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Published on April 9th, 2017 | by James Wright

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HP Omen 17 Review (W007TX)

HP Omen 17 Review (W007TX) James Wright
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Summary: The Omen-17 is good mid-range gaming laptop that allows you to play the latest title with some tweaking!

4

Portable gaming


We just finished reviewing one of HP’s latest gaming laptops with their Omen 17-W007TX (Part  X5P71PA), aka the OMEN-17 that comes with a whopping 17.3″ screen and some powerful CPU/graphics grunt to play the latest titles plus a backlit keyboard, SSD (including SATA) and relatively slim design when compared to some of its competitors.

The definition of the word omen means ‘an event regarded as a portent of good or evil’ or something of ‘prophetic significance’ and although a little on the dramatic side in terms of branding, it’s actually quite an impressive laptop … so yeah, maybe it does indicate an ‘omen’ in the gaming world.

Specifications

  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home (64bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ (2.6 GHz, up to 3.5 GHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
  • Memory: 16Gb DDR4-2133MHz
  • Hard Drive: 128Gb M.2 SSD + 2Tb 7200rpm SATA
  • Optical Drive: SuperMulti DVD Burner
  • Display: 17.3″ diagonal FHD IPS UWVA anti-glare WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M 4Gb (dedicated)
  • Network: Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • Wireless: Intel 802.11ac (2×2) WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo
  • Ports: 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 headphone/microphone combo, 1 AC power, 1 RJ-45
  • Slots: 1 multi-format digital media reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
  • Power: 120W Smart AC adapter
  • Battery: 6-cell, 62Wh Li-ion
  • Keyboard: Full-size island-style backlit keyboard with numeric keypad
  • Minimum Dimensions: 41.6 x 27.9 x 2.99 (front to rear) (WxDxH)
  • Weight: Starting at 2.75kg
  • Warranty: 1 year standard parts, labour and onsite warranty. 1 year warranty on primary battery

In terms of design, it’s a well designed product with everything in the right spot thanks to its professional build. Besides the logo on the front, this gaming laptop could be mistaken as another 17″ product so it is missing a little of that panache but of course, it’s all about what’s under the chassis. Given that, it’s quite a large laptop due to the screen and the full size keyboard which is definitely a bonus and something that gamers need.

However when it comes to weight, this current model of the HP Omen 17 weighs a whopping 2.75kg which does get a little on the heavy side when transporting this laptop but still very possible. My only slight gripe with this current model is that the space below the keyboard does feel a little flimsy (e.g. you can slightly push down on the plastic). The keys on the keyboard also feel good and although it’s not a mechanical keyboard, it has all-round good sensitivity and minimum ghosting.

Gamers will also be pleased that the Omen-17 comes with an Intel Core i7-6700HQ plus 16Gb DDR4-2133MHz RAM and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M 4Gb graphics card. These specifications meet all the current games released on the PC and we tested a variety of games such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, StarCraft 2 and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare which were very playable and looked exceptional on the high quality screen. At times, it was like some of the graphics would jump out of the screen.

Although you still need to tweak games in terms of settings, titles such as Grand Theft Auto 5 scored a respectable 40 frames per second (FPS) on medium detail at 1080p and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare had an average FPS of 50. Games such as Batman Arkham Origins hovered at 70 frames per second as did Rise of the Tomb Raider which was more than adequate for playing with no tearing.

So the end result is that although this laptop can play games well at 1080p, it still cannot match standalone desktop machines but it definitely tries and it tries very well. Furthermore, the laptop does get warm while playing high-end games, however it wasn’t anything to worry about and HP have done a good job at dispersing the heat thanks to its exhaust vents. If you’re looking to use this laptop for VR like the Oculus Rift, it is not compatible due to the graphics card. That’s really a moot point because VR is still in its infancy and is more a bragging right than anything else.

The only thing missing from the Omen-17 is a real gaming mouse which is definitely needed as you cannot really use the touch pad to play games due to its lack of accuracy when compared to a stand alone mouse. The touch pad also requires you to push a little harder than normal as well and given there are no buttons, it does feel a little strange and took a few days to master this system.

As mentioned, this gaming laptop has the gorgeous 17.3″ matte ultra HD resolution display which produced bright, sharp and vibrant images with deep blacks. Games really popped out as did movies or just using the laptop for everyday activities like surfing the net, writing and watching YouTube videos. Also,  audio was quite good thanks to the implementation of the Bang & Olufsen sound system which provided clear and loud sounds, however a pair of gaming headphones is probably another must for the Omen 17.

Final Thoughts?

The HP Omen 17 (W007TX) is a mid-range gaming laptop (see 3DMark scores) that has some decent grunt under its chassis to give gamers the specifications they need to play the latest games, including upcoming releases. However with all gaming laptops, you do need some accessories and that includes a gaming mouse and perhaps a gaming controller but apart from that, the HP Omen 17 comes with everything you need, even some limited internet security protection.

Full Technical Specifications

Supported Operating Systems
Operating system Windows 10 Home 64
Processor
Chipset Intel HM170
Processor speed 2.6 GHz
Processor family 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ (2.6 GHz, up to 3.5 GHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
Appearance
Product color Shadow mesh cover, twinkle black base
Product design Shadow mesh pattern
Drives
Hard drive description 2 TB 5400 rpm SATA
Hard drive (2nd) 128 GB M.2 SSD
Optical drive SuperMulti DVD burner
Storage type HDD
SSD
Graphic Subsystem
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
Graphics Discrete
Multimedia
Audio features Bang & Olufsen
HP Audio Boost
Dual speakers
Webcam HP Wide Vision HD Camera with dual array digital microphone
Multimedia and Input Devices
Sensors Accelerometer
Input devices
Keyboard Full-size island-style backlit keyboard with numeric keypad
Pointing device HP Imagepad with multi-touch gesture support
Connectivity and Communications
Network interface Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Wireless WiDi
Intel® 802.11ac (2×2) Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 4.2 Combo
Ports 1 HDMI
1 headphone/microphone combo
1 USB 2.0
2 USB 3.0
1 RJ-45
Expansion slots 1 multi-format SD media card reader
Battery and Power
Battery type 6-cell, 62 Wh Li-ion
Power supply type 120 W AC power adapter
Weights
Weight Starting at 2.75 kg
Security Management
Security management Kensington MicroSaver® lock slot
Power-on password
Accepts third-party security lock devices
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) support
Software and Applications
Software included McAfee LiveSafe™
Pre-installed software Adobe® Shockwave® Player
CyberLink PowerDirector
HP apps HP 3D DriveGuard
HP Documentation
HP ePrint
HP Recovery Manager
HP Support Assistant
HP apps footnote number [4]
Software footnote number [1]
Pre-installed software footnote number [2, 3]
Dimensions
Minimum dimensions (W x D x H) 41.6 x 27.9 x 2.99 cm
Display Specifications
Display size (diagonal) 17.3″
Display 17.3″ diagonal FHD IPS UWVA anti-glare WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
Display 17.3″ FHD UWVA display
Memory
Memory, standard 16 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (2 x 8 GB)
Standard memory note Transfer rates up to 2133 MT/s
Memory and storage 16 GB memory
2 TB HDD storage
128 GB SSD storage
Warranty
Warranty 1-year limited parts and labour

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