HP’s new gaming portfolio, Omen X, was unveiled in India today and it included a bunch of things. Among those was the HP Omen X Notebook that is the latest addition to the lineup of gaming laptops from the company in India. The Omen X Notebook is priced at Rs 2,10,990 which pits it against the top tier of gaming laptops in India. I got to play around with the laptop for a while at the launch event, here’s what I think of it.
Design and display
To begin with, the laptop looks just as hefty as any of its competitors out there and can be only distinguished by the trademark Omen branding and RGB lights on the back-panel of the screen.
The 17-inch screen seemed to produce impressive colors and has a matte glare-resistant screen. though I could not check for glare in the testing area. The laptop was running Witcher 3 on Full HD resolution and the I could distinguish between the colors even in the red ambient light. The 144Hz refresh rate made the whole experience of doing all the slashes and jabs with Geralt pretty amazing.
The first thing that I liked about the laptop is the mechanical keyboard. And this is a big deal for me because I am not a fan of mechanical keyboards and just can’t seem to get used to the clicky feel of the key-taps. The keyboard has a very soft click feel and though it has a deeper travel compared to regular laptop keys, it felt perfect to me.
It reminded me of the Acer Predator 21X which had a mechanical keyboard that had impressed me. The RBG lighting can be customized by each key which is a great thing. The trackpad was nothing out of the ordinary and seemed to work just fine. I will be able to check these out minutely when we do the review.
The heat vents of the laptop on the bottom panel, and on the side panel of the body. Due to the location I could not hear the sounds of the fan. You get three USB 3.0 Type A ports, two Thunderbolt 3-certified USB 3.1 Type C ports, an HDMI 2.0a port with HDR support, a Mini DisplayPort, an RJ45 connector for Ethernet and a multi-format media card reader. It has dual-audio jack with a separate microphone input and headset jack for audio output.
Another positive that I found in the design of the HP Omen X are the hinges with circular loops that are clasped to the display portion of the laptop. The hinges seem rather solid and feels as if a drop would not be able to do enough damage to separate the screen from the body. Plus the aesthetics of the whole thing seemed really nice.
The press release mentions a transparent panel on the laptop which offers a view of things inside the laptop. But I could not seem to locate it and I have a feeling that it must be at the bottom of the laptop which at the time was a bit inaccessible. The release also talks about an access panel that allows customers to easily access the HDD, SSDs, and RAM which can then be swapped out for better ones. This we will be able to talk about in detail once we review the unit.
At the product testing area, I was able to play Witcher 3 on the HP Omen X Notebook for about 10 minutes. And I could tell that the laptop was sailing through the process of rendering the AAA game at 4K resolution and Ultra graphic settings. The Witcher 3 is a two-year-old game which is optimization excellently, but it still needs some major resources to play on Full HD.
The one I was playing on was the top end model with a 7th generation Intel i7 processor, and Nvidia GTX 1080. The gaming experience that was created for that 144hz monitor felt like butter. Of course, the factory overclocking was a boost to the performance of the game overall. The game was probably installed on the SSD which made things easier for the laptop to process.
In spite of being overclocked, I could not feel any significant heating around the laptop. This could mean that the cooling of the laptop is just that good, or the raised keyboard was acting as an insulation between the heated area making it harder to find during a quick examination. These ought to be cleared out when we give it a closer look.
The sound of the speakers was rather loud and could be heard over the din at the testing area. But I could not make out the quality of the speakers that are using Bang and Olufsen technology.
The HP Omen X is a good laptop at first glance, and has the right specs on paper to back that up. It’s pricing is competitive and the options are many, making it seem like a viable buy. We will be able to provide a definite opinion once we test out the laptop extensively. So stay tuned for it!