HP OMEN 15
This new Omen 15 marks a significant change of design direction for HP’s gaming laptops. The trapezoidal looks of previous models have been replaced with conventionally squared-off edges. It’s also devoid of color accents, with branding reduced to subtle Omen lettering and a small reflective square on the lid.
The Inward-sloped edges help it look thinner than its 0.89-inch thickness suggests. The rest of the chassis is trim enough, at 14.1 by 9.4 inches. Though HP lists the Omen 15 at 5.42 pounds, it registered a more acceptable 4.6 pounds on my scale, about the norm for gaming notebooks in this class. The Omen 15’s 144Hz anti-glare screen is plenty bright and colorful—HP rates it for 300 nits and 72 percent coverage of the NTSC gamut. It also offers wide viewing angles so the picture never washes out. This Omen unit also includes 16GB of dual-channel DDR4-3200 memory, a 512GB solid-state drive with Windows 10 Home, and a one-year warranty. Speaking of storage, the Omen 15’s support for just one internal drive is a downside considering the size of today’s games; you might find yourself shuffling games on and off or resorting to external storage.