HP OMEN 17 17.3” UHD 4K VR Ready Gaming and Business Laptop Review
HP joins our list with their OMEN 17 gaming laptop. It is features a 4K screen and is also VR ready. The styling of the OMEN 17 hides much of its gaming pedigree, and you would be forgiven for thinking that it was just a high end business laptop. Only once you take a look at this laptop’s hardware specs, does it become clear what we are dealing with.
As we have seen, many of these laptops in our round up have featured some bold styling cues to show us what they are all about, but the OMEN appears to have skipped on this and have chosen to focus on what matters the most on a gaming laptop, the internal components.
To this end, we have a high powered Intel Core i7-6700HQ that comes with a fair amount of DDR 4 RAM as well, giving the OMEN a solid platform to base its operations around. The graphics are supplied by an NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 that runs with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, allowing for games to render their graphics at great speeds, while supplying the 4K capable IPS UHD display with intense frame rates while in game. It also runs with G-SYNC, which means that each frame that is delivered to your screen will be free of tearing or strange ripping on the visuals. It will allow for a better playing and viewing experience overall and is definitely where all gaming laptops should be aiming to achieve with this technology.
As far as gaming features go, some might find the OMEN to be a little lacking when it comes to finer details such as a fully programmable RGB keyboard or a macro programmable key set to give you the upper hand in game. But what the OMEN does manage to accomplish is a fine balance between having a high end PC that can literally handle anything that is thrown at it in an office environment, to being able to let you play the latest titles during your lunch break, and that is something special.
For those that are looking to show off a bit, this laptop might not be for you, but if you are happy to play it cool and keep your gaming intentions a secret from the boss, then this could be a great solution for you.