HP Omen 2016 Review, Performance

When HP Omen was released in 2014, it took everyone’s breath away with its jet-black, machined-aluminum design. Its predecessor, however, disappointed everyone with its faux carbon chassis that looked cheap, for a gaming laptop. Performance wise, this machine is perfect, with a snappy processor, ample storage, and an excellent GPU, but its appearance is simply disappointing. In this HP Omen Review, we discuss every feature of this gaming laptop in detail.

HP Omen front

HP Omen – Display, Audio, and Keyboards:

The Omen’s 15.6-inch screen boasts of full-HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. When we measured the display brightness, the Omen recorded a dull 209 nits, way below the category average of 264 nits. The display also falls short in terms of color accuracy. It recorded a skimpy 2.6 (zero is ideal) in a Delta-E test.

This notebook produces clear audio that is loud enough to fill a medium-sized room. The vocals are crisp and the music notes sound great.

The Omen sports a red-backlit keyboard that feels comfortable even while typing for longer durations. The island-style keys have only 1.2 mm of key travel and need 60 grams of force to actuate. Kudos to HP for proving an extra-long Imagepad instead of the usual touchpad. Made by Synaptics, the Imagepad measures 4.7 x 2.5-inch and works great for single-finger scrolling as well as for multitouch gestures. The mouse buttons at its bottom provide a springy and clicky feedback.

HP Omen side

HP Omen – Performance and Battery Life:

The HP Omen’s Core i7-6700HQ CPU and 8GB of RAM make it a multitasking workhorse. In a performance test conducted using Geekbench 3, this machine notched 12,590, almost double the mainstream average of 7,923. The transfer speed, however, isn’t great as the 128GB SSD transfers data at just 87.4 MB per second.

For an entry level gaming rig, the Omen has a great battery that lasts for almost 7 hours on continuous usage. Also, this laptop doesn’t heat much even after continuous gaming for more than 30 minutes. When you’re not gaming or streaming high-resolution videos, the temperature of the touchpad and the area around the keyboard remains under 85 degrees, which is pretty good. You may place the laptop on your laptop and watch videos for hours without any discomfort.


Speaking of graphics, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M will not disappoint the gamers. With a virtual RAM of 2GB, it delivers solid frame rates, at medium or low settings.


The 720p webcam takes grainy shots with a greenish tinge. Although the clarity of the photos is acceptable, the colors are visibly inaccurate.

HP Omen rear

HP Omen – Software, Warranty, and Bottom Line:

Thankfully, HP didn’t weigh down the Omen with excessive bloatware. The utility software from HP includes Recovery Media Creation, Support Assistant and Recovery Manager. The preinstalled third-party applications include Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, Twitter, Candy Crush Soda Saga and Flipboard. HP also provides 25GB of free Dropbox storage for one year.

For $1,029, the HP Omen is a good, but not excellent, gaming laptop. Though its looks are moderate, this machine is great in terms of performance and the battery life. Overall, this is one of the best budget-friendly gaming rigs out there. If you are okay with its average looks, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get it.