HP's 17-inch Omen seems to have found the right balance for a gaming laptop dedicated to video games. There are models with more powerful graphics, but they are either more expensive or heavier. There are lighter gaming laptops, but they are either less powerful or more expensive. The Omen manages to gather power and a relative slenderness for a price a little better placed than its competitors.
Unlike his little brother of 15 inches, the Omen 17 is available in a dozen configurations that offer a choice Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card that will allow you to run the current games, a GTX 1060 to taste the virtual reality, a GTX 1070 to stay in the 2- 3 years to come. There is also an Omen X version that offers a full HD or Ultra HD screen with a GeForce 1080, but the prices go up to 4,000 euros.
The configurations available in France start with the Core i5 and a GTX 1050 from 999 euros. The configuration with a Core i7-7700HQ and a GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB) is at 1.1900 euros. Count 1,799 euros for the first model with a GTX 1070 (8 GB of dedicated GDDR5) and a full HD screen. This price is lower than equivalent configurations found in competitors who are generally around 2.000 euros.
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This mobile phone will cash all that you him will propose, provided to keep the resolution of the games in full HD 1.920×1.080 pixels. We played a few hours at Rise of the Tomb Raider in Full HD (released in 2016 but still among the most demanding games graphically) and it shot without a hitch. An attempt in Ultra HD resulted in jerks, but the game was running at 30 frames / second. On the other hand, we were able to play Overwatch in 4K (3.840×2.160p) at 70 frames / second without difficulty.
Choose the graphics card because you will not be able to change it. A GTX 1050 can play most current games, a 1060 will be comfortable with all. And if you want to have an extra margin, a 1070 will allow you to see it coming.
With 3.7 kg on the scale (GTX 1070 version), the Omen 17 is not a machine made for nomadic use, but you can do anything from even move it easily to your home or go to a friend's house to play. This is not always the case with this type of machine. Take for example the MSI GT83VR which weighs 5.8 kg or a 17-inch Alienware that weighs 4.5 kg.
In addition, HP has found a subtle compromise between the design of last year that was a little dull and the extravagance that some PC gaming show. The bi-toned black accented carbon fiber corridor is enhanced by the blood-red Omen logo and backlit keyboard of the same color.
In addition, this pc avoids many concessions that other machines must make. His touchpad could certainly be a little more spacious, but it is well placed. The keyboard occupies a space that is also sufficient without leaving any space lost as is the case on an Acer Predator Triton or a Razer Blade Pro.
The 4K screen version offers a magnificent display for games or video streaming. The only concern is that the autonomy is hungry: just a little more than 3 hours, which is below the average PC gaming.
Even if it offers a good price / performance ratio, the Omen 17 is not the only choice when you have a big budget for this kind of laptop. The Razer Blade Pro offers a GeForce 1080 and a 17-inch UHD screen but it costs 4500 euros against 4,000 euros for the Omen X 4K with a GTX 1080. And if your wallet is even thicker, there is the GT83VR MSI at 5,300 euros or the Alienware R3. But we must admit that the Omen 17 is one of the few in its category to offer a good compromise between aesthetics, power and price.