RJ-45 port, a headphone/microphone combo, microphone-in port, an HP Wide Vision HD camera built-in integrated with dual array digital microphone, a multi-format SD media card reader and an HP sleep and charge port.
Of course, no machine is perfect. This HP machine does have areas in which it performs less well than more expensive gaming laptops. This review looks at both sides.
Laptop Case: This laptop features a smooth finish in black with a faux carbon-fiber pattern surrounding the keyboard and touchpad. It provides a comfortable environment for long hours of typing.
Speed: Best described as hit or miss, its speed performance depends on the test. This laptop has a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM out of the box. This laptop posted a 11,769 result when tested using the synthetic performance test Geekbench 4, slightly better than the average result of 11,556. File transfers and spreadsheets fared less well. It required the laptop’s 1TB 7,200-rpm solid state hard drive two minutes to copy 4.97GB of mixed-media files. It posted an abysmal transfer rate of 42.4 megabytes per second, less than one-third the speed of 192.7 MBps average. In the spreadsheet test, the laptop required 3 minutes and 48 seconds to match 20,000 names and addresses. That exceeded the average by ten seconds but lagged behind the three other main laptop competitor.
Battery: This isn’t the laptop to take on a jaunt or road trip if you want to game while someone else drives. Its battery lags behind others by 1.5 hours when used with continuous WiFi and web surfing. Your battery would die 5 hours and 34 minutes into your game. The average gaming laptop battery lasts just over seven hours.
Display: The display and graphic card on the laptop produce slightly muted colors but high quality clarity of detail in graphics. The laptop’s 15.6-inch screen performs much less well than other gaming laptops. The average accurately displays 95 percent of the screen values, but this HP with its resolution of 1920 x 1080 managed only 71 percent of the sRGB color gamut. Its brightness test resulted in a far below average score of 247 nits. The average laptop scores 278-nits.