HP Omen 16 Review: Good display, decent performance

HP has been pushing into the PC gaming phase closely with various devoted product strains, sub-brands, and acquisitions. One of many model’s main forays into the phase is within the type of its Omen sub-brand.

The Omen 16 is the most recent entrant within the sequence, which is being supplied in a number of configurations. The one we had for overview was powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor, paired with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti devoted GPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage.

Whereas on paper, the laptop computer does look like an excellent deal however is it definitely worth the Rs 1,09,999 price ticket that HP is presently asking for? Or would you be higher off buying some completely different gaming laptop computer? Discover out in our overview.

Design

The Omen 16 encompasses a plastic construct, which has a metal-like end and it evokes confidence as the standard of the plastic is sweet. Nevertheless, the hinge doesn’t really feel very sturdy and would possibly give out in long-term utilization.

Whereas the laptop computer is a particular eyecatcher, it additionally attracts numerous fingerprints and mud, particularly on the diamond-shaped mirror impact brand.

Coming to the I/O, the correct edge options solely two USB ports. The left edge sports activities an ethernet port, a USB Kind-A port, a mini-Show port, an HDMI port, a USB Kind-C port, a headphone combo jack and a full-size SD card reader.

The 16.1-inch show is surrounded by minimal bezels on all sides, with an enormous chin. The keyboard does appear fairly regular and feels good to kind on with an ample quantity of key journey and fast response. Nevertheless, I did miss the Numpad on this one, however the RGB made up for it.

Whereas the keyboard of the Omen 16 is likely to be within the working for probably the greatest gaming laptop computer keyboards in 2022, the trackpad is the worst side of this laptop computer. The trackpad by no means appears to reply correctly and appears to be defiant of any enter offered by the consumer. I did attempt to replace the drivers, reinstall them, all to no avail. Lastly, I gave up and used a mouse with it. That is a facet that HP ought to give attention to and a minimum of make the trackpad usable with an replace.

Show

Omen 16 sports activities a 16.1-inch full HD IPS show panel with a 144Hz refresh fee. The show outputs clear and crisp visuals. It performs very well in indoor circumstances and doesn’t mirror again any gentle attributable to its anti-glare coating.

Outside efficiency is a bit missing and the show appears a bit uninteresting beneath direct daylight.

Indoors, the color manufacturing, distinction, and saturation are on level. Gaming can also be an excellent expertise because of the 144Hz refresh fee, which makes the visuals seem very easy.

Efficiency

The Omen 16 overview unit we bought was powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H paired with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050Ti GPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD storage. All of which on paper is promising, however in actual life, I did discover various points which may disrupt the consumer expertise.

In regular day-to-day stuff, the laptop computer did handle to sift by all duties simply, with minor stutters that may be attributed to Home windows 11’s bugs. Looking the web, watching content material, listening to music and extra was a fantastic expertise.

The audio system did disappoint a bit, and it required me to attach an exterior Bluetooth speaker. Bluetooth earphones did face numerous sign dropping points, which may very well be because of the Home windows 11 bugs or attributable to a defective Bluetooth transceiver.

Taking part in AAA recreation titles like Halo: Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, Gears 5, Doom Everlasting, and extra, I discovered the laptop computer to be struggling on the max settings. Nevertheless, pulling issues down a notch, to medium graphic settings, the video games managed to output respectable gameplay and body charges.

Photograph modifying on Photoshop and Lightroom was managed effectively, however rendering movies utilizing Premiere Professional was a tedious process. Rendering took numerous time and heavy 4K/8K information would ship the laptop computer right into a loop, with stutters, lags, and hanging.

Whereas the laptop computer can deal with enjoying most AAA titles, we’d not suggest burdening it with too many or heavy workloads. Additionally, we suggest that you just play video games on it with medium settings principally.

General, the efficiency is respectable for the specs, although I used to be anticipating the laptop computer to carry out higher.

Battery

The battery is the place the laptop computer managed to shock me, with a single cost lasting for 5 hours performing primary duties. Taking part in video games and modifying, minimize the battery life to beneath an hour, additionally the efficiency is a bit degraded with out direct energy.

For a gaming laptop computer, the battery performs very effectively.

Verdict

Whereas the Omen 16 is an honest gaming laptop computer, its worth, in accordance with me, is a bit excessive. The worth vary is extraordinarily aggressive. The show and the battery did handle to impress me, and the efficiency was fairly good. There are nonetheless numerous enchancment areas that HP must give attention to just like the trackpad, and the hinge. When you can think about getting the Omen 16 and it’ll not be a disappointment, I might suggest that you just additionally check out the competitors just like the Acer Nitro 5, Asus TUF Gaming F15 (2021), Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, and extra earlier than making your buy resolution.