HP Omen 16 Full Review: The Adult’s Gaming Laptop
The HP Omen 16 is a very classy-looking gaming PC with a strong performance review and room to then upgrade. But can be improved with a mushy touchpad touch and a webcam that not necessarily meets flagship standards.
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Pros of HP Omen 16
- Solid gaming performance
- Mature looks
- Extra M.2 SSD slot
- Lots of ports
Cons of HP Omen 16
- Mushy touchpad
- 720p webcam
- Far too much software
But the HP Omen 16 is possibly the nail in the coffin for its look. It strengthens to be powerful enough to play strong power games with its Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and Intel Core i7-12700H, but the Omen 16 might as well be having a tux.
Design of the HP Omen 16
HP’s design for the Omen 16 is rooted in airflow. From afar, in fact, it doesn’t stand out much at all. The 16-inch Omen is a simplistic, black notebook with plastic construction and a small reflective diamond logo in the center. I appreciate the plain design; it fits my taste more than the red-and-black laptops of yesteryear.
With the lid up, there’s a bit more flare. There’s a small “16” on the palm rest, just in case you forgot how big your screen is. It’s tone-on-tone, so it’s not crying for attention. The RGB keyboard lets you add as much or as little personality as you want (the default is a four-zone keyboard, but our review unit came with per-key RGB, which requires an $80 upcharge.
The 16.1-inch display has a thick bezel on the bottom; a taller 16:10 screen may have helped eliminate that. On the keyboard, the arrow keys are separated from the standard QWERTY keys, as is the batch of keys that includes print screen, home, end and page up and page down.
On the left side, those fan inlets are surrounded by a USB Type-A port, Ethernet and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The right side has another pair of USB-A ports. The rear features two Thunderbolt 4 ports (these will be regular USB-C on AMD versions) as well as an HDMI output and a power jack.
HP Omen 16 All Specifications
|CPU||Intel Core i7-12700H|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti (8GB GDDR6, 150W max graphics power, 1,035 GHz boost clock)|
|Storage||1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD|
|Display||16.1-inch, IPS 2560 x 1440, 165 Hz|
|Networking||Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211, Bluetooth 5.2|
|Ports||2x Thunderbolt 4, 3x USB Type-A (5 Gbps), HDMI 2.1, Ethernet, 3.5mm headphone jack, SD card slot|
|Power Adapter||280 W|
|Operating System||Windows 11 Pro|
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||14.53 x 9.76 x 0.89 inches / 369.32 mm x 247.90 x 22.61 mm|
|Weight||5.29 pounds (2.4 kg)|
|Price (as configured)||$2,139.99|
Gaming and Graphics on the HP Omen 16
Our review unit of the HP Omen 16 came armed with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU (8GB GDDR6, 150W max graphics power, 1,035 GHz boost clock) as well as Intel’s Core i7-12700H.
I tested the Omen 16 by playing Control at the laptop’s native 1440p at high settings with medium ray tracing. It typically ran between 40 and 55 frames per second, including in combat with Hiss-controlled security guards in the Oldest House.
Article source: Toms Hardware
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