Gaming laptops proceed to be in excessive demand though the PC market usually doesn’t appear to be going anyplace. According to a current report by IDC, HP took the lead in PC market share in India for the primary quarter of the yr, partly because of its give attention to gaming programs.
In March this yr, the corporate launched its Omen X portfolio of gaming gadgets in India, which incorporates desktops, laptops, equipment, and even a VR backpack. The ‘X’ denotes flagship-level merchandise, and at this time we’ll be testing the totally specced-out Omen X laptop computer. More exactly known as the HP 17-AP047TX, it is constructed as extra of a desktop substitute. The Omen X options a few of the strongest elements that Intel and Nvidia have to supply at this time however has a staggering price ticket. Let’s see what you get for all of your cash.
HP Omen X design
HP has performed an awesome job with the development of this laptop computer. The mixture of steel and high-quality plastic makes the Omen X really feel extremely sturdy, on account of which there’s barely any flex within the physique. The sharp traces and aggressive stance give it fairly an imposing look too. However, it’s huge – each in dimension and weight. It works effectively on a desk however at practically 5kg, it’s not what you’d name snug in your lap. Even although it’s technically a laptop computer, it’s not designed to be carried round.
You get loads of customisable LED lights on the lid, on the again, and naturally the keyboard. All of them are RGB LEDs so you may go loopy customising them. The supercar-inspired rear exhaust vents look cool, and ideally these ought to have be lit up as effectively. HP Omen X has a Gigabit LAN port, two Type-C ports (each Thunderbolt Three), Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, and a USB Three.zero port on the again. The remainder of the ports are positioned on the perimeters of the laptop computer, and embrace two extra USB Three.zero ports, separate sockets for headphones and a microphone, and a SD card slot.
The lid is held in place by two steel hinges, which have an attention-grabbing semi-circle design just like what we noticed on HP’s Spectre 13 Ultrabook, and provides the phantasm of a floating lid. The lid does not tilt too far again (roughly 120 levels), however the show has glorious reinforcement. We seen no pixel warping even with utilized strain. The 17.Three-inch show on the HP Omen X solely has a full-HD decision, because the 4K choice isn’t accessible in India, however you do get a refresh fee of 144Hz and Nvidia’s G-Sync. Colours are pretty punchy, and we discovered the brightness to be satisfactory. The thick borders throughout the show look a bit dated, however there is a webcam on the prime and it helps full-HD video.
The sculpted steel palm-rest space is kind of spacious, and the trackpad works effectively too. You get particular person buttons for the trackpad, which is what we anticipate from a gaming laptop computer. Of course, there is a full-sized mechanical keyboard. The keys have per-key RGB backlighting with good journey and tactile suggestions. We additionally admire the truth that the route keys are effectively separated from the remainder of the keys, such as you’d discover on a desktop keyboard.
The HP Omen X has devoted button to launch Omen Command Centre, which is your go-to app for altering the LED lights, macros, and overclocking settings. On the left of the keyboard, you get a column of six programmable keys, which will be assigned shortcuts for Windows instructions and even combos in video games. You can even use them with the ‘Fn’ key, supplying you with a further set of shortcuts.
On the underside of the laptop computer, there are many air consumption vents and just a little acrylic window that offers you a peek on the elements inside. However, there’s no hatch so that you’ll must unfasten a bunch of screws to get the underside off. The laptop computer ships with a large charger, which seems like just a little set-top-box. You additionally get a USB Type-C to VGA dongle within the package deal.
HP Omen X specification and options
In India, the Omen X is obtainable in three configurations and all of them characteristic Intel’s Core i7-7820HK CPU. This is a considerably outdated processor, contemplating there are newer six-core eighth era elements available in the market, however it’s nonetheless gives loads of energy. It’s additionally one of the few laptop computer CPUs with an unlocked multiplier for overclocking. It’s a quad-core, multi-threaded CPU with a most base clock velocity of two.9GHz and built-in Intel HD Graphics 630.
The HP Omen X 17-AP047TX mannequin has 32GB of RAM (DDR4-2400) with assist for Intel’s XMP reminiscence profile (DDR4-2800), a 1TB SATA onerous drive (7200rpm) together with two 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSDs in RAID zero, and the primary element, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5X RAM. Other specs of the HP Omen X embrace dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth four.2, stereo audio system by Bang & Olufsen, and a non-removable 6-cell battery.
The Omen X ships with Windows 10 Home version, together with the same old number of preinstalled apps from the Windows Store. HP additionally throws in a few of its personal apps together with some third-party trial software program. HP CoolSense is meant to mechanically regulate efficiency and fan velocity relying on whether or not you’re utilizing the laptop computer when transferring round or in a single place. Recovery Manager is a useful utility that permits you to create backups and in addition maintain all of your drivers and software program updated, together with BIOS updates. Omen Audio Control allows you to tweak the sound output.
The fundamental piece of software program that you simply’ll in all probability be utilizing essentially the most is Omen Command Centre. The fundamental web page offers you an outline of main useful resource utilisation, together with the present working temperature of the CPU and GPU. The subsequent tab allows you to tinker round with the lighting for the keyboard and the outside of the laptop computer. It’s simple to customize this, and also you get some presets too. Next up is a web page that permits you to arrange macros for the P1-P6 buttons. The Network Booster tab allows you to prioritise Internet site visitors on your video games. You can go away this at auto or manually set priorities for various purposes.
Finally, we’ve the overclocking tab, which helps you to bump up the turbo frequency of the CPU by altering its multiplier and core voltage. There’s even a built-in benchmark that permits you to verify how secure your overclock is. We managed to get all of the cores working at four.5GHz with a minor voltage bump of zero.5v. We had been additionally in a position to benchmark GTA V with out the laptop computer crashing, which is sweet. Here, we noticed a efficiency enchancment of 9fps, in comparison with the inventory CPU settings.
HP Omen X efficiency and battery life
The Omen X simply ploughs via just about any app you throw at it, which is to be anticipated from such a high-end machine. Boot occasions are fast, and due to the SSDs in RAID, we managed to get some fairly spectacular learn and write scores within the SiSoft Sandra benchmark. We would have favored the choice of a Quad-HD or 4K panel for the top-end mannequin, as textual content isn’t the sharpest when stretched to this dimension.
We didn’t discover any slowdowns when multitasking. CPU efficiency is sweet however nonetheless decrease than what Intel’s newer eighth gen elements ship, as we noticed in our evaluation of the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF. Tasks corresponding to video encoding, 3D rendering, and file compression take anyplace between a few seconds and some minutes longer to finish, when in comparison with the Core i7-8750H CPU.
When it involves video games, the Omen X delivers glorious efficiency because of the GTX 1080 GPU. In artificial benchmarks corresponding to 3DMark Fire Strike, we acquired a rating of 15,359, which is sweet. The laptop computer performs very effectively in real-world gaming too. In GTA V, we averaged 68fps with every part maxed out. While gaming or doing something CPU- or GPU-intensive, the exhaust followers ramp up shortly and get fairly loud. Even in a completely air-conditioned room, the followers are noisy and will be fairly distracting. However, we’re completely happy to notice that the keys and the palm relaxation space keep cool.
The full-HD decision of the show doesn’t actually pose a lot of a problem for the GTX 1080, so you may anticipate to run even the most recent titles with ease. In FarCry 5, we averaged 90fps with the graphics settings on the Ultra preset. In Metro: Last Light Redux, we averaged 84fps with the graphics high quality and tessellation set to the best degree. We simply managed to max out the graphics high quality in Doom, averaging round 107fps within the Foundry degree. Audio is sweet, and we managed to get first rate separation from the stereo audio system when enjoying video games. This laptop computer does not get as loud as some others we have used, corresponding to Acer’s older Predator choices, however it’s first rate.
If you’re shopping for a laptop computer of this calibre then battery life must be least of your priorities. Plus, contemplating its dimension and weight, it’s more than likely going to spend its life on a desk, subsequent to an influence supply. If you’re nonetheless feeling adventurous, then it is best to anticipate about three-and-a-half to 4 hours of battery life on common with informal utilization. In our Battery Eater Pro take a look at, the laptop computer surprisingly ran for a smidge greater than two hours, utilizing the Intel GPU.
The HP Omen X prices an enormous premium in India, in comparison with what it’s retailing for within the US. This exact same configuration prices roughly $Three,490 (plus taxes), which interprets to about Rs. 2,40,000. However in India, you’ll be paying Rs. Three,26,391, which is an enormous bounce. In phrases of competitors, the Dell Alienware 17 is among the few 17-inch laptops that involves thoughts, with related core options for across the identical value. If you may stay with out the mechanical keyboard, then the Dell will get you a better decision G-Sync show (Quad-HD) together with a decently excessive 120Hz refresh fee and the corporate additionally recently refreshed its gaming line with eighth era Intel CPUs.
The Omen X gives superb efficiency however you may be paying a excessive premium for it in India. Plus, given the truth that a lot of the gaming laptops launched this yr sport eighth gen Intel CPUs, we anticipate to see a refresh pretty quickly.
Price (MRP): Rs. Three,26,391
- Comfortable mechanical keyboard
- Rock-solid development
- Good gaming efficiency
- 144Hz G-Sync show
- Well-designed software program
- Very costly
- Barely transportable
- Low-resolution show
- Fans get noisy
Ratings (Out of 5)
- Design: four
- Display: Three.5
- Performance: four.5
- Software: four
- Battery life: Three
- Value for Money: 2.5
- Overall: Three.5
Adapted From: Gadgets360